Outdoor Garden Rooms as Offices – What Your Clients Think!
20th December 2019
Business owners using outdoor garden rooms as offices has increased in popularity over the past few years. Thanks to the digital age, starting a business from home has become much easier than it used to be. All you really need is a laptop, WiFi and somewhere to meet your clients. Outdoor garden rooms trump dismal office buildings every time.
Why People Choose Outdoor Garden Rooms for Their Office
Renting an office space can be costly. This is especially true for business owners than can work from anywhere and only need office space for client meetings. What generally happens in those cases is, the business owner tends to work from home, and only shows up at their office for clients. This means they are essentially paying full price for an area that is only in use part of the time.
People who work for themselves often cite renting office spaces as a failed experiment, and go back to working from home and meeting clients over coffee. Although this is a much cheaper option, it doesn’t scream professionalism. It can also be time consuming travelling between meetings and back home again. When you work for yourself, you need to use time efficiently, otherwise you risk your business hours bleeding into your personal time.
An outdoor garden room as an office is a great solution for reducing travel and providing a professional setting for meetings. If clients come to you, you won’t lose travel time and can take more meetings in a day. Paying to have a permanent fixture on your property is financially better than spending money on rent – which doesn’t pay towards any of your assets.
What clients think of visiting a garden office
Most clients want to feel reassured that they’ve entrusted the right persons with their job. You could be brilliant at what you do, but if you give the wrong impression, that client could be gone for good. It’s important as a business owner that you present yourself in a professional manner and appear to take your job very seriously. Without a professional setting for meetings, you might look like you haven’t fully committed to your new business.
A garden office shows that you’re keen to impress and your business is expected to be around for the long-term.
These are some of the most common thoughts clients voice about visiting a garden office.
Outdoor garden rooms are preferable to a coffee shop
Although coffee shop meetings are great for informal chats and giving a relaxed impression, more traditionally-minded clients are less than keen. Coffee shops might provide delicious drinks and pastries, but they lack privacy. For some clients, privacy will be essential for their needs, and if there’s no private place to meet, they might look elsewhere.
A private office is a preferred place to meet for many clients.
It looks better than a generic rented office
When business owners rent a small office to meet with clients, they make one mistake: not decorating. Mostly the office will be full of things you can’t change, like harsh lighting, white walls and one of those unattractive but robust grey carpets.
Often, they won’t add any pleasant touches like plants or wall art because they don’t spend a great deal of time there. As a result, the room looks drab and uninviting, which can make clients doubt your creativity.
When someone has a purpose built office in their garden, they usually take pride in it and decorate it beautifully. This in turn gives an impression of creativity and a professionalism a rented office cannot.