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Selecting a place of work for your team is crucial. Not only will it affect productivity, but it will also play a role in your wider financials, how you interact with your client base, and the wider lifestyle of your employees and stakeholders. In this article, The Bower team have compiled 9 considerations every business needs to make when searching for a new office, as well as some information on why coworking spaces are some of the coolest new ways to get the best out of modern operating environments in Brisbane Southside.

1. Location 

Is the office space in a convenient location for your employees or client base? If not, they may end up spending a lot of time commuting which can lead to frustration, burnout and added expense. Consider an office that is centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation.

2. Flexibility 

Does the office space offer flexible working arrangements? With more and more employees working remotely, it’s important to have an office space that can accommodate this. Look for an office space with plenty of meeting rooms and common areas where employees can collaborate both internally and with video conference technology, as well as individual workstations for those who prefer to be in the office day-to-day.

3. Scalability 

As your business grows, you’ll need an office space that can grow with you. Look for options that have the potential to be expanded or reconfigured to suit your needs.

4. IT Support & Building Maintenance

Modern businesses require reliable facilities and IT infrastructure, and shouldn’t be burdened with its ongoing management. Check if there is adequate IT support and building maintenance available to support your ongoing activities in a presentable and functional environment.

5. Contingency Clauses 

Are there any contingency clauses in the lease agreement? These can provide protection and flexibility if you need to make changes to the space or if you need to vacate the premises unexpectedly, whether it is from business-related causes, or some unavoidable situation, such as natural disasters or structural issues.

6. Unique Business Needs 

Office environments hold a variety of the same features – desks, chairs, monitors, keyboards – but there will always be intricacies within your processes that will lead to specific requirements for your business. Whether it is an open floor plan to encourage collaboration, dedicated spaces to house separate departments, or perhaps room to complete non-office related tasks, such as packaging orders, be sure you will be well-accommodated in the office before signing the lease.

7. Budget 

At any time, a business needs to be well-versed with its wider financials, but signing a lease can be an expensive outlay, so you need to know if it fits your budget. What’s more, when considering the cost, don’t forget to factor in the additional expenses related to furnishings, renovations, and other incidentals.

8. Additional Amenities 

What additional amenities and features are included in the office space? If it is within your budget, perhaps look for an office space that offers features to make your employees’ lives easier, such as on-site childcare, kitchens, a gym, shower facilities, and designated parking. 

9. Employee Requests 

Have you taken into account any specific requests from your employees? If there’s something that your employees have been asking for, such as more storage space or a better break room, try to find an office space that can accommodate their needs to improve morale.

Why a Coworking Space on Brisbane Southside Might Be Best for Your Business

As a business owner, you want an affordable office, but also somewhere that will make a good impression on clients and customers. And of course, you want somewhere that’s comfortable for your employees. Coworking spaces are one of the best, and coolest new offerings that can deliver each of these things and more. If you are in Brisbane Southside, here are just a few reasons why your business should consider coworking spaces:

1. Cost-effective

You don’t have to worry about signing a long-term lease or paying for expensive furniture and office equipment when you use a coworking space. One of the coolest features for start-ups, small businesses, freelancers, or those scaling up or down is that you can simply pay for the amount of time you need in fully-furnished spaces, which can save you a lot of money.

2. Convenience

Coworking spaces are located in central areas – such as The Bower in the heart of the beautiful Brisbane Southside – so they’re easy to get to. And if your staff needs to work late, or on weekends, or find it best to have a flexible split between in-office and remote working, our coworking spaces are open 24/7.

3. Professional Environment

When you use a coworking space, you will be attaching professional premises to your business, creating a sophisticated, well-equipped, and well-maintained space to entertain clients and increase the productivity of your team.

4. Opportunities for Networking

Another of the coolest features on offer, since coworking spaces bring together people from different businesses and industries, they offer an excellent opportunity for networking. Your employees can make valuable connections that could benefit your business development in the future.

5. Flexible

If your business is growing, or if you need to downsize, coworking spaces can be a great option. You can simply adjust the amount of space you’re using, and there’s no need to worry about breaking a lease.

If you would like more information to help decide if the coolest coworking spaces in Brisbane Southside at The Bower are best for your business, please contact us today.