Finding office space for rent could be tricky, especially when trying to figure out where you want your business to be, the size of the space, and negotiating the rent and terms of the lease. With proper due diligence, you can do very well for you and your company. Before you look around, the most important thing to consider is your budget: how much you can afford and how much space do you need?
Finding office space is most likely easier in metropolitan areas simply because there are more buildings. Consult your local newspaper's classified Real Estate section, particularly on Sundays. You won't be able to tell everything from the ad without going to look at the spaces, but at least it will give you an idea of whether there is available office space in an area that is convenient for you. Circle the ads you think look most promising and contact the agency or property owner to schedule a time when you can look at the property in person. If you find something you feel is perfect, but the terms of the lease are not suitable or the rent is too high, see whether you can negotiate. In a down economy, such as this one, landlords are usually more flexible.
In conjunction with newspaper classified ads, shopping online is a convenient and easy way to find office space, particularly if you are relocating from another city or state. Several online sites are worth consulting in your quest to find office space: regentbc.com, CitySpacesSuites.com, StarOfficeSpace.com/USA and jaysuites.com. If you're an attorney with particular needs, you can find an office suite designed by lawyers themselves at LawFirmSuites.com.
For high-end corporate space that is furnished and fully serviced with maintenance of equipment and furniture, telephone answering and reception areas, regentbc.com is the place to look. Regent operates in 13 business areas including New York, Colorado, California and Chicago, with access to the UK and India. It boasts more than 475 offices worldwide. It caters to both large corporations, or small business and individuals. Regent also offers meeting rooms monthly, daily, or even hourly for offices and conference rooms.
City Spaces Suites finds offices in Manhattan that are ready to move into. If you want to avoid the expense of buying office furniture, City Spaces Suites can have your business up and running within 24 hours. The site is very easy to use. You can click on Amenities to see what the offices include, such as kitchenette, concierge services, security cameras, and technology that could be costly if purchased on your own, such as wireless and wired Internet, and networking. You can also see floor plans and the gallery shows you the office space. City Spaces Suites also offers virtual offices. This option allows you to work from anywhere, including your home, and receive certain amenities such as a local phone number with a receptionist to answer and forward calls, a prime New York City address to use on your stationery and Web site and even a workstation, where you can use your laptop. This is a great solution for saving money on high rents that are unnecessary.
Also for prime Manhattan space, Jay Suites is a family-operated business that provides office space for the sophisticated, yet budget-conscious professional.
For office space across the U.S. and Canada, Star Office Space is a good source. You can book viewings at this site or request information about pricing and availability.