Moving

Our office lease is up in December.  We have beautiful offices in a great location in a full service building.  We pay BIG $$ for this (although I will say we have a good deal compared to the market).

Do we stay or do we go?

Don’t know about your situation and your business, but things have changed since we signed our lease:

     Gas is $4.00 a gallon and climbing

     The Internet and the tools that make working remotely are a lot better

     The world is more complex with more pressures all around

     The workforce is shifting – younger tech-savy workers and fewer older “workhorses”

     New attitudes and goals about what makes work fulfilling

In a strange way the younger crowd, the 20-somethings, get the Ziglar philosophy.  What motivates them is balance.  They watched their parents chase the dollar to keep up with the neighbors.  If they were lucky they saw their dad work 55 hour weeks and their mom work 40 hour weeks.  If they were unlucky they only got to watch their mom work because of divorce.  Coming home to an empty house after school was normal. 

These 20-somethings are pretty smart.  They want a life and the simple things like free time and friends.  They are figuring out through bad examples what not to do.  Sounds like they have stumbled onto my Dad’s Wheel of Life without even knowing it. 

Our new office search has included all of these factors.  We are now allowing remote officing (fancy term for working from home) as much as possible – saves on gas, saves on time, and we may be accused of “being green” to boot!

Yesterday we looked at a potential new office.  A beautiful house in the country.  Twenty five miles from where we are now.  It has five acres, a main house with a POOL, and a guest house.  We could easily put our film studio there and our clients could come to film and spend the night.  Grilling steaks, swimming, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit, I can see it now.

Does this sound good to you?  If you are a Ziglar customer, does this sound unprofessional, or are you jealous?

Imagine if you worked for us.  When you weren’t working at home, you could bring your dog to work.

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2 Comments on “Moving”


  1. Tom,
    I would totally agree with moving to the house. I moved my office home for the first time last year. With all the advanced communications you can work from Mars and no one would know it. I know several people with their own companies that have done the same and since these are our personal homes there have been several places that have popped up in the past couple years including a Starbucks near DFW Airport that has a meeting rooms with all the AV equipment you could need. The cost is very reasonable. Go for the house stop paying rent. The house could be used for so many things and in this day and time it is still professional in my opinion.

    Good Luck,
    Tony Bouillion

  2. Jay Says:

    I too would agree to moving. The house sounds like a great place to work, relax, and nuture creativity. With the technology today, theres really no need to maintain an expensive office space.
    Your dad is a hero of mine, and I look forward to watching this blog grow as more people discover it.


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