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Old 05-29-2009, 04:17 PM   #21
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I moved my office out of the house about a year ago, and added an office staff person. I agree with comments about the image of your company being supported by a physical office. Mine is located in the heart of the area we do the most work in and our presence there definitely helps from a "farming" perspective.

I also see it as a major step in the growth of your company. I've noticed that a lot of contractor businesses, including my own, go through stages of growth that are punctuated by plateaus to one degree or another.

Most of us started out working alone or with a helper. The first plateau is usually one of time--there are only so many hours in the day and when you're doing all of the work there's only so much you can get done. We usually start raising our rates to adjust for demand--but in the end if you want to continue to grow the only solution is to hire additional labor or sub out.

I see moving from home to office as another plateau breaker. I've often heard business owners who've been around awhile say that going from zero to a million in gross is a lot harder than going from a million to two, three, four, etc. My own experience has been the same--and despite the economy, we are projected to grow in the double digits this year.

The act of moving into an office is as much a mental transition as it is a physical one--both from the perspective of separating work life from personal life and how you present and sell yourself to prospective clients.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:12 PM   #22
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I'm on the fence about this one right now.

I have a great shop about 30 minutes from my house. It works well for what we need. I do wish it was 5 minutes away though. So many things I'd like t do but don't want to make an hour long round trip to do it.

It would be a great benefit to me personally if it was a little closer.
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We just opened an office/small retail store in 2007.
We found that if the customer can't get you after hours at the office, it doesn't stop them from showing up at your door step.....pleasures of a small town.

We generate more walk in clients who book service calls and as another poster said, it keeps the employees out of your home.
The exposure has been positive.
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I work out of my truck primarily. With cell phones and WiFi it's really easy to set up a mobile office space. AW Direct has gear to set up a truck as a mobile office. I have a laptop tray that keeps my computer from sliding around, a file organizer that keeps papers handy, and my briefcase that holds all my current contracts and bids. Printer/scanner/copier is on the passenger floorboard. Unless I get employees and add a showroom/nursery I don't see getting a fixed office. As long as I keep organized an extended cab pick up is perfectly adequate. Plus it's nice to always have all my stuff with me. In my house I keep a small desk with a filing cabinet. When I complete a job I file the contract, receipts, etc. in that.

How big is your operation? How many employees do you have? Do you need to keep equipment/supplies in a commercial zoned location?
stolen or you will lose your entire office.

I started my business out of my house and worked from my house for about 20+ years with 18 employees. Now, I work and live in a commercial building with my family and 2 children 9 & 14 years old. I love being able to sit in my office while the family is doing other things, and I also take many breaks and play with the kids. We have 10 foot ceilings and we play basket ball hoop in one room and play ball at least 3 times a week. I often think I would not be able to live in a house away from my business like a normal person.

The downside to working at living at the same place is employees think it is okay to stop by and do business after normal hours and on weekends. Often, they would knock on my door late in the evening and ask for their paychecks, or they would stop by to get their wallet, or something out of their work truck. I tell my employees to try to do all their business before 6 pm and they try to stay away from my shop-house.

I would not trade my shop-house for a mansion.
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I would not trade my shop-house for a mansion.
It takes a special kind of woman to live in a shop-house. If I was single I would make my office/shop into a shop-house as well and be a happy man
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It takes a special kind of woman to live in a shop-house. If I was single I would make my office/shop into a shop-house as well and be a happy man
with mud floors. She thinks she moved into a mansion and I never told her the truth.

From right to left is my wife (red shirt), my ex-wife's daughter, my ex-wife, and her boyfriend. Picture was taken in Cebu an island in the Philippines and this is really my wife's house, and 'no' this is not one an investment property.

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with mud floors. She thinks she moved into a mansion and I never told her the truth.

From right to left is my wife (red shirt), my ex-wife's daughter, my ex-wife, and her boyfriend. Picture was taken in Cebu an island in the Philippines and this is really my wife's house, and 'no' this is not one an investment property.
Damn I guess so.

My Aunt is from the Philippines - I wonder if her house had mud floors too......no wonder she is so happy all the time.

If my wife ever gets fed up leaves me I'm going to get a nice oriental woman that won't sass off and does what she's told - then we'll live in a shop-house as well.
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Damn I guess so.

My Aunt is from the Philippines - I wonder if her house had mud floors too......no wonder she is so happy all the time.

If my wife ever gets fed up leaves me I'm going to get a nice oriental woman that won't sass off and does what she's told - then we'll live in a shop-house as well.
Oriental women are awesome I'm also married to one no complaining. Real hard worker and happy all the time
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Just about 3 months into the office, about 2 minutes from home. I have gone from working in the field 7 days a week, to almost never putting on my tool belt anymore.
My next step is a estimator or senior project manager and a office person( besides wife). We have tried to expand a little too fast, too many guys, not enough work. We set goals of advertising and website done by january 1st, didn't happen. Will never go back to home office, unless I go broke of course.
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Good thread, but its from 2009

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