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Home Office Design Inspiration For My Handmade Business

Home Office Design Inspiration for your handmade business. A good working office needs...

I was out in my garage yesterday, using the laser cutter in the makeshift workshop I have set up, dreaming about my new home office design that we’re planning to build into a new extension. It will be a couple of years before we’re able to afford such a big renovation, but it’s never too early to gather inspiration, am I right?

Office Principles were chatting to me recently and they asked me to share my best tips on home office design with you guys, so here are the main things I’ll be considering when I finally move out of my bedroom office into a custom built space:

// Although I work alone now, I want to make sure there’s enough space for an additional person to work with me if I am able to employ an assistant or if I just fancy co-working with another self employed pal one day. I wouldn’t want the space to take up too much room so I would be looking at stackable seating and expandable desk space. I loved the workspace area from this open concept tiny house that Ana White created.

Office furniture with a pop of colour

// The room I work in now is amazing as it’s so much larger than any space I’ve been able to use before. However the more you get, the more you want and I’m already frustrated by the lack of wall space in my current office. I believe a workspace should be inspiring and motivating and I’d love to have more space to hang my travel photos and fun motivational quotes to get me through the working day.

// I’m lucky to have tonnes and tonnes of natural light already in my current workspace, so this is something I definitely need to carry over into the new space. As a designer it’s so important to have natural light so you can get an accurate representation of what something actually looks like – plus being able to see nature outside your window is a huge boost for your mood.

// I really want a space that is pretty, but also practical¬†so as well as wall space, I would be looking to have areas set aside for my workshop (dirty things!) photography area (super clean things!) and stock storage. At the moment my office is very impractical as there isn’t enough room for everything to have it’s own place. Everywhere is storage at the moment so there is very little actual workspace to utilise!

creative workspaces

//¬†My current space is decorated in my brand’s colours which not only makes it so much easier for me to stay on brand with my photographs and behind the scenes peeks, but also looks more professional and cohesive to any outside person coming in. It also helps that I love these fun colours and it makes me feel focussed to be surrounded by the brand I’ve worked so hard to build.

Office Principles also have some great insight on what makes a good office space and they also asked me to tell you folks that they offer an office refurbishment service so they can do all the work for you while you concentrate on business!

If you want some more ideas and inspiration for your home office, have a peek through my Pinterest board below!

Loves x xx

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Etsy Captains’ Summit 2017 at Etsy HQ in London

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

What is the Etsy Captains’ Summit? Well let’s start with what is an Etsy team? Some of you will know I am one of the Captains of our local team of Etsy sellers, Etsy Team Leeds, alongside the fabulous Laura from Elsie & Nell. An Etsy team is a group of sellers with a common interest, which is usually location specific, but not always. As Captains we keep in close contact with Etsy themselves, receiving news and information about new changes on Etsy.com and being able to give feedback on how things are working for the sellers themselves.

At Etsy Team Leeds we keep in touch daily using a Facebook group that all our members are part of and we meet up in person once a month in the Leeds area to share knowledge, chat over a cup of tea (or a beer!) and just get the chance to see another human being, which can be a luxury when you work for yourself.

Last weekend all the team captains from across the UK were invited down to the Etsy HQ in London for the Etsy Captains’ Summit to spend the weekend with Etsy Admin and each other talking about small businesses, how to improve our shops and how to lead our teams of sellers.

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

We gathered at Etsy HQ early on Saturday morning where the team had laid out a fabulous, healthy breakfast with loads of options for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free folks. There was constantly a pot of tea on the go and you could help yourself throughout the day. We sat on long benches to eat and get to know our fellow captains, always turning the person next to you or across from you to ask about their shops and their teams.

After breakfast we headed into the conference style room where wheely desk chairs were laid out in rows. The chairs were super comfortable, which is more important than you’d think and being on wheels it made it so easy to wheel into groups for discussions and pop over to see another team captain that you hadn’t had chance to speak to yet. It was an ideal touch.

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

A number of the Etsy Admin team lead talks on PR & marketing, what’s new in the community and ways we can use making for good. There were also a number of external speakers from amazing people in the handmade community like Jessika from Oh My Handmade. These sessions were run on coaching, burnout and ideas for creating a community feel within our teams.

Lunch was also provided which was a huge spread of healthy treats with fresh chicken and salmon for meat eaters and chunky falafel balls and various salads for vegans. I wish I could eat like that every day.

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

On the Saturday evening we had a social event where Etsy wined and dined us by bringing in the amazing pop up restaurant, Fabulous 698b (more on them in another post!!). It’s lovely to be looked after so well and shown we are an appreciated part of the Etsy community. Being a team captain is a voluntary role, which can be a lot to take on if you run your own business as well. Some captains even work full time as well as running their shops. The meal was incredible and such a great way to get chance to chat to the members of Etsy admin and fellow team captains. I was sat next to Erin from the Toronto offices and we chatted about Etsy of course, but also music, food and the traditions from where we’re from. Erin has a fabulous Etsy shop of her own selling Feminist zines and books.

On Sunday morning we were treated to breakfast again before delving straight back into talks and workshops. It was great to be able to feedback our thoughts to the people who can make changes happen as well as sharing tips with and learning from other captains and more importantly, other Etsy sellers. Lunch and cake was provided and we headed home with full heads and hearts.

The whole weekend was so inspirational, especially for me. I learned a lot of tips from the workshops, but mostly I just felt like I could. Whatever I wanted to, I could do it. Now I’m back home in my office I feel ready to face the world again and even more amazingly, I feel excited again to get to work.

If you have any questions about the Etsy Captains’ Summit, please do leave them in the comments or ask me on Twitter! More soon!
Loves x xx

Etsy Captains Summit at Etsy HQ in London

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