I have this conversation with myself reguarly. Starting a business and watching it grow makes you want to properly display those smoke and mirrors by having a place for it to call home. It makes it feel so much more professional.
So today I wanted to discuss The Office Space Debate and when it actually makes sense to start considering it for your business. Because why add a significant expense to your budget unless it’s absolutely needed?
Tune in to The Office Space Debate:
The biggest motivator for me to launch a business of my own was to be able to work on my schedule, in my home, completely location independent. So you can imagine my surprise when I started to yearn for an outside setting to call my office. It’s just hard to watch something start to become a success and you want to see that success grow at an even faster rate and be shown off to your network as something as impressive as you make it seem. Seeing is believing. Seeing is motivating.
I honestly started thinking having this other space would make me become even more serious about my business (if that’s possible). The professionalism would be coming out of my ears if I just had a nice quite office to bring my clientele for meetings or set up for a video shoot.
But the majority of entrepreneurs I’ve talked to have said “Chill out, babe. It’s not necessary right now. Not at all.” And even the offices I do see popping up aren’t doing it until they’ve reached a point where their employees can no longer work totally remote and are bursting the coffee shop or co-working space at the seams.
But the fact is, my business is strictly digital. I’ve been able to do EVERYTHING I need to right here in my home. (I make it work when it’s outside of the box.) So maybe it would be easier to have another space and certainly more professional, but when incorporate such a large expense? For fun?
And there are far too many other options available. Executive space – give clients a professional atmosphere.Virtual space – make someone else pick up your mail. Co-working space – collaborate with other creative minds and have an atmosphere of people. There are choices like this in almost every city that can help change up a routine and keep the professionalfront up. And they are by far much cheaper than signing a 1 year lease.
Tip of the Video: Just stay remote as long as you can. It will be a beautiful day of business when you need to expand, but until then you’re building a better foundation by not jumping in too early. Plus, once you get a space you’re likely going to wish you could just go to your home office again.