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Behind-the-scenes: My Home Office

by Ashley on March 19, 2014 · 3 comments

Do you ever feel like you’re not as “professional” as all the other small business owners because you do most of your work from your cozy bed instead of a super fancy desk?

Do your insecurities come out to play because your home office is actually your bedroom disguised with crafty prints brought from Etsy?

Girl, you aren’t alone.

When I first started coaching, I thought no one would take me seriously until I had a private space with an Ikea desk that looked like this and was properly decorated with this.

My ideas about “shoulds” and “must haves” began taking over. The more I allowed them to swallow me up, the worse I felt.

“I’m such a fraud!”

“I feel like such a kid playing ‘pretend’ with all the grown ups!”

“Who is going to hire me as their coach if I don’t have a real office? My business is going to fail!”

But then I signed my first client. And you know what? They didn’t care what my “office” looked like. (I was sitting in my mom’s kitchen with the Skype camera angled toward the living room.) They were concerned with how much I cared and if I could help them.

Obviously this one experience didn’t cure all of my office insecurities, but it did show me what’s important. It reminded me that I can create helpful work  and inspire others without an office touting all those bells and whistles.

And now, two years later, I still don’t have that fancy Ikea desk. It remains a dream of mine, but for different reasons. (It’s so pretty and can you imagine how organized I’d feel!)

Even though I don’t have an ideal office space for my business, I do have a space I can call my own. It’s private, it’s cozy, and it does the job.

In today’s video, I’m inviting y’all into my home and giving you a tour of my home office.

If you’ve ever felt like you need an office to feel “ready” or to be taken seriously, this is for you.

Please wipe your feet, and come on in:

P.S. If you’ve been wanting to make the leap away from your 9-5 and dive into your side hustle full-time, but are feeling completely overwhelmed, check out Jump. It’s 50% OFF this week. You can grab your copy here.

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Holli March 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

I loved seeing where you work. Thanks, Ashley! I actually have a professional-type office, but it’s usually too messy to work in, so I do my work in the living room on the couch.

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Katie | The Surly Housewife March 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

I LOVE real life check-ins like this. Thanks so much for sharing. FYI, I love working from my cozy room the best too :)

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