No space? No problem: How to make the most of a small office

With prime commercial space at a premium, growing businesses can have a hard time justifying physical expansion. Rather than move up, try scaling down. Here are some ideas that can help grow your business without compromising your space:

  • Oct. 22, 2008 2:00 p.m.

With prime commercial space at a premium, growing businesses can have a hard time justifying physical expansion. Rather than move up, try scaling down. Here are some ideas that can help grow your business without compromising your space:

• Consider Product Consolidation. Forego multiple standalone devices and consolidate your fax machine, scanner and printer into a single multifunction device. This not only cuts down on counter space real estate, but it saves money on maintenance, toner supplies and paper.

• Make Teleworking an Option. Deploy mobile technology to allow your workers to access information regardless of location. This will not only allow workers to respond to inquiries faster, but can also cut down on driving between locations which will save money on gas and free up valuable office space.

• Reduce Your Need for Filing Cabinets. Install a scanner to digitize documents and send them via e-mail to save money on paper supplies and storage. This will also help to cut down on courier charges which is an added bonus.