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#throwback to scrappy 2012… this post is an answer the Quora question: “What are the challenges of living in rented office space in San Francisco?”
As Bruce Feldman suggested, living in an office might be detrimental to your health. But weren’t those high-rise, asbestos insulated, moldy dorms unhealthy during college?
In the hunt for your office space/apartment, you should look for an office with the following characteristics:
The office being open 24/7 is crucial. You never want to be trapped in your office at night. Luckily, the majority of offices have 24 hour access. A small percentage of offices have showers; if your office doesn’t have a shower, make sure you have ‘round the clock access and go shower at the nearest gym.
Get a couple of cardboard boxes for storage. You must be able to close the boxes to hide your clothes and sleeping gear. If anyone ever discovers your gear and asks you about it, just say that you store your Yosemite camping gear at the office.
For your desk, save money and buy two saw horses or get concrete blocks. Get an old door and set it on the concrete blocks/sawhorses and lean it up against the wall. These are known as “artist desks” or drafting desks. Should cost you $25–50 total. Find a chair. Done.
*Note, when questioned about your spartan office decor, just say “I’m bootstrapping.” They will nod knowingly and complement you on your frugality
Here’s an example of desk and sleeping setup:
(picture of the apartment, located in Austin at 8th and Brazos, that my co-founder and I shared in 2012… this is the kind of minimalism you should strive for)
The air must be clean and breathable. Mold or dust will be bad for your health and disrupt your sleep. An air purifier can help but try to go with an office that has good air.
If your office space has these characteristics and you are careful, you will not get caught. Good luck.
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