It’s been two weeks since I put the last items in the POD, turned in my house keys, and left Las Vegas for my new home in Valencia, CA.  No one was more surprised than me that I find myself still without a new place to call my own.

I had no thoughts of moving this year, but when the house I’d been happily renting for four and half years was being sold, I had no say in the matter.

I decided it was time to reconnect with my family and join them in California. To say that things have not gone according to plan would be an understatement.

I’ll spare you the boring details, but this time without a place of my own has me thinking and examining my feelings about home. Those feelings have certainly changed over time.

For the first half of my life, a home was somewhere to return to after a day spent in school or at work. That all changed on the day that I set up the card table in my family room and opened my first little business.

At the time, I went to great lengths to conceal the fact that I worked from home. Who would take me seriously if they saw my unimpressive office?

At the time, there were no resources talking about being self-employed and working from home. Of course, I knew writers and some artists turned a spare bedroom into a studio, but I had no idea what other forms of enterprise could thrive in a domestic setting.

The exception to the conventional business start-up information was Supergirls, the book that gave me the notion that I could be self-employed. They had started out working from home, but moved into “real” offices as soon as their business began to grow.

At the time, I assumed I would do the same and set up shop in a rented space where I could have proper meetings and create exciting events. At the time, I had no idea how much I would come to love working from home.

So here I am decades later, a homeless homebased entrepreneur. I assume this is a temporary condition.

I am also keenly aware that the flexibility, mobility and independence this lifestyle offers also makes it possible for me to shift my focus temporarily from running my business to finding my next World Headquarters.

Last week, Judy Heminsley, who blogs at Work From Home Wisdom, from Bath, UK, posted  a wonderful gallery of home worker’s workspaces.  Check them out for yourself.

I admit I got a little envious—and even more eager to be settled—when I saw pictures of the smiling homebased entrepreneurs that Judy shared.

Then two-year-old Zachy runs up, throws his arms around my legs and yells, “Yeah, Grandma!” That’s when it seems perfectly okay to practice benign neglect a little while longer.

6 Responses to “Back in Business Soon”

  1. Judy Heminsley

    Barbara, thank you for a post I relate to in so many ways – and then to find it also includes a reference to my website!

    My partner and I have moved 3 times in the last 2 years, the last time reluctantly, when our landlords decided to sell the house we were very happy in. This is the major drawback with renting, but for the time being we also enjoy the lack of commitment and the flexibility it offers. I find that not being bothered about ‘improving’ a house or spending time on getting it the way I want it releases a lot of energy, which I’m presently using to build my business.

    Good luck in your search for another home and home office, and when you find it I’d love to feature a picture on the site!

  2. Nancee McPherson

    Love the link and the pics of others’ home offices. You are such an inspiration and I’m learning a lot watching you.

    I relate to unforeseen change. Was planning on attending JJ then tore a bicep tendon 2 months ago. Just found out I’ll be off til early Nov.

    I’ve fantasized about being self employed for a while, but without knowing anyone who was doing it successfully, I listened to those voices that discouraged it. And, being an employee did allow me to live somehow my dreams, like travel nursing.

    I’ve always chafed in a corporate culture and now I’m not sure I’ll be able to return to bedside nursing. A little scary, but I’m planning to use this time off to really look at what I have to offer. I have your book, and several from your list, i.e. Screw Work, Let’s Play, and many other resources to get started.

    Feels like I’m not alone I’m this endeavor anymore. Thanks so much for all you put out there!

  3. Sandy Starr

    I can certainly relate to your dilemma about finding a new World Headquarters. I have been renting a lovely new condo for the past two and a half years and now the owner has decided to become a “snow bird” and move in. Since I was allowed use of the place except for her master bedroom and bath, she feels free to pop in whenever she pleases without regard to my privacy.
    Now I am concerned about leaving for any length of time because of my computer, my files and paintings – not to mention a 19-year old senior cat (she’s bringing her dog!). I am saving every penny in order to find a new place for my World Headquarters – perhaps leaving Florida entirely.
    Should be an interesting year for all of us!
    Best of luck in your endeavors. I know the perfect places will appear for both of us and I am happy that in the meantime you are enjoying your family!

  4. Steve

    I wrote what turned out to be a fantastic – no, spectacular – comment but somehow it disappeared when I posted it. I’ll try to summarize.

    I disagreed with your premise, that yours is a home-based business that is temporarily out of sorts because you are finding your new home. I (quite brilliantly, if I recall correctly) explained that your business may be home-headquartered, but it is heart-based. It is based in your personhood, your creativity, your experience, your passion, and your warmth.

    (Cue the segue) At which point I noted those are qualities of a true home: a place where we express our individuality and create a welcoming environment for guests. So, considering that as the definition of home, yours *is* a home-based business. And you can create home anywhere by filling it with your spirit.

    But I’m sure you’ll be happy to find some new digs so you can unload your boxes. Hope that’s soon.


  5. Ursula

    When it’s time to get out of your comfort zone stuff happens. I so relate to your story Barbara, I lived out in Portland, OR for several years renting/sharing someones home. It was very challenging and freeing traveling so light. My reality was “Wow” I’m a hoarder even in someone else home I accumulate things I just believe I “need that” much to the irritation of the primary home owners. I’m now in my world headquarters establishing my home based Nutritional coaching service in Atlanta, GA

    You are so resourceful your time sharing life or being a homeless entrepreneur adds to the richness of what you choose to share with all of us. Thank you so very much for your frank, insightful, honest sharing.

  6. Jane Kirsch

    I totally relate! I am contemplating adding a third World Headquarters to my nomadic schedule as a result of those “yeah, Grandma” moments. It sounds like this is one of those times when the way things happened ends up opening new windows, if not doors. Hug that little guy and remember that building a new W H doesn’t have to happen overnight (even though you’d like it to!) We also share that “get it done now” thing – sometimes it’s ok to put it off ’til tomorrow.

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