Moving Into a Real Office and Just Hired My First Full Time Employee ... Thank You Warrior Forum

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Good morning Warriors,

I started playing "business" for myself just under 2 years ago. In that time I've had partners, affiliates, freelancers, outsourcers and just about anything else you could list.

But on February the first my company moves into its own offices in central London -

duncannon street - Google Maps

And shortly after my first full time, salaried, employee will be joining us there. I've been courting him for the last few weeks and he's just handed his notice in at his current job ... Success!

I attribute large amount of the success I've experienced directly to the knowledge I've gained from Allen Says and this very forum. So thank you Allen, thank you Warrior Forum and thank you to all the many, MANY Warriors whose advice has made this possible.

I know this kind of "success" doesn't really fit with most people around here's goals. You want stories of 24/7 parties, golden beaches and money pouring from the heavens for little to no work.

Well I can say I played that game for a little over a year. It was fun, but it just wasn't enough for me. So last summer I decided to get serious and things got big fast.

So what's the point of this post?

1 - To say thank you
2 - To brag ... so sue me
3 - To seek out advice from anyone who has walked this path before. If you've got any words of wisdom about my first office and first full time hire, I'd love to hear it

Sincerely, thank you,

Andy
#employee #forum #full #hired #moving #office #real #time #warrior
  • Profile picture of the author drwhogoesthere
    Well done. You have the right to brag
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    • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
      Congrats, Andy.

      I wish I hadn't clicked that link, though; I've now found myself wondering the streets of London via Google Street View.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
        Originally Posted by Pat Jackson View Post

        Congrats, Andy.

        I wish I hadn't clicked that link, though; I've now found myself wondering the streets of London via Google Street View.
        Yeah, sorry about that. Happened to me the first time I checked it out too!
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Originally Posted by Pat Jackson View Post

        Congrats, Andy.

        I wish I hadn't clicked that link, though; I've now found myself wondering the streets of London via Google Street View.
        Yikes! Thanks for putting the idea in my head Pat.

        I just hit a lady doing this! Oops - she seems ok, but she's just sort of standing there not saying much.
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      • Profile picture of the author greeneyeddame
        Originally Posted by Pat Jackson View Post

        Congrats, Andy.

        I wish I hadn't clicked that link, though; I've now found myself wondering the streets of London via Google Street View.
        Me too! I love checking out these neighborhoods
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  • Profile picture of the author tom4business
    All the best Andy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
      Hi Andy,

      Congratulations on moving towards building the type of
      business and lifestyle you desire.

      Whilst the idea of commuting to an office is not my cup
      of tea, I'm sure you've got your own valid reasons for
      taking this route.

      As I run my business from a home office and don't have
      any employees, I can't offer you much direct advice.

      However, I know a man who can...

      Lee McIntyre.

      Lee McIntyre has been where you are now and he's just
      about to move into even bigger offices. He's also got a
      lot of experience with hiring many employees too.

      So the best advice I could give you would be to contact
      Lee and see if he's got any real world tips for you.

      Dedicated to mutual success,

      Shaun
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  • Profile picture of the author SMS
    I have every intention to sue you! How dare you brag?

    Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

    Good morning Warriors,

    I started playing "business" for myself just under 2 years ago. In that time I've had partners, affiliates, freelancers, outsourcers and just about anything else you could list.

    But on February the first my company moves into its own offices in central London -

    duncannon street - Google Maps

    And shortly after my first full time, salaried, employee will be joining us there. I've been courting him for the last few weeks and he's just handed his notice in at his current job ... Success!

    I attribute large amount of the success I've experienced directly to the knowledge I've gained from Allen Says and this very forum. So thank you Allen, thank you Warrior Forum and thank you to all the many, MANY Warriors whose advice has made this possible.

    I know this kind of "success" doesn't really fit with most people around here's goals. You want stories of 24/7 parties, golden beaches and money pouring from the heavens for little to no work.

    Well I can say I played that game for a little over a year. It was fun, but it just wasn't enough for me. So last summer I decided to get serious and things got big fast.

    So what's the point of this post?

    1 - To say thank you
    2 - To brag ... so sue me
    3 - To seek out advice from anyone who has walked this path before. If you've got any words of wisdom about my first office and first full time hire, I'd love to hear it

    Sincerely, thank you,

    Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Myecodesk
    Great news! Having an office to work in is really the best way to work
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    • Profile picture of the author Zachmo
      Good for you! congratulations and more power!
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by Myecodesk View Post

        Great news! Having an office to work in is really the best way to work
        Exactly right.

        Originally Posted by Shaun OReilly View Post

        Whilst the idea of commuting to an office is not my cup of tea, I'm sure you've got your own valid reasons for
        taking this route.
        One word - productivity. You don't need an office that is miles away you can find one that is a 5 - 10 minute drive from your house. But the difference mindset created by going to an office each day can greatly increase your productivity.

        I don't have my own office as yet but I always find I get much more done when I work out of the house in different locations. There are just too many distractions. Besides, it's not healthy to spend all that time at home.
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        • Profile picture of the author apoorv.parijat
          Originally Posted by WillR View Post

          Exactly right.



          One word - productivity. You don't need an office that is miles away you can find one that is a 5 - 10 minute drive from your house. But the difference mindset created by going to an office each day can greatly increase your productivity.

          I don't have my own office as yet but I always find I get much more done when I work out of the house in different locations. There are just too many distractions. Besides, it's not healthy to spend all that time at home.
          Yup, very, very true.

          I work from my own office and I can get much more done at the office in a couple of hours that what I'd get done at the home in 5 hours even.

          I can also relate to you in that the work from home, etc route isn't for me. Its fun for some time but then I get bored.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manda
    Congratulations Andy, good to hear things are working out so well for you. If I remember my long ago days in London that's a pretty nice area to have an office in as well.

    I know having an office to go to isn't for everybody but I really miss going to work - too easy to be lazy at home.
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  • Profile picture of the author singhavn
    I can understand the feeling you are going through.I am doing internet marketing for the last three years but June 2010 was the month when I moved to my own office and since then my business has doubled. Congrats
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hey Andy,

    Sorry to hear you've had to leave the comfort of your home and work from an office.

    This means you can't do your work in your pants anymore

    Good luck with everything.

    Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      Hey Andy,

      Sorry to hear you've had to leave the comfort of your home and work from an office.

      This means you can't do your work in your pants anymore

      Good luck with everything.

      Andy
      I beg to differ. My staff get scared and confused but I just point out I'm the boss ...

      It's the naked Skype calls that really disturb people ...
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      • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
        Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

        I beg to differ. My staff get scared and confused but I just point out I'm the boss ...

        It's the naked Skype calls that really disturb people ...
        So that's the secret to high quality wordpress plugins? Working in PJ's?

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        • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
          Originally Posted by willyboy104 View Post

          Congratulations, and an interesting way to move, very bold of you to move straight in to London, and very beneficial in the long term believe me!

          I work for Groupon UK based in Central London - Liverpool Street and live in Soho and I think for business especially you cannot have a better location than this, especially for being able to have meetings with other media companies and such.

          May I ask what your core business model is and for what reason you moved in to an office? Maybe we can work together
          The core business is DigiResults, an affiliate network. There is also the software division where we sell high quality Wordpress themes/plugins on the network because it's highly profitable and we want to eat our own dog food so to speak. We're also in the process of ramping up our training division.

          We moved into an office because we're starting to hire full time staff. Also because having 1 guy in Reading, 1 in Oval and 1 in Woking was starting to get more and more annoying and we wanted to get together each day.

          Pop over and see us any time.

          Originally Posted by Lee Wilson View Post

          Nice one Andy.
          An office in West Central is another success story all of it's own!
          Next time I'm in the Chandos I'll come and say hello, if you're not out in the private jet that is
          Love Chandos Pop in and say hi any time.

          Originally Posted by trotterstraders View Post

          well done - my goal is to be able to work from any location i choose by owning profitable websites / does your business need an office or london location ?
          I've discussed the reason for the office above. The reason for the London location is partly it's equally good for the three of us but also because we require access to top technical talent and that's easier to find the more central you are.

          Originally Posted by Oggyoi View Post

          Well done Andy,
          I'll have to look you up next time I venture down to London
          Please do, the door is always open for visits.

          Originally Posted by DannyDarwin View Post

          My only, and well-meaning advice based on my own experience, is that you start hanging out "with the big guys" on management and leadership kind of forums now with the same passion that you've been visiting the Warriorforum.

          Running an office and handling employees is a completely different game. I'm sure you will succeed, just be ready for the challenges.

          Good luck!
          Any recommendations of places to check out?

          Originally Posted by Caleb Spilchen View Post

          So that's the secret to high quality wordpress plugins? Working in PJ's?

          Caleb
          That and vast quantities of caffeine

          Cheers,

          Andy
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            • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
              Andy, well done.

              Been there, done that . Gave it all up... now considering doing it again!

              I used to work in the corporate IT field in London and had an office there, loved it for a few years then it got too much like working for someone else so I gave it all up.

              Now I'm in spain working out of a home office and I am constantly on the look out for a good deal on an office.

              I outsource quite a bit of stuff but I know from experience that it's so much easier to get things done quickly if you have a professional work environment. Nothing beats walking to the next office and asking someone to build a new site by 5pm then being able to manage it .

              I've been writing more and more about taking you IM business to the next level recently I really should take the plunge... (guess I know what todays blog post will be about!)
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        • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
          Andy,

          Congratulations!

          Any place nearby to get a pint of Guinness?

          You know. For those long lunches.

          Kevin
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      • Profile picture of the author Roy Penrod
        Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

        It's the naked Skype calls that really disturb people ...
        And that's why video phones aren't in every home. lol


        Congrats on your business growth, Andy! Exciting times, man.

        Roy
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    Congratulations, and an interesting way to move, very bold of you to move straight in to London, and very beneficial in the long term believe me!

    I work for Groupon UK based in Central London - Liverpool Street and live in Soho and I think for business especially you cannot have a better location than this, especially for being able to have meetings with other media companies and such.

    May I ask what your core business model is and for what reason you moved in to an office? Maybe we can work together
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    • Profile picture of the author Lee Wilson
      Nice one Andy.
      An office in West Central is another success story all of it's own!
      Next time I'm in the Chandos I'll come and say hello, if you're not out in the private jet that is
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    well done - my goal is to be able to work from any location i choose by owning profitable websites / does your business need an office or london location ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Oggyoi
      Well done Andy,
      I'll have to look you up next time I venture down to London
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      • Profile picture of the author mrdomains
        Good move!

        I´m sure you have given this a lot of thought and planning. Some may feel it is a bold step to move out of the comfy basement but it is the right one when you grow. Most people don´t realize that it can be very difficult to run your biz like A Biz from home.

        You wanted advice so here's my 2 cents: now that you have your office - don´t bring the work home, even if it means having to stay long hours in the office. Make as distinct a line as you can between work/office and leisure/home.

        Keeping a strict division tends to raise productivity in the office.

        Congrats on the step up Andy!

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        • Profile picture of the author WillR
          Originally Posted by mrdomains View Post

          You wanted advice so here's my 2 cents: now that you have your office - don´t bring the work home, even if it means having to stay long hours in the office. Make as distinct a line as you can between work/office and leisure/home.

          Keeping a strict division tends to raise productivity in the office.
          That is a great tip and one Andy should definitely take note of.
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    Thats good news. You efforts repaid you. I know the feeling. I had been struggling for two years in order to stand on my feets...
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  • Profile picture of the author DannyDarwin
    My only, and well-meaning advice based on my own experience, is that you start hanging out "with the big guys" on management and leadership kind of forums now with the same passion that you've been visiting the Warriorforum.

    Running an office and handling employees is a completely different game. I'm sure you will succeed, just be ready for the challenges.

    Good luck!
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  • Excellent stuff Andy, it has that real feeling to it

    Going to be opening my fist US office very soon, cant wait!

    Congrats man :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author saint genuine
    Congratulations! I really wanted to put up my own office too but I don't know where to start. I already have my staff from different sides of the world and I want to expand in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Way to go Andy!! Wishing you all the best in this new venture.

    Personally I am seeking a new office near one of the best surf spots in Europe A man needs to keep his soul clean, you know?

    Hope you too can find something special near YOUR office - sometimes we just need a break in a special place, were we feel damn good.

    Keep up the good "work"!
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  • Profile picture of the author davewebsmith
    An inspiration to us all ... well done Andy ...
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    Congrats Andy! hopefully soon enough we are going to hear about Andy Fletcher's Corporative Tower

    Me on the other hand i'm just cool by replacing the old noisy fan for a brand new AC System on my tiny little home office...
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Parkin
      The rent cant be cheap there - you must be doing ok
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Awesome Andy!

    Congratulations on your success - I'm sure there's been lots of hard work for you, and you deserve it.

    It's awesome that you've also grown to the point of helping someone else by employing them full time!

    Just remind me to turn off video if I ever skype with you! lol

    All success,

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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Congrats, Andy! Well deserved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    Hey Andy,

    Fantastic job brother!

    I have often thought of going out and getting an office but I just have not done it yet. However, I'm getting to the point with my video equipment that I'm going to need to.

    I no longer have room for everything :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      Congratulations, this is a huge accomplishment and if it's what you like, a great motivation to get the work done.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Blair
    Congratulations on making your dreams come true Andy, and good luck in the future from your new office!


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