Since Spark! closed at the the end of the year, I’ve been office-less. Because I was so ill and/or super pregnant I didn’t think it was a good investment to lease office space. Instead, I’d try to work from home or a restaurant with free wi-fi.
I’ve been slowly looking for office space, but once my second daughter was born, I realized I needed to put the hunt on the top of my list. Little to no work was getting done at home and it was become more and more frustrating working in an open environment. (Can I get a seat near a plug? Why is that woman chatting so loudly? Why isn’t the wi-fi working? Should I be ordering more food?)
On Monday, I moved into a small office (above) in the Old Village neighborhood about 20 minutes away from my house. And while my associate Jim says it looks like “Cell Block A”, I have to confess, I love it. It’s quiet, there are several electrical outlets and of course, I have internet access. What more could a entrepreneur ask for?
The building and sounding area are currently being developed by the I’on Group (yes the same folks who created the neighborhood of the same name – see photo below). I’m excited to watch this building transform and to see the new ones go up. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the other folks in the office have been extremely nice to me.
Now, the office is nothing glamorous. At all (see building photo below). And I really need to decorate! But to me, it’s a little piece of heaven (Personal note: That one is for you Betsy). I’ve completed more in the last few days than I’ve managed to do in the last few weeks. I can take phone calls with ease. And my gadgets never run out of juice. Ahhhhhh.
Frankly, I can’t believe I didn’t move into an office sooner. I was so afraid of making the investment, that I sacrificed my productivity in the process. Lesson learned.
As one of my new office mates put it, I have real “Apple Store” vibe going in the office right now. Fear not, Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer is going to help me with some Alesya Bags photography. Also, I’ll be putting a few more things up as time goes on. But for now, I’m a very happy girl with a desk, chair and a fully charged laptop.