Today, plenty of startups operate in a remote office to reduce their overhead expenses and lessen the time it takes to get things going. Most, if not all, of them use online collaboration platforms to overcome the distance barrier – allowing employees to work together as if they’re located in the same building. Others resort to the traditional ways of communicating through emails and instant messaging applications like Skype.
Regardless of their methods, nothing beats having a physical office space when it comes to bringing teams closer together. It will also allow you to attract foot traffic, ensure the productivity of employees, and boost the legitimacy of your business. Setting up an office for the very first time is also a significant milestone that indicates growth.
If you think your business is ready for the next step, below are 5 tools you can use to find your first workplace:
Craiglist is a popular site to check for prospective office or commercial spaces and everything else under the sun, just be careful of fake listings and do your research on the property first.
For US-based self-employed professionals and freelancers, you can start with Offices to find your first executive office. The platform also searches temporary workspaces for small companies who are open to office sharing. All of the properties are suited for short-term arrangements, which is useful if you’re trying to avoid expensive monthly fees. Offices.net also allows you to request for “Instant Quotes” by filling in details about your company such as location, contact information, and team size. This is useful if you’d rather have someone else hunt for a suitable property for your startup.
LoopNet is a good alternative to Craigslist if you’re looking for an office space for lease or sale. It includes roughly 800,000 properties across the United States – more than enough options to let you find the exact workspace that matches your company’s needs. Just like Craigslist, LoopNet lets you narrow down your search by location as well as specify the type of property you prefer, including but not limited to senior housing, retail stores, and office spaces. Alternatively, you can connect with a certified broker to help you find the best deal for your money.
Lastly, ShareDesk is one of the simplest and most straightforward tools you can use for finding on-demand workspaces – wherever you are in the world. It allows you to search for shared office spaces or business centers for short-term arrangements. Everything else, from payments to customer support, can be done through the website as well. One of the biggest advantages of ShareDesk is that it covers a total of 440 cities in different countries across the globe. It is, however, not the most cost-effective platform if you need a workplace for the long-term.
UK-based startups can depend on LondonOfficeSpace.com – a listing site specifically for startups and businesses across the pond. Once you find a property that piques your interest, you can book a viewing and request for the price directly from the website. Another advantage of the platform is the amount of details included in each property page. Other than the property’s key features, actual images, and contact information, its location is also marked in the Google Maps widget right below.
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