Opening a new business can be a very difficult and stressful time. There is so much involved in it that you will start to feel like the process is taking over your life! Throw into that a huge construction project and things can become even more overwhelming and time-consuming. Overseeing the construction of your new business can be great because you get to have a say in how everything turns out, but there are a lot of important decisions that will need to be made in a short period of time and this can be really hard. Here are 3 things to remember during the construction of your new business.
You might have forgotten about signage for your business as a part of the construction process, but it is actually the best time to plan out or install a sign so that it fits well, doesn’t obstruct anything else, and has a cohesive look with the rest of the business. You may choose to make your business stand out by adding an illuminated sign to your business or go with something more simplistic, but either way, this is definitely one thing you don’t want to forget during construction.
Regardless of the type of business you are building, plumbing is important. You may have restrooms that you plan to be open to the public or to clients/customers, or you might just decide to have one restroom which is for employees only, but either way, every business should have at least one restroom with proper plumbing.
You’ll also want to consider whether or not you will need a kitchenette or full kitchen, how many sinks, etc. Will you and other employees be spending long hours at the office and need to cook there at some point? During construction is also the best time to think about any plumbing needs specific to your business. Talk to your contractor to see what they think is best for your business and formulate a plan together.
If your business is located in an area where street parking is expensive or can be hard to come by, you will probably want to add a parking lot to your business, or even just a few spaces if possible. In many cities, parking situations can make or break a business because people are much more willing to go somewhere if it is easy to access. If there’s a parking lot for client/customer use, this is just one extra reason for them to choose your business over competitors.
All in all, planning, building, and ultimately opening a new business is a very exciting time and you should try to soak it all in! Before construction even begins, make lists of everything you need to remember and don’t forget to add these 3 things.