When it comes to setting up a new office without overspending, there’s a difference between cutting costs and cutting corners. Here’s how you can create a pleasant office environment without sacrificing quality for cash.
Make Sure Your Space Has Everything… Before Moving In
Consider how much space, electrical outlets and so forth you’ll likely need before committing to a space, and include them in a checklist. Clearly identifying your office’s needs before even selecting a property will save you hundreds on additions and renovation costs.
One of the easiest ways to avoid overspending is by writing down everything you need to buy before spending a cent. Focus on office needs, but set aside a section for items that may not be necessities, but will keep your employees happy and eager to work.
Buy It Used
Don’t equate “second-hand” with “worn out.” Many dealers sell high-quality pre owned desks and other types of used furniture, sometimes along with new items. Classifieds can also help but do your research to ensure you’re consulting reputable sites and sources. With technology, however, you might want to be more selective (especially with computers) and seek options that are still fairly new or rarely used, as age and wear can affect functionality.
Let the Sunshine In
Try picking an office space with a lot of exterior windows that let in plenty of sunlight during the day. Not only has natural light been proven to improve people’s mood in general, but it can also save you quite a bit of money on electricity.
Don’t Forget the Common Area
While you don’t need to go overboard (besides, isn’t that foosball you’re eyeing a little noisy for an office environment?), a kitchen space with some comfortable chairs, sofas, cups, dishes and coffee machine can give your employees the quick recharge they need before going back to work. Consider sticking a few plants around the office, as well.
Doesn’t sound too hard, right? These simple tips will save you money and create an environment that makes people happy… yourself included.