5 Tips for Choosing the Right Business Location

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When starting your own business, there will always be tons of things you have to deal with and one of them is choosing the right location for your business.

Before you decide on your new location, you’ll have to think about what you need, what you’ll be able to tolerate and how much you’ll be willing to spend. Only once you manage to develop that picture should you make a formal bid.

To help you do this, we’ve come up with five tips that are guaranteed to help you find a perfect location for your new business.

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  1. Think about foot traffic

    If you’re planning to start a retail business, you’re going to find foot traffic extremely important. The last thing you want is to end up being stuck in a corner where no shopper will be able to see you.

    On the other hand, if the nature of your business requires confidentiality, choosing a location like that may be a perfect option.

    Therefore, make sure you take a look at every potential location for your business and monitor the foot traffic in front of it. That way, you’ll be able to see if there are enough (or if there are too many) people passing by.

  2. Do some research on the site

    When choosing the location for your new business, you should also take into consideration how each of your potential locations was used before.

    The history of your site is going to tell you a lot about the future of your business, and that’s why this is a task you definitely shouldn’t skip.

    First of all, if all the businesses that used the location you’re interested in failed, chances are there’s just something wrong with it.

    Also, if all of these businesses had a bad reputation, bear in mind that you’ll be associated with them to a certain degree.

  3. Make sure you can cover the utilities

    There’s hardly any point in thinking about the possibility of renting a place if you won’t be able to afford it.

    Even if you have enough money to pay the rent, bear in mind that there will be more expenses your business will have to cover.

    Most importantly, there are utilities, which are always going to be a huge part of your monthly expenses. That’s why it would be a good idea to turn to the utility company and ask for the summary of the previous year’s usage and billing for the site you’re interested in.

  4. Be ready to do some cleaning

    No matter who used the site previously, there will always be large amounts of rubbish that have to be taken away.

    So, there’s really no point in looking for a perfectly clean location for your new business. Depending on the type of the site and the state it’s in, you should decide whether you’ll clean it yourself or you’ll hire professionals to do it for you.

    Even if you plan on constructing your own building, you’ll definitely want experts in construction debris removal to clean the entire place before you start bringing your equipment.

  5. Take a look at the businesses nearby

    Another important thing you’ll have to do is check what kind of businesses there are next to each of the locations you’re interested in. Even though this can change in the future, it’s still very important to know what’s happening around you.

    First of all, you’ll want to check if there are any of your competitors near the location you like.

    Also, you’ll want to see if there are businesses you can benefit from being close to. Nearby businesses in the similar niche (but not the same) can actually generate customer traffic for you, which is always a good thing.

Many startup mistakes can be corrected eventually, but a poor choice of location is something that’s always going to haunt your business. So, follow all the tips we mentioned above and you should end up with a perfect location for your business.

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