I recently got kicked out of my home office. By my infant son, that is. Little One needed a room of his own, so I had to look for a new workspace. After working from home for 11+ years, renting an office had been a goal, so it was the perfect opportunity.
My new office is located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, just steps away from parks and coffee shops—an important feature for a creative who needs fresh air (and caffeine) to recharge and generate new ideas. The building is small, but has plenty of networking opportunities. (in fact, I already have a few potential projects…)
After I moved in, I worked with my good friend, professional organizer Elizabeth Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Solutions to create organizing solutions for my office. She suggested filing away office supplies and paperwork not needed on a daily basis and keeping inspirational items (books, magazines, artwork) out in the open. See my bookshelf filled with creative goodies above. Stay tuned for a blog post elaborating on the organizing solutions!
Are you considering renting a workspace outside the home? Read my post on the Creative Freelancer Blog about making the jump to an office.