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3 Tips to Furnishing your Chicago Office Space

3 Tips to Furnishing your Chicago Office Space

Moving can be very stressful for a business, even if you’re going to a great new office space that has everything you need. Well… everything except furniture, that is. Follow these three tips to properly furnish your new Chicago office space in a way that truly makes sense.

Tip 1: Used Furniture

Yes, used – in the sense that someone else has already enjoyed it and gotten a great deal of help from it. While most people associate used office furniture with old, worn-out items that make a workplace look shabby, the truth is that many used pieces of furniture are actually high-quality items. After all, people occasionally redecorate their homes and offices, and many of them are happy to give a huge discount on any item they sell.

When done properly, you could save as much as 70% off of what you’d normally pay – and that’s money you can invest back into your business by upgrading your technology, improving your advertising, and generally focusing on the important things.

Finally, if you’re sub-leasing a unit or the current tenant is moving out, ask if they’re willing to leave the furniture behind. Many locations – especially unionized cities – make it actually more expensive to move the furniture out than leave it where it is, and some tenants will be delighted at the opportunity to avoid those expenses. If nothing else, it’s worth looking into.

Tip 2: Use Technology Bundles

Phone, internet, television…we consume technology in many ways, but each business has its own needs. However, most telecommunications companies are happy to give you a discount if you buy all of your services from them instead of searching around for different providers. This means less time spent paying the bills, a lower cost for each section, and simply being able to focus on getting your job done.

However, you should have a plan for the growth of your business, and chances are that your use of the internet will go up over time. As this happens, you could find yourself facing bandwidth caps and extra fees from your provider. Planning for the future, including upgrading your packages or simply getting unlimited use, is essential. Pay attention to the fine print, too – some providers will slow down users who are in the top percentages, and slowed responses will quickly turn potential customers away from your sites or limit your staff productivity. Know your options, know your limitations, and don’t be afraid to negotiate for an exception – you might be surprised at what telecommunications companies are willing to offer you.

Consider talking to some other businesses in the area about the companies they work with. This should give you a good sense of the service and support you can expect to receive from any of the available providers.

Tip 3: Support Up-and-Coming Artists

Art is an important part of any workplace – quite frankly, nobody wants to work in a location where drab grey walls are the only decor. Showcasing works of art will make an impact on visitors, employees, and your overall success as a business…but why spend thousands of dollars on someone famous when a local artist will do just fine? Many amateur artists have an incredible degree of talent – selling to you helps them get a foot in the door for other work while simultaneously allowing you to support your local community.

This is a good time to talk with your employees about art and decorations. You might even be able to get them involved in the process, especially if you take a visit to a local art fair. You’ll want works on the larger side, big enough to get noticed when people walk by, so try to budget accordingly. More importantly, however, art is entirely subjective, so you should focus on pieces that will inspire those who see them the most. Your exact budget is up to you, of course, but try to get your employees involved and allow at least most of them to have a say in how the money is spent.

Furnishing with Style

One last piece of advice – keep good taste in mind. Heavily clashing colors and shapes may be more distracting than they’re worth in a business setting, so any particularly vivid items should probably be put in the halls instead of near work spaces. Good taste is a component of success, and the furnishings you choose will help define your company’s personality for as long as it’s displayed. Whether your choices are serious, silly, or simple, make sure you have good taste in mind the whole time.

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