Today we wanted to give you a little tour of our co-working studio space, shared with our friends at Poseybooth, a Philadelphia event Photo Booth company. We've been here at our 2nd floor loft for a year now and it's come a long way from it's previous tenants: a mixed martial arts studio. Some of the projects we undertook upon moving in were painting nearly every surface from black to white, installing a small kitchenette, and building a storage room/office for our studio mates. We spent a lot of time dreaming up our ideal space, and moving from our old space, a rustic school house, we decided to update our look a little bit.
We hung hanging chairs from the beam where punching bags used to hang and centered our "meeting area" around that. We also made a small "patio" where our balcony doors open up to allow a nice breeze while we eat lunch. Mick, our office dog, and the official mascot of Poseybooth, especially loves laying in his bed in the sun on the patio.
After all of that work, we still have about 100 other projects we want get to this winter which will involve patching up some of the walls, painting/touching up other areas that we never got to the 1st time around, and prettying up our entrance/foyer.
Now on to how we work! One thing I want to mention is how we benefit from working out of a space like this. We, as business owners, feel that it is really important to separate our home-life from our work-life. We hold normal business hours, and in doing so maintain motivation to work hard and efficiently in our office so that at the end of the day, we can go home and spend time with our families. By sharing our space with like-minded professionals, we encourage each other to work hard and keep trying to be the best that we can be. Because of this, we excel at our professions and have a quick turn-around for our clients who are eager to see their wedding photos!
We also love being in a space that encourages us to be creative. No one wants to feel like their workspace is dragging them down. We love filling our space with plants and lots of natural light. We have area that we are able to do photoshoots for various projects and make use of that space often. We also get to invite our clients into our space to see our style and aesthetic in person.
We also love to host events: workshops, networking gatherings, etc. We've had an array of different events in our space such as yoga, dinners, workshops and recently a clothing swap for the community. It's been a great way to meet wonderful people and have fun doing it!
All in all, we really love our space. It has been worth the time and effort we've put into it, and we have a place that we look forward to coming to each day, even if it means that we are working!
This post was inspired by WeWork: a community of co-working spaces across the country. They are great for start-ups and small businesses; a place to share a space without the commitment of rehabbing an entire warehouse space like we did!