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Entrepreneur Tip – Get an Office

– by Haley Gray –

One of the lessons I learned the hard way is that if you have an employee, or there are two or more of you, having office space is invaluable.  There are business incubators that offer a variety of office packages, including a single office with a phone, and that will give you a mailing address.

People working as a teamReasons You Need to Get an Office:

  • Accountability – You will have a much better idea of how long people are working, and what they’re up to. If you don’t see people in the office, then they could be out on calls with clients, or they could just be not working at all, but do you know which it is? Having an office makes it much easier to tell.  Got an employee routinely coming in late, and leaving super early? How will you know if they’re working from home? How do you know if the time that they are working is the least bit productive?
  • Team Building – Have you ever had a team that was located all over the place, and with no-one in the same building? Was it terribly hard to work together? I believe that humans need to be face to face to work together optimally.  Otherwise, you will have mistrust and miscommunication. To get people to come together, you have to get them together.
  • Remove Redundancy – When we moved into our office, we found that we have a 5 year supply of all of our printed supplies, multiple printers, and more. By consolidating in a single location, you can remove redundancies in the workplace, and in your life.


Still not convinced?
Are you still thinking that it’s best to work remotely? That’s fine.  But have you asked your employees what they think? Or what environment they want to work in? Chances are, if they are a go-getter, then they will tell you that they need to work in an office.

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2 comments

  1. gregeb

    re: accountability. its all about work product. If I had an employee does what they need to do in 5 hrs vs 8, they SHOULD be rewarded and take off 3 hrs early. If you need to watch staff do work, what are you doing? ? you’ve hired the wrong staff. Hire people who want to work, not watch a clock.
    My 2nd to last boss was 2 time zones away – I checked in with him weekly on the phone and via a simple spread-sheet on my weeks’ activities. That’s all that’s required. That and constant feedback from my clients. They don’t have a problem complaining about not getting the attention they need.
    I appreciated the freedom and trust he put in me. I often had family medical issues to attend to and appreciated the time flexibility. and I got my job done and then some!!

    1. Susan McGuire

      You bring up some interesting points Gregeb. While it is great that your boss was able to trust you to get your work done, not all employees are so diligent. Circumstances for every type of business vary a good bit. Whether or not an employer can allow their employees to leave early for being productive will depend on whether they need to be there physically to greet customers or potential clients. Collaboration and teamwork is another good reason to have an office. It also makes a difference whether employees are salaried or hourly. It sounds like you and your previous employer had a good system in place, which is critical for remote workers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.

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