|My outside office by the Whitestone Bridge, NY|
I'm building my entire career on providing practical solutions to interior designers. In fact I believe it is my calling. I wore the Business Manager hat for so long that I know a thing or two about managing a lean and mean design firm. So much so that I labeled my style of management, wait for it: Viteri Style Management.
|Picnic Office Box from Boxsal. Fab idea!|
So I packed up my entire office in my very own picnic office basket. (Will have to order one of these recycled office picnic boxes. Love this idea.) My remote office included:
- Large Blanket
- Beach Chair
- Large Brim Sun Hat
- Two Bottles of Water
- My Android Note II Cell Phone
|This is pretty neat.|
I know designers are now visiting their offices to catch up on paperwork than actually working in their offices. So how do you take the office outside? Easy, the very first step is to transition your entire business to work remotely from any mobile device. I kid you not, I can run my entire business off of my cell phone. You just need to be on the right software that can do this. I highly recommend and exclusively offer my management services to my design clients the software by Design Manager called Design Manager Cloud and CloudSpace. It's simple and practical as it is already designed to handle all of a design firm's project management and accounting needs. The big plus factors are that it also incorporates the tools designers need to run their business like syncing your calendar, contacts, emails and day to day documentations like, letter of agreements and photos. It's similar to Icloud or Google Chrome, but design for the interior design industry. It's just simple and practical to help designers run a boutique style business and that is why I love it and use it.
|Well hello lover. Who can pass up a Mister Softee Truck full of Ice Cream!|
I have to tackle the same paperwork my designer clients do. I had time billing, bookkeeping and proposals to enter. I had order forms and credit card authorization forms to prepare. I had phone meetings with internal business associates and coordinating event planning to conduct. As always, I took care of my own social media posts and even had time to write up this blog post. All in the comfort of my "Go to Jesus Jeans" (you know the ones you pray to that will fit and they did that day) and enjoying the views of yachts and sailboats that glided by in front of me. I won't lie. Because I was not smart enough to pack a lunch in my picnic office basket (duh, picnic 101) I dropped my phone so fast when I heard the Mister Softee truck pull up. I think an ice cream sandwich is still a sandwich and I'm sticking to it.
Let's face it. Each day for a designer and myself included will not be the same. Having a day like this was like grabbing the brass ring from a merry go round. So if the weather permits and so does your calendar, make it happen. You will be amaze how fresh air does a business good. Don't have the essentials to create your office picnic basket, well the above components are easy to get and please feel free to call me directly so I can help you pack. Let's start with transitioning your business to work completely remote. It's much easier than you think. Enjoy the great outdoors!