Managing excess stockIf your business is selling physical products, you need to have somewhere to put them. The problem is that the space needed for stock can very easily be much larger than the space needed for a small team of people, to such an extent that an office of the right size for your team is unlikely to be suitable for any stock that you have. For most small businesses and startups with this problem, self-storage is a simple but effective storage solution. Self-storage facilities are common around the UK, and you essentially rent a container or room from them for as long as you need to, which is accessed via a key in your possession. There are limitations on the amount of space that you can have, but it won’t take much excess stock to make self-storage worth your money, and if you have too much stock then you could either look at getting multiple rooms, or perhaps seeing if a warehouse or something similar would suit your needs better.
Managing documentsWhatever your business does, it probably involves paperwork in some capacity, and paperwork can very quickly clutter up your desk space. In a world where cloud technology is cheap and accessible, moving to a paperless office (or as close as you can feasibly get) is a great way to clean up your physical space. it’s one thing to make the transition to cloud storage, but if you havent been using it from the start, you will probably have documents around the office, some of which are potentially of a sensitive nature, and filing cabinets quickly take up your floor space. One possible solution is off site document storage. As opposed to self-storage, which will often give you too much space for the documents that you have, document storage facilities will charge businesses based on the amount that they are storing, and they will keep documents in facilities that are made specifically for that purpose, with more extensive security measures than self-storage. Document storage companies may also offer additional services, such the digitalisation of important paperwork, and shredding, which helps you minimise the risk of identity theft or fraud.
Room to growParticularly for startups looking to grow, it is essential to make sure that you have as much space as possible. Clearing out the office clutter could make space for one or two more desks, which means that you can make critical hires and grow your business before you need to look at a larger office (with larger overheads) in order to expand your company further. Lucy Shipley is group company director at SDS.
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