We recently reached out to small business owner Lauren Webb, an interior designer and co-owner of Form Collective in Vancouver, BC.
Webb and her partner, Josephina Serra, pair form with function to ensure that spaces not only look beautiful but also work to make life a little easier. We asked for tips on how a small business owner can easily create a beautiful and functional office. SmartBiz: What type of plan should a small business owner make before redesigning their workspace or office? Lauren Web: Anyone planning on re-designing their office should consider the function of their space first. They should start by asking themselves:
- What is working?
- What is not working?
- What type of storage and functional spaces are missing?
- How many people will need to work at the office at one time?
- How flexible does the space need to be to accommodate for future employees?
- Do you have client meetings within the space? If so, what equipment will you need to comfortably conduct these meetings? A presentation screen? A large display table to layout materials? A round table to sit around and have discussions?
LW: To deal with clutter and organization, hire a specialist. The National Association of Professional Organizers is a good place to start. Look for someone experienced with workspaces. If you want to change the space and office look, invest in an interior designer to review your wish list with you, create a priority list and form a plan of attack. Offer to manage the project to save costs. An interior designer has a trained eye and a professional opinion on where to invest in order to get the most bang for your buck. It’s well worth the investment!
Form Collective offers “Elevate Ikea” online interior design plans for office spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms. We provide a flat-fee price for the project, we ask our clients to send us pictures and measurements of the space along with their wish list, branding, and inspiration images and we create a “do-it-yourself” design plan to follow. It’s as if you have a recipe book to follow to create the office of your dreams (or close to it within your budget!)