Your small business has expanded quicker than Johnny Vegas’s waistline after a Domino’s pizza blowout – but where will you find the space to expand further?
The office you work in is fit to burst. You squeeze past boxes and files strewn across the floor. Getting from one desk to the next is like an elaborate game of Tetris. And you have to divert clients away from your workplace, lest they see the bloated mess where you conduct business.
But that doesn’t mean you have to pitch up your business tent somewhere else. With the right adjustments, you can give your dinky workplace a little more breathing space. Simply try a few of these tips.
Mix it up – with a mezzanine
If you work in a warehouse or other large office, fitting a few mezzanine floors could be the solution to your spatial woes.
A mezzanine floor is essentially flooring supported by a series of steel girders that can be built and dismantled in a very short period of time. The addition of mezzanine flooring will give you a literal new level to your workplace. And you can fill that space with whatever you like – be it a VIP area, extra storage or room for your employees to stretch their legs.
The beauty of it is that it can be easily installed into virtually any space from floor to ceiling, fitting seamlessly into a warehouse, office, production or retail environment. Last but not least, floor space is expensive, a mezzanine floor allows a firm to avoid the headaches and the costs associated with of moving from its existing location to larger premises.
Quality – all-in-one
For years, the all-in-one printer (a printer that combined a scanner, photocopier and, in the olden days, a fax machine) was seen as the clumsy cousin to real printers. And for a time that was true.
But times have changed, and the all-in-one device is now more versatile than a digitised Potato Waffle. For just a few hundred pounds, you can have an all-in-one that will do everything just as well (if not better) than a standalone device.
Moreover, it’ll save you some space. So beat the squeeze with an all-in-one.
Head for the cloud
The Cloud might sound like a cult from a Kurt Vonnegut nightmare, but it’s actually a piece of cutting edge technology that could make your office entirely paperless.
Put simply, the Cloud is a huge hard drive that lives on the internet, allowing you to access it anywhere, share files with peers, communicate with friends and edit on the fly.
Why use it? For one, you won’t need bulky filing cabinets anymore. Being able to back up on a remote hard drive will remove the need for paper copies.
For two, the editing process of documents will become smoother in an instant. As you back-and-forth with your peers, you’ll have proposals that are tighter than a lug nut on a boiler.
Ultimately, investing in space-saving strategies for your office will make it a more productive and morale-boosting area. So make a little more room – you’ll need it to fit your profits.