There’s no substitute for pedigree and experience in the world of companies and organisations whose core business offering is based on trust. If you were offered insurance from two different insurers for instance, you’re very like to go with the one which has been operating out of a prestigious head-office block situated in prime location over one which seems to have appeared overnight.
The prestige that comes with a company owning or leasing (long-term) high street offices is fast disappearing however, particularly in the world of start-ups. Even if you’re hosting potential investors who want to see what your operation is all about, it’s no longer about having a fancy office in an esteemed location. What venture capitalists really only care about is the idea and even if you’re not chasing any angel investments, keep in mind that it is after all still about working on the idea and so your office layout as a start-up should be planned accordingly.
Keep the Main Workspace Fluid
The last thing you want as a start-up is to be stuck with permanent office furniture arrangements which can be very costly to rearrange. Since start-ups are in the searching phase of their business development trajectory, there’ll be a lot of changes to the organisational elements, such as staff members coming and going and perhaps even the need to repurpose your working space to meet your evolving needs. A fluid workspace is merely one which can be switched up within a matter of minutes, by just shifting things around a bit. Fluid workspaces are functional by way of striking just the right balance between professionalism and a sense of progress and this functionality can only be catered to by the use of elegant but versatile office furniture such as stacking chairs, folding desks made of light material, and only mobile office accessories (like a wheeled water dispenser).
Laptop docking stations can be installed for those who need to be able to connect to bigger screens, but otherwise keep things as mobile as possible with laptops instead of desktops. Beanbags are a great way to add a little bit more of an informal side to the working space, to be used as either temporary resting points or to get the creative juices flowing for those who want to be more comfortable while working on the start-up.
Meeting & Conference Rooms
When proceedings start to get dominated more by meetings and conferences, it’s a sign that you’re moving away from the start-up phase and into a fully fledged business with a business model that’s more defined. Still, in order to maintain an air of transparency (quite literally), traditional meeting and conference rooms will only serve to kill the creative process. Rather have a sound-proof meeting room which can be shut-off from the main workspace, but is completely transparent and within full view of the main workspace. Any clients or potential clients you host, or indeed investors will get a good view of the magic as it happens and that’s essentially how true credibility and pedigree is built up.