You’ve got the brains. You’ve got the motivation. Maybe you even have the funding. But have you even stopped to consider where your start-up company is going to be located? Chances are you haven’t thought about it much; that’s not something usually at the top of many young entrepreneurs’ lists because most of them are already working with their new ideas in coffee shops, co-working spaces or other public areas.
So what kind of building does a start-up company need? Well, since startups typically don’t have many employees at their get-go, they usually aren’t going to need to have their own building built, and aren’t going to need too much space. That’s one great benefit for co-working spaces: you can still have an address for your company, while not needing to completely rent a place or buy it all on your own. The difference between the needs of an established firm and a start-up is that start-ups need to plan for a lot of growth, whereas more established firms might already have a pretty good idea of their current, as well as future, needs.
The design of the building for your start-up should also take closely into consideration the type of team that you have on board. If your team works really well together, and collaborates frequently, perhaps you need a more open working space where people can bounce ideas off of each other. If your team works better undisturbed and in private, then perhaps they need their own offices to get things done in peace, with a room for meetings designated.
Designers should also take into consideration break places, such as a break room, where employees can go to eat their lunch apart from their normal working space. Separate spaces can allow people to clear their minds better and designate one area for getting things done and another for blowing off steam and relaxing. These areas can be crucial to a company and the culture that they are trying to build. If you want people to work well together, they also have to be able to get along and relax together. Culture can be one of the key indicators of how successful a company is going to be. If there’s healthy support and competition, it can drastically improve a company’s performance overall.
Professional Designer Route
Over half of all start-ups fail, and that is why even things lfike building design can be crucial in getting a company up and off the ground. If you’re just starting out in the initial design phase, there are many ways you can go about it. You can hire a trusted and successful designer that you believe will be able to make several sketches of your desired building, or you can hire several freelancers to present design plans and then choose the best design.
You might also want to consider sustainability when choosing your design for your building. There are many ways your company can get a jumpstart on making your company a sustainable green company, like choosing energy efficient materials and utilities.
There are many things you should consider when picking the design for your building to house your start-up company. Each company is unique, so pick the design that is going to suit your companies needs the best.
Written by Kent Murdock, owner of Randy Adams Construction in Columbia, MO. Randy Adams Construction is one of the premiere commercial construction companies in Mid-Missouri.