Get Out of the House!
The home is fine for the nascent stages of the company, but it won't be as opportunities arise and operations grow. It's time to explore the benefits of rental property long before the need to move comes up. Knowing what's needed before moving forward with an office space helps to keep costs down while keeping the search realistic when the time comes.
Is the question of "why should I want to get out of the home office?" coming up yet? If it is, here's why the want is going to become a need: even if there is no one else at home and the environment is completely quiet for phone calls, it's not an ideal place for meeting a client. A meeting space needs to be used solely for the purpose of business, not as both living quarters and meeting space.
Imagine this scenario: clients who are ready to spend a lot of money to get their project done are coming to town. The only place to meet them in a private setting is in the kitchen. What are the chances that the client is going to commit to a contract after a meeting in a kitchen? Less likely than they were before the client came for a visit.
Why Renting Office Space is Beneficial
The major rental property benefits are centered around the presentation of the business. Clients don't come to the home; instead, they come to an office space where business is supposed to get done. It's actually a more comfortable environment to meet in than the home. While visitors instinctively understand they are guests, they don't have to feel like they have to be guests in someone's home. A home is a personal environment that is for living, not business.
When clients are comfortable, business gets done. And when business gets done, everyone is happy. This is key to being a successful freelancer or entrepreneur. Joining the ranks of successful businesspeople means knowing when to get out of the home.
It Doesn't Have to be Expensive
A virtual office or shared space can help alleviate costs while still providing a professional appearance. Hub83 offers the opportunity to rent an office space on a full or part-time basis along with receptionist and mail services to give the impression of having an office. Need to meet clients? Reserve the meeting space at Hub83 for a block of time, and have clients meet you there. Going the shared office space route is affordable, flexible and convenient. It's also a place to meet other entrepreneurs, make connections and get ideas from different perspectives!