You could be the lucky small business owner who wins the Offices2Share.com contest. In a nationwide contest offering 12 months of free rent in real office space, Offices2share.com, a Web site that focuses exclusively on short-term, ready-to-use office space, is inviting entrants to submit their Top 10 Reasons for wanting (usually desperately) to move out of their home office.
Aimed at those hearty souls who have—in the past and present—toiled amidst crying babies, nagging spouses, annoying neighbors and other horrors typically found in the often unproductive environs of the home office, the contest will reward the author of the wittiest and most compelling Top 10 list with a free 12-month sabbatical in the relative calm of a real office.
“For anyone who’s ever had to deal with a bratty child, fend off overly-persistent telemarketers and fix a toaster—-all while negotiating an important business deal—this is a chance to have a professional office for a year, rent-free,” said Jeffrey A. Landers, founder and president of Offices2share.com. “All they have to do is examine the frustrations and drawbacks of working at home and put a humorous spin on it.”
Working at home instead of an office can be fraught with pitfalls. According to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the noted global research and advisory firm, 61 percent of respondents reported that working in a home office deleteriously blurred the division between their work life and home life; 44 percent said that working at home made it more difficult to collaborate with colleagues. Other liabilities commonly associated with the home office—especially for all but the most self-disciplined—include intrusive phone calls, the lure of the TV and the refrigerator, family obligations, procrastination and even a tendency to overwork.
The winner of the contest can select professional office space in any of the hundreds of cities across the U.S. served by Offices2Share.com. Entries will be judged by an independent panel that includes volunteers from SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” a national nonprofit organization which provides counseling and training to small businesses.
“SCORE is pleased to be associated with Offices2share.com and this innovative contest that humorously focuses attention on the issues and challenges facing home-based entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO.
Those wishing to enter the contest must visit www.offices2share.com/contest and fill out the requisite online form. Official rules, prize description, guidelines and helpful hints are included therein. Contestants can base their Top 10 list on both real-life and whimsical situations; entries will be judged on originality, creativity, humor and relevance to topic.
The contest just started on October 3, 2005 and will be ending in February of 2006. Do your due diligence and make sure you read the contest rules.