Entrepreneurship is hard! I should know, I have ran this interior design firm for the last 12 years, and know the challenges that entrepreneurs face everyday. This is especially true when you are solo and you are pretty much doing it alone.
Most solopreneurs work from home or in a co-work type environment, but most dream of fast growth, opening that commercial office space one day, and building their dream team to take them to the next level. Often the plan to move into a new commercial space means sticking to a really tight budget, which usually means a generic office space that lacks personality and inspiration.
I know for me, if I had to work in a vanilla box of a space, I would literally lose my mind. Yet many people do it everyday. They leave their spaces undecorated because unfortunately, that is what is expected, or they just don't know what to do. Usually they are in a lease and trying to minimize their build-out costs anyway, so why spend on art and decor.
If you are a creative working in a blah basic space, you may understand a bit clearer than most, why it is not the best environment to be creative and productive in.
Why not create a space that your clients and patrons would be happy to visit, and your staff will be excited to show up for everyday. This should then start from the lobby and not stop there, but extend to private offices, conference rooms, break rooms, and even cubicles.
If you like the idea of a work space with some personality, here are some ways you can up level your office space and look like an entrepreneur rockstar
** Create an inviting first impression
In this waiting area, we wanted to create a homey and classic look and feel. My client loved the idea of bringing in dramatic artwork and transitional furnishings that did not look like typical office furniture. The result is a very inviting space that they get compliments on all the time.
** Enhance your branding
Your commercial office space can help create a memorable brand identity, without your logo plastered all over the building. It can be subtle but achieved through things like artwork. Here in this plastic surgery office, I used large scale art along the hallways to speak to what they do in the office - helping their patients look their best.
** Break rooms and conference rooms should not be boring
What message are you sending to your valuable team members if the break room and conference room are basic and uninteresting? Simply adding some color and comfortable seating is enough to boost some staff morale.
** Add some personality to your private office
You're the owner. Your office space can speak to your personality or hobby. My client loves cars, and he even races cars for fun. So adding a large piece with a vintage automobile was right up his alley. Imagine how personal and inspirational that must feel in a space where you need to be productive
** Anticipating the needs of your clients and catering to those needs
We chose to add a lot of color in this office space for my client who is a doula. She personally loves color, and she knows that her expectant moms would feel energized in a colorful space. She also wanted comfortable seating and a place where her clients could put up their feet and relax. We chose to do the bold fuchsia scatter ottomans as soft foot stools instead of doing a narrow coffee table.
In this sleep study room, we wanted to create the comforts of home away from home for the patients who are required to stay overnight for sleep studies. I was very intentional about making the sleep rooms look like a bedroom you would find a typical home
While entrepreneur life is hard, your office space doesn't have to add even more challenges. It should allow your creativity to shine through, and inspire productivity, which ultimately shows up in your bottom line. Your patrons and team members will thank you when they get to walk into a beautiful space.
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