Last summer the lease came up for a very small shop near our house. Shops hardly ever come up locally, this is very much a residential area. I had a look around and found out a bit more about rates and costs from the current tenant, but then I went on holiday and it was snapped up by the time I came back. Maddeningly, the new tenants never did anything with the premises (as in they never even unboarded the door) and every time I walked by I was a bit peeved.
Friend Sarah and I had a business meeting on Friday (that means we went to the pub and I talked about work a lot), and I was going on about 'the shop that got away' as I am wont to do. And then I walked by today and it's available again.
Now- some things have changed since it first caught my attention. Back then, I hadn't yet converted the spare bedroom into my sewing room so the appeal of a dedicated space was greater. And the rent is 15% higher than advertised last year.
The space is small , probably not that much bigger than my sewing room. But it's dedicated space and appealingly not-in-my-house;
It's funny how you can fixate on something being The Answer when it's not available and then have the bejesus scared out of you when it is! It would definitely be more of a studio than a shop as such, although I'm sure there could be some shopping-type events.
Pros of shop-dom:
- Dedicated space
- Makes it feel more like a 'real' business than working at home, and I would pull my boots up accordingly
- Could run small workshops / classes
- Reclaiming an extra room in our house
- Cost of lease immediately and dramatically affects profit margin
- Not a lot of extra space than my no-extra-cost sewing room in the house