Many new business startups take their first steps at home. Often a new business can take over your spare bedroom very quickly. Once you are on the right track you’ll soon need some dedicated business space. But how do you make sure that your enterprise is a success from the start?
Whatever your business does, it should reflect your passion in life. If you are not into your business then you can’t expect others to be. Ideally, your passion will inspire others to get involved in your success. This will help attract clients, quality suppliers and even high calibre staff when the time comes to hire.
Find mentors and try to avoid one-off advisors for expertise in their particular fields.
When you are building something new, it’s invaluable to be able to ask someone who has been there and done it. This will help you to avoid some of the pitfalls.
Some customers will try to browbeat start ups because they think you’ll accept any work or price to get your turnover figures up. Steer clear of cheap clients like these because they end up being more trouble than they are worth. You need to keep your eye on the ball.
Who says you need to offer 28 days credit in business? Some businesses might expect it, but all will have pre-payment systems for certain purchases. If you can’t get paid upfront, make sure you are eagle eyed over your credit control.
Some startups hire the first person who happens to be around because they need to fill demand rapidly and it seems to be a convenient solution.
However, once hired, staff are not easy to remove from post and it is costly if you go through a redundancy programme. Take your time to get the right people the first time.
Try to avoid cheques and BACs transactions that might come through in three working days or so. If you cannot take a debit card payment – most startups will need to pay a fee to their service provider to do so – then take cash which you know is instantly bankable.
As your business gains a reputation, you will want to seek out new possibilities and to discover what sort of opportunities might come your way.
Don’t expect these to fall into your lap, however. Make connections with other business people in your area and make contacts within your industry.
Working hard is what most entrepreneurs do, but remember that you work to live, too. Take time to exercise and relax or you’ll burn out too rapidly. Set yourself business goals but set rewards on the back of achieving them like taking a holiday.
You might be a whiz at administration or sorting out procedures that make your business more efficient than competitors, but you need to understand people, too. Managing your customers’ varying expectations means having empathy and a little comprehension of human psychology.
Get these things right and you should find that your business grows. As it does, you will need some flexible office space to be able to expand and to meet the needs of new clients. Across the country, Flexspace is the ideal place to turn for usable, flexible office space which comes at great rates. There are introductory offers for new business people where the first two to three months free on a 12-month contract can be cost free.
You can rent a Flexspace unit for a minimum of 6 months all the way up to 10 years or more.
Most sites have different unit sizes, so you can move and grow with Flexspace. Choose workspace on your terms.
Most of our units are so flexible that you can shape the space to be precisely as you want it to be.
From Cafes to Gyms, Galleries to Labs, we’ve seen and done it all. Choose space to fit your needs.
Flexspace have helped me turn my little dream into a profitable reality! Being a small business owner looking for premises can sometimes be daunting but Loraine and the Flexspace team helped me with every step in finding the perfect solution for my business and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The team go above and beyond to look after their tenants and nothing is every too much trouble. Premises are clean, well maintained and I always feel extremely safe when I’m at work even on those dark winter nights! I have highly recommended Flexspace to fellow business owners – a hidden gem in Peterborough!
Our offices in Blackpool are easily accessible for the people we support, some of whom are in wheelchairs, there is a ramp to the entrance door and disabled facilities. Our offices are nicely decorated, comfortable and affordable.
Our Area Manager is very helpful and readily available should we have any queries or problems. The public areas are kept clean, safe and presentable. She goes over and above the call of duty for the clients.
I have enjoyed renting from Flexspace for the last 3 years and hopefully will be there for a good few years to come. Found the staff very helpful and easy to get on with.
Excellent service, the Centre team are happy to assist with meeting rooms at short notice. They ensure that repairs are carried out quickly. I needed several new sockets in my room and these were provided very quickly with no inconvenience to myself.
The staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable and nothing is ever a problem.
Flexspace Dunfermline has had a big impact on the growth of my business over the last 3 years. Offering the ability to offer in-house training to clients with the use of the meeting room facilities. The team always ensure that the rooms are set up to the exact requirements I need to deliver the training to my clients. From equipment set up to the supply of refreshments to my delegates.
Having a dedicated team onsite that are always on hand to assist with anything from reception to administration is a real benefit to my business. The staff are always very approachable and nothing is ever too much for them when I ask for their assistance.
RDM Group has occupied buildings on the Bilton Industrial Estate for over 22 years and we have seen many owners in our time. In 2007 ‘Flexspace’ acquired the estate and through their resident manager, we have seen a dramatic improvement in the overall operation of the estate together with a continual investment and improvement program into the buildings, security and facilities which makes the estate an extremely good place for our company to be located.
Big thanks to you and Alan for your efficient handling of the whole process.
Many thanks for your support in our move into new office space, everything has been really smooth and easy even down to ensuring locks were changed and secure.
The facilities are excellent and spotlessly clean throughout and it’s so helpful for us to have access to additional rooms for booking for training events when we need it. We are so glad we made the move into a really pleasant and well maintained working environment.