Deciding on which office to use as the hub for your tutoring agency can be challenging. You want to make sure that you have a good location that’s easy find, somewhere that will allow your business to grow and somewhere that offers you the kind of lease that you’re after. At TutorCruncher, we’ve been there before, so here are our top tips on how to choose an office space for your agency.
Account for Growth
Before settling on an office, consider whether the space gives your agency room to grow in the future. It’s important not only to consider your immediate needs but also how they might change as your business develops. What if you take on more tutors? Will you have enough rooms to accommodate every lesson? And what about parents coming to collect their kids? Will your waiting area or reception be large enough to accommodate everyone during busy periods? If you’re unable to find a space that satisfies your business growth, then consider signing a short term lease so that when the time comes to look for somewhere bigger, you’re not restricted by a long term lease arrangement.
Location, Location, Location
It’s unlikely that you’ll have a Kirsty or Phil on your team to help find you the perfect spot for your office, so you’ll need to keep your eyes open for potential spaces that become available in your local area. Some things to consider in terms of location are whether it’s easily accessible to tutors and to students, whether it has parking facilities and how easy it is to find. All these elements should factor into your final decision. There’s no point in having a great office space if it’s tucked away down a side street and no-one can find it. Remember, your office front is often the first impression people will have of your agency, so you’ll want it to be inviting.
Don’t just consider how much the rent will be; think about how much you’ll be paying on heating and other utilities. Is there a factor involved with the building? Many offices located in city centres have factoring costs attached to them which usually pay towards the general upkeep of the grounds. Will you need to pay any moving expenses to move furniture out of the office that belonged to the previous company? And remember to check if you’re in a suitable area for wireless internet. If not, you’ll need to look into alternative ways to provide internet access to your staff and students.
Consider whether the office space is compliant with all accessibility laws. Does it allow for wheelchair access and is it equipped with other accessibility facilities? The cost of having these measures installed in an office can mount up, so make sure you’ve accounted for this in your budget if the office you like doesn’t currently meet these standards.
Consider the following infographic from the Huffington Post on how to engineer the perfect office. Does the office you have in mind give you the scope to do these things?
What things did you consider when choosing an office space for your tutoring agency? What did you see as a priority when it came deciding on the most suitable office for your business? Do you have advice you’d like to share with our readers?