This is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while now, and I have gone back and forth wondering if I should even say anything, or keep it to myself. I have wondered what others will think, and wondered if people will think I failed. Because of that, I have decided to go ahead and talk about my future plans for SKP.
As most of you know, I have an amazing commercial space, which I love everything about. I love the location, I love my light, I love the size, I love the layout, and I love my landlords. I love having a separation between home life, and business life. I don’t love the amount of money I am spending to be there every month. When I moved my business, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get more business. Having the street frontage, people would see me, therefor I would book more, right? Well, not really. My clients typically book me before they even realize where my business is actually located. (Yes, I had a lightbulb moment)I’m sure you are wondering where I am going with this, or you are already assuming where this post is headed… So with that being said, as of August 1st, 2014, I will be moving my business back to my home studio where I started out. BUT, it doesn’t end there. This is a temporary move. Confused?
Let me explain. My husband and I have decided we want to build a home. With that home, we will be building a brand new studio for SKP! Exciting huh?!? We have a lot picked out, a floor plan picked out, and have the basic layout of the new studio already figured out, but there is a catch. When going to see about getting a construction loan, we found out that the banks are MUCH stricter than they were just 5 years ago, and while we were approved, it wasn’t enough without cutting corners on our dream home. When building, you surely don’t want to cut those hardwood floors you love.Right? So, by moving the business home for 12-18 months, we can take that money I have been paying in space rent, and put that towards bills. Pay off my vehicle, yada yada….. In the end, we should be going into the building stage debt free. Yay!
So what about the “home studio” you might wonder? What about the entire experience? Well, while I will be moving from 1,200sq feet down to 500sq feet (Eek!) it is still a dedicated space, separate from our home. You will still be in a professional environment, and you will still get the same excellent service you have grown to expect with SKP. the only difference is that you will be driving a few blocks farther.While this isn’t my ideal situation, it will be VERY worth it in the end… Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little, to get a lot.
Hopefully with this post, clients and future clients will understand why I have made this choice. A difficult one, to say the least! I am excited to build my new custom studio, and it can’t come fast enough… For someone who works with babies all day and loves it, patience is not something I was blessed with. Lol! I have to continuously remind myself that this will be worth it in the end…. I will finally have an office in my new home, and the new studio will have some pretty awesome things in it as well. =)
In the meantime, here are some old photos I have dug up of my home studio. (Excuse the crappy cell phone shots)
Thanks for taking the time to read this..
I am excited to keep all my fans involved in this upcoming process, so be watching for blog posts regarding our building process!