For a startup business, one of the biggest problems you’re going to face is choosing the right location. But the problem of location doesn’t end there; once you’ve chosen a location, you have to rent an office which is going to be one of your biggest expenses.
When you look at the cost per employee per year of renting office space, you can see how this expense quickly adds up. For example, in Houston, this figure comes to an average of $5,668. In Seattle, it goes up to an average of $6,420.
Unfortunately for many startups, getting the location wrong means getting then tied into an expensive long-term rental contract that could easily mean the end of your dreams. However, there is a solution for those startups willing to buck the trend of renting a traditional office space – an option that comes with more benefits and lower costs. The solution: own a shipping container office.
Shipping containers are no longer limited to being steel boxes used to transport goods. With rising costs of rent and construction, they are fast becoming the latest in office trends. With that in mind, here’s why your startup business will benefit from investing in a shipping container office.
Look After Your Dollars
One of the biggest advantages to shipping container offices is their cost. With a rented office, you tend to be tied into a long-term and very expensive rental agreement, depending on location. Such contracts are difficult to terminate. The biggest issue with renting that you will encounter is the large sum of money you are spending without actually owning anything by the time your contract expires.
On the other hand, a shipping container office only requires the initial cost of the container and your own modifications. You will then own your new office completely. Instead of becoming another operational expense, your office becomes an asset.
Paying for a shipping container office in full when you’re just starting a business might seem like a daunting prospect, but in all likelihood, it’s probably going to cost less than the rent you’ll have to pay up front. Once you own your shipping container office, all you need to do is find a small plot of land on which to locate your office. You won’t need acres or even half an acre of land to run your operation.
Create Anything You Desire
With the rapid advancements in shipping-container modification, there has never been a better or more exciting time to create your own shipping container office. A good shipping container company will be able to create just about anything you can imagine to turn your office into a completely customized workspace.
You can add your business’ stamp to your shipping container office and turn it into something that embodies what your startup does.
What if You Choose the Wrong Location?
Location is a key factor in your startup business’ success. If you choose the wrong one, you can find your business quickly failing. This is the problem with being tied to a rental contract in one location: If you need to change location, the costs can be enormous.
A shipping container office solves this problem, because you can transport your new office anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat by using the currently available infrastructure.
Aside from these great benefits, creating your own shipping container office is a way of upcycling something which might otherwise be going unused. By using shipping containers for your office space, you can demonstrate to your customers that you are averse to waste and are environmentally conscientious. This can lend you an advantage over your competitors.
To find out more about creating your own shipping container office, contact a reputable shipping container company. It will be able to walk you through the process of buying a shipping container and having it modified to meet your specifications.
Here’s How Much Your Company Pays to Rent Office Space, MarketWatch.com
Your Shipping Container Office – 5 Benefits, BizBuzz.co.nz