The title of this article is a dilemma in itself . . . cheap apartments for rent for home-business owners . . . talk about Mission Impossible! I know what you’re thinking . . . there are no cheap apartments available, and even if there are, what you’ll find is certainly not big enough to run a home-business from it.
We have a solution if you’re willing to read on a bit.
Here’s the thing, and you can write this down, laminate it, and staple it to your forehead as truth: times are a’changin’. When this writer was a young man, a cheap apartment rented for about $300 per month, but even then you got a decent-sized one-bedroom with an efficiency kitchen and separate bedroom. It wasn’t the Taj Mahal but hey, it wasn’t shanty-town either.
Today, a cheap apartment for rent means over one-thousand dollars, and for that money you might get five-hundred square feet, a box inside a larger box, a tiny efficiency-apartment in a large apartment complex, with all the personality of my old Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Bankcroft, age eighty-nine. Let’s face it, there are very few apts for rent for entrepreneurs under a thousand bucks.
And running a home business out of that box? As they say in Brooklyn, forgetaboutit!
And what about the poor slob who needs a cheap office, or a cheap warehouse? How can they afford the current lease/rent rates for commercial property? Those self-storage places you see in ever industrial park are about any fledgling business owner can afford, an eight-by-ten metal box for $300 per month, suitable for just about nothing.
So there’s the problem: lack of available space at a reasonable price!
But we promised a solution and a solution you shall have.
That’s right, we’re shifting the burden right back on you. Think outside the box, and do it with some urgency, as if your business life depended on it . . . because, most likely, it does!
Do you want to know the main difference between successful business people and unsuccessful business people? The main difference is the ability to think outside the box and not allow obstacles to defeat them. The successful business people are always looking for innovative ways to tackle mundane problems. They refuse to accept the status quo as the only acceptable way to conduct business. They are the dreamers, the makers, and the doers. Perhaps you know one? Perhaps you are one?
Need an example? In the North Fort Worth area, in an area called the Alliance commercial real estate area, there is a new business park opening up. It’s name is Box Office Warehouse Suites and it is the first, and only, business park made entirely of shipping containers. Now people might scoff at first when thinking about this, but they stopped scoffing when they realized that the owner of Box Office Warehouse Suites is Ron Sturgeon, serial entrepreneur and one of the most successful real estate developers in the area. What Sturgeon has done at Box Office Warehouse Suites is to recognize a need, inexpensive office/warehouse space, and find a creative way to meet that need. He calls it commercial property for rent with an attitude!
You can do the same!
Think outside the box!