Just as an urban-dwelling bachelor living by himself does not need a seven-seat minivan to accommodate his transportation needs (it's hardly a glamorous ride anyway), a recently launched startup with a bare-bones staff is unlikely to need a sprawling Houston office space with room for 40 employees.
Instead, a Houston executive office suite - think of it as the two-door, affordable sedan of office space - may be just what that type of startup is looking for.
In a recent blog post in The Washington Post, three small business experts laid out the challenges that confront entrepreneurs as they conduct their office space search - cost, size, how a certain space impacts culture and location. Nikki Robinson, the founder and CEO of New York's Gloss and Glam, told the newspaper that in some situations, a fully furnished, smaller executive suite is ideal.
"Before you consider finding your first office, you have to determine the hiring goals for your company within the next two to five years," Robinson said. "It is imperative to consider how much you are going to grow and how much space you'll need."
If a business plan does not call for rapid expansion, an executive suite is perfect for the first few years of an organization's development, but if it does, a company may be better off finding a space that will fit their future needs, even if its size is initially too large. The upfront cost may be greater, but growing into a space may be preferred to being forced to conduct a second search because the first office space was outgrown.
As long as business owners constantly consider the future and realize the multitude of ways in which business decisions affect space considerations, they should be able to provide adequate facilities for their employees.