Debbie was telling the story of how current market conditions were bring about a change in her company... causing them to consolidate their four offices into one "Main Office." The office she worked out of... would no longer exist... and because the main office of her company was much further away from her home, she was going to be officing out of her home.
Going through a change like this has probably happened to many of us. Sometimes it works well for us, sometimes not so much. Here is my response to Debbie about my "take" on her impending change... followed by some requests from me for feedback.
Debbie: When change happens, especially when the change is not of your choosing, there are always positives and negatives involved. Nothing is ever all black or all white.
From reading your post... it sounds as if you are probably not as prepared to work out of your home... without an office to go to every day... as some of your office-mates are. I know what you mean about the nice'ness of meeting your clients at your office to write up offers. After I began officing out of my home, Starbucks became my friend. Also, Barnes n Noble became my friend, as did Panera Bread.
I think the place I used the most WAS Panera bread. If I met clients there at times other than dinner, I found there was always a nice quiet booth to meet folks in, and lots of room to work and chat.
As far as not being at your office for your past clients to drop in on you at, and your having to increase your "pop-bys" (sounds like Buffini to me) now... I am thinking and hoping that being somewhat forced to "pop by" at their home of office... may actually help you increase your business.
Also... having them drop by YOUR office... is under THEIR control. You stopping by THEIR home or office, is under YOUR control. That... is a good thing, and I suggest you try and look at that as a Positive Step.
Also... one trick that I used when I went from working in an "office" office to a home office... to get myself in a "working" mode... was to get all dressed up as I normally would to GO to the office, then go out and get into my car, leave, drive around the block, and drive back to my home, into my driveway, and then go INTO my "new" office.
Strangely enough, it worked for me. It set the tone... even though I obviously knew just I was just playing a game.
Good luck with your transition. I just know you can make it work.
To my readers:
Have you ever gone through a change like this ? How did things go for you ?
1) What was the most difficult thing for you to adjust to ? What was the easiest ?
And... was there anything that really "surprised" you about making the change from working out of a formal office... to working from a "home" office ?
2) If you have never made a change like this... and your company was forced into consolidating several offices into one... and you ended up with a long drive... a drive that perhaps was longer than you wished to make... what would you do ? 1) Make the drive and make the best of it. 2) Office out of your home ? or 3) Change companies, and join one much closer to your present home ?
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