After months of working in your pajamas at home, you’ve decided it’s time to stop commuting from the bed to the coffee table and graduate your business to a real office space. But where do you start? For startups or other small businesses, Santa Monica shared office space is an increasingly common option.
If it’s a work arrangement you’re considering, the tips below should help guide you into a shared space that works for your company.
1. Culture Fit
When you’re visiting the space, be observant by noticing how the companies currently in the space interact. Do they maintain a quiet atmosphere of unbroken concentration? Or are people talking out ideas, battling it out on the break room foosball table, and listening to alternative rock while they work?
Keeping an eye out for the overall culture of any Santa Monica office space you tour will ensure that you and your team can be themselves and coexist easily with the rest of the tenants.
When you’re searching around town for Santa Monica shared office space, you obviously want to pick a place that’s easy for you and your team to get to every day. But think about the other people that might also have to get to it, like clients or other colleagues.
A space that’s in a dicey part of town, a run-down building, or offers few parking options won’t make the kind of impression you want on those you’ll invite to come by and visit.
If you have in mind certain must-have programs and resources in your Santa Monica office, ask about them and bear in mind that unlike a traditional office space where certain amenities are a given, the extras you get with shared office space can vary widely. Items that may or may not be included in your payment for the space include:
- Internet service
- Coffee and tea
- Copy machines
- Fax machines
- Mail service
- Office supplies
- Fun break room items like game systems and air hockey tables
Getting a clear picture of what does and does not come included with the shared space will help you narrow down choices for the right fit for your business.
4. A Lease
Sure, it’s casual and cool to work in a shared office space. But if you plan on finding a place where you can go to work every day, you’ll want a lease to spell out the price you’ll be paying and what that money will get you.
And as always, read the fine print. You don’t want to commit to a space only to find out that you’ll be dinged with a slew of extra fees for items you thought would be included in your monthly rental payment.
5. Office Layout
Simply put, will the office layout work for you? If private offices are a must, an open floor plan won’t fulfill your needs. For companies that want collaboration, forced separation by way of cubicles isn’t going to fly either.
Since you can’t rearrange the furniture like you could in a private office, imagine how you would work in the space during your tour to decide whether or not the setup fits your style.
Shopping for shared office space for your Santa Monica business doesn’t have to be tough. You can make the process easier by using some of the criteria above to figure what you truly want and need in a shared space so that you find the best place for your company to share in its success.
About the Author - Jeff Reinstein had led Premier Business Centers to grow from 9 locations to more than 70 all over the United States. He has held the CEO title for more than 12 years.