Your level of comfort and productivity while staying in a serviced office suite will be largely determined before you even pay the rent and move in. You have to select a suite that offers all the equipment and services you need while providing a safe, clean and comfortable environment that allows you to settle into your work and focus.
Equipment & Services You Need
A good serviced office suite will provide all the basic office equipment that you may need. This includes fax machines, phone systems, and access to the Internet for your computer system. You should be able to make copies and comfortably seat everyone needed to conduct your business. The phone system should at least provide you with local phone calls and you should be able to make long distance calls through your own cell phones and Internet programs.
If you aren’t able to do all of these things with standard equipment in your office suite, then you won’t have everything needed to effectively carry out daily business activities. If you can’t find information about the equipment offered inside your chosen serviced office suite, give the company a call before committing and make sure any equipment you may need is included.
It is also important to make sure all equipment will be modern and not outdated. It should be fully functional for the purposes you will use it.
Most serviced office suites will also give you some access to administrative or secretarial support. If you will be needing these services, make sure you understand how much access you will be given and what hours this support staff will be available. You may have to share these support workers with other businesses renting out serviced suites in the same unit, so make sure you understand how much you will be able to rely upon them.
There is nothing more tragic then expecting full service secretarial help and finding out that the services are quite limited in terms of the availability of staff. Make sure to ask ahead of time so you can look elsewhere or bring your own support staff if services are going to be less than ideal.
The furniture and decorative elements offered in a serviced office suite are just as important as the equipment offered. If you don’t feel comfortable in the environment offered you won’t be very productive and inviting others into the office space for meetings or collaboration will reflect negatively on your business.
The best way to determine how comfortable the environment will be inside a business suite is to look online. The best serviced office suites will feature pictures online or virtual tours that allow you to see inside the suite even if you aren’t close enough to in for a real tour. If you come across companies that do not release pictures or detailed information about the furniture and décor inside their suites, then you should look elsewhere.
Of course, the ideal thing to do would be to go into the suites yourself and look around, but that is usually impossible. If you are renting your serviced office outside of your local community, you will have to rely upon pictures online and the reputation of the company to ensure you will be greeted by a pleasant, clean and professional working environment.Learn More