Opening a new location of an office while expanding a business can be one of the most exciting as well as stressful times in a business owner’s life. The financial risk that it takes to start another location whether it is a restaurant franchise or marketing business is large. The failure of a newly opened branch can dry up cash flow in the established business which can lead in the entire business failing. Getting a new office to be profitable takes employees being able and willing to work immediately once the office is opened.
The style of furniture in the office has all kinds of thoughts and opinions on it. Some people would love to have a comfortable homey style of office while others might want a barebones office approach as to minimize distractions. Finding furniture online is quite easy with quite a few retailers offering discounted shipping and installation. HSN actually has coupons on Groupon that can help save you money when setting up your new office.
The décor of the office can do a lot for production as well as its layout. Finding motivational posters and branding your office as your own is quite important. Once the employees move into the office it is important to stress making the office different than the other branches as the employees of each branch will be different. Things like painting and other activities can be left up to your staff if they’d like especially if you have a talented artist who’d like to paint one of the walls like a mural.
Workflow should be established before even entering the new office. The existing employees that are transferring to help set up this new office should be in charge of training new employees on workflows. This will help minimize downtime that plagues new offices. Bringing in staff with experience at other offices can be a great way to promote from within as well.
As you can see this just touches on a few of the many things that you will have to do before your employees set foot into a new office. Do not expand too quickly as this can be a recipe for disaster. Expand when you don’t have any other choice to keep cash flow plentiful as well as employee numbers manageable.