What is one of the most important issues when opening (or relocating) a business? Proper site selection. Site selection is so important, in fact, that we have given the topic a full chapter in our book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES. Proper site selection includes a number of criteria: your business location, the monthly rent, available parking, signage, visibility, the location within the location (you may be in a busy shopping mall; however, your business may be located at the end of a quiet corridor), and so on.
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Although landlords often ask for security deposits on commercial leases, such deposits aren’t legally required. In fact, you can often negotiate them. Unfortunately, too many business owners don’t know that and willingly pay the deposit, without negotiating the amount or the terms. Your goal as a tenant is to pay as little deposit as possible—no deposit at all is best. Deposit money, which generally doesn’t earn a penny in interest, can better serve as working capital for your business rather than security for your landlord.
As a commercial tenant, the monthly base rent you pay your landlord for leasing commercial space may not be the only rent you pay! Many commercial tenants will also pay a secondary amount for property operating costs. The good news is that both these rents are often negotiable.
When it comes to finding a home for your new (or even expanding) business, there is a great deal of truth in the adage of “location, location, location”. The commercial space chosen by a tenant can, in fact, be a deciding factor in the success or failure of the business.
Considering the importance of this issue, we have devoted an entire chapter to finding a space that is right for your business in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES (Wiley, 2013). Consider the following additional factors before signing a lease.
First-time small business owners typically pay a great deal of attention to developing their own business plans, marketing and managing their own companies; however, they often overlook the importance of their own commercial lease. The commercial lease, provided by the landlord, often plays a crucial role in business operations (an entrepreneur typically leases commercial space to conduct business from). The lease states the specifics of the agreed-upon lease (e.g.