The idea of the American dream is older than the US, dating to the 1600s, when people began to have all sorts of hopes and aspirations for what was a new and largely unexplored continent to European immigrants.
Many of these dreams focused on owning land and establishing a prosperous business that would increase one’s happiness. To me, the American dream represents the desire to live a better life than the previous generation did — and that there is a legitimate opportunity for this to happen. The desire among many parents is for their children to lead happy lives.
I feel, I am living proof that the American dream still exists. It is still alive and well. I say this because 14 years ago I started my business. Seven Years ago I moved my business to a whole new geographic location. I have learned much in those years, and I can tell you without a doubt, there is one trick despite knowing what it is your business is, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and work very, very hard.
I started my business out of my home. This isn’t uncommon as a great number of the self employed do this. I can tell you without a doubt it isn’t a perfect situation, not always. In my case I took up part of the house (not unlike most Entrepreneurs), but over time, the amount of my home I took up grew, last year I was using more than 60% of my home for my home office.
Needless to say, my wife and I agreed, it was time for the company to take the next step.
After a very busy October, L & R Tax Preparation has moved.
I would like to share with you pictures of the change?
My office before:
Yes, I conducted business out of there. for many years. When I first started I had a full time job out side of this. after a few years I was able to stop working full time for a major corporation and work at growing my business full time. Still working all the time, but more for my clients rather someone elses’. The room measured 9 by 13 feet. this is all clients were able to see. The rooms in my house were used for employees and other such things. My dinning room became a receptionist office of sorts. Both my kids, gave up about half their rooms for Office stuff. My living room started last year loosing to the office, with files and PCs taking over.
Now that I have moved, here is what that same room looks like:
Where did it all go?
The New Office, Outside to In:
Out Side I am very, very lucky to have great people on my side of things. Tim Brand Of Brand Graphics as done a fantastic job designing our sign and new logos. I have shared the Logo with you all, in the past.
Here is the Outside:
Lets go in;
Reception area. A place for clients to wait if they are early:
The Receptionist office:
Yes My partners office is smaller than the receptionist. She is part-time/semi-retired. So She din’t want much space or exposure to the day to day stuff.
We have a conference room:
There is a break room for the employees, that is equipped with pantry, cooking, refrigerator, coat closet , and small bathroom.
Then there is my office:
… and then here I am Working already…..
So The idea behind going into business is to grow and be well. I believe this move shows the growth and strength of L & R Tax Preparation.
For more pictures you can click the link below to see some pictures of before and after shots. I have them in Evernote – here is the link –
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