Outgrowing A Home Office

I work out of my house.

My work no longer fits inside my house.

In fact, it hasn’t for awhile.

My cramped quarters, and less than ideal set-up, affects my productivity dramatically.

When I first began working from home, I was working part time.

Now, I’m continually stressed out by my lack of space.

Also, people think it’s okay to interrupt me because I work out of my house.

After all, I’m HOME aren’t I?

I don’t have a solution yet.

Rent in Southern California is VERY expensive.

But, I need a working studio – badly.

This has been an issue I’ve been struggling with for the last year.

Recently, I lost a bid on an $80,000 job.

I was bidding against one other photographer.

I was told the client preferred my work.

But …?

The other photographer prints all of his own work and his cost was substantially lower than mine.

I have to pay a middleman to print for me.

I can’t compete on really big jobs without printing my own photos.

Commercial, large format, printers are extremely expensive.

They’re also HUGE …. the size of a large couch.

In my current situation, I don’t even have a place to put one.

Suggestions?

Input?

Have you, or someone you know, gone through anything similar?

I’m so frustrated and I don’t have a solution ….

Yet.

3 Responses to “Outgrowing A Home Office”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Is shared work space a possibility?

  2. Kathy

    Have you penciled it out to see if it would be worth renting an office and buying that expensive equipment? Is it possible to remodel your house to fit your needs? What have other photogs done?
    Good luck!

  3. Linda Tustin

    Suzanne, I work for a large format print shop. I don’t know if our equipment is the same as whoever you are using now or if our being out of state would make sense but perhaps? I can control our pricing somewhat. If you are interested in exploring a new printer- and you know the specs of the equipment being used to print your work now we could talk about if we might be a good fit? Just a thought. We would have to be substantially less expensive to make the shipping make sense I realize but print pricing in the Midwest is much better than SoCal?

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