How to choose the perfect office suite

The decision to move a business into a new office is a big one, filled with many questions and fraught with potential pitfalls. Not only is office space one of the biggest expenses for a small business, it’s also a big commitment, often requiring a lease for several years, and so it’s important to get it right.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect office suite for your small business, and in this article we will look at some of the main considerations you should take into account when making your decision.

Workplace design

Of course the design of the workspace itself is one of the most important factors. Particularly with smaller offices, it’s important that the design makes the best use of the space, to create a range of workstations, offices, meeting space, quiet space and breakout space for collaborating. The trick to designing these offices in a smaller floor size area is to maintain a sense of space and functionality, whilst also being economical.

Ideally, you will also want a self-contained office that has it’s own kitchen facilities, so that it’s easy for your team to prepare food or even make a coffee for clients when they visit.

Many of the premium suites for small businesses currently on offer throughout the Brisbane CBD have been architecturally designed, complete with stylish furniture, statement lighting, plants and soft furnishings for the ultimate premium finish. Check out some of the premium turnkey suites available at Waterfront Place.

Building features and services

Outside of your suite, premium office buildings will also provide a host of other services and facilities that will benefit your business. Everything from end-of-trip and concierge services, to free fitness classes, on-site community manager and regular social activities.

At Waterfront Place, you can also access the state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities at Dexus Place. Rather than needing to build these meeting facilities into your office, you can reduce your overall office space requirement and pay-as-you-go to access the five-star shared meeting and conferencing facilities onsite.

Room to grow

Beyond ensuring there are enough workstations for your current staff, it’s critical to consider what your future needs will be. Is there room to add more workstations? Is there flexible space that can be used for something else now, but converted to workstations in the future if needed.

Of course, the number of workstations is not the only consideration. Is there enough floor space to provide some growth and flexibility in the future, if your business expands? It would also be worth checking with the landlord, as there may be other space nearby that can be merged with your office to create more room down the track.

If you can’t be certain what your exact space requirements will be throughout the lease term, seeking flexible arrangements with the landlord is your best bet to ensure that your new office suite can grow with your business.

Flexible leasing arrangements

In making a commitment to a lease for a brand new office suite, consider the flexibility of the terms on offer. If necessary, negotiate more flexible terms with the landlord before committing, to ensure that the workspace will continue to be the ideal solution for your business throughout the lease period.

The best commercial landlords will seek to understand as much about your business as possible, including the nature of your work and how that might change in the future, so they can help you find a space that can accommodate these activities and enable your business.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect office suite for your small business. Be sure to evaluate the overall workplace design, as well as the building features and services on offer that will support your business and the option for flexibility to grow. That way you can be confident that you are moving into the perfect office suite for your small business.

 

Waterfront Place currently has a range of premium, turnkey boutique business suites available, catering for teams of up to 50 people. For more information visit the Boutique Business Suites section of the website, or contact the leasing agents to arrange an inspection today.