I’ve been thinking for years about finding somewhere other than home to work, and it looks as if that is finally going to happen. Over the last few weeks the drive to be somewhere other than the third bedroom has intensified, and so I’ve been looking with renewed energy for an office to rent. The news is that this afternoon I have ‘reserved’ an office in an industrial estate here in the town of Basildon.
This doesn’t sound very exotic, but for me it is all rather exciting. I’ve got really quite a good deal on the unit, and it is an ‘easy in / easy out’ office, which means that I’m not committed to a long lease but can see how it goes on a trial basis. I can stay as little as 12 weeks if I choose before returning to the third bedroom or finding somewhere more to my liking if this doesn’t work for whatever reason.
The office is way bigger than I need – 250 square feet as compared with my current office at home which is 54 square feet. 54 square feet is a bit small given various boxes of cards, canvasses and materials that are currently cluttering up the house, but 100 would probably be plenty. I’m therefore going to need to think of something to do with the rest of the space. I’ve had a few ideas on Twitter this afternoon (thank you), but I’m thinking perhaps a big sofa so that visitors can come and watch me work (from the comfort of a big sofa). (Put SS14 3BB into your favourite journey planning website to find out how long it would take you.)
The office is attached to and run by ‘Safestore’ in Basildon, so if it all gets too much I can always put myself in storage for a while.