22 November 2013

Leave the distractions of homeworking behind

While homeworking is popular for start-ups, if you end up getting distracted by chores around the house, your own office may be a better option for you.

Homeworking is a popular option for people who are just starting out running their own business. But it has its drawbacks and people working from home can find they are easily distracted by other demands.

Our affordable rates and flexibility make our business units the ideal choice for people wanting to take the next step from working at home. Moving into a unit at one of our business centres will give your company a more professional image and make it easier for you to meet potential clients without having to invite them to your private address and gives more privacy than a coffee shop.

One person who chose Bizspace for her first business premises is Steph Murphy. She began Studio Doodle, a graphic design company when she was made redundant from her job at a design agency while she was on maternity leave. Steph, whose child is now two, decided it would be better to launch her own start-up business which she could fit around looking after her daughter than search for a new job.

She says: “I used my redundancy money to set up myself and two years on, it is going well.”

She started off working as a freelancer at home, but in September Studio Doodle moved into a small office space at Lomeshaye Business Village in Nelson, near Burnley, Lancashire.

Premises gives business more professional image

Steph says: “It was too easy to get distracted at home by things like the washing up. Now I have an office, there is more of a clear distinction between work and home. It also helped me feel more professional.

“Clients can now visit me, because when you are working on a project they often want to come and see how it is going. That’s difficult when you are working from home.”

Steph, aged 30, chose our Lomeshaye Business Village due to its affordable rent and because she liked the feel of her business unit, which has beams on the ceiling, giving it some character.

She says: “It’s a good location with easy access to the motorway and there is a printers on the same industrial estate that I use, so it is convenient. There’s also a good opportunity to network with other companies in the building, although I haven’t had time to do that yet.”

And if Studio Doodle expands, the current unit has room to grow.

Steph says: “I feel more confident having an office. I have space to take people on and I have a lot of freedom. I was told the office is mine and I can do what I want with it and now I feel really at home here.”

Facilities under one roof

Lomeshaye Business Village is an historic building that has been refurbished to a high standard. Offering both serviced and non-serviced offices, workshops, storage units, virtual offices and meeting rooms, it offers a wide range of services all under one roof. As with many of our other business centres, this means that we have a variety of customers, so residents are able to benefit from each others expertise - another benefit of working in a business centre. 

To find out more about our Burnley site, contact Business Centre Manager Kirstie McClelland on 01282 602047 or take a look at our other sites throughout the country.