Anyone who has ever moved will tell you how painful it can be… You tend to find things at the back of rarely looked in cupboards that you probably should have moved off to Lifeline five years ago. But you keep it just in case!
As a family, we have moved several times, and none of them was particularly fun.
So, it was with a slight feeling of nervousness, that we approached the moving of our businesses ‘downtown’ and out of our home offices, once and for all.
As a family and a business person, Andrew and I have always found that the work/life balance worked out very well when we worked from home…we could have our children upstairs while a client quickly popped in to sign documents, or even one of us might look after our client’s children as well as our own, while their parents’ financial interests were sorted downstairs. It all worked quite well for a while until the demand for our Advice outgrew our capacity to service our clients.
We just needed more space, more staff, more parking.
It might seem odd to some, but we valued our time working from home. Apart from the obvious tax advantages and minimal overheads, working from home allowed a degree of flexibility that we really enjoyed. We really had to be coaxed out of our home, we had lovely separate offices with garden aspects and yet we were still in the centre of town.
But to really keep true to the reason for being in business in the first place, which is to offer great advice and service to our clients, we finally had to consider moving out of home. At first we couldn’t find anything that suited us. Too big, or too small, or too dark, or not enough parking.
Some were just too uninspiring….we realised we had been spoiled by our beautiful home offices, and we wanted the same feel, only with more space.
Then, finally, Eureka! We found it! The perfect offices for Searle Financial Advice and Searle Financial Services. It was central, close to home, it’s whereabouts were easy to describe to clients over the phone. It was much bigger, but not too big. It was light and airy, and it had parking, plenty of it!
Waiting for the ‘But’? Very happily, there wasn’t one.
We finally moved out of our home offices at 140 Mackenzie st East Toowoomba to 100 Margaret street East Toowoomba in March 2016. Since moving, with a very minimum of fuss, we have been able to employ another valuable addition to our team, with another addition planned for the latter half of this year.
If you’re a Toowoomba local, it’s pretty likely that you will already know our building as the old Toowoomba Antiques Centre, just opposite Queens park and a couple of doors down from the cafes of Margaret street. Since it’s new lease on life, it has been completely refurbished and modernised without the loss of it’s charm or heritage characteristics. Told you it was easy to describe it’s location.
It’s a very, very pleasant place to come to work every day which we really enjoy.
As for the work/life balance with our young family, I’m happy to say so far so good. We still maintain our home office, although we no longer see clients there, we are still able to get up with the sparrows and work at home before taking our children to school. All in all, for once a ‘moving’ story that has not just a happy ending, but a happy beginning and middle as well.
SO NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHERE WE ARE, DON’T BE SHY, DROP IN AND WE’LL GIVE YOU THE TOUR OF OUR NEW DIGS. YOU CAN’T MISS US, JUST LOOK FOR THE BIG SIGN THAT SAYS ‘SEARLE FINANCIAL GROUP’, AND YOU’LL FIND US THERE!