Whether your startup is housed in a traditional office building, a shared workspace or a virtual office, make sure it fulfills the fundamental needs of your staff.\r\nYou\u2019ve taken the initial steps to get your company launched. Now it\u2019s time to decide what type of office space you\u2019ll need, and where. What kind of environment will fulfill your needs and be conducive to employee growth? Mark C. Crowley, a colleague of mine, is a speaker, author and leadership consultant who attended the Dive! Innovation Conference in Rennes, France this summer. At the conference, he shared some insight from Mark Catchlove, director of knowledge and insight at Herman Miller, a furniture design business. Essentially, people have six fundamental needs they seek to meet through work:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFeeling of achievement:\u00a0We strive to feel a sense of mastery in our accomplishments.\r\n \tAutonomy:\u00a0We seek freedom in our actions and decisions and desire to no longer work in one place eight hours a day.\r\n \tBelonging:\u00a0We are tribal, social beings who require a meaningful connection with other people. Given the importance of work in our lives, we seek strong bonds with colleagues.\r\n \tSense of purpose:\u00a0We want to make a meaningful difference and know that our work matters.\r\n \tSense of security:\u00a0We desire health and physical safety, but also \u201csocial security\u201d\u2014 the need to feel connected to a team.\r\n \tStatus:\u00a0We seek to be respected and appreciated for our work and to have a working environment that inherently esteems us.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s possible for both traditional office spaces and home workspaces to fulfill the above needs. Large companies like Google, Apple and Amazon invest hundreds of thousands into building unique office spaces for their employees. But what kind of office space should you commit to as a startup founder?\r\n\r\nUtilising investor funds or your own cash for an elaborate office buildout may not be the best option right off the bat. Based on your city, location and amenities, Class A commercial office space can come with a hefty monthly price tag. And while there are shared office space solutions available (like WeWork), they may not truly feel like your own space if you can\u2019t leave your items there. Here are solutions for virtual workspaces that still meet the fundamental needs\u00a0listed above:\r\nObtain A\u00a0Work Mailing Address\r\nWithout an office lease, you generally wouldn\u2019t have an office mailing address. The best option, in this case, is to utilise a P.O. box that doesn\u2019t read like one. Most UPS and USPS stores offer monthly rentals of different sized mailboxes. They are generally addressed to wherever the store is located, and the box number shows as a suite or apartment number instead of a P.O. box. This allows you to have a \u201cwork office\u201d address even when you don\u2019t have one, and it can prevent strangers from showing up to your actual place of business.\r\n\r\nAt my company, we created a business mailing address for public corporate documents that allowed us to keep uninvited visitors away from our commercial bakery.\r\nUtilise Virtual Conferencing Tools\r\nThere are plenty of free options for video conferencing, like Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom.us, that allow you to work remotely and engage with team members in different cities and countries. I find this especially helpful in my swimwear business, since part of our management team is based in the Netherlands. Weekly Skype calls are an integral part of our business.\r\nFind Free Conference Room Options\r\nIf you have to meet with a client or conduct a presentation in a boardroom-style setting, it\u2019s easy to seek one out. Many college campuses allow usage of their library\u2019s conference rooms, and usually at no cost to students or alumni.\r\n\r\nYou can also investigate whether you have room usage perks through any of your current memberships. For example, I\u2019m a member of the American Airlines Admirals Club, which gives me access to their airport lounges, workstations, and conference rooms. These conference rooms are especially convenient when you have clients or colleagues flying in with a short turnaround, and they can be reserved in advance.\r\n\r\nOffice locations are always temporary, even if you have a multi-year lease. Companies grow and change, but as long as you\u2019re aware of the fundamental needs one seeks from a workplace, you can create your own combination of traditional and non-traditional methods to achieve optimal office space conditions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAbout The Author\r\n[The author of this post is Lisa Song Sutton, co-Founder, Sin City Cupcakes.]\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis post first appeared on the Business Collective - an initiative of Young Entrepreneur Council, which is a free virtual mentorship programme that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.