Working from home is a great option for those of us who don’t work well amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy office. Even with all the great benefits, there often comes a time when you need to pick up your laptop and get out of the house. But without an office to go to, you might be wondering where to go and we’re here to help you solve that dilemma.
Working from Home at Your Favorite Coffee Shop
A coffee shop makes a great alternative work space because it’s somewhere you can be around other people but not be bothered by them. Being around other people can also help stimulate creativity and ideas in some people. Most coffee houses have Internet access readily available, but they don’t come with coworkers asking questions or bosses hovering over your shoulder. Starbucks offers high-speed Google Internet in all of its shops. Even if you’re not a fan of that particular coffee conglomerate, most cities have local shops with Internet access too.
Community Work Spaces
Some cities have community work spaces, and they are becoming more common across the country. These workspaces are available for rent by the day, week, or month, and they allow you to recreate an office environment, but with people who aren’t your coworkers. You get the office setting without actually being in one.
Theses shared work spaces are wonderful resources for entrepreneurs who crave a buzzy environment and noise while they work, but who don’t want to interact with others unless they choose to. And if you’re looking for an outside perspective or a group to bounce ideas off of, many have setups where you can do this as well.
Working from Home at The Local Library
Libraries are great places to work remotely because they have everything you need. In fact, 90 percent of public libraries provide free Internet access to local residents and sometimes guests. Libraries also have tables, chairs, and rooms to work alone in. Most importantly, libraries are generally viewed as quiet areas. You can go to the library, find a desk, and hunker down for hours of work without dozens of people chatting around you. If you choose to go this route, be aware that around 41 percent of libraries don’t have Internet speeds fast enough to meet their patrons’ needs. However, this can be a good thing. This will help you avoid losing time to YouTube videos and social media when you should be working.
It can be hard to be stuck inside on a beautiful day, especially if you’re in a position to work from wherever you want. Don’t let work stop you from enjoying a good breeze. If your phone doubles as a hotspot, or if you own a Mi-Fi device, hook them up to your laptop and choose a nice spot in the park to settle down.
Research shows that people are less happy with their jobs when it’s sunny out. To combat this, get out and enjoy that sun, along with all the happenings going on around you. Find a park bench and soak up some Vitamin D while you type away on your keyboard. Just remember to stop and listen to the birds. It turns out nature actually inspires us to be more creative.
Mix and Match
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for where to work remotely. In fact, the best idea might be mixing it up. Choose to spend a couple of days working out of the library and another at the coffee shop. Or you can mix them up in the same day. Rent out a shared work space for a Monday morning and then head to the park in the afternoon. A change of scenery throughout the day might help inspire creativity. Due to the nature of having the home and work space in the same area, remote workers often struggle to maintain a proper work-life balance due to lack of boundaries. Working out of the home can help you achieve this by separating the two on a more consistent basis.
Take time to try different areas and choose the one, or ones, that work best for you. If you prefer a more secluded, quiet setting the library might be a great place for you. If you’re the type who likes to simulate an office environment, you might do best in a community work space. Spend some time exploring your town and seek out new and effective places you might feel comfortable working and give them a shot.
Author bio: Sarah Pike is an online writing instructor and freelance editor. She’s a fan of productivity apps, binge-watching RomComs, and finding the best coffee shop in any city she visits. You can find her on Twitter at @sarahzpike.