Where do you run your IM Empire from?

by Peter Bestel 42 replies
We had a friend to stay over the weekend who’s a work-from-home champion. She’s got websites, forums and a best-selling book (a real paper one!) about the subject. It got me thinking though, of the Warriors, who has their main place of work at home?

We have a home office and have no intention of moving out.

What about you?


Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    I run mine from home, except when travelling, which I do at least once per month. I don't have any intention of getting an office, though it might become necessary one day, as it is easier to keep up with core employees this way.
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    • Profile picture of the author simplevisions
      Not quite an empire yet, but working from a corner of my dining room. There's no intention of going anywhere else now I no longer spend 3 hours a day travelling 45 miles each way to my former job.

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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    A very small area in my bedroom...

    We plan on moving soon and I'm hoping to get a place with a spare room which I can use as an office.

    It'll give my brain a rest too when I'm not in the same room as my office.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nicolaas Theron
      Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

      A very small area in my bedroom...
      That sounds familiar! I used to flop right out of my office chair onto my bed. Sometimes I would forget I'd moved the desk and flop onto the ground...

      Those were in the days when dialup was still fast enough. Now I work at my brother's house in town during the day because I can't get broadband internet where I live...just 7km out of town. This country's telecoms infrastructure sucks.
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      • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
        I may be changing tactic soon enough - I'll still have a home office, but I intend on employing staff in the next year... at that time, I'll be likely renting space in a business centre.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Hi Peter

          I have a dedicated room in the house with a couple of PCs with "proper" keyboards, nice big monitors, speakers, printers and a scanner.

          I've never bought into the "laptop on the beach" style of operating - just can't be doing with those fiddly keyboards and small screens.

          When travelling, I prefer to use the hotel's internet facility or even an internet cafe.


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    • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
      Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

      A very small area in my bedroom...

      We plan on moving soon and I'm hoping to get a place with a spare room which I can use as an office.

      It'll give my brain a rest too when I'm not in the same room as my office.
      It is REALLY important to separate your wok place from your sleeping place.
      Feng shui aside, your mind needs real rest away from work

      Good luck on finding the new home!
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Originally Posted by Rachel Goodchild View Post

        It is REALLY important to separate your wok place from your sleeping place.
        I agree. The smell of those noodles will keep you awake all night



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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    at home

    though from a lappie when travelling

    Kim
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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    I have both a home office and a real office. The real one gives me a place to meet with people when necessary. Adds a lot of credibility when that's needed for face-to-face meetings.

    Best thing I've done recently was to get a 22" monitor. That has made me considerably more productive. After the rebate, the Samsung monitor only cost me $250. It's been WELL worth it.

    - Russ
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    Home is where the heart is..
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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    Originally Posted by Brian McElroy View Post

    I have a beautiful home office overlooking the Bay of Rio de Janeiro
    and Sugarloaf mountain. Wouldn't trade it for the world

    -Brian
    Sounds like you win the prize for best digs, Brian. Good for you! (I doubt you miss Starbucks that bad.)

    - Russ
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee McIntyre
    I rent an office in the centre of Manchester UK, and then walk to work each day. While I initially loved working from home I now really enjoy the life/work seperation that the office gives me.

    Plus I have an inhouse office manager and it's nice to be able to have him managing virtual operations while I'm out and about.

    Lee McIntyre
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Well, I can't really say I have an IM Empire (yet, anyway!), but all the rest of my business is conducted from my home office here in The Big Apple. My condo overlooks the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and we're right at the entrance to NY Harbor. It's not too shabby.

      ~D.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Brian,

      I have a beautiful home office overlooking the Bay
      Me too, but I won't even try and pretend that the location is anywhere near as exotic, or that the backsides on the beach are anything like as peachy.

      We get a few kids playing footie on the beach as well, but it's more neck-high tackles than step-overs and hypnotic dribbling.

      It takes a strong commitment to get a tan over here and jumping in the sea tends to give you an ice-cream-migraine but hey! You make the most of what you've got
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      • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        We get a few kids playing footie on the beach as well, but it's more neck-high tackles than step-overs and hypnotic dribbling.
        You moved? Sounds like Old Trafford to me....
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  • Profile picture of the author dean mcevoy
    i plot world dominathion as i laze around on my bed.
    i bet alan suger cant say that eh.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    Our dining table is currently my office but I'm about to move to a real (small) office just a few blocks away from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Im having a few kicks while Im in my bedroom. Though two PC's in the bedroom takes too much space.

    ~rapidscc
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Morning - KFC or a cafe for breakfast
    Late Morning - Park Bench
    Evening - Starbucks
    Late Evening - Bed

    I don't usually work in the afternoons because it is my least productive period. I use a single Laptop with wireless Internet access. I also have a real office in another appartment that I rarely use.

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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
      My business is run from an office in a local business center. I also have an office at home that I use for email/surfing, but not much else.

      Occasionally, I set up my laptop on the kitchen table, usually when I want to chat to Mrs AutoResponse Plus who's doing the ironing behind me.

      In the morning, I leave the house at the same time as my kids and do a good day's work in the office.

      I just like that structure and also my chats with others at the coffee machine, probably engrained from too many years working in corporate Britain!

      Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Gravitehx
    There's no better place than home =)
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  • Profile picture of the author BeachCruzer
    I operate from my home office too but because I like to be around people, I enjoy sometimes to visit my local coffeehouse. Not only does it allow me human interaction but once in a while I meet some other cool people.

    My work at coffeehouses tends to be more mechanical but my creative juices flow everywhere but tend to be when I am in my home environment.

    Just my two cents.
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    • Profile picture of the author CodrutTurcanu
      Right now it's in my beedrom; when I'd move in my own "big" house, I'll have a dedicated "home" office -- just for running my net empire
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Karl,

      You moved? Sounds like Old Trafford to me....
      Due to my blue-nose brummie tendencies, it would be a bit rich of me to offer similar opinion. But we do have a Scottish manager with a red face. When he gets angry, instead of throwing teacups and hair-drying he just throws the prized auto-windscreens shield replica like a throwing star. Sigh :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony J Namata
    I work from home. Totally. From a desk in my bedroom, and when I get cabin fever (happens a lot), I step into the garden and sit under my gazebo with my laptop taking in the fresh wind on my face. Love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    oh and my answer..
    I work pretty much anywhere
    I work in my living room, favourite cafes, and have a few awesome offices I sit in on if I need company.
    I don't like to be tied to one place
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete223
    Hi All,

    Right now I'm working out of the corner
    of our living room with a great view of...
    next door's brick wall!!!

    My future plans involve working from
    my downstairs 1 bedroom apartment
    (I own a triplex, live in one app. and
    rent 2) that I would like to convert into
    nice office space for my Online business
    as well as my construction business...
    (I try and swing the hammer less and less
    every year and use my cell phone more and more)

    Anyway, all that to say I'll one day have a nice
    view of the restaurant in front !!!
    (Although I guess it will be a bit more distracting...
    more so in summer when the terrace is open
    and the ladies start wearing less ;-) )

    I'm sure I'll get use to it !

    Regards, Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author tstewart63
    I run my business from work (during lunch), laptop (while commuting), and home...
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  • Profile picture of the author MIB Mastermind
    I just recently converted my garage into a home office so i coul escape the madness of my house for a few hours a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Wright
    At home on my comp, or on my lappy when travelling or away! Great invention these portable harddrives!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I work in my home office. We have a regular tower PC but I like to work on my laptop. Hubby bought me a 22" monitor for Christmas so that makes it nice.

    I used to work in the dining room but that was so distracting with everyone walking about in the house and all. Now I have a separate room and I can shut the door to block everyone out when I want, but I can also leave and shut the door when I want to leave work.

    Sometimes if I get bored, I'll move into the living room and work while I am watching TV, in the summer I sit out on the porch and work.

    You really can't beat the commute - especially on those snow days!

    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author philbowman
      IM Empire....not yet, but I do my work from home. I built a custom space that friends call, my..."Man Cave".
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    • Profile picture of the author Lizrhw
      Home office, my living room sofa, our boat, grandma's, my "other" job's office, the beach condo overlooking the intracoastal waterway, the car, lots of places (although I don't really recommend the beach- protect your electronic baby from the sand and water!) I'm so thankful for the existence laptops!

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  • Profile picture of the author Hazza88
    I run mine from my tiny little bedroom in my boxers
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