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You’ve been working from your home office for a while, and have set up a successful business. Now you’re thinking about setting up shop with either some premises or a larger office for all the new staff you’ve just hired. However, beyond all the hassle of actually finding the right location for your business premises, there are a few other things that need to be taken care of that might not have crossed your mind when you were working from home. Below are a few responsibilities you will now have that you didn’t before.
The very first thing that will need to be dealt with is business insurance. While working from home, insurance wasn’t a factor that you really had to consider in your day to day running. However, now you have physical premises and staff, you will need to make sure that you are covered in the event of any accidents. First off, you will need public liability insurance if the general public will be visiting your business, you will also need to cover yourself and your employees for any accidents that might happen in the workplace. Secondly, you will need to insure the building and its contents against loss or damage. Somebody might decide to try and steal your computers or other equipment; there could be a storm which could damage the property. There could be any number of outside influences which could cause you to be forced to close for a day or two for health and safety reasons, meaning that your business could lose income. It is always better to have insurance and not need it than it is not to have it and wish you did.
With a growing business comes growing needs. You may have been able to function on your laptop and a basic antiviral software package before, but things are different when you have multiple computers running all day. Looking into local or online computer services to support the daily running of your computer network and security is an essential for the longevity of any business. Your computer network is the foundation of how you run your company and communicate with your customers; you don’t want it to let you down at a crucial moment.
Expanding can be a costly process, so it can be tempting to try and cut costs along the way. However, there is a world of difference between being thrifty and being cheap. Getting a good deal is one thing, but buying low-quality equipment because it is cheaper is a false economy which will hit your company account hard in the future. Buy cheap; buy twice. Have faith in the sustainability of your company and invest in quality equipment which will last for years and help you and your staff to work better. Search for computers that will perform efficiently and quickly, buy desks that will be rugged and hardworking, not flimsy furniture designed for occasional home use. Think long-term impact rather than immediate cost.
There are many other things to consider when moving from a home business to physical premises, but these three things should help to ensure that your business is protected, efficient, and will last.