Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.
Starting a new business when you’re not sure where to run it from can be tough. Many people choose to start a new business from home, but that’s not always the best option. Sometimes, all you need is a desk and a computer. But there are other times when you might need somewhere to hold stock or to make products. And perhaps you don’t want the isolation of working at home on your own. There are other options for you to consider if you need to find a home for your business before launch.
At Home: Home is the first place that many people consider when they want to set up a business. It’s not for everyone, but it is a possibility for many small businesses. If all you need to get started is a small workspace, with a computer and a phone, almost anyone can find the space they need in their home. This sort of setup can be suitable for many service-based businesses, from social media managers to website developers. If you already have the tools you need, you can go ahead and start working pretty much right away. However, it might not work for people who need more space.
Self-storage Units: If you need more space, possibly to either make or store your products, self-storage units are another possibility. Many people use storage units not just to store their products, but also to manufacture them and package them too. They can provide sizeable spaces that you can access at any time if you pick a 24/7 storage building. You should also be able to find a space if you’re on a budget. There are many reasonably priced storage units that are ideal for budding businesses. Storage units are also easy to scale when you start to grow. You can rent out further units or move into a larger one in the same building.
Flexible Workspaces: A slightly more sophisticated option is the coworking space or flexible workspace. If you choose this option, you could have a number of possibilities to explore. Some places will allow you to rent your space by the desk. Other facilities will also have small offices or storage spaces you can use. Places like Guardian Business Center even have warehouse space for businesses looking for somewhere to keep their stock. Many business centers and coworking spaces have other great facilities to use, from games rooms to printing services. Plus, you can socialize with and learn from other businesses.
The Mobile Business: Another modern option is not to have a permanent home for your business at all. Of course, you’ll need to have a business address. But if you provide a service over the internet, you can do your work almost anywhere you like. This is ideal if you want to travel while you work or you don’t want to be stuck at home all the time. You can use cafes, libraries, and anywhere else where you can connect to the internet.
Finding a home for your new business doesn’t have to be hard. However, it’s important to consider your needs first.