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Choosing the Right Office Space to Rent

Making the decision to move from working at home to finding your first office space to rent can be daunting. You will need to ensure that, aside from being financially viable; the office space that you choose to rent will also be able to keep up with the pace of your expanding business.

How to Choose Office Space to Rent

Location, location, location

One of the most important considerations for your new office space will be the right location. Choosing the right location involves evaluating where you and your employees reside, so as to minimise travelling time as well as taking into consideration where the majority of your clients are situated. It is also important to have easy access to highways and major transport hubs.

In South Africa, security is also a major consideration and the office space that you may want to rent should provide a measure of security to protect both your business premises and your employees. This security may include a security company manning entrances to the premises and 24-hour security surveillance.

Secure parking facilities for you, your colleagues and your clients should also be available. Clients will not want to visit your offices if they do not feel secure and you may well have issues hiring staff if you are unable to provide them and their vehicles with safety and security.

Decide on a Specific Budget to Rent Office Space

You need to be sure that once you sign an office rental contract, that you will be able to cover the costs for the length of the lease. These costs are not only limited to the rental of the premises, but may also include; electricity, water usage, office furniture, telephone and PABX rental, as well as other daily office services such as; cleaning, reception, etc.

Ensure that when you sign your contract, you are fully aware of these additional and sometimes hidden costs as they can give you a nasty shock when you receive your account at the end of the first month.

A reputable Landlord renting office space will provide a concise lease, spelling out any additional costs for services, amenities and utilities, including maintenance and repairs.

Office Space to Grow with Your Business

When considering office space to rent, you need to bear in mind that your company will grow and your staff complement will expand. You therefore need to maintain a balance between paying only for what you currently need in terms of office space and ensuring that the office space which you are renting will be able to accommodate future growth.

Office space for rent should provide prospective tenants with a choice of office layouts, depending upon the amount of privacy required. A choice between private and open-plan offices should be available.

Office Furniture, Amenities and Utilities

As mentioned earlier in this article, it is important to clarify exactly what additional options are available with your office rental lease and what cost implications these will have.

You can be assured that a Landlord who offers the following has your business interests at heart;

• Reception area and welcome lounge
• Professional reception staff to greet guests and to redirect business calls
• Centralised Documentation Stations
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• Decorated, private furnished offices
• Private business lounges
• Fully equipped boardrooms
• Daily office cleaning services
• Secure on-site parking
• Easy access to restaurants / coffee shops

In addition, some progressive Landlords may provide a variety of networking opportunities to enable tenants to tap into their own influential network.

The Business Exchange is a cutting-edge business centre, located in the heart of the prestigious Sandton CBD in Johannesburg, providing both local and international companies flexible workspace solutions.

The Business Exchange also prides itself in looking after the interests of its tenants by providing;

• Flexible and affordable leases when choosing office space to rent.
• Online marketing activities for brand building and search engine optimisation.
• Free use of events space and attendance to conferences and networking functions.

Contact The Business Exchange today on officespace@thebusinessexchange.co.za to discuss your office rental requirements.

Newsletter – Only 5 Offices Left at 150 Rivonia Rd

Office Space at The Business Exchange
The Business Exchange Reception
The Business Exchange Office Space Layout
Meeting Room Space at The Business Exchange
Executive Office Suite at The Business Exchange


To find out more about the packages available for either fixed or virtual office space,

please click here.


TBE will host Moneyweb for a joint networking event in November.

More details to follow.

TBE Opening in Rosebank in February 2016

The Business Exchange Rosebank Offices

The office letting concept of The Business Exchange for both fixed and virtual office space, has gained enormous popularity and due to demand The Business Exchange will soon be making more offices available within the upmarket Rosebank locality.

To keep abreast of these developments and others, please email us here.

Newsletter – TBE Brings Digital Advertising to Its Tenants on Rivonia Road

Digital Advertising for TBE Tenants on Rivonia Road


The Business Exchange is excited to announce to its tenants that it will be installing a digital signboard on the outside of its offices in Sandton. This signboard will face onto the busy Rivonia Road giving tenants some of the best signage opportunities in Sandton.

All permanent office tenants of The Business Exchange at 150 Rivonia Road will receive free advertising for their business on this signboard.

Just one more way that The Business Exchange looks after its tenants.

Contact officespace@thebusinessexchange.co.za
for more information.


The Business Exchange would like to welcome its new tenants:

Binary Means is an Information & Communications Technology company focusing on web and mobile services, based in Johannesburg. The company provides web design and development services to clients from South Africa, Ghana and the UK. They pride themselves on their creative minds and inextinguishable passion for what they create. Each project is approached with a high sense of professionalism, dedication and patience. Their primary services include web design, e-commerce, corporate identity design and webmaster services.
Dan Boateng
071 800 4920
Drop Financial Consultants is an accounting and consulting firm which provides Bookkeeping, Consulting and Tax Services. This innovative company differentiates themselves by providing business and financial advice to clients at no cost and strives to be the preferred accountants for compliance within the SMME sector.
Pule Moekoa BAP (SA)
010 035 1437 or 073 0586311
Goelan consists of a group of experienced traders, engineers, technicians and logistics specialists who decided to join forces. They strive to establish synergies within their different areas of expertise in order to manage diverse projects on the continent. They specialise in infrastructure, project management and procurement for construction and raw materials for many industries. Over the years, they have also established strong ties with sea freight companies and road transporters, which provide them with a clear edge in offering a streamlined, cost-effective and bespoke service.
Tel. +27 100 351 434
Maidville offers its clients an easy-to-use, quick and trusted online booking service to facilitate the hiring of domestic workers from the comfort of their home. Maidville’s ‘Book-A-Maid’ app allows clients to hire a maid to perform household chores for the day – straight from your smart phone or laptop.
Lufuno Mudau
072 340 3357
Mvemvane Engineering is a 100% black-owned firm providing a range of electrical and civil engineering services to the general public, as well as to private and local authorities. Services offered include, but are not limited to; power generation and backup power (UPS & generators), transmission and distribution, material outsource supply, electrification programmes (Towns, Villages, Malls, Hospitals, Household etc.), maintenance of existing electrical networks, supply and installation of prepaid meters, Electrical Certificate of Compliance, maintenance, repairs and refurbishment of related projects. On the civil side, Mvemvane undertakes projects relating to roads and earthworks, water and sewer reticulation, unblocking and cleaning of pipelines, site management, sub-station construction, infrastructure concessions, surveys and mapping, geotechnical reports, etc.
Vincent Silinda
011 9303157
Net15, a national telecommunications network and services provider offers the following services:

  • Telephone systems (IP PBX and IP Telephone handsets)
  • Voice services employing VOIP.
  • Video conferencing products and services
  • High Speed Internet (using fibre or wireless connectivity), Internet of Things and M2M connectivity
  • Cloud Back-up Storage

010 035 1431
076 263 3099 or 083 261 3767

Ntanku Media is a full digital media company offering services such as Social Media Management, Social Media Advertising and Strategies, SEO, E-commerce, Internet Marketing, Apps Website Development, Hosting & Domain Services, Digital Strategies.
Pleasure Babedi
073 435 9044
Organofyd is a design company that creates smart workplace solutions, concepts and designs that exhibit a balance between natural and built environments.
Thatho Monanyane
011 792 5559
Scimatics Solutions provides expert maths and science tuition for all school grades and university undergraduates. They are driven by a passion to produce top grades and have a highly successful track record with their clients. Driven by a benchmark to achieve excellence, this dynamic company consistently assists their students to produce top marks. They offer classes during the week in Pretoria and on Saturdays in Sandton.
Stephen Twinoburyo
012 362 2105 / 011 234 2454

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