Over a shared lunch at the office (which happens once a week), I was discussing some of the challenges that the other small business owners in the office have run into and their solutions (if they found one). The most common one when starting out? Getting out of the house.
These business owners all shared their passions for their businesses and the lengths they would go to continue to grow their business. Reflecting back, they all shared the common trait when they first started: working out of their home. It provides a familiar, comfortable place to do your phone calls, check your email, create your business plan, take a nap with your cat (if needed) and whatever else the world throws at your new business.
At some point, though, it’s time to get out of the house and explore the world, meet some people, get involved and market your business. That realization led many of them to our large office and its variety of opportunities for small businesses to grow and network. Your business can only grow so far from your couch.
What they all found is that having an office, a place away from home, a place to be social, to meet new people and to have higher level discussions than what the cat wants for dinner really helped their businesses grow. They don’t need to sit down at the office from 8:00 – 6:00, staring at a computer screen and waiting for the end of the day to arrive, but rather, can explore their creativity.
While you can use your table to start and run your business, don’t get tied to your couch and wait for the world to come to you. There are lots of options to get out of the house and go find that next great client.
By the way, you don’t have to take my word for this. There are probably 1,000,000+ blogs about this (and almost all of them have been sent to me over the years I think)…