I signed a rental agreement for premises for BeadMerrily today… and i already have the keys.
It’s a unit within a complex of units for small businesses, managed by people who will take deliveries deal with collections and generally assist anyone who wants to run a business from premises but might not be there all day. The perfect size unit (about 43m2) was avaialble and affordable, it has internet access (wireless) and phone and plenty of wall and floor space and all in all it just felt perfect and reasonably affordable.
BM has very much hit the wall as a work at home business now, it just can’t be maintained from home. So it’s time it grew up and by the end of the month it will be somewhere new and i will no longer be a full time mum, we’ll be sharing the childcare, home educating and work between us. I suspect it will be fairly tough, as we have to sustain Max as an earner in some form for the foreseeable future but i don’t think it can be worse than virtually living in a warehouse, which is how the last 6 months have felt. The kids are very pleased and i’m quite relishing the idea of having some days a week where i work, i think it will be good for me.
It feels immensely real, though in fact it comes with very little risk as the rental agreement is extremely short and i’m thrilled with the idea of having room and time to grow and make it better. It seems amazing to me that something that started on a whim, with £300 and 4 folding crates of stock, moved to a cupboard, moved to half a room, to a room, to a room and a garage and a storage room and now to a unit could have been achieved by me. It’s a real live business and i’m still faintly astonished by it really. Still seems like perhaps it won’t all just stop tomorrow after all, so i suppose we better let it have it’s own room and a doorkey 🙂