Many companies’ can start from home or form a shared office space (also known as coworking space). In these situations, low over head is great, but there are many avenues you can take to ensure you are NOT sacrificing what’s most important for not only your image, but your level of professionalism and productivity. What most business owners and professionals commonly lack is proper work space. Here are some tips to not low ball your professional needs for the right work environment.
#1 DON’T FORGET WHAT GOT YOU THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE
Your company was fueled by your drive and ability to generate productive thought. How can you continue to grow if the mastermind behind everything is facing more obstacles than necessary? Get into the right environment that fits your needs to focus and generate more of those million dollar ideas that got you where you are at today. Start with the right office or work environment in mind.
#2 NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF BEING AROUND LIKE MINDED PEOPLE IN A LIKE MINDED LOCATION.
One of the most powerful effects of your environment is the energy of driven and passionate people. Even if you do not feel up for developing a new business strategy or new marketing plan, there is always room for inspiration by your fellow colleagues. For instance, imagine trying to develop next years’ business strategy, or launching a new advertising campaign in a noisy coffee shop, sitting beside two chatty teenagers planning their next birthday bash. Try to get work done is incredibly challenging when all you hear is the babbling of others at happy hour at a local lunch stop while you are trying to make your next move for this upcoming year. It does not pan out in such a favorable manner.
However, imagine working in an office space that has several like minded successful professionals in the same location, all maintaining the focus to produce, create, and generate a positive flow of ideas. Nothing streams better than good, old fashion positive energy. Even in passing at the shared Starbucks machine or lunch breaks in the kitchen lounge. There are great ideas flowing everywhere, but most likely… its not in a coffee shop where you go for burnt coffee and free Wi-Fi. That’s for college students to catch up on their studies in their study groups, not for professional business transactions!
#3 BUILD YOUR LOCAL NETWORK
Networking is another incredible tool that can open many doors. Where you are located geographically can help enhance your connections. Make sure to keep this in mind when you pick your next office or work environment.
#4 DISTRACTIONS AND MULTITASKING CAN CRUMBLE EVEN THE STRONGEST FOCUS
In this day and age, it is second nature to multi-task between email, texts, meetings, and family life. But taking time out to individually focus on one thing at a time can differentiate between strong focus and results that seem to taper short of demands. There are options for every type of business plan that can make a world of difference not only professionally but with your client relationships’. If you have a home office, find a virtual office solution that will provide personalized answering services which will handle your incoming calls and mail. The attention you provide to your own company will reflect your dedication to your clients. Typically, virtual offices also offer conference rooms to further focus your time and attention to your clients and their needs rather than your phone ringing nonstop, or your voicemail filling up. It is incredibly cost efficient compared to traditional office space. It trumps your local coffee house any day of the week. Many people assume that because they have established a routine work space, guaranteed success is soon to follow..
#5 IT LITERALLY PAYS TO HAVE PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL WORK SPACES AND OFFICES
Even open-plan offices show significant differences of productivity than individual work spaces. A study done by the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark states that professionals are more productive with private offices. In this study, the executives with their own offices took 62% LESS sick days than executives in an open-office floor plan. That’s equates into 62% less work and time to focus on priorities. Whether its you or your employees that are putting in the hours, it pays to have a less distracting and private environment.
Whatever your approach to increasing productivity and decreasing overhead, keep these tips in mind as you make your plans for 2016. It could end up saving you money!