This blog post is part 2 of a series of posts dedicated to helping you find the perfect new office space for your small business. Revisist Part 1: All About that Space: A "No Trouble” Guide to Finding Your Next Office and read on to learn a few tips to get the most out of your business center tours.
Once you have mapped out a list of office space options, setting up tours at each location will give you a feel for both the facility and the staff that would be assisting your business after move-in. Scheduling tours is especially important if you are considering more than one kind of office space as it will give you an in-depth look at the varieties of businesses in a shared office environment and how those businesses utilize a specific space. Follow the tips here to get the most out of your tour experience and make choosing an office space a cinch.
Speak with a representative before scheduling a tour
Calling prospective office centers before showing us can save you a lot of time and hassle if the center does not have what you are looking for. Prepare a list of basic information to discuss with a provider to make sure they have enough office space available near your anticipated move in date. Also, ask about any amenities that are crucial to your business’ success to weed out providers that don’t have what you ultimately need.
Schedule an appointment
While many business centers welcome walk-in tours, scheduling an appointment allows the office provider time to prepare and cater the tour to your business’ specific needs. After speaking with you over the phone the center operator should have a narrowed down list of options that may be suitable to your business and can focus on amenities important to your company’s success.
Most office providers do not mind if visitors take photos of spaces to bring back to colleagues for later reference. Photographing an office will help you mentally organize information as you tour multiple centers and provide a tangible image to others that will be working in whatever new office you choose.
Consider your company culture
For every office space that you tour ask yourself this question- “Does this environment align with how my company works every day?” Your office space should showcase your business and reflect values important to your company culture. You and your employees will be spending a lot of time in a new space, therefore, it is important to feel that your business would mesh with a new environment.
Here at AdvantEdge we work with businesses to give them the most flexibility when setting up their new office and we are happy to show prospective clients samples of how we have helped others. Click the button below to set up a tour today!
Touring a business center truly is the best way to get a hands on look at an office provider and speak with them about any questions or concerns you have regarding availability, amenities, and how your business could be successful in their shared office environment. Stay tuned for the next installment featuring tips on making an office decision post tour.