Why Business Owners Should Leave Space Planning to the Pros

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Written by TeamIdentity

The stakes are high when it comes to space planning for your business.

When you’re starting a business, chances are you want to be as cheap as possible and do as much as you can like your space planning, right? There are more than enough mistakes that business owners make, and one of them is the idea that they can do it all or they should do it all. 

But it’s not just that; it’s also expecting that AI can do it all, too. Now, they’re all super unrealistic. Sometimes, a business owner can do some things that a professional can do, just like there are some things that AI can do just as well as professionals, it doesn’t mean it’s like that for everything. 

Of course, wearing multiple hats is par for the course; it’s to be expected.

From managing finances to overseeing operations, there’s no shortage of tasks that demand your attention. But again, it can’t be like this for everything.

Space Planning

In fact, when it comes to space planning and design for your workspace, DIYing might not be the best approach either. Even if you’re more than familiar with high school geometry and have a wealth of knowledge on the internet, your plans for space planning within your business will still likely fail. But why?

Limited Expertise

If you want to do some space planning, chances are this is probably a big operation. For example, you may have to add large machinery to your space, like a bulk bag filler, or you may be trying to figure out how to perfect the traffic flow. If you’re looking to only rearrange some desks, that’s fine, but that’s probably as far as it goes. You just really need to keep in mind that space planning is about more than just arranging furniture and picking paint colors. 

These two things are pretty much just the tip of the iceberg. It requires a deep understanding of design principles, spatial dynamics, and building codes. Without the necessary expertise, you’re most likely going to overlook crucial considerations like workflow optimization, accessibility requirements, and safety regulations—these are things that professionals (like commercial interior designers) keep in mind. So you’re better off just hiring someone because there is so much work that actually goes into all of this. 

This Can Take a Lot of Time

If you want to DIY, it’s probably because you want to save yourself some money, right? Well, designing a functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace takes time and resources—two things that business owners often find in short supply. 

Seriously, DIYing space planning for your workspace can quickly become time-consuming and overwhelming, taking you away from other critical aspects of running your business. Basically, you’re not spending money; you’re spending time, and because you’re spending time, you’re most likely losing money.

There’s Going to be Some Costly Mistakes

This basically goes back to what was said right above but with some more details. The stakes are high when it comes to space planning for your business. Just think about it for a moment: when you’re in a space like a massive retail store or factory, traffic flow is calculated—the space where overhead lights hit is also calculated. 

It might seem easy to DIY, but it’s not. In fact, if you do it and mess up, there are some costs to it. So, a poorly designed workspace can lead to decreased productivity, employee dissatisfaction, and even safety hazards. Basically, these costly mistakes require repairs or renovations down the line.

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