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[Question of the week - for me!] Will working out of a small office yield better results?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SocialMedia10, Jan 13, 2013.

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  1. SocialMedia10

    SocialMedia10 BANNED BANNED

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    I THINK THIS MAY APPLY TO A LOT OF YOU GUYS


    I am 21 years old and have been an entrepreneur for almost 10 years. I started my first business in the Myspace days selling plays and views and yeah....

    Since then, I have been involved in several ventures (Christian clothing line, marketing for celebrity clients, private CPA network, freelance graphic design and of course a broad range of social media services). In 2010, I averaged between $4-7k/month with my highest being $20k.

    Thus far I have done all of the work out of my house. Unfortunately, I have become extremely lazy, work wise, and am not efficient AT ALL. I found this small office and think that I could get much more done and work normal hours instead of sleeping til noon and staying up all night.

    http://bit.ly/ZKiu4H
    $450/month +175 amenities package = $625
    6 month term

    SHOULD I GO FOR IT? - ANYONE HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE OR ANY ADVICE/TIPS REGARDING THE LEASE OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER
     
  2. supafresh

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    How far is it from your house.... the rent looks legit
     
  3. drogon

    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    No need to rent office space unless you need it for business....eg meetings with clients or for 1 or 2 paid staff. Otherwise thats simply $625 a month wasted that could be spent on the business itself. Not to mention this would not solve your problems with motivation and prob just add to it as you are now stuck with a daily 'office' type routine which is exactly what those of us who work online try to avoid in the first place.

    Look to set yourself up a nice private office space at home or even better, go get a nice spot every morning at your favorite coffee shop where you can work and also be around regular people everyday and not stuck at home or stuck in an 'office' bored.
     
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    Superconservativenes Registered Member

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    I totally agree with bestmate. Especially on the coffee shop part.

    Another idea is to rent a shared workspace. It is a totally different environment from your own office. You will have actual business owners working around you, that will then give you the drive to work. There are also some shared workspaces that have lounges, you could meet potential clients there and build business relationships.

    When I eventually get a legit and successful business up and working I'm going to rent a shared workspace once often.
     
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    you have to force yourself to have working hours, in a dedicaded place (this can be a room in your house, not another rent which I think is wasted money, except for coworking space), where NOONE can disturb you. And make a planning of the day, what you're gonna do, ...
    it's quite simple to be efficient, you just have to force yourself (it's easier to wake up at noon, play xbox til 3pm, than turn on computer, be disturbed by internet p0rn ... :)
     
  6. SocialMedia10

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    I need to get away from the house. If I setup a small office in another room, I will still stay up late and sleep til noon. It's too easy to relax here. If I had an office, I would probably go in from 9-5 and get 100x more work done because I wouldn't have any distractions.

    I'm not interested in a shared space or lounging at a cafe - but thanks for your input.


    Anyone out there that was in my situation and leased a space? Curious to learn about your experience and if it was much more efficient!
     
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    How did you manage to be successful working without an office before? If all of a sudden you have become extremely lazy, perhaps there is another problem.

    If not, and you feel it is affordable, I say go for it.

    I would like to add my colleague's experience: My friend would commute all the way to campus in order to study in classrooms/library for exams, and apparently he was much more productive.

    So this may not be a bad idea. Also, there is an added pressure on you. Because you paid for the space, you will want to get your money's worth by working.
     
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    @OP

    Even I'm also facing a similar situation, I'm not able to give my 100% when at home, so I'm looking for a nice office space to rent.
    I suggest that you get that office. I believe when you'll be working in normal hours, paying the hard earned $625 as rent and specially when you won't have that cozy bed/couch in front of you, then you'll probably get that discipline lacking in your daily life and you'll be able to give your 100%

    So go for it :)
     
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    If you lack the discipline it does make sense to go the office route. I work from home for my real life business and it is easy to get sidetracked sometimes. But its so nice to be able to work in my pajamas and just take a nap on the bed whenever I want. If you are your own boss, you may become lazy and not go to the office. So you should try to keep that routine up no matter what's going on if you get the office.
     
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    I get where you are coming from on this but the key word in your post is that you would PROBABLY go in from 9-5.

    Having an office space is not going to magically change your work ethic. That being said, there is something to say about having your own office space. It is easier to focus and you treat it much more like a "job" when you are going into the office. Many of my friends have gone out and gotten their own office spaces for the exact reasons that you mentioned and it has helped them.

    My suggestion to you, change your work ethic now and prepare yourself to take full advantage of your office.

    Start waking up at 7:30, eating and getting ready for your day and set up a dedicated space for you to work.

    Do that for a couple weeks and if you can change your work ethic before moving into an office, I say go for the office, but like I said before don't expect renting something to magically change how you go about your work.
     
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    If you can afford the office I would recommend it if you have a family/kids at home. Sometimes you could have a great work ethic, but just keep getting distracted by others in the house. To them it's just a five minute chat, not realizing that to you it's a loss of flow that takes you 45 minutes to recover from... Plus I tend to work better in a dedicated work space.
     
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    Dope, thanks everyone! I think I'll go for it = )

    ... Off to the furniture store