What’s Your Work Space Like?
It’s another Expert Briefs, where I ask really smart business owners to answer your burning questions.
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This week we're getting a little personal and taking a closer look at how the experts on our panel work day-to-day.
People oftentimes ask about my home office and how I've set it up. I thought it would be fun to share pics or videos of our offices this week.
Give us a tour and show us where you work.
Back in 2010, I asked my Expert Briefs panel this very question. If you'd like to go back into the archives, you can read that one here: Internet Marketers Home Offices
Let's have a peek into the office life of a successful internet entrepreneur ….
Terry Dean of My Marketing Coach gave us a video tour:
Note from Nik: Hoooooly crud is he organized! 🙂 And, cute dog, Terry! I love German Shepherds.
Be sure to learn more from Terry here: My Marketing Coach
Jeanette S. Cates, PhD of Organize Your Online Business says:
No way I'm letting you see it! (grinning) But I will tell you how I work. I have two offices – one for my assistant who now only comes in once a week to handle filing, bills, and bookkeeping. She used to work here full-time, so that office has all the file cabinets and her computer. That's also where the annual calendar is.
In my office I have a wrap-around desk that covers three walls, with a raised shelf above each. My computer sits on a corner unit so I can watch my squirrels out the window to my left – and watch TV late at night to my right. Naturally there are stuffed bookshelves and lots of DVDs. I have drawers for project files I'm currently working on – and a few rolling file carts that I move around, depending on the project. On my door is my four month working calendar with a white board next to it for notes & reminders.
I tend to be a visual filer, so I file by stacks. I can pull something out of the stack, based on when I worked on it last. But I am in the process of trying to break that habit, so don't follow my lead. So even though it may look messy to others, I can find most anything in a short time.
The most important thing is to create an environment that works for you. If you love beautiful things, put them into your office. If you have images that inspire you, put them in your office. I keep a description (and some pictures) of my clients above my computer – so that I can look up at any time and remember who I'm talking to. It's your office and you're not out to impress anyone but you!
Jeanette shares all of her organization systems here: Organize Your Online Business <- It's updated each time she creates a new system and continues to get rave reviews.
Connie Ragen Green of Huge Profits Tiny List says:
I never did well working in a traditional office, so when I came online I decided to make my workspace more fun. I go back and forth between my main home in Santa Clarita, California, which is about 50 miles north of Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, my getaway place where I will live full-time at some point. This means that I must be able to quickly gather what I need to move to my next location each week.
In Santa Barbara I enjoy sitting on a bench at the beach to do my writing and other activities. The only time I work indoors there is when I'm hosting a webinar or a teleseminar.
In Santa Clarita I tend to work in my family room so I can look outside and watch my dogs playing in the yard. In both locations I keep it simple, using only a laptop and an iPad to run my entire business.
Connie is a wonderful entrepreneur with a huge heart. Learn more from Connie Here.
Rachel Rofe of Kinstant Formatter (Fast Kindle Ebook Formatting Software) says:
I actually normally work at cafes! I love to go to different cafes a lot. Every time I go to a new cafe, the new setting and the new feel each place gets me a new and creative zone.
Also, working from home can be lonely, so just being near people – even if I don't talk to them… gets me into a much more positive mindset.
I like to switch up the cafes regularly so I'm constantly in new environments and using my brain in different ways! 🙂
Learn More about how Rachel is able to outsource so effectively here: Happy Outsourcing
Kelly McCausey of Solo Smarts says:
The workspace I spend so much of my time at hasn't changed much in the last four years – thank goodness! I love my desk and love my three screens (two screens for the PC and one for the Mac) – well there's four shown here cuz my little laptop was open too. I affectionately call this ‘my cockpit'.
I thought about cleaning up for this pic but decided that would be a misrepresentation of my reality. As usual I've got all kinds of coffee cups, nail polish and assorted kibble tucked everywhere.
My work location has changed quite a bit over the years. I started out with this desk in my kitchen in Portland, then it moved to an office space while I was living in the lake house up north. After that it graced the entry way of the big house on Main Street in Gaylord, then the spare room in the duplex in Dewitt and now it fills up one corner of my huge room here on the pond in Haslett.
Do you think it might fit into an RV someday?
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David Perdew of NAMS says:
My office life has been very different from most folks.
In newspaper newsrooms, back when I was actively involved in that business, the “office” was one big floor with tons of desks, phones and stacks of paper. It was loud with people talking constantly either to one another or on the phone interviewing sources.
That environment taught me how to execute in controlled chaos.
As a corporate consultant, I found myself stuffed in a little box called “cubicle” so that it gave the illusion of an office and a little privacy, but it was only an illusion.
Working from home gives me choices.
I can work on the deck, in the office, upstairs in front of the fireplace in the winter, or on the screen porch when the bugs abound or rain crimps my outdoor plans.
Living in the woods is too good to live in self-imposed exile to an enclosed office.
That’s why in my office video, I only spend a few minutes there.
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Nicole Dean of .. here! .. says:
Not much has changed here in the last two years. I've still got the same computer and the same office. Even the same whiteboard. 🙂
Here's my video again – the one that I posted 2 years ago….
A few things have changed.
On a sad note…
- I've got my Luke puppy snoring next to me, instead of my Eddy puppy. Eddy's collar is on my shelf and his ashes are by my feet where he used to lay all day long and where he would go to feel safe.
On a happier note…
- I've added photos of my soon-to-be daughter who we are adopting from Latvia. And, I have an “It's a Girl” balloon up in my room, which is funny since our new daughter is a teenager. lol.
- I've also got some new artwork from my very artistic younger daughter on display.
- I also have a Red Rider Leg Lamp on my shelf from A Christmas Story.
I'm more mobile….
- I'm also utilizing my iPad and iPhone (both of which I won through affiliate contests – yay me!) much more now that I have had them a bit, so I feel freed up to wander the earth more. Which is a good thing, considering I'll be spending lots of time traveling to and from Latvia in the coming months. I still like and use my laptop for writing longer pieces, but love my iPad for reading email and learning. I much prefer to read and study the latest marketing stuff on the go, rather than being stuck to my computer all of the time – which is not fun.
What about you? What's your work space like? Do you work in an office or on the go, like Rachel does?
I'd love it if you'd share pictures or video, too! Looking forward to learning from you.
PS. I'm thinking of changing the format of Expert Briefs to be daily short posts instead of one long one. What do you think about that idea? Yay or nay? Thanks!!!
I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
Lisa Marie MaryApril 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm
The “It’s a Girl!” balloon is so awesome! I love it!! 😀
I have an office – that we made out of the dining room. Hubby built a wall between the living and dining rooms so I have more privacy and wall-space. It is a total wreck right now, though. I’m working on getting it cleaned up. And I’d love to have a door for the entrance to the kitchen. Hard to concentrate with a kitchen full of teenagers! LOL
SusanneApril 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Like Connie I’ve been commuting between two different places (here in upstate SC and down at the beach). I have a small Ikea desk at each place. The one here has a whiteboard built it which I was very excited about … turns out I don’t use it as much as I thought I would.
I work from a regular laptop and a small little netbook. Most of the time the laptop has all sorts of projects I’m working on open and I turn to the netbook to get my writing done. I also use the netbook quite a bit when we travel. Since my family lives in Germany we take at least one trip per year over there… the netbook is perfect for airline travel and small enough to fit in my purse. It’s also the only thing I carry around to conferences like NAMS.
All in all, the things I’m actually using on a regular basis can fit in a large purse. They are my laptop, my netbook and various little notepads (the old fashioned paper kind) for making to-do lists, jotting down ideas etc.
Sharyn SheldonApril 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm
I’m a little like Rachel in that I like to work in lots of different locations, including at home. I have a traditional desk with traditional computer, including two widescreen monitors. Those are great when I’m doing lots of research and taking notes and writing all at the same time.With two big monitors I can watch a webinar and take notes or do other work at the same time too.
On the other side of my office is my treadmill desk. Yes, I walk and work at the same time. On that desk I have another monitor, mouse and keyboard that I can plug into my netbook. It’s a big desk!
Then there’s mobile-me. With my netbook, ipad and droid I work pretty much everywhere – Starbucks, Panera, my living room, the kitchen, the parking lot of the kids’ school (while I wait for pickup). I’ve even pulled into a random drugstore parking lot once to get some work done when I found that my son’s tennis place was a dead zone for Verizon AND optimum wifi (my free wifi that I get almost anywhere). Don’t know what I’d do without Dropbox!
Sharyn SheldonApril 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm
I was trying to find a picture of my treadmill desk but couldn’t find it on my computer. Here’s a picture of the one I pinned on Pinterest if anyone wants to know what it looks like:
WilliamApril 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm
I do believe that I will need a wrecking crew to come in and clean my office before long. I have a small desk with my desktop computer and monitor, where I spend most of my “work” time. Next to that is a small filing cabinet. One the other side of that desk is another desk with my laptop and a printer. I have a small rolling cart that sets next to the first desk, on which I keep my Verizon tablet. On my trips to Mexico (about 4 a year) I have been taking my laptop, but starting with the trip next week, It will be just the tablet. Three of the four walls are all book shelves. (roughly 2000 books) In Wisconsin we have a book store chain called “Half Price Books”..I’m there so often I think they will be sending me a Christmas card this year. And like Sharyn, Dropbox is a life saver.
KellyApril 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm
My little heart went ‘awe’ when Jeanette and Connie didn’t show pics! Now you have me wondering if you’re both secret hoarders 😉
Loved the videos 🙂
Rick WilsonApril 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm
My home office setup using the extra bedroom. PLENTY of spots for my Virtual Asst. (cat) to snooze in here! LOL
I do almost ALL my biz stuff in my home office. When I travel, my notebook always goes with me. But I don’t do all that much biz related stuff while on the go. Just use it to check up on things just in case.
Rick Wilson aka CorpRebel 😎
Rick WilsonApril 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm
Oops… Link missing:
Christine Steendahl - "The Menu Mom"April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm
I have a treadmill desk. Here are a couple pics and some info: http://www.themenumom.com/treadmill-desk
KellyMay 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm
Hurray for Connie adding a pic! 🙂