Leaving Corporate Life Behind, Brittany Darrington Finds the Perfect Balance at WeWork
6 desks in Houston Galleria
Working at Home Wasn’t Working for the Entrepreneur, Who Teaches Others How to Start Businesses
Brittany Darrington, founder of a launch pad for Millennial entrepreneurs called The BD Team, says working from home wasn’t working for her.
“Prior to joining WeWork, I was running my business out of my house,” she says. “My spouse said that so many people were coming in and out of our living room, I finally needed to find an office of my own.”
So for the first time since she founded the company five years ago, Darrington looked for office space. After visiting WeWork Houston Galleria, she knew she had found the right place.
“Being in a WeWork makes you so excited to come to work,” she says. “I was already a morning person, but I’ve been coming in even earlier because I’m so excited to get my day started. I’m literally the first person to walk in the door every day.”
But her five-member team needed convincing—at least at first.
“They all came from working the corporate 9 to 5, and didn’t want to give up the whole startup vibe,” says Darrington. “When they saw the environment at WeWork, they were like, ‘Oh yeah, we can do this.’”
Darrington and her team were impressed by the space itself. They have a beautifully designed office of their own, but when they need to meet with colleagues, they can book a spacious conference room. When they are on deadline for a project, there are plenty of spaces where they can work without any distractions.
“I learned something very important from the other members at WeWork: you don’t have to check off everything on your list. End your day at a reasonable time and enjoy life and enjoy people. It’s important for the long haul.”
For Darrington, the flexibility of working from any of the more than 200 WeWork offices is key.
“I travel so much, going to workshops and conferences,” says Darrington. “Being a member of WeWork gives me the option to work from anywhere around the world.”
How did Darrington join the startup world? Several years ago she was working in the marketing department a Fortune 500 company, which didn’t make much use of the skills she picked up in art school.
“I was bored because I could literally could finish my job in two hours,” she says. “So I started hosting all these gatherings for other millennials. And I found out there there were a lot of people out there who were also not feeling fulfilled by their jobs.”
To use her design skills, she started a fashion-forward T-shirt company called Oil Digger Tees. She eventually got her line into more than 740 store nationwide.
“What I found out during that time was that no one was teaching people how to start a business,” says Darrington. “So I started immersing myself into how to grow a business from scratch. I interviewed entrepreneurs running really successful businesses in all sorts of industries.”
That led her to launching her second company, the BD Team. Her focus is millennials who have always wanted to launch their own companies, but didn’t know how.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands and thousands of people on their entrepreneurial journey,” says Darrington. “And going beyond, helping them figure out how to generate revenue.”
One of the lessons she teaches is balancing work and life—a lesson she learned herself at WeWork.
“When I was working at home, I found myself never turning off completely,” she says. “I was working 24/7. I learned something very important from the other members at WeWork: you don’t have to check off everything on your list. End your day at a reasonable time and enjoy life and enjoy people. It’s important for the long haul.”