I know I am not the only one in this situation. I did not even know I was in this situation. Until I decided to change companies recently. The change in the market has made many of us tighten our belts. I know that I am much more careful what I spend my advertising dollars on and how I market properties. Not to mention where I grocery shop or fuel up the tank.
I changed offices recently and one of the benefits is that my office is located about 2 miles from where I live instead of nearly 25 miles. I work from home mostly so one would think that is not a big deal. However, I had two fully functioning offices. Although I really only worked from home I kept the office at the office in case I had clients. Rarely did I use it. But this meant I had two desks, two or more file cabinets, printers, phones, internet services, storage cabinets, client chairs etc... WOW!
It did not seem to matter which office I was at, the biggest problem I had was sometimes I realized that the paper or the file, I needed was at the "other office" 25 miles away.
When I changed companies this time I really pared down. I now have one desk, one file cabinet, one phone, more importantly one location for everything I need. I don't have an office at the office. I currently work from home as I have in the past but everything I need is here.
I did not realize having my stuff scattered across the county would have that much affect on my productivity. It really did not seem to matter much when fuel was not over four dollars a gallon either.
I am sure that I am not the only one that has made some changes about how they do business as a result of the increase cost of fuel and the market tightening up.