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Dadpreneur Profile: Paul of Flexioffices

31 January 2014 No Comment

Paul Slinn Name of Business: Flexioffices
Your Name and Age: Paul Slinn- 46
Tell us about your family: Married to Claire with two daughters 9 and 10

What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition? Previous to starting Flexioffices I was a chartered Surveyor (I still am actually) working in the West End of London in Commercial Property- acquiring and disposing assets and investments for companies, individuals and institutions. After much planning I took the plunge to start my business by handing my notice in, dropping the keys to the company car back- and putting myself in a position where it had to work.
GherkinExtWhen did you launch? September 2000
How did you get started? I started in the spare bedroom of our house- and researched and put together a database of providers of serviced office space. I then inputted the information onto the website myself- and hassled contacts for referrals as well as trialling various types of advertising such as the commercial property section of the Evening Standard and yellow pages. Of course now it’s all about Google.
What research did you do before launching? Prior to launch I looked at another company who did something similar- looked at their accounts as well as spoke to some old clients who were involved in the business. Generally if you ask for some help and advice people are generally very receptive.

How have you funded the business? Initially the business was funded by borrowing against my house and since then growth has been organic.

How do you promote your business? What has worked best? Over the years we have tried most things but good old fashioned business to business referrals and recommendations work well and of course search engines.

What do you enjoy most/least about your work? I really enjoy growing the business, reaching targets and helping other businesses find the right property solution. I truly believe that Flexible office space solutions are right for most companies. When I started work in the late 1980s landlords used to insist that companies sign up for 20 year leases- it just seems incredible now that they could get away with it.

OfficeGroupWarnfordReceptionWhat has been your biggest challenge so far? How have you dealt with it? Every year there are new challenges- in the early days it would be cash flow, more recently staying ahead of the algorithm changes with Google.

How do you fit in work with the family? I think it’s very hard to compartmentalise home and work. My wife works in the office 2 days a week and we do discuss work at home a lot. I do have two excellent co-directors and so I am able to switch off if I want to- but I probably don’t do this as much as I should.
Have you got an exit strategy? Not at the moment- I am having too much fun growing.
FlexiLogoHow can working parents make use of flexible office spaces? Do you have any success stories? There are so many different products that are available to parents who are juggling parenthood with being entrepreneurs. For those working from home- there are business addresses or virtual offices, also campus desks for smaller companies who don’t need a permanent office- they can touch down in a business lounge just when they need to. Our clients can also offer meeting rooms to home workers as well as business cards that will allow you to touch down in a network of office spaces.

Our service is free as we are funded by the buildings that we work with. However, because we have a team of 30 sales consultants, we are experts in finding the right space for the right price as well as being aware of the new buildings that are in the pipeline for the future. We have numerous office space solutions available in London and nationwide. Find out more at : www.flexioffices.co.uk

This post is in association with Flexioffice. 




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