Location Assistance for our Partners

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Places to Start:

  1. Rofo.com: Get access to Office Space, Warehouse Space, Retail Space, Land, etc.
  2. OfficeSpace.com: Get access to Office Space only
  3. SearchOfficeSpace.com: Get access to Office Space (Mainly Executive Suites, Virtual Offices & Coworking Spaces)
  4. InstantOffices.comGet access to Office Space (Mainly Executive Suites, Virtual Offices & Coworking Spaces)
  5. 42Floors.comGet access to Office Space, Warehouse Space, Retail Space, Coworking Space, etc.
  6. Showcase.comGet access to Office Space, Warehouse Space, Retail Space, Land, etc.
  7. Commercialmls.comGet access to Office Space, Warehouse Space, Retail Space, Land, etc.
  8. PropertyLine: Access commercial real estate listings
  9. Craigslist: Yup, believe it or not, people list commercial properties on Craigslist
  10. Loopnet: One of the largest online resource. 
  11. Local Realtors:

Location Assistance

Finding a location can seem a daunting challenge to some new business owners. 1040TaxBiz offers different levels of assistance appropriate to the business package you choose.

Standard and Advance Package Assistance

Location Search Training

All clients have access to marketing training which discusses different location types. Standard and Advance package business owners will gain insight into creating a mutually beneficial relationship with host businesses that minimizes the financial impact of rent. Other package owners can benefit from this training as they expand their businesses to multiple locations.

Lease Negotiation

If you’d like a seasonal standalone location, 1040TaxBiz can provide assistance with lease negotiation. Sometimes a great location has sat empty for a while because of the price. 1040TaxBiz can give you pointers on how to negotiate a better rental fee.

Premium, Elite and Ultimate Package Assistance

For business owners looking for a standalone location, 1040TaxBiz offers a variety of services to locate and secure space.

Market Competition Analysis

Deciding where to place your business in relation to competition is a challenge. By providing the zip codes of possible areas, we can provide a list of all business that filed previously and how many returns they did. Use the list to determine whether you would like to be far from the competition or near another tax preparation service drawing their customers away with your marketing training and promotional items.

Web Search

We can search the web and provide you with several potential stand-alone locations in your area. You then decide which location you like if any and then discuss rental details with the landlord.

Tips for Choosing Your Business Location

Choosing a business location is perhaps the most important decision a small business owner or startup will make, so it requires precise planning and research. It involves looking at demographics, assessing your competition, staying on budget, understanding state laws and taxes, and much more.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right business location.

Determine Your Needs

Most businesses choose a location that provides exposure to customers. Additionally, there are less obvious factors and needs to consider, for example:

  • Brand Image – Is the location consistent with the image you want to maintain?
  • Competition – Are the businesses around you complementary or competing?
  • Local Labor Market – Does the area have potential employees? What will their commute be like?
  • Plan for Future Growth – If you anticipate further growth, look for a building that has extra space should you need it.
  • Proximity to Suppliers – They need to be able to find you easily as well.
  • Safety – Consider the crime rate. Will employees feel safe alone in the building or walking to their vehicles?
  • Zoning Regulations – These determine whether you can conduct your type of business in certain properties or locations. You can find out how property is zoned by contacting your local planning agency.

Evaluate Your Finances

Besides determining what you can afford, you will need to be aware of other financial considerations:

  • Hidden Costs – Very few spaces are business ready. Include costs like renovation, decorating, IT system upgrades, and so on.
  • Taxes – What are the income and sales tax rates for your state? What about property taxes? Could you pay less in taxes by locating your business across a nearby state line?
  • Minimum Wage – While the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, many states have a higher minimum. View the Department of Labor’s list of minimum wage rates by state.
  • Government Economic Incentives – Your business location can determine whether you qualify for government economic business programs, such as state-specific small business loans and other financial incentives.

Is the Area Business Friendly?

Understanding laws and regulations imposed on businesses in a particular location is essential. As you look to grow your business, it can be advantageous to work with a small business specialist or counselor. Check what programs and support your state government and local community offer to small businesses. Many states offer online tools to help small business owners start up and succeed. Local community resources such as SBA Offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and other government-funded programs specifically support small businesses.

The Bottom Line

Do your research. Talk to other business owners and potential co-tenants. Consult the small business community and utilize available resources, such as free government-provided demographic data, and ask 1040taxbiz about their industry demographic data to help in your efforts.

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