Why is that only now, after being self-employed for 2.5 years, and when I'm about to stop work for 7 months maternity leave, are ideal little office spaces popping up all over the place?
Currently my whole multi-million empire (ahem...) runs from here:
Don't get me wrong I love working from home, who wouldn't? And I'm so very unnecessarily organised that only having a tiny space isn't actually that much of a problem - after all I can just sprawl across the house when I need to spread things out.
But I do keep thinking a proper office would feel more like going to work and would help me focus, not think about just popping out to water the plants, feed the homeless cat, nip down to the market etc... but Manchester is a groovy place and central office rent is sooooo high.
Except, it seems, now that I've stopped looking. Suddenly, now baby is due and I'm about to stop work altogether for a few months covetable office spaces at manageable rents are popping up everywhere. 10 minutes from my house what looks from the outside like the perfect thing is available - just a few mins from my house, in the middle of our little village, right by the train station, decent looking so I could actually ask people to come there for meetings, and astonishingly at a rental price I could actually afford on my own! In fact just found a picture of the very spot, see the arrow above the green car:
Then this morning another space was advertised in the city centre's Northern Quarter - the area that used to be disused warehouses so the artists moved in because it was cheap. Then it became cool because the artists moved in... and so rent went sky high... but now there is actually a lovely big office there for just a snippet more than the one near my house - and it's plenty big enough to share with 3 other people and still fit in a pool table in the middle (not that I would, but just as an illustration of space size you understand).
It must be a sign that the forces that be intend for me to stay home and look after plants, cats (and baby) and enjoy the beauty of the small alcove in the dining room for a little while longer...
Totally unrelated but have you tried these? Just had some last night - mmmmmm get some!