Is it just me or is locating a space to practice one’s craft a journey of trust, faith and patience? How many of the readers of this blog have had a similar frustrating experience in seeking an appropriate office space for your counselling practice? When this writer states, “appropriate”, what I mean is: one that has natural light and is not placed in the middle of a building. It means paying less than $1,000 per month for 100 to 200 square feet of space; or finding a space that is accessible to both seniors and those with special needs. Is it too much to ask to find an office that is within walking distance of a parking lot?
This writer lives in what I would refer to as a “village” even though others prefer to call it a “city”. I believe that this has something to do with access to more funds. The relevance of this statement relates to my dilemma with the lack of office space and the cost of office space in a village that is far removed from a big city environment. How many of you relate to this quandary?
I now understand why many counsellors choose to share an office space with several other practitioners: to share the cost along with other resources; I also understand that this allows for the appropriate cross referral of clients between counsellors with different skill sets. I now comprehend why it is quite common for many practitioners to work from a home setting, since it allows them to write off a portion of their home and to not have the pressure of additional rental expenses.
Another challenge that this writer has observed, especially in a smaller locale is the number of practitioners. The word “competition” never crossed my mind when I changed careers from the business realm to the helping domain; and yet, it is becoming more and more apparent that concepts like networking, marketing and communications are all fundamental to setting up a new practice. I am thankful that I have these transferrable skills from my old career; however, I would simply prefer to focus my energy on helping my clients.
I am curious to hear other tales that ring of persistence, patience and frustration regarding this topic. I thank you for reading this writer’s concerns.
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