Find cheap office space for rent through companies that offer subletting opportunities with businesses that have extra space, advises Forbes. Alternatively, share co-working spaces in furnished office buildings. If you need your own space, save money by contacting numerous landlords to find out which ones are most open to negotiation, reports Bankrate.
Contact Shared Offices, Shared Business Space or other matchmaking services to locate local opportunities in subleasing offices, according to Forbes. Advantages of subleasing include the affordability, simplicity of terms, readiness of the property and possibility of renting just the amount of floor space you need. The company that is subletting may already have Internet, alarm systems and common areas that you can use. You may have an opportunity to lease the entire area if the sublessor moves out.
Most major cities have furnished co-working office facilities, such as New York City's Sunshine Suites and San Francisco's Sandbox Suites, explains Forbes. Rent the amount of space without committing to a long-term lease. Some buildings offer conference rooms and high-speed Internet, while others offer more basic amenities.
When negotiating with landlords, ask for reduced rent or a term of free rent in exchange for renovations, states Bankrate. Try to get the landlord to pay for janitorial services, repairs, maintenance and management fees. Additionally, negotiate to limit future increases in rent.