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It’s no secret that I've worked from home over the years. I’ve shared Instagram posts and IGTV episodes of ‘behind the scenes’ in my home-office, and I talk about working from home in my blog posts often. I’m transparent; I don’t have a big fancy office all to myself, a pretty shop, or a receptionist who answers the phone and fields my emails.

I work at home, and sometimes I work in my pyjamas. Sometimes I don’t even wear pants. I wear ugg boots in winter. I don’t wear makeup. In between emails, I pop a load of washing on, and some days, I take three lunch breaks. It all sounds super casual and fun to roll out of bed, throw on a jumper and be ‘at the office’ in five minutes, but I’m not as productive as I could be.

There are too many distractions and too much housework to do when I’m home, so I’ve started working out of Creative Cubes in Richmond a few days a week. Besides the chore of putting on pants every day, I haven’t loved leaving the house this much in years, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to working from home full time.

When I’m at Creative Cubes in a professional environment and surrounded by people hustling for their dreams, I am focussed, I am committed, I am at work.

I meet people in the kitchen who are fun, exciting, and who want to chat about ways we could work together. I do one task at a time instead of flicking through twenty things and wondering what I’ve achieved at the end of the day. I’m also a lot happier and more motivated to get things done.

I was always turned off by the financial commitment of renting an office by myself, but now that co-working is the new black, building a business is more affordable than ever. It's a cost that I'm willing to bear knowing I'm more productive too, and when sustainable business is involved, this is a smart decision that enables growth, not hinders it.

If you've been thinking about taking the next step in your business and moving on up from the no-pants home-office gig, you'll want to jump on this opportunity. In collaboration with Startup Victoria and MYOB, Creative Cubes is offering up 12 months of free rent at Richmond and Hawthorn, and all you have to do is pitch for it here.

I’m big on sustainable business, and that means building your business blocks when you can afford it, or leaping at a fantastic opportunity when it presents itself.

Check out Creative Cubes for the details and get pitching. If you're starting up and ready to move out, back yourself and pitch for this.

The Fashion Advocate x

Creative Cubes Melbourne shared co working space for small businesses

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