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DATE: 03/18/2016

Whether you’re starting a new business, or streamlining an old one, keeping overhead expenses low is always a good idea. In recent years, companies from San Francisco to NYC have been downsizing, finding innovative ways to cut costs along the way.

Without question, San Antonio is still one of the best cities in the U.S. to set-up shop. Not only do rents fall far below the national growth average – with a mere 0.1 percent increase in 2015 – the rent to income ratio is significantly lower when compared to the country’s largest cities.

In fact, Cheapism.com ranks the Alamo City as one of the top 10 most affordable cities to start a business. With that said, no one wants to pay for wasted office space. One of the best ways to get a leg up on the real estate market? Modular office furniture.

Modular Office furniture is the industry term used to describe “buildable office furnishings.” Think of it like building blocks that can be reconfigured into different arrangements to suit your needs: U-shapes, L-shapes and space-saving shapes.

As your business grows, your furniture needs will inevitably change. The great thing about modular pieces? They can easily adapt to your needs, without compromising style. Whether you’re adding more workstations or simply rearranging the system into a different pattern, modular equals flexible.

Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception that modular means boring. Yes, the bleak images of cubicle farms from 90s movies still haunt us too. But today’s furniture designers are all the wiser. Having incorporated consumer feedback into their designs, furniture manufacturers have given modular furniture a serious make-over in recent years. Here are just some of the features you can expect to find:

Flexibility

Say you’ve recently decided to hire 5 additional staff members and a couple interns. The jobs descriptions are all set. The budget’s in place. But there’s just one problem – where are you going to put them?

The increase obviously isn’t enough to warrant a move, but the value they will add is significant enough to warrant the hiring. Modern modular furnishings essentially make such issues “non-issues.” By allowing you the flexibility to disassemble, reconfigure and reassemble work areas in a flash. You can easily turn any solo workstation into a group workstation. And with your purchases on file, CBI can quickly access any other pieces needed without you having to keep track of style numbers.

Personalization

Today’s modular pieces come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. As previously mentioned, a brand is a story well told. And one of the best ways to tell your story – to your clients, to your staff and to your investors – is with a smartly decorated office.

Not only will you have plenty of style options to choose from, you’ll also have the ability to personalize your modular workstations with modern privacy screens. Today’s partitions come in a variety of sizes and materials, making them less obtrusive and more aesthetically pleasing than their cubicle predecessors.

Savings Opportunities

Finally, modular office furniture offers serious savings opportunities. Besides the decreased costs of monthly heating and electric bills (should you use modular pieces to make the most of a small office space), you can sometimes save yourself the expense of having to hire expensive moving crews.

As you can see, modular furniture really can make your small office seem larger, while saving money to boot. Ready to get started on your next redesign.

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