All the Frills without the Bills: Meet the Professional Workspace
What comes to mind when you think of the term “professional workspace”?
It might be easier to imagine what you don’t think of when you hear the words professional workspace. You don’t think of long tables crowded with Millennials working on laptops under dim lighting. You don’t think of Starbucks or your living room.
While a professional workspace can often be a suite of expensive offices, it doesn’t have to be. There is a middle ground, and you can find it at Premier Workspaces.
There Comes a Time for Professional Workspace
Sole proprietorships and small businesses sometimes have unique needs. While many entrepreneurs can and do run their businesses out of their homes, this is not always practical. When your business includes client meetings, you need a professional workspace.
Maybe your meetings are infrequent or clustered around a particular time of year, such as the winter holidays or tax time. In situations like these, you can rent a professional workspace temporarily. You may even want to rent a small office or a large meeting room for just a few hours. With shared professional workspace, you have options.
How Do You Want Clients to See You?
However, you may need something ongoing.
If you are a lawyer, accountant, financial planner or you own any small business in which you regularly meet with clients, an office is a must. It’s important when you want to be seen as established to have a professional workspace and not a niche carved out of the dining room in your condo.
It’s not just your image that takes a hit when you have a home office, the Small Business CEO points out. Having an office downtown is just more practical than trying to do business in your suburban bungalow. If your office isn’t centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation, you will lose clients.
The Bottom Line
When you choose a professional workspace, you save money because you don’t have to commit to a long-term lease and invest in all the furnishings and supplies you would need to open a new office. You get an instant office, with all the professional accouterments.
When clients come to visit you, it’s not just your workspace that has to impress them. It’s everything they see on the way there. An address in an upscale neighborhood is a big bonus. A location in a beautiful building with polished marble floors and a concierge tells your clients that you are successful and that they can trust your expertise.
Such trappings can be expensive for a small-business owner. If you plan to keep your business small, you may never clear the kind of profit necessary to be able to afford a first-class professional workspace on your own. Renting such a space in a shared office environment is the smart answer.
How to Choose Shared Office Space
When small businesses look for a professional workspace to rent, they discover not just a range of choices, but a spectrum.
At the low end are the shared office spaces favored by tech startups and new college graduates. Trendy décor is more like Kimpton Hotels meets Ikea, versus a more mature look that includes dark wood furnishings, recessed lighting, and enviable views of the city.
All businesses have to start somewhere, and many follow the traditional path of the home office to a hostel-style environment to an established, professional workspace. However, those who already run successful businesses and are finding that working from home has become too impractical may want to skip that bottom rung on the ladder and start with a professional workspace that is better at boosting productivity and bringing legitimacy to their business’s image.
So, when you are looking for a workspace that is affordable, conveniently located, full of amenities and most of all – professional, think Premier Workspaces. Contact us and find out how we can help you on your path to business growth with a professional office.