When you run an online business, it can seem like the perfect solution to be able to work from home, and for a long time it definitely will make sense because of the low overheads associated with working from home as you get the business off the ground.However, at some point, every business owner will be faced with the question of if and when it’s time to move their online business to a physical premises, and although this will be different for everyone, in this post we’re going to share with you some of the main reasons that moving your online business to a physical premises is a good idea.
When it comes to getting your own office, you obviously have to be prepared for the fact that it’s not the cheapest thing in the world, but you can also find options within your price range and whether it’s with the office fitout side of things, the location, or just the general running costs, it’s not something that has to be OTT price wise.
Building a team will always be so much easier if you have an office for them to work from. Now of course this certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t build a team if you work from home and fully online - plenty of people have massive teams and no physical office, but especially if you want to build an in-house team, then an office is pretty much a must, and definitely going to be a much easier and manageable thing to do from a physical office.
You’re ready to build a team:
You’re looking to grow the business in a bigger way:Big changes come in business usually when you’re looking to grow in a bigger way, and having a physical office is definitely going to be one those times where you’re trying to grow and this is something that will make it easier to implement. Whether it’s adding new departments, opening new locations, or scaling and growing in other ways, then having a physical office will be a great way to make any of these things happen.
You want a place to have meetings with clients:Depending on your business, you may need to meet with clients or just have meetings on a regular basis, and not only can this get annoying if you’re constantly having to meet in places like coffee shops and restaurants, but being able to meet in your own office can really help them see you as more professional and take you seriously.
It’s also a nice way for you to be able to connect with them offline and that can make a difference in the relationship you’re able to build with your clients and potential clients.
You feel you need more balance between work and life:Although working from home is definitely not a bad deal, one of the downsides of it is that it can be difficult for people working from home to switch off after working since they’re living and working in the same place and this can really create a sense of having no work/life balance, so if you’re struggling with this side of things, then having your own office could make a big difference.