Business owners crave growth but there is one caveat to this: The ensuing lack of space. With more employees on board, new equipment and furniture to accommodate them, and a myriad of office supplies to consider, it is often the case that business owners struggle to contain everything in the limited space they have available.
If you’re currently struggling to manage the space in your business premises, you will understand. But what can you do about it? As your business continues to grow, space will become an ever-increasing problem. Here are some possible solutions.
#1: Get Rid of Anything That Is No Longer Needed
Do you still need a photocopier? You might not if you are now running a paperless office. You might not need your filing cabinets either! You might also have pieces of equipment that are no longer working, so you definitely won’t need to keep hold of them. So, consider what you no longer need and either sell, recycle or donate your redundant items. You will then have more floor and storage space, and that can only be a good thing.
#2: Find Ways to Add More Storage
If you’re office-based, you could add more shelves and create vertical storage. You could also replace older piecess of furniture with something that has more storage features. If you’re in construction or any other kind of contracting service, you could add storage outside of your premises, perhaps with one of these custom metal buildings. By taking such steps, your business premises will become less cluttered, as you will have a new home for anything that is currently taking up too much space.
#3: Encourage Remote Working
This is something many businesses have already done, of course, and that is because of the current world situation. However, there is no reason why this can’t become the norm, especially if you are struggling to accommodate all of your team members. If some or all of your employees could work from home, you would instantly free up space within your business premises. Take a look at our tips on shifting your business to a remote operation, and consider the possibility of you haven’t done so already.
#4: Find New Business Premises
This is likely to be the option that causes you the most hassle but think of the advantages. If your premises no longer suit your needs, it could that be a move somewhere new could be better for you. Not only would you have more space, but you might also be able to reduce costs if you found somewhere that cost less to rent each month. Another advantage is location. You could move closer to your customers, so if footfall has ever been a problem for you, this could solve that issue. So, yes, moving is always a hassle, but for more space and other benefits, this could be the right answer.
Consider one or more of these options if you are running out of space. By doing so, you will benefit yourself and your employees, as you will reduce the strain that a cluttered workplace can bring. There will be fewer health and safety hazards too!