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Small Business Offices - Should You Take The Plunge?

By 5th May 2015

When you’re a small business - either a one man band or working with fewer than five employees - it’s tempting to reduce your overheads by working from home. After all, many successful businesses started on the dining room table or in a makeshift office in the garden shed.

The key part of that sentence is ‘started’ there.  In order to grow, or to create a more polished image as your business develops, you will find taking the plunge into commercial office rental begins to look more and more appealing.  But when should you do it – and is the added overhead worth the risk?

Why Move Out of the House and into an Office?

  1. It helps promote a positive professional image. You will appear more polished, more serious and more productive in a commercial office than you do working from your home.
  2. It helps combat procrastination! You won’t be tempted to put a washing on, watch the football highlights or alphabetise your CD collection before getting to work.
  3. It will help you find a better work-life balance. The flip-side of procrastination is that you find yourself constantly working. When you leave the office, you are in ‘Home Life Mode’.
  4. It gives you room to grow when you need it most – no worrying about bringing employees in your home, squeezing another desk into the spare room or figuring out how to take on that new contract without space for casual staff.
  5. Small business rates breaks, the full amount of your energy and utility bills coming out of your bottom line, petty cash paying for tea and biscuits...  you may find that a small business office is less expensive than you think.

Most importantly though, your home goes back to being your home.  That spare room can be used for guests, no frantic tidying up before client meetings and no rugby tackling the kids away from the phone ‘just in case’.  You can relax and enjoy your own space, safe in the knowledge your business is tucked up nicely in your professional office ready and waiting for your team, clients and business life. 

Here at Lettings Direct we’ve helped landlords find great small business tenants and paired small businesses up with their perfect office space. In fact, we were so passionate about this particular sector of our market that we bought the building

Our own small business centre is currently under development and as we grow our own portfolio we are becoming more tuned in to the needs of the small business owner. If you’re a commercial office space landlord looking to let out your property to reliable, trustworthy businesses then please contact us to find out how we can help you.  

Call Julie on 01738 630004.


Julie chats about commercial properties V working from home and explains the benefits of letting office space for small businesses. Reclaim your work-life balance, set out your professional stall and combat procrastination for good! A must read for small home businesses thinking about moving into premises. 

Lettings Assistant

Position Overview

Lettings Direct Perth is an independent lettings and property management company which has been operating in the city since 2011.  We have experienced considerable growth over the past few years and now require a Lettings Assistant to support the Lettings Team in our busy office.

The position requires a friendly, efficient individual with a keen eye for detail and a great way with people.  The right candidate for this responsible part-time role will be highly organised, able to prioritise quickly, remain calm under pressure, and possess excellent customer service skills.

Based at our city centre office, this person will be a first point of contact for many of our tenants and landlords, delivering on our promise of exceptional client care.  The position also requires visits to our properties – a driving license is a must – including taking inventories and inspection visits.

From answering phones to replying to emails, dealing with property enquiries to arranging viewings and tradesmen visits, the role is varied and busy.

Lettings Direct are committed to the development of its staff.  The team will fully support the successful candidate and training will be provided in-house, particularly in relation to customer systems and online portals. This role gives the candidate the chance to join a booming and dynamic organisation with the opportunity to learn and forge a rewarding career.

This is a part-time position offering 10 to 20 hours per week.  As an essential service, the position is available for an immediate start. Click over to our website for full details.

Reporting to: Julie Cumming, Director of Lettings Direct

Office Location: 8 Atholl Crescent, Perth PH1 5NG

Hours: 10-20 hours per week.  From time to time, some additional work may be required.



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