Monthly Archives: October 2014

Interesting Idea on Office Space…

I tend to work from home quite often, but I do have a desk at my friends business premises which I use sometimes when I need to feel a part of the world again. Anyone who works from home understands this, the rest of you will think we’re crazy. I admit that before working from home, the thought of it was like a dream come true, but it can get lonely sometimes. Yes, even with two children! And kittens. And the occasional work from home Husband. Ok, so maybe not lonely, more like needing my own space!

So occasionally I’ll work at my friend’s office. There are about 5 of them there, and it’s nice to feel a part of that environment sometimes and have a chat about last night’s TV over a brew with them. But sadly it’s all ending, as they are moving premises. But this is what prompted me to write this blog post, as I had never heard of this before now!

Storage facilityThey aren’t relocating to a new office space, or a more modern one, but instead to a storage depot. Yes, you read that right. A storage depot. One of those little rooms people store all their crap, sorry I mean ‘collectibles’ in. Just outside Liverpool, they will be in one of those buildings you see with ‘Big Yellow’ or similar plastered on the outside. When my friend told me, I think my face must have painted a pretty accurate picture of a a sheep caught in barbed wire, as she felt compelled to explain it in more detail. Apparently, it’s dirt-cheap compared to a normal office. Plus it’s very secure, and the lease is so flexible you can literally be out in a week if you want.

They also have great options on size. If they need more space, they simple hire out another room! If they need less, they drop a room. Apparently they aren’t the only one either. There are newspaper reports on this trend, such as this one here. I imagined a dark and dimly lit damp warehouse, but when she showed me some images, I was shocked. The corridors are well lit and clean, the ‘offices’ are plain and simple, but nice enough, and you can pretty much do what you want in them. Also, the staff at the door will take care of mail and signing for packages for you, free of charge.

She also assures me I can still have a desk, so that’s good. The only issue is lack of natural light. Apparently there is only 2 windows in their chosen store room, so it may feel a bit weird after a while, but the staff are all willing to try it and see how they feel, and due to the way the lease works,if they didn’t like it, they would just leave. But all this costs less than half what they pay now, and they get a slightly bigger working space. The company is called Chaffinch Student, and apparently they specialise in student storage Liverpool area, and student storage in general, of all things! So definitely not pitching at office space people!

I found this all amazing, and you can probably tell I still haven’t got my head around it! But I’ll pop down and give it a go, out of curiosity at the very least!

Aren’t Homemade Gifts Much Nicer…Maybe, But also a Pain!

So we just had a 20th wedding anniversary party for me and the hubbie! All went well, and it was a great evening for everyone (I think). I certainly enjoyed myself, and the girls certainly did – running around all the guests and showing off in front of our visitors – good thing they’re cute!

Anyway, this blog post is about the run-up to the event, and how we had a great idea, that turned into a not-so-great mess! You see, we wanted to give a small gift out to all our friends and family as a thank you for coming and celebrating with us. Then our eldest, Maisie, saw a TV programme where the family had some personalised mugs printed. “Wow, can we do that?” came the question. I actually thought it was a great idea, nice, cheap enough, personal, and something me and the girls could do together.

So we got looking on the internet, found a guy on ebay who does personalised mug printing. Then we had to find what we wanted on, so we chose a great picture of the 4 of us. I’m still not sure people will want a picture of us staring at them when they have their morning coffee, but hey ho, at least they won’t forget us! 😉

However, this is when things started to go a bit wrong! The girls decided to add their own touch, and wanted to decorate the mugs with glitter and glue as well. So all the mugs came, and we got some supplies. Maisie and Norah (the youngest) were so excited, especially Norah, as it was going to be given to everyone at the party!

We tried to do similar patterns on each, but then we used too much glue which smeared, or too little or too much glitter – it was frickin everywhere! Every mug ended up looking a total mess, with a picture of us buried underneath – not exactly what we had planned at the start. However the girls were still loving it as I was pulling my hair out! It also took forever. Any idea how long it takes to draw glitter glue patterns on 40 mugs? A long time is the answer, a very long time!

When we finished, we had 39 bright, sparkly, and a little messy, mugs. (yes, 39, Norah dropped one by accident!). There was also one extremely bright and sparkly mummy, and two very glittery and giggling girls. So i was just about to relax and take it easy, when Maisie asked a very simple question: “Mum, what are we putting them in to give to people?”. Boom. Eyes wide open in panic – NO Boxes!! We had guests coming the next day and no boxes for the mugs! Whoops!

I got on ebay again and found a really nice mug packaging shop, gave them a call and they agreed to FedEx them for a 24 hour dispatch! Which was great service and put my mind at rest – Stampborne packaging was their ebay shop. So, we got those just in time, and the girls had fun packing them up!

So in the end all was well – but it makes me laugh how running a small business can sometimes be so easy, especially when compared to those simple, fun tasks that you think will take 5 minutes. At least the girls had fun, children seem so unaware of impending timescales!

Our mug packaging crazy party band!
This is the band we had for our party – no they didn’t get a mug!

Hope you enjoyed that, I promise I’ll have another business related article soon! 😉