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Small business dilemma: Which voice do you listen to? #TinaTang

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The lease to my office/studio/showroom ends April 30th and I have been here for two years since I moved my store to the Limelight Marketplace. Since closing that Limelight shop April 2011, I have been working out of the showroom solely.  This cozy little office I share with my best friend, Sima Schloss, who is a mixed media artist.Isn't it cozy and warm with great sunlight?Now, it's time to make a decision.  I have been looking around to see what office/shared office/office sublet opportunities are available within my price range.  I am going solo in my new office which is why I am price sensitive. I adore the Flatiron-Chelsea neighborhood, but if I want to cut my overhead, I need to move further north or south.Herein lies my dilemma. Do I try to save a couple hundred dollars a month and move to a neighborhood that makes me less happy or do I pay the same for a small space to stay in this wonderful neighborhood??After only seeing 3-4 offices, I came across this one which felt like home to me:My favorite part is the huge window, which is hard to come by in the cheap office space category.Since there are high ceilings, there is a loft above the desk for file storage-jewelry supply storage.If I take this little windowed space, I spend the same, but save nothing.  If I go further from this neighborhood, I could have a savings each month.The question is, do I opt for lower overhead and only consider savings, or do I go for quality of life/happiness?  Head or heart? Tell me what you think.

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  • Thank you Miss Suzanne!

    Tina Tang

  • Peggy and Gida, Thank you so much for your small business opinions as I know you two both have similar business challenges!

    Tina Tang

  • I think if you love your workspace, your creativity will bloom more…if you are not happy, you could become blocked…I know I was happiest when I loved my work…it spilled over into all aspects of my life. Your work is such a BIG piece of your life, so you need to have as many happy hours per day as possible…you need to love your neighborhood too, so that you are happy on your way to work! There is a scene in “500 Days of Summer” and Joseph Gordon Levitt is on his way to work after spending the night with the girl he loves – everyone should be so happy on their way to work everyday! Your happiness will bring more success – and that success will pay your bills! Alison McManus


  • Alison, thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback.

    Tina Tang

  • I agree with those that believe a happy work environment will make for a happy you, therefore increasing productivity. Over time said productivity may make up for the lack of savings in the space you love. I’d also consider customer access to a new space – what transportation is available? where do my clients mostly originate?(this is not personal on my end – I’ll travel to you wherever you are. ;) )Good luck!


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