Renting Office Space- Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Space

Renting Office Space

Thinking about renting office space? Maybe it’s your first time or maybe it’s your 50th. Either way, it can be stressful knowing which space is right for you (and your team). We are here to help! Here are some tips, tricks and helpful hints to make the renting process more enjoyable.

Budget

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have money like Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. So we have to keep in mind the cost of renting office space. Not only do we have to think about a budget for rent each month, but also need to consider the expenses that go into an office. This includes equipment, utilities, employees, insurance, taxes, shared space fees, and more. Be sure to get a clear answer from your lessor on additional fees associated with the space.

For example, here at The Downtown Duval Building, we offer our tenants free wifi, free access to common spaces, free use of our conference room, beautiful views of the city from our balcony and more. We understand tight budgets as well, which is why all our available private offices are under $900/month. With the exception of the available suite which includes two private offices and a private common area.

Even though we provide many complimentary spaces and services for our tenants, that doesn’t mean all lessors will. Just be sure that all the fees and “extras” are discussed before agreeing to any contract or signing any lease agreement. It’s important to keep in mind that rent is never the only cost when leasing an office space. As discussed above, there are plenty of additional costs when renting a space. At the very least you’ll need a desk and chair to sit at (those aren’t free whether the lessor includes them or you get them on your own!)

Location

Along with making sure to be budget conscious, you’ll want to rent in a location that’s suitable for your company’s success. Maybe having your bank nearby is important if you need to run to grab more checks. Or, maybe scenic views are important for your productivity or business. Being within walking distance to restaurants for meetings may be also be important. Whatever the priorities for your company and your team are, be sure your location choice supports your business.

An example of a prime location for many business owners is a place like Downtown Jacksonville. There are banks, gas stations, restaurants, libraries, hotels, the river, and so much more all within walking distance or very short drive. In addition to being close to everything, you are also close to many events you could sponsor or be involved with. This is a great opportunity to get your business’ name out there! Location Location Location!

Think About Your Team and/or Clients

It goes without saying that your team members are valuable to the success of your business. This is a reason you want to ensure your office space is easily accessible. This applies to maintaining quality client relationships as well. Not just in terms of location, but also office space in the building itself. If you’re on the second floor, you may require a space that is ADA compliant (so an elevator would be necessary).

Along with ADA compliance, ensure the building’s atmosphere fits your business style. If the tenants have a business style that is loud, you wouldn’t want to rent out a space for a business that requires a quiet atmosphere for concentration/content creation/etc. You want your team to be able to do their best work so your business can be its’ best self.

Many places, like us here at Downtown Duval, try to minimize distractions or noise from other tenants. This way each tenant’s workflow isn’t disrupted by anyone in the building. Our current tenants are listed on the properties website and/or listings. You can find our current tenants on our website: https://downtownduval.com/ to do the research yourself on who your future neighbors may be! Also, you can schedule walk throughs at many rental properties to see the space(s) yourself and get a feel for the atmosphere in the building. We have information on our website to schedule a walk through anytime you’d like!

The “Extras”

Don’t limit yourself to settling for a 100 sqft. office space because it’s cheap. At the same time, don’t buy the biggest suite with the latest and greatest technology included if it’s not in your budget. There always exists a happy medium. The place where you can see yourself, and your team, working to create the best business you can be. A place that feels like a second home to you and your work family. Or, if you’re a one-man show, a place where you feel at home.

At The Downtown Duval Building we try to help you find the perfect balance. We offer each tenant use of the pool table at their convenience, access to the outdoor balcony, free fiber internet, use of the private kitchen, access to our newly renovated conference room and a few other amenities as well. Even with our smallest room available today, 150 sqft, you receive all these privileges included in the monthly rent. Find a place that treats you like a friend or neighbor more than a tenant.

 

We Want To Be Your New “Second Home”

We hope these few tips/tricks/reminders help you in deciding the perfect office space for you. Of course, there are many other factors to consider when renting, these are just a few of the “big ones”. We hope you find your next “second home” with us, at The Downtown Duval Building. We are always looking for new, friendly faces to be our new friends and neighbors! For a walk through or more information please feel free to email us at properties@downtownduval.com or call 904.479.6202. We look forward to meeting you!

Conference Room In Downtown Duval Available To Host Events/Meetings

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Conference Room Available in Downtown Jacksonville

Looking for a space to host a class, meeting, holiday party, etc. for a small group of people? Be sure to consider the conference room here at the Downtown Duval Building, for your next event. The space fits twelve people comfortably, but up thirty people can be in the room at once. When you enter the room, you will see that mainly filling the space is twelve comfortable office chairs and one large conference table. The conference room offers other great amenities as well.

In addition to the great chairs and table, the room comes with free wifi, on-site parking, and an Apple server connected to a large TV. Meaning, the space is fully capable of displaying presentations, video conferences, or playing music for your event. We welcome outside food, drinks, technology and anything else needed to successfully host your event. If you decide to use the conference room, be sure to notice the historical aspects of the building and the modern twist it has been given.

For example, as soon as you walk in you’ll notice the original 100 year old concrete floors. In addition, the wood that makes up the winding spiral staircase is over 200 years old. Even some of the books in the lobby date back to the late 1800’s. While history floods the building, it does not feel outdated by any means.

Recently, painters repainted the lobby area and the outside of the building. The entry door is no longer a dull brown but a bright, inviting blue. The owner ensures that the technology around the building is all up-to-date and other cosmetics are continuously updated. Professionals remodeled the downstairs just two years ago in 2018, so when we say modern twist it’s a RECENT modern twist.

To view pictures and learn more about the building, visit: https://downtownduval.com/ to get a feel for the beautiful space. On the website, you will also find pictures of the surrounding area. The Downtown Duval building is located in a “prime” location, right in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida. When renting the conference room you will be within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, St. John’s river and various restaurants. Be sure to adventure out after your party, event or meeting to see all that Downtown Duval has to offer!

The conference room is available to rent today, so be sure to get a hold of us! We are flexible on dates and times as well, so don’t hesitate to ask us if we are available for a certain date or time. We can’t wait to host your next event!

Contact Us To Hold Conference Room Space

Does this sound like a space for your next event? You can visit the webpage https://downtownduval.com/events/ and fill out the form to let us know about your upcoming event. If you would rather email us at properties@downtownduval.com or call us at (904)-479-6202, you can do that too!