Ever since this whole blogging/vlogging started eleven (ELEVEN!!) years ago, I’ve worked from home.
At first it wasn’t actually ‘work’. It was just a fun thing I did after I’d finished at my actual office job where I was The World’s Worst Receptionist- that’s my official title ha.
After a few years, it started to become a profitable enterprise and I realised if I poured a lot of heart and soul into this, I could actually make it a fully fledged business!
As my efforts grew, so did the rewards and so did the people involved.
I signed up to Gleam Futures to represent me as management. They handle the logistics and legal’s of brand partnerships but they’ve been so much more to me than that – they feel like family.
Last year I started working with Belle PR who help me squeeze my face into magazines and articles so that more people find our snazzy little community and we can carry on growing and doing what we do best – being Good Eggs and supporting each other!
Just over 12 months ago, I officially hired my own member of staff, Nicole, to help me run all the behind the scenes things like editing, creating shareable’s, handling the logistics of day to day work life and much more.
The idea was that I would regain a bit of work-life balance and could give YOU more fun things to enjoy. Yay!
Up until that point, I’d worked from home and Nicole was working from home too. So far, so good.
Well, as we all know, 2020 has been a YEAR. S**t the bed I’ve learnt a LOT.
I’ve learnt that I don’t have a lot of separation between online and offline, that when the chips are down and I don’t have capacity to keep all the plates spinning I need a good team, that I love this community I’ve grown like a best friend.
I need healthy boundaries, I love building a team, I love you guys. Those are my oh-so-professional take aways haha!
Working out that hiring an office and creating Glitter HQ has taken a LONG time. People have suggested it for years but I’ve never felt it’s the right time. I didn’t think I’d feel inspired in an office environment.
The thing is, I was associating ‘office’ with what I had worked in before.
Slightly stale, slightly boring rooms with no soft furnishings and a boss who makes you feel like crap for taking more than 2.5 minutes in the bathroom.
Wait a mo though, I’m the boss now so I can have a DIFFERENT sort of office! Oh ma gaaahhhhhddd!!!
Nicole and I started our hunt! We found a few ‘boring’ offices like I’d remembered, we found a really cute office we had to decline because it wasn’t wheelchair accessible (not an issue now but could have been in the future) and then, we found it.
We found Glitter HQ and I just KNEW.
She has a fire place, huuuuggee windows, easy parking, charity shops and bakeries mere footsteps away and best of all, she’s a great monthly rent price!
So, after all these years, it’s time for a fresh start.
No longer will I have to try and look professional at home meetings (once I had the whole Bonnier team up, ran out of seating and someone had to sit on a fold up garden chair ffs!), I can now be all, ‘Please, step into my office!’! Woohoo!!
No boring stale room, plenty of cute furnishings, flexible work hours, no food shaming (my old boss once told me that since I was front of house -receptionist-, I needed to go on a diet to look presentable!) and, hopefully, a great big wave of fresh creativity!
Currently, it’s just Nicole and I, but as her role expands, we are looking to hire another good egg to be on our team! I will put the vacancy up here when we are ready! WHAT A TIME!!
Thank you so much for always being here with me and being such an important part of this little online tribe. If you are reading here, you’re clearly a keen bean and the best of eggs. 9 glitter points to you!
Would you be interested in a ‘tour’ of Glitter HQ? It’s not that big but I’m sure I could whip something up! Lemme know!