Written by Charles Staky
As a small start-up, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s first “real” office was in a barn, which sat in the backyard of Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother’s home. After moving to a new space, which we quickly outgrew, Melanie Bergeron, our President at the time, sat at the copy machine. We’ve lived in all sorts of offices, each unique and special, and sometimes challenging in their own way.
Moving into a new office space is often an exciting time for a company; however, it can be an expensive investment, leaving your interior design budget in a sad state. No one wants to spend eight hours a day working in a boring space they don’t enjoy. Here are a few things you can do to spruce up your business new home while saving some of your hard-earned money. And, believe us when we say, we speak from experience!
Find the right space
First and foremost when looking for an office space make sure it’s right for your setup, and that it comes at the right price. You want a space to fit your operation with room to grow. However, to avoid being buried under rent payments, be sure the space isn’t too expensive to handle.
If you go with a less expensive office you’ll find the savings can be put to use in other ways to make the space more livable. Shop around in different neighborhoods when searching for office space. If you’re an operation like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, which has unique needs such as space to park trucks, be sure the space you are looking at can accommodate.
Clean it up
You can decorate your office space in hundreds of different ways, and the same can be said for the layout you choose. One thing is for sure though, no matter the size or any other factor, your office space will feel larger and nicer if everything is organized. Not only will an organized office provide you with more workspace, it can also relieve added stress and save valuable work time for those in it. Prvacysense.net says the average employee spends about two and a half hours a day searching for information. But, if you run a neat and organized office that time could be easily shortened. Cleaning up your office costs you nothing, but adds value to how your space looks and how productive it is.
Be careful where you buy supplies
When stocking your new office, remember the supplies you buy don’t have to be top-of-the-line. According to the Office Depot website, ball point pens can cost you anywhere from $2 to $33 for a box of 12 pens. This can mean savings of more than $2 per pen. Paper can also vary more than $20 per case, while the cost of colored ink cartridges can vary by up to $25, depending on the cartridge. Be mindful of the supplies you buy, small cost differences in areas such as these can add up quickly.
Do you need a reception space?
If your business has a large volume of customers coming in and out, a reception area can be extremely beneficial. A simple coffee table paired with nice chairs at your entrance will do the trick. When customers make their way into your office, you have a welcoming space to accommodate them without breaking the bank.
Good culture = A happy office
It has been said time and time again that a positive culture is a staple of any successful business. But, here is a new way to spin it. If the office culture is enjoyable and your team is genuinely happy being around each other, your office space doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to keep everyone satisfied and working hard. So, before you stress about the newest office chairs or a food and beverage cart, be sure the people you employ have good attitudes and a passion for the company. In the end this trumps any amenity you could provide.
In addition to these ideas to keep cost down for your new business, browse resources such as Pinterest for endless inspiration on a budget. We’ve gathered our personal favorites here.
It’s important to remember most businesses start out small with limited money to spare on items such as professional designers and interior decorators for their office space. But, if you take pride in your business and work every day to exceed your customers’ expectations, soon your business will grow and your shoestring decorating budget will grow with it.