6 Factors to Consider
There are many factors to think about when searching for a suitable office location. Finding the perfect spot for every aspect isn’t likely to be easy, however here are some important factors you should consider:
Do your staff visit your clients regularly? You may need to consider whether you need to be located near your target market providing easy access for your sales representatives. Or if your clients are more likely to visit your offices, how easy is it for them to access by car or public transport.
Traffic and Commute
What are the local traffic patterns, and what are the busiest times? Will this affect employees commute? If you are relocating, will this increase any employees journey times? Ideally you want to be close to public transport links so your company is as accessible as possible.
If staff like to head out for lunch it’s important they don’t have to travel far, so check out the local area for shops and places to eat.
It is important to be aware of where they are in relation to the areas you’re looking in. Will they be easier to access? Does their area have a better or worse reputation? Will it cause any issues if they are nearby?
A good or bad reputation of an area can have a significant impact on the perception of your business. Is the area safe for the employees and visitors? Potential customers will feel safer visiting an office if the location has a good reputation.
Staff spend over 8 hours a day in the office, so having a secure neighbourhood where they feel safe should be a priority. Consider the route employees will need to travel to and from local transport, especially if travelling by foot. It is a good idea to take into consideration what other businesses may be located nearby, and whether their services or opening times will have an impact on your business.