Getting office space as we grow

by Scott Austin October 05, 2012

Getting office space as we grow

Things are going well with my company.  We've hired a few more and the team is growing.  Growing so much in fact that we've outgrown the office that I made by converting my garage to an office.  In fact, we outgrew that space a while ago and moved people into my new garage also.  But now, we have more people than my home can handle.  Last week, we had over a dozen people here (it was a bit crowded).  So we've rented office space.  We all agreed that we wanted a space that was open.  No walls for us.  We want to be able to quickly communicate with one another.  So the idea of a loft or warehouse was appealing   We're also a startup with little revenue (so far!), so cost is a very important factor.  We're willing to have a rough space. I've never rented commercial space before, so I've learned a lot in the past couple of weeks.  Things like lease types and the different ways space is priced.  I prefer to see the total amount per square foot per month.  There are  a few buckets that I would put commercial space into:
  • Offices.  Lot's of rooms with walls dividing the space up.  Not what we were looking for.
  • Medical offices.  Even more rooms than a regular office.  And usually smaller rooms.
  • Warehouse.  Big open spaces.  But with limited HVAC and power.
  • Hybrids of the above.

I ended up finding a sub-let that we are very excited about.  It is close to the highway, which will shorten everyone's (except mine) commute.  It's a completely open space.  It's a warehouse.  It has no HVAC, although we can add it if we want to.  It's October, so any need for AC in San Diego is rapidly diminishing.  And I'm thinking that all of our computers will provide the heat we need to get through our mild winters. The space is rough, very rough.  Here are a couple of photos.

I've spent the past few days cleaning the space.  We're having a team painting party tomorrow.  We've got internet.  We need a lot more power outlets which I'll be working on next week.  Then we'll be up and running.  I'll post more photos as we build out the space.

Scott Austin
Scott Austin