Sections of This Topic Include
Plan Your Facilities
Select the Best Location
Specific Facilities (signage, computers, etc.)
Setting Up an Office
Telecommuting (working from home)
Management (this section is in “Operations Management)
and Transportation Management (this section is in “Operations Management”)
Related Library Topics
Small-business planning often overlooks the critical importance of clarifying
what facilities are needed to support the development and provision of a product
or service, and then to plan how to get those facilities. That is true especially
if you are providing a product rather than a service because a product often
requires space to store the necessary materials and supplies to produce the
product, as well as to develop it.
Important decisions about facilities include, for example: How much space do
I need for storage? Production? Personnel? How should the facility represent
my brand, my colors and tone? What about parking? What about expected future
growth? Should I rent or buy?
After answering the above questions and considering the guidelines in the following
articles, write down your requirements for facilities. You, or any others who
are helping you, can continually reference your requirements to ensure that
your facilities meet your requirements.
Facility Planning — Now More Important Than Ever
to Consider When Making Business Facility Decisions
Facilities Management Successfully in 7 Steps
Planning: Steps, Process, Objectives, Importance
Expert Facilities Management Tips and Best Practices
Having having thought about your needs and preferences for facilities, you
are ready to think about where to locate your business. Decisions include, for
example: Do I want proximity to my customers? Proximity to my suppliers? Distance
from my competitors? What municipalities might grant you some tax breaks if
you locate near them? What about parking?
Before you select a location, your answers to these questions should be written
in a specification that you can reference when searching for a location or that
you can bring to a real-estate agent. That way, you will be making the best
choice based on your actual needs, rather than on your personal preferences.
How to Find the Best Location
Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Location for Your Business
the Right Location for Your New Business
to Choose the Best Location for Your Small Business
to Choose a Business Location
See Setting Up an Office below.
Setting Up An Office
(This section is about setting up office facilities. Information about organizing
yourself, your files, paperwork, etc., is included in the topic Organizing
Design, Leasing and Organizing
Yourself (organizing your office and activities, once the office is set up)
Telecommuting (virtual workplace)
General Resources About Telecommuting
About Facilities Management
For the Category of Facilities Management:
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