DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I am a trained carpenter with a day job in a different field, trying to get my woodworking business off the ground. In the past year, I have gained some regular clients and done some custom work, which has led to other jobs.
The problem is, I live in a three-story apartment building, on the middle floor, and no matter how much I try to keep my power tool work to regular daytime hours right after I get home and on my days off during the week and weekends, some people have complained about noise, never to me, but to management. When the weather is nice, I do as much work as I can out on my porch, but with the colder weather, I need to work more indoors. The funny thing is, most of my new customers are my neighbors and other people here in the apartment complex, who heard I do this kind of work.
I can’t afford to move to a house or rent a shop right now, so what else can I do to keep from being evicted and still work on my business? --- TRYING TO GROW MY BUSINESS
DEAR TRYING TO GROW MY BUSINESS: Given that more than the usual number of neighbors may be home during the week these days, it doesn’t surprise me that your activities are getting additional notice compared to more normal times.
Have you looked into renting a climate-controlled storage unit? I’ve heard that a few chains allow workshops to be set-up, and there may be some with that policy in your area.
The other thing you might investigate is if any of your friends or coworkers in private homes would rent out garage or basement space to you. You may still encounter limits on working times, but it would probably be easier than trying to please a whole apartment building.