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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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Work from home or do you rent office space?

Hi,

I am just curious as to whether all you SPCs work from home or rent space (studio/ office)? I know this will depend on what type of work you do.

Have you found any pros or cons to either? If you rent, are the overhead costs worth it? If you run the business from home, do do you find new clients are less likely to perceive you as a professional?
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:47 AM   #2
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I do weddings and my work office at home is 4x4 so large enough to fit my desk, a sofa for my clients and a big tv screen which I use for editing as well but also for my clients to view films, they also don't have to go through the house because the office is directly accessible through the front door and then right up the stairs. I know Ray Roman rents office space that comes with a secretary but I guess when you charge that much money you need to make your client believe you made it so they know where their money is going. :)

I never visit my clients and let them come to me, that saves me a lot of time plus when they make the effort to travel to my home I know that they will book me.
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Old June 18th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #3
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Hi Rob

Nowdays a home office is considered as professional as a rented office and obviously the home office has the advantage that you are already there plus you can take calls after hours too. I don't think I have ever had anyone turn me down because I work from a home office. Obviously try and use a room that has it's own entrance ...if it's your own home, maybe consider installing a sliding door so you have an office entrance. It's silly to throw away rent money just to have commercial premises if you have space at home. Our office is the old family room so it's about 6m x 3m and then we use a spare bedroom as a "camera room/studio" Unless you are planning high end clients and huge contracts, you don't need a plush office in a high rise building
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Old June 21st, 2017, 03:46 AM   #4
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Thanks Chris and Noa, I agree with both of you. My location is near Manchester in the UK and so many small production companies (corporate type video) seem to have business premises that I wonder how much strain they are putting their finances under?
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Old June 21st, 2017, 04:11 AM   #5
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I think especially companies that do corporate video have to keep up appearances, they work for businesses and it doesn't look professional if you invite your corporate clients to your livingroom in your house with screaming kids and a barking dog in the background. The same applies to the type of camera's you use, you can't show up on a corporate shoot with little dslr's.

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Old June 21st, 2017, 07:16 AM   #6
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Yeah Noa is correct! Some businesses often put appearance in front of the product but if you need that to get the job and you are doing mainly corporate shoots then you have to bite the bullet, get premises with lush pile carpets and mood lighting and push up your prices to compensate.

I do quite a few live broadcast beach weddings and I'm reluctant to take my Lumix cameras on the beach so I take my cheap but big Panasonic AC-8 shoulder mount camera with an XLR adapter and streaming encoder mounted on top so it looks like it costs a fortune and people are suitably impressed ... However it doesn't shoot 4K and has inferior sensors to my Lumix cams ... but it works well for those idiots who insist on BIG cameras and it cheap to replace when the salt air corrodes it!!!!

Maybe you could subsidise your overheads by using the premises for another business when you are not there??
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 10:25 AM   #7
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Work from home (apartment) but I have space to do one person talking head shoots. The room has 8'x10' backdrops, green screen, lights.
I've had no problem with clients meeting me there.
In fact most of the space is devoted to my business.
The building was a former factory so I have no problem getting my equipment into the elevator and there's a big front drive in gate which the building manager will open on request during business hours.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 11:25 AM   #8
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That sounds like a nice setup Craig!
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