3 Ways to Setup a Mobile Office

Are you trying to setup a mobile office?

Whether your office building is under renovation or remodeling, your employees still need to be productive.

However, that might be hard to do with construction all around them.

Mobile offices are great temporary workspaces or even permanent satellite offices, giving your employees the same office environment without needing to be in the physical office.

In this article, we’ll look at 3 ways to set up a mobile office.

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3 Ways to Setup a Mobile Office

1. Choose a location

Choosing a location for your mobile office is crucial.

Whether it will be near your current office building or at a satellite location in another part of town, the area you choose for your mobile office must meet a few requirements:

  • Inspection of the area, usually by the mobile office supplier.
  • The area must be level or have level ground.
  • The area must be big enough for the mobile office, along with having adequate ground clearance for unloading/loading.

There are three standard sizes of mobile offices you can choose from:

  • 10-foot offices
  • 20-foot offices
  • 40-foot offices

While these are standard sizes, you can also customize or modify a mobile office to the specifications that you need.

We’ll look at the different options in our next section.


2. Type of office setup

After choosing a location, the next thing you’ll want to do is choose a layout for your office.

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Depending on your requirements, you can either choose a single open bay office or a combination office.

Here are the differences between the two:

Single offices

Single offices are usually meant for 1 to 5 people, depending upon size. Single offices can come in all three standard sizes and can be customized to include shelving or desk space.

Combination offices

Combination offices can be either a combination of office and storage space or two offices that include a conference room that separates the two.

The office and storage combinations allow for an extra area for storage, just as office equipment or filing cabinets.

The conference combination allows for small teams or departments to make sure of a meeting area or co-working space, with an office on either end.

Both the 20-foot and 40-foot offices allow for the office and storage combinations, but only the 40 foot is available for the two office and conference room combination.


3. Plan your utilities

Now that you’ve chosen your mobile office location and the type of office you’ll be using, the next thing you’ll want to include in your set is the type of utilities and features you’ll need.

Setting up your mobile office is like setting up the office environment you and your employees might be used to.

Inside a Southwest Mobile Storage office

Customization and modifications allow you to set up your mobile office in any way you prefer. Some of the popular utility choices can be:

  • AC/heating units
  • Windows
  • Security doors
  • Shelving
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing

As mentioned earlier, customization and modification is available so you can design the office environment you need.

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BONUS! To rent or buy

After you’ve decided on these 3 ways to set up a mobile office, there’s one last thing that you’ll need to consider.

That’s whether you want to rent or buy your mobile office.

Deciding if you need to rent or purchase a mobile office will be based on the length of time that you need the office for.

If you only need this as a temporary workspace, your best option would be to rent the office. Renting is better suited for workspaces that will only be used for a year or less.

If this is going to be a permanent office, such as a satellite location, you should consider purchasing the mobile office. Buying is preferred for office use longer than 3 years.

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In this article, we looked at 3 ways to set up a mobile office – choosing a location, choosing the type, and choosing your utilities and features.

Mobile offices can be a great way to continue the productivity of your work force when your normal working environment is under construction.

Not sure if a mobile office is right for you?

Check out our 3 easy ways on deciding if a mobile office is the right choice.

If you’re considering a mobile office, give us a call at 800.686.9114 or fill out the form below. Our container experts will help you chose the right office for your needs.

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