Running a small business can be costly in terms of capital, overhead costs, and costs for employment of workers. However, of all the items falling in overhead costs, rental costs take up a big chunk of it. The bigger the office space, the higher the rental costs. However, it doesn’t mean that you need to rent a big place to accommodate your expanding business. Here are some space-saving ideas that will free up space in your small office space without sacrificing efficiency.
A regular office desk contains a variety of things: the monitor, desktop computer, keyboard, paper stacks, and small office equipment. The desktop computer is that hunk of metal that blocks your view of your co-employees. When all the desks in your small office are dotted with these big hunks of metal, it lends a very cluttered and uneven feel to the space. The technique is to get small form factor desktop computers that can be one-third of the space take up by the regular ones. Laptops may also be smarter option as they can be folded down after use. However, if the employees are already using the regular desktops, it may be best to use a computer cabinets installed under the desk. The desktop computer can sit inside the computer cabinet, keeping it safe from dust and other particles, while the monitor sits on top of the desk. If you are still using CRT monitors, switch to LCD monitors. They are thinner, sleeker, and more energy-efficient.
Shelves and storage options
Shelves and cabinets are a great way to add storage space in an office. However, if not installed correctly, it can lead to chaos in the office. The best way to utilize cabinets and shelves is by installing them on spaces where they are not normally installed: under the desk, above eye level and close to the ceiling. They may not be as easily accessible but they can be used to store least used documents or equipment. This frees up more floor space for walking and maneuvering inside the office.
When your employees are getting too crowded inside the office, maybe it’s time to broach the subject of telecommuting. This option is applicable to employees who need not be inside the office to perform their functions. They can work from home and their outputs will still be the same. Most employees will entertain the option as it means less transportation costs, less time spent commuting from home to the office, and more time spent at home with the family. This option is viable because almost everyone has a computer at home anyway. Telecommuting employees can report at the office on specific dates of the week or even just once a week. You can keep track of their outputs through email, chat, video conferencing, and other modes of digital communication. This option frees up office space, as well as allows you to save on energy costs. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your employee.