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Moving From My Home Office into a Studio Space

home office into a studio space

Oof, it’s been a crazy first third (how is it May already?) of the year for me and I’ve made a lot of changes, one of which may explain my absence a little – I’ve moved into my first real studio space!! Today I’m going to give you a run down of the pros and cons of having a dedicated studio outside of home and because they believe that SMEs and entrepreneurs are the backbone of the UK economy (woohoo, high five!) Boost Capital asked me to let you know about how they can help you with financing via their Merchant Cash Advance.

office space old mill

Moving from my home office into a studio space for the first time has really changed the way I work, but let’s start with why I made the move:

I had completely outgrown running a business from home, physically.

Because I carry a lot of stock and equipment for my jewellery and accessories collections I struggle a lot with storage. My business was originally built from the kitchen table and over the years has outgrown that into part of a spare room, then into my very first office in the box room bedroom to my last home office in a double bedroom space in our current home. When you get a lot of large box deliveries and keep a lot of stock, working from home becomes a real chore. Everything work related spills into your home life and vice versa until you can no longer just shut the door to make it go away. I wanted my house to be a house again, not a business.

I needed a break.

I don’t mean a holiday. I desperately needed a regular break from work as I was working all day and all night into the evenings, popping into my office to finish this off or just get that organised for tomorrow. I’d find myself working until 11pm when my boyfriend would ask me if I was going to bed – I had only really nipped into my office to check off one thing from my to do list. Saturday mornings were always a last minute rush to get orders out before the last post was collected. If I couldn’t sleep I would get up and make jewellery at my desk. I was working 24/7.

I never left the house.

Literally I could go a week without going outside and without seeing friends. I was climbing the walls.

Do you recognise any of those things in yourself?

creating an artist studio

Moving from a home office into a studio space

Myself and Amy from Red Paper House met through selling at local fairs and we got together to discuss our issues, requirements and budget. I couldn’t afford too much on a studio space (I’m self employed!!) but if we joined forces that gave us double the budget. We spent about three weeks going to viewings, trawling Rightmove, Gumtree and Google for spaces to let and looking at everything from a box room in an artist studio space to a over-priced corporate office suite until we found our studio – a massive 500 sq ft space in an old textile mill.

office space inspiration

It was a wreck when we moved in, but we knew it had potential and with us both being artists we were adamant we could make it beautiful and within a week we were moved in with a fresh coat of paint, half a floor (lol!) and the biggest desks I’ve ever seen!! As we filled it with our work, fresh plants and colour it’s become a second home and I just love spending time here. We spur each other on to get up, get organised and head out to work – a luxury you don’t realise you have until you work from home alone. We come here focussed on working instead of thinking about putting the washing in or what to prepare for tea. My productivity has gone through the roof.

So what are the financial considerations?

You don’t just need to put aside your monthly rent, there are also a whole bunch of other things to consider:

  • Are bills included? Do you need to pay extra for water, gas or electricity? It was freezing here during the extra cold spell in March so we had to buy heaters that wouldn’t cost the earth to run, which was a lot of research.
  • Is it unfurnished? Mostly we had our own furniture from our home offices, but even then we had a couple of trips to IKEA and there are always things you don’t think about like a rubbish bin, extension cables for awkward to reach plug sockets plus a kettle, toaster and microwave.
  • Is it decorated? We used a lot of white paint to turn what was a grubby magnolia dungeon into a bright, airy and fresh workspace.
  • How will you get there? Can you walk – and will you walk every day? How much is public transport and does that fit into your budget?

jewellery maker studio

Our plans are to increase our income through having the studio space. We’re more productive, we’ve got more space to expand, buy equipment and store stock and having someone to bounce ideas off really helps, but how will you fund the move until you grow? If you’re getting some financial help make sure you have a back up plan to repay what you owe and make sure it’s affordable for your situation and that you’re aware of the risks, but honestly getting a studio space away from home is one of my best decisions of all time!

Loves x xx

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Etsy Educators – Open an Etsy Shop with Expert Help!

Onetenzeroseven Behind The Scenes Making Jewellery

Have you always dreamed of opening your very own Etsy shop, but have absolutely no idea where to start?!
Well, you’re in luck! Etsy have selected a number of official Etsy Educators across the country to help and guide you to open an Etsy shop and make your dreams a reality – and you’re in for a treat because some of the Etsy Educators are some of my very best pals and they’re damn good at what they do, insanely knowledgeable and super friendly!

If you’re in Cambridge…

Claire is a craft wizard with not only a great Etsy shop, but an amazing blog and Youtube channel too! I first met Claire when she bought some things from my shop and it was the perfect love story of when a customer becomes a friend. Claire supports me in ways I could never have imagined and really cheerleads me on when I’m feeling like giving up. I can’t imagine a better qualified person to start your Etsy journey with!
Get more information about how to open an Etsy shop with Claire’s Cambridge Etsy Educators workshop.

If you’re in Liverpool…

Becka has an incredibly popular Etsy shop and also has tonnes of experience teaching Etsy advice already. When I first became Captain of Etsy Team Leeds and was venturing on my very first Captain’s Summit I messaged Becka, who I virtually met a long time ago online, panicking that I didn’t want to be the loser newbie! Becka took me under her wing and introduced me to loads of great people. I have learned so much from her, I can’t even tell you and she is so bloody funny! Liverpool folks, you are so damn lucky!
Get more information about how to open an Etsy shop with Becka’s Liverpool Etsy Educators workshop.

If you’re in Leeds…

Rose is a well seasoned Etsy Seller having amazing success with her craft supplies shop, she’s now starting a brand new shop as well. Rose is also a member of Etsy Team Leeds too, so I know her pretty well and we’ve worked together a lot so I can vouch for her awesomeness! Rose is always the first person with an answer to any problems in our team and is very passionate about business.
Get more information about how to open an Etsy shop with Rose’s Leeds Etsy Educators workshop.

If you prefer a Webinar…

Rachel has a beautiful Etsy shop that combines handmade and vintage. I’ve known Rachel online for a long time where I always enjoyed chatting to her on Twitter, but having met her in person at a couple of Etsy Captain’s Summits I can tell you she is one of the sweetest and friendliest sellers I’ve met. Rachel’s workshop is online too, so you can do it in your jim jams!
Get more information about how to open an Etsy shop with Rachel’s Online Etsy Educators workshop.

Take your idea and make it a business with the help of these lovely folks and come and join us as Etsy Sellers, it’s a super fun club and you will make pals for life!

Loves x xx

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