It’s a straight-forward question: is a suite apartment right for a home business owner? And it deserves a straight-forward answer . . . NO!
Now, if you are ultra-trustworthy, there is no need to continue with this article. You’ll believe my answer and move on with life.
Or I can speak to the other 99.9% of you and explain my thinking on this.
Here’s the problem with the whole “suite apartment for a home business” thing . . . it is too limiting!
Before we even get into that, though, could someone please explain what a suite apartment is? There are suites, and there are apartments, but what the heck is a suite apartment? As best as we can surmise, a suite apartment refers to the “connecting rooms” aspect of an apartment, and more specifically to the size based on number of bedrooms. In other words, a suite apartment has more than one bedroom.
Now, let’s get back to the question at hand.
Follow my logic if you will.
A home business . . . what is it, a home, or a business? In my opinion, and the opinion of a number of business experts, it can’t be both. First of all, you have the space issue. If that home business of yours is successful, you will simply outgrow your home. It is inevitable, if you work from home, and leading up to that point you have the situation where your spare bedroom is an office, and your spare inventory takes over the garage.
And then there’s the image problem! Looking for an apartment for rent for your business is unacceptable, and here’s why.
If your home business grows, and we sincerely hope it does, then eventually you are going to want customers to come over for meetings and to see your operation. Do you really want important customers to stop by while your dog poops in the kitchen? That may sound a bit drastic but we submit to you that it is nothing but realistic.
So a suite apartment for a home business owner is a non-starter idea. Bury it and move on to a viable solution.
And that solution then becomes obvious: look for a smaller apartment to live in, and at the same time rent a small commercial space for your home-based business. You don’t need much room to begin with for that commercial real estate for rent, but you do need the flexibility to grow as your business grows.
So, is it possible to find such a place?
Allow me to give you just one example of the possibilities you face. In Fort Worth, Texas, and specifically in the Alliance commercial real estate area of that fine city, there is a new business park opening called Box Office Warehouse Suites. There you will find small commercial units for rent, and they are made entirely from shipping containers. They are inexpensive and they are flexible, allowing for growth as your business grows. They are close to new apartments being built, meaning that everything you want, a small apartment and a small commercial space, are all in the same general location.
That’s the kind of situation you need to look for if you have a home-based business and you need a new apartment. Anything less than that is unacceptable!