The Lowcountry has become a premiere area for startups to launch and businesses to expand. In fact, the Holy City ranks 27th on the Forbes list for the “Best Places for Businesses and Careers.” As a result, many businesses are eager to call the Charleston-area home. If your organization is looking to relocate to or within the Lowcountry, here are a few tips for finding the perfect office space.
Determine how much space you need
First and foremost, you need to know how much space is required for your operations to run smoothly and your employees to work comfortably. Find a space that can accommodate your business now, and that may have room for growth if you are just starting out or expect to expand within a few years. 1,000 square feet for every four to six employees is a typical rule of thumb. And don’t forget about storage space for materials and supplies.
Set your price point
It’s also necessary that you determine how much your business can afford to pay for office space. Set a budget with a little bit of wiggle room, and narrow your search to spaces that fit your budget. You may be able to negotiate price and terms, but with a high demand for space in the Charleston area, you shouldn’t count on being able to negotiate in order to fit your budget.
Think about your employees
With about 35 people moving to Charleston each day, traffic in the area has become quite congested. While it will be impossible to find a space with only a five minute commute for all of your employees, be considerate and try to choose a centralized location that is relatively convenient for most of your employees.
Visit multiple spaces
When researching office spaces, the Internet is a great resource. However, you may think you’ve found the perfect space in your online research only to find that in person the building isn’t well maintained or the space isn’t as big as you expected. That’s why it’s important to have multiple options and to actually visit each space. You may find that your last choice ends up being the right one!
Consider a coworking space
Coworking spaces have become a popular trend in business, especially for smaller organizations or those working with a tight budget. There are multiple coworking spaces available in the Charleston area, offering a range of office space options for individuals and organizations to choose from.
Try to talk to current tenants
If possible, try to talk to the space’s current tenants or other tenants in the same building. Ask how the space has worked for them, what they would change if they could, and other questions about their experience in the space and with the landlord. Tenants may also have inside information and tips about traffic in the area, or nearby restaurants and activities.