January 12, 2006.
I just finished filling out my financial records for our rental property. Our second proposal for our rental space for my business, Jamie's Painting & Design was accepted on Friday. We gave the property manager a proposal two weeks ago and she thought it was ‘ridiculously low’ to quote her and she sat on it, I think literally, for over a week.
Having been in business for just over three years-and first running it out of a small bedroom, then expanding to the converted garage/studio-we are officially out of space. Working at home had it’s benefits at first, and I will miss some things about it-but not all.
These are a few of my NOT so favorite things:
- Working 8-12 hours a day 7 days a week, always answering the phones….
- Having upwards of 7 employees walk through my house all day long
- Doing dishes, changing diaper, making dinner all while taking a sales call and pretending that I am not working out of your home
- Being interviewed for an article and literally running from room to room to hide from my toddler
- Crying as I ink tiles at midnight
- Answering the door in my pajamas
- Chasing the Fed Ex driver down the street, in my pajamas
- Spending entire days in my pajamas
- Not owning cute pajamas
- Cooking Tiles in my oven (long story, for another time)
- Storing shipping supplies in my would be bathroom
- Storing office supplies in my living room-while I am living in it
- Missing a whole weekend of playing with my kids
I was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article bitching about these same things-having read once too often how great, easy, wonderful, flexible (you fill in the blank) working from home could be, all while raising your kids. But, hence it was the only way for us to start this venture-and now, I guess we are successful-but boy are we tired.
Yep-working out of the house-not so glamorous, plenty busy-but I digress, we are moving on up! After 100% growth year after year, and our sales channels doubling and tripling we need to move this baby into a bigger space.