If you’re running a small business and you want to keep your overheads as low as possible, then efficiency really should be the name of the game. By being more efficient with your materials, your energy and your funds you can accomplish more for less and this way increase your profit margins and expand your business.
This efficiency should extend to every aspect of your business and that means being efficient with your space too. In other words, if you can only afford a small office space, then you need to think about how you can make the most of that in order to fit everything you need into it and in order to ensure that your staff can work to the best of their ability.
Fitting Everyone In
The first thing you need to think about here is how you can fit everyone into your office space without it becoming cramped, and here you also need to think ahead to make sure that you can fit people in if you should get more staff in future or require new tools.
The first way to fit more people into your office space is to do away with the unnecessary machinery and supplies that are taking up a lot of room. For instance, if you have a very old printer that’s taking up a lot of space, then this could be space for someone to sit so it’s worth looking for more modern and compact models. Likewise if you have lots of filing cabinets, could you potentially go paperless with some of your documents?
Another thing to consider is using a modular office set up. Here you will have a range of different cubicles that can attach to each other, lending each member of staff their own private space to work in without taking up too much space. This way you can also easily add people into the office by adding new units and this is a great way to save money too. With each modular unit being self-contained this will also make very efficient use of the space doing away with a need for everyone to access communal filing cabinets etc.
Another thing to think about is giving your staff the ability to go mobile when necessary. You can accomplish this by letting your staff work with laptops, and then providing seating areas that everyone can use. This way you’ll have a system whereby each member of staff can work either on their own in their private unit, or in a more communal area and a more relaxed manner which can prevent them from feeling claustrophobic or ‘hemmed in’ when they’re in a small space.
Light and Space
At the same time you should also look into using the right colour scheme and the right lighting in order to give the space a more open feel. Large windows, big mirrors and light coloured walls can all help to reflect more light around the room which will make it feel larger and less closed in. This way even a very small room can feel much larger and this will help your staff to feel more at ease while they work as a result.
When Joshua is not working, he likes playing football or traveling to unknown destinations. He also likes partying. He is really enjoying working from his recently renovated and redesigned Modular office.