Each year, more and more people are devoting their time to developing startup businesses, with a number of them quitting their day jobs to commit their focus and money to the concept of founding a small business that they can grow into a profitable success. If you are one of these people, then you’re no doubt facing a number of challenges. One of the most pressing issues is probably how to maximize space in your quickly growing startup office. Whether you have just a handful of employees or over a dozen, there are several simple and cost-effective ways to save space that will increase productivity, promote safety, and hopefully raise profits.
Say Goodbye to Storage Space
One of the best ways to maximize office space for a small business is to avoid shelving and furniture that holds hard copies of customer data, tax information, and other important archival information. Bulky file cabinets and utility shelves that are filled with important papers, folders, and notebooks not only take up space that your employees could be using for desk space, but their sharp corners can snag clothing and cause minor injuries. Instead of traditional storage, transfer all of your data to USB drives that fit easily into drawers and zippered cases. Not only are they easier to store, they’re inexpensive and can even be bought in bulk for each employee. Storing data this way also means less paper clutter on your employees’ desks, which can increase productivity. If you have to keep hard copies of certain signed documents, then invest in a secure storage site where shelving and file cabinets won’t get in the way.
One easy way to maximize limited office space is to have furniture that’s mobile and collapsible. Small desks that can be easily wheeled from one end of the room to the other and tables that collapse after the morning meeting can turn your office into a fluid space that’s highly adaptable. Bulky wooden desks that take up a lot of space and are a hassle to move will make your office space a fixed environment with little room for change. Every piece of furniture that you bring in should be light, mobile, and adaptable so that you can create new mini-environments that promote creative thinking and leave room for your employees to breathe.
Tie Up Loose Ends
Every bit of floor space counts when you have limited office space for your startup business, and you might be surprised how often cables and cords can get in the way of office furniture. Not only can loose cords cause people to trip, they can become frayed or damaged by wheeled furniture rolling over them all of the time. To avoid these problems, use colored cable ties to organize and bundle printer, fax, and appliance cords. Avoid having to bundle extra cords by eliminating floor lamps, and use overhead energy-saving track lighting instead.
Appreciate Efficiency, but Don’t Be Its Slave
If your startup office makes use of office cubicles, you can maximize desk space by eliminating clutter. However, this doesn’t mean that your employees have to suffer with Spartan work areas that inhibit creative thinking. Instead, invest in small corkboards where your workers can display a few favorite photos and post reminders to send that important email. Discourage stacks of paper, piles of food containers, and personal clutter that take up space and may damage equipment. Keep in mind, however, that even though efficiency can increase productivity, allowing your employees a few creative liberties with their office space will also contribute to a more relaxed environment that reduces tension. Your startup office is a symbol of financial and personal freedom, and maximizing its space will only contribute to new and exciting ideas that will ensure your success.
Author: Jordan Berkowitz is the marketing manager at Arnold’s Office Furniture, a leading distributor of used office furniture.