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Signs that it’s time to move your startup to an office – Guest post

Submitted by on February 14, 2013 – 9:07 am |

It’s time to move your startup to an office when…

Peter Ames writes for Office Genie, the original desk-space market place.

London is in a league of its own when it comes to startups. The capital is positively bursting at the seams with exciting new ventures; figures suggest there could be up to 4,500 tech and new-media startups in East London alone.

Whilst every one of these thousands of ventures will develop at a different pace, there may well come a time when moving to an office is the best course of action. Here’s how to recognise that very moment.

If you give in to distractions

The home environment is full of distractions; everything from a phone that won’t stop ringing to the tempting television in the corner of the living room. A recent survey commissioned by Regus found more than a fifth of home workers found TV to be a significant distraction.

If youíre confronted with an important issue youíd rather not deal with, a Self-Assessment tax return or something equally unpleasant, it can be all too easy to simply abandon it and sit down in front of some comforting daytime television.

If your work/life balance begins to suffer

Regus also found 59% of workers said family matters were the most significant impediment to their productivity. This is also indicative of how work and home life can begin to blur when you’re working from home.

This can be a spatial issue as well. One of the biggest signals that it may be time to consider moving your business out of the home is when increasing amounts of living space are being used for work purposes. It may be best to draw the line there, lest your sitting room begin to resemble PC World.

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If you’re feeling short of inspiration

Working from home can become a solitary and soul-crushing experience. If you want to avoid distractions then hiding yourself away can be a good way to do so. However it may not be long before this begins to feel like solitary confinement; something which is hardly going to boost your creativity.

If you were to move into an office, that change of scenery could be just what you need to stimulate the mind. Here at Office Genie we think shared offices can be a particularly good option; giving you access to a buzzing office environment, no matter how small your startup. They’re also a great place to learn from an established business and maybe even get some quality feedback and new ideas from wizened old business heads.

If any of these sound familiar, it may be time to make that leap into an office. When this time does come don’t worry, there is a vast array of options available. In London alone you can search a database of more than thirty thousand desk spaces; whatever your requirement there should be an option that’s right for you out there somewhere!

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