Dear Ambitious Talent,
It was one of the most stupid things I have ever done financially. Yes, it brought my co-workers together, but we worked just as well remotely. You don’t realize how large of an expense it is until you see how much of that money could have been used to fund other things that may lead to more income. Realize, when you get office space, you also need to furnish it, clean it, provide work essentials and tools, and the wifi, it surely isn’t free. I just ask that you think carefully before pulling that trigger. It’s a headache even if you can easily afford it.
Listen, I get you. It was a bucket list item for me too. As talent in the product or creative services industry, there is a good chance you’re a freelancer or remote worker, and you want to show the world how successful you are or are going to become. You want to provide a place that fosters creativity and problem solving. But consider the alternatives first. You can work from anywhere, especially if you don’t rely on wifi for every task. I’m typing this from a rock climbing facility and love it. I climb for a little, work for a little. The vasodilation is real.
Meet interesting people, see new places, immerse yourself in the things your surrounding area offers. If you have a team, ask if they’d like to join you. Maybe you even find a co-working space that has everything you need. Maybe the coffee shop is good enough.
Feel free to ignore me, I know you will. I warned you, though.
– Been There