More Expansion

We’ve run out of physical room in our 2,500 sq. ft. office… so this week we had to get creative to “create more space” for the next (4) hires.

The room in the photo was our office supplies & marketing staging area where we assembled our EzineArticles Platinum mug care packages. We rented a storage shed down the road to house all of our mug supplies and empty Dell boxes. Our Accounting Manager took one of the office supply cabinets and our Managing Editor took another in her office.

Instant new office for hires #29, #30, #31 and #32.

In our local North East Wisconsin job economy (“Silicon Cheese Valley” I like to call it), we’ve had a steady stream of quality job applicants. The plus side to our area is that housing is very affordable ($800 USD a month gets you either a mortgage on a new home or rent on a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 stall enclosed garage home), most have a (4) year college degree, pretty good work ethic; and the downside is that we end up having to teach or train new developer applicants on our platform vs. finding pre-trained talent and the lack of proximity to Silicon Valley is less than ideal.

Updated April 30th 11am CST:

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aurther writes:

thanks Chris, it will be nice for you to post some of your office Pics for us to see where EzineArticles runs from

Comment provided April 29, 2008 at 8:47 AM

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Here’s a pic from last Wednesday’s grill out:

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Here’s a pic from our Wii gaming station that many use during their lunch breaks:

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Pat Hubbard writes:

Hi Chris,
Happy work environment equates to happy employees, happy employees equates to productive employees, productive employees equates to success.
That is all good news to us, your customers. Thank you for that.
Pat

Comment provided April 29, 2008 at 11:10 AM

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An updated photo from today’s construction:

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Dina writes:

Hey, that’s a pretty cool slice of life at EzineArticles. Congrats on the expansion. That sounds like a way better mortgage than what I got… :(

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Alejandro Guevara Onofre writes:

Christopher and EzineArticles team

Buena suerte!…Bonne chance!…Held og lykke!…Bona sort!…Sterkte!…Viel Glck!…Buona fortuna!…Boa sorte!…Lycka till!
GOOD LUCK!

Alejandro,
From Peru

Comment provided April 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

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Edward Weiss writes:

$800 for a 2 bed 2 bath condo/house? That’ll get you a studio apartment here in San Diego.

Love the weather but hate the cost of living here.

Comment provided April 29, 2008 at 6:18 PM

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Thanks for sharing your pictures of growth and expansion, and thanks for adding more help for all of us. We look forward to seeing the finished office space!

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Dave Wellman writes:

Good to know that things are going well up your way. Hope you have to hire 4-5 more real soon :)

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Edward,

About 5 years ago, La Jolla was on my possible re-location list as I loved the area.

Only problem: Not enough Internet/tech going on. Too much medical bio-tech stuff focus in the area.

Alejandro,

Gracias!

Chris, from near the Great Lakes, USA

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Edward Weiss writes:

Chris, La Jolla is beautiful, there’s no denying it. And one of the pricest places to live in San Diego County.

That and Rancho Bernardo which IS the pricest. Nothing but doctors, lawyers, and dare I say … entrepreneurs. :)

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Congrats on organising the extra office space so quickly! Best wishes with continued growth always.

Angela, nestled within the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica ;-)

Comment provided April 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

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Congratulations! This only shows that EA’s got a lot of future plans ahead. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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Tayo writes:

Hey Chris,
congrats on the growth, I keep wandering how you keep up with the digital space…would you mind sharing or is it confidential info!

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Tayo,

It helps not to need much sleep at night.

My secret? I hit the gym 90 min to 2 hours per day.

Also, we’ve hired some very smart people. That helps more than anything. :)

Comment provided May 6, 2008 at 12:52 PM

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