For the past 8 or so years, I’ve always had a small office outside of my home. And I would usually change the office location every year or so.
It was often a small 12 x 12 one-person office in a “shared” solution. There would be a conference room all the tenants could reserve and use. I’d pay a small fee of $700 per month or so for use of this private office.
Once, I even signed a 3-year lease for a large 3-office suite for myself with a massive conference room (BIG mistake… I’ll address that in a future post).
Why would I rent these small office spaces when I have coffee shops and a home office? For security. I always felt like I needed it “just in case”. It was like an old comfy blanket or teddy bear.
But over the years, I found myself going to my office less and less. This last office, I’d use it maybe two times a month.
So finally, I let my latest office go two months ago. I chose not to renew my lease or sign any new lease – and for the first time since I can remember, I am 100% virtual.
See a picture of my favorite new chair and “office” in our family room below overlooking our pool in the background.
How is it working?
My productivity has significantly increased – I can just feel it. As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a tear lately. I’ve done more webinars, programs and products in the past two months than I had in the past two YEARS (including the breakthrough “Plat” group).
The day usually looks like this: Starbucks in the morning, to a workout at the gym in the late morning, followed by lunch and work at home in the afternoon. It’s the perfect routine to change environments and keep my creative juices flowing.
Now, when I have team conference calls in the afternoon, I do them while taking a walk around my neighborhood or the 40+ acres of hiking trails in my backyard.
To combat some of the quiet and loneliness of working at home in the afternoons (the kids are in school during the day), I bought a bunch of live concerts on Blu Ray and DVD. They serve as perfect background noise and visual stimulation (for me, silence is a killer).
And since I never buy anything for myself (seriously), I now treat myself to a new Blu Ray or DVD concert each week. I’m like a little kid waiting for the package from Amazon to arrive. I’ve got an entire list of new concerts to buy.
So far, I have everything from mellow (James Taylor) to pop (Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald) to rock… well, my version of 80s rock (Journey). I just got the Bee Gee’s.. and I feel like I’m a kid again.
Even me, the poster child for “working from a coffee shop” was still hanging on to the past with my office space. But no longer. I’m free dammit and I’m not going back!
Times have changed. Technology has changed.
All you need is a laptop (I don’t even use my desktop anymore… just my trusted MacBook Air is all I need to run my entire business).
Don’t let anyone dictate what you can or cannot do. Or how you earn a living.
Never be ashamed to run say you run a “lifestyle business”. Or to say you work from your living room. Or you work from a coffee shop.
That doesn’t make you any less of an entrepreneur. Or any less successful.
You can create the business and lifestyle of your dreams. You truly can.
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