Now that the kids are finally in school full time (no more kindergarten 1/2 day pickups!)I'd like to move my successful 4-year home based business to a real office.
I'm really excited but want to be careful that this will really result in increased income.
I do web design/development and it seems that many clients want to meet for the inital consultation and it's getting silly meeting at Starbucks! Also, many ecommerce clients need proudcts photographed and I want to set up a small table top photo studio. I feel like I have a handle on this business, what customers need, some good local contacts, and now, I want the business to be more serious, more "official". I've actually had two prospective clients show up at my PO box not realizing I work from home!
I'm looking at local offices for lease, trying to be careful to find utilities included, common areas to share, good spaces for showing clients ideas and reviewing sites if need be.
Any suggestions? I'm going from working with a handful of freelancers on 1099 status and some are willing to come and work on W-2. What kind of costs am I facing?
Anyone go through this and can give me some advice?