Running a small business from home is a great way to get started, but there will come a time when you need to branch out into your own office. At home there are too many potential distractions, and it can be useful to have somewhere to bring clients – and to accommodate new employees should your business expand.
If you’ve never looked for an office to rent before, it’s hard to know where to start. But help is at hand.
Carrington Business Park (www.carringtonbusinesspark.co.uk) is conveniently located on the outskirts of Manchester, and has offices to rent to small and medium-sized businesses in Manchester. They’ve identified three pitfalls you must avoid when renting your first office…
1. Don’t stretch yourself
Business is booming, money’s flooding in and you’re ready to take the plunge into your first rented office. But don’t just jump into the first swanky office you see.
You don’t need to be in the city centre, and offices on the outskirts will have lower rents. And if you’re currently only a one or two-person operation, you should rent an office that’s designed for one or two people – it’ll be cheaper than a huge office with unnecessary, unwanted space.
2. Be afraid of commitment
If your business continues to grow, who knows how big you’ll be in six months’ time? Alternatively – and nobody likes to hear this, but it must be considered – if things don’t go as well as expected, you may need to leave your office behind.
Ensure you rent an office on a short-term agreement. A flexible agreement on a rolling monthly basis gives you the opportunity to leave when it’s right for you – so you won’t be tied into an expensive contract when it’s time to move on.
3. Don’t isolate yourself – no business is an island
Networking with other small business owners can be a great way to get new contacts and new business, but if you’ve isolated yourself in a rented office hidden away from everyone else, networking opportunities may be few and far between.
Consider looking for an office to rent in a business park. You’ll be part of a thriving business community, and who knows where a chance meeting in the work cafe or on the car park might lead? (And speaking of car parks, many business parks offer free parking – you certainly wouldn’t get that in Manchester city centre.)
If you’re looking for an office to rent that’s easily accessible, on Manchester’s outskirts, at a size to suit your fledgling business, on a flexible short-term agreement, and that offers fantastic networking opportunities and plenty of free parking, try Carrington Business Park.
Find out more at www.carringtonbusinesspark.co.uk.