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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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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