There are a million and one things a business owner needs to think about when constructing their business. One of the most important things is the location of the building. Where your business is located can easily define the success of your company whether you are just starting out or if you have already developed a name for yourself.
One of the first things to keep in mind is how the flow of traffic will move around the building and into the parking lot. Take into account how easy it will be for people to turn into and out of your establishment. Also be sure to make your parking lot big enough and easy to navigate to accommodate your expected traffic. It is always a good idea to add some extra flourishes that may not be consciously noticeable. Think about having your parking lot face the main entrance to your business. If your employees will have a separate entrance, make sure it won’t confuse potential patrons.
It should go without saying that you will need to look into local building codes. Some cities will require commercial businesses to only build in certain zones of the city, while other cities may allow a business to use a residential property as long as certain rules are followed. Many of these codes will also include mandatory accessibility accommodations. Be sure that your plot of land is large enough for not only your building and parking lot but also any ramps, elevators, or other necessary accommodations. There is nothing worse than realizing you won’t have enough space after you have purchased the land.
Any businessperson will tell you that safety is key; no matter what industry you are working in. Be sure to be aware of the local crime rates surrounding the location you are interested in. Not only do you need your employees to feel safe arriving and leaving work, but you have to be sure that the location is safe enough for consumers to visit your company. If people are unable to visit your company due to safety reasons, it will reflect poorly on the company and the company’s sales.
When comparing different potential locations keep in mind how far you are from similar companies. You do not want to be too far and not in the minds of your potential consumers, but you also do not want to be too close that your competitors end up taking the majority of your business. Finding a happy medium is crucial. Along those same lines, be sure that the location fits the purpose of your company. Retail and dining establishments should be closer to the center of town or near a neighborhood. Whereas an industrial company may flourish more at a location closer to the interstate or by a major port.
The best way to make sure a location is a good fit for your business is to conduct a site evaluation to find and address potential problems. To schedule a site evaluation or to learn more about an ideal location for your business, contact Magellan Construction at (337)856-0034 or magellan-llc.com/contact/.