When launching a new business, one of the many questions entrepreneurs ask is where they will house their operations.
For some, their home or garage is a convenient, affordable place to start – just ask tech giants like Microsoft, Apple and Google – but when it comes time to finding a more permanent and professional home for their company, many small business owners are overwhelmed by the number of options available to them.
Starting a business at home, whether it’s in the garage, basement or home office, is often a short-term solution to a long-term need.
As a company brings on clients and employees, it’s important for them to have a long-term real estate plan in place that allows them to scale operations and relocate quickly and efficiently should they ever outgrow their space.
One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by working with a real estate company that offers a full spectrum of services capable of taking a business from a home office to a standalone space. These include:
Virtual offices that supply home-based entrepreneurs with a professional mailing address and business line, complete with a live receptionist who can answer calls while they’re in a meeting or away from the office
Shared offices, which take the virtual concept a step further by also giving entrepreneurs their own office or workstation in a center that houses multiple businesses under one roof
Brokerage services that can help business owners transition from a home or shared office as their company grows
While a business may not end up using all of these services – for example, a startup could go directly from a home office to a direct lease, or decide they never want to leave the shared office environment – having this service platform in place helps them prepare for the sometimes-unpredictable growth of a new business.
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