If you have a fantastic business idea and can’t wait to turn it into reality, you have come to the right place, as we take a look at setting up a small office, from which to run your business. There are, as you would expect, numerous options for a business office; if you are not meeting customers face to face, there is no reason why you can’t use the spare room at home for an office, indeed, many Australian entrepreneurs do just that!
Essential IT Hardware
You need a desktop PC, a printer/copier and a wireless Internet router and with APC UPS batteries, you won’t have to worry about power outages. We also recommend a laptop or tablet, which you can use when out in the field and if you set up a cloud network, you can access your data from any location. Talk to a managed IT services provider about cloud networks, they have numerous packages to suit SMEs.
Shared office space
Many tech startups share office space, which is very affordable; find a few other small business owners and you can share the space and the costs. Failing that, contact a commercial real estate agent and see if they have clients who prefer to share office space, while you can also put out social media posts looking for collaboration.
Set up a cloud data storage network
This enables you (and your employees) to access data from any location, using any digital device. Cyber-security comes from the network provider and should a hacker attempt to gain access, the threat is identified and the origin traced. Click here to discover how technology will change your life in the coming decade.
Virtual office services
If you want to create the right impression, you can hire a prestigious CBD address and all correspondence is forwarded to your home address. You can also hire a virtual receptionist who is remotely located at a call centre and will answer all calls and forward them to your number. The caller would naturally presume that your receptionist is at your office and they would never know you are not physically located at your CBD address.
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Calculate how many people will be working in the space and create workstations; connect the peripherals such as printer/scanner to the LAN and all can share use. Acquire some half-height partitions that are interconnectable and making workstations is easy.
You will need a decent-sized desk on which to place your computer, a good CEO chair (in which you will spend many hours) and a couple of smaller swivel office chairs for your employees. A filing cabinet is a must; you should scan all documents and store digital copies on the cloud while storing originals in a filing cabinet.
We hope that this short article helps you to create suitable office space from where you can manage your new business. Don’t forget to register the business with the Australian government, which can be done online.