As a technology company that promotes an open door policy when it comes to communication and creativity, it was important for our company to find an office space that had a very open floor plan that was inline with our company culture. We were able to find the perfect office space Columbia MD (we had an office space in Annapolis MD prior) by doing a little research beforehand. There were a couple of pain points through the process though so I figure I’d write about how to find the right office space for your technology company to help smooth the process for anyone reading this article.
The right office space can really help with creating a positive work environment whereas getting it wrong can break your business as you’ll end up with a lot of aggravation, wasted money and possibly losing staff. It can be difficult striking a balance between affordability and finding the perfect office space, but it’s crucial to limit the mistakes that you make as you’ll be in that space for quite some time.
Let’s first discuss location. A few things to consider:
Neighborhood Safety – You want to make sure that the neighborhood that your office space is in is a safe area. A safe neighborhood helps to keep employee morale up. Additionally, if your the type of business that has clients coming by, it would be in your business’ best interest to have a location that has a good reputation.
Transport – If possible, especially if you’re in a metro area, you should try to find an office space that’s easy for people to commute to through a variety of methods. You should consider train, subway, bus, and bicycle routes as well as how easy it is to get to by automobile. You may even want to have an open discussion with employees to see how it would impact their commute, especially key staff that you don’t want to lose.
Amenities – Are there restaurants or other places close by where employees can buy their lunch? Perhaps a gym or yoga studio for employees to go to during their lunch break or right after work? Some place to take clients out to for drinks or a meal? Life doesn’t just carry on in the office space, but around it as well, so finding a premise that’s nearby various amenities will do your business good.
The second big factor to consider when getting a new office space is the building itself. What you should be looking at:
Security – This goes with the point made above about location and neighborhood safety. You want a building that’s secure so that staff doesn’t have to worry about items going missing. Find out what type of security is provided and whether there have been any obvious break-ins.
Property Management – Does the company that’s managing the building take care of it? Talk with tenants in the building to find out how the building managing team is as well as try to see if you can find any reviews online. Something else you’ll want to think about and discuss with the actual managing team is whether they going to run the building for the long haul or are they looking to sell within a few years?
Parking Lot/Bike Storage – What’s the point of finding an office space in Columbia MD or elsewhere for that matter that has easy travel routes if there’s no place to park a car or to store a bike. If the office space you’re looking at doesn’t have sufficient parking space, then is there a place close-by for employees to park? What about clients and other visitors?
Competitors – This might seem like something strange to consider, but you probably don’t want to share an office space with a rival company as they could possibly poach your employees or potential clients as well as other logistical problems.
These are only a few things that one should consider when looking for a technology office space in Maryland. Have you recently moved or are in the process of moving? What are some of the things that you consider important in an office space? Feel free to leave a comment below!