Your comfy couch or messy desk are typical working areas for remote employees. Freelancers like myself roam about their homes as they work nonstop throughout the day. However, it’s possible for the home to become boring after a while – let’s face it, flexibility is one of the reasons we choose to work from home.
When you’re working from the same place every day, there’s no real stimulation to perk you up. But, because you truly have no walls to your career, it’s time to branch out to a different location. Work from home yes, but don’t just stay near your bed.
Take a look at these stimulating places that can help you focus and earn your paycheck.
The Traditional Coffee Shop
Many companies have a love-hate relationship with telecommuting, but it’s a perk that many workers demand as they accept jobs. Once you’re telecommuting, most people end up at the coffee shop.
This location is strategic because it has ample seating, tables, stimulating coffee and a buzz. This conversational hum actually helps some workers with their writing, calculations and other work-related tasks. You can complete a lot of work with a coffee and free WiFi nearby, and if you can combine it with a friendly catch-up, all the better!
Your Local College
An overlooked location for workers is any nearby college or university. These buildings and open quads are conducive to computer work. Students work on their studies while you take on the corporate world through remote links.
Take advantage of any free WiFi in the area. If there’s a password associated with it, most students will give it to you when asked. Be friendly because these campuses may also have connections that lead you to even better work in the future.
Enjoy a Hotel Lobby
You might live closer to a hotel than a college. Stroll through the lobby, ask about free WiFi and explore any business centers that are often hidden in the back offices.
If you look the part, most hotel managers don’t mind professionals working in the lobby. They see the practice as a way to advertise the hotel to professionals passing through town. When you see the hotel as a viable spot to complete a project, other professionals will follow with paying credit cards in tow.
Give Into a Fast-Food Craving
Fast food may not be your favorite meal, but it does have some perks for those who work from home. Look for newly renovated restaurants. They typically have comfortable seats, tables and free WiFi.
Order something so that you’re a paying customer, such as coffee. Take a corner table, and you can complete your work in peace.
When it’s a lovely day outside, you want to enjoy the weather. Find a park bench or picnic table to work at for the day. Most parks don’t have WiFi so use a personal hotspot if possible.
Work at the Gym
Head to your local gym. Get a workout in, and follow it up with some work spread out along a nearby table or in the member’s area.
Gyms are unique work spaces because there’s a lot of people creating ambient sounds. They aren’t disruptive, however. The sounds create a rhythm for your work.
Any music being played over the loudspeakers is also a bonus. The beats keep you on track with your next deadline.
Stimulate Your Mind at a Shopping Centre
Countless tables and chairs exist at shopping areas, and many now have special areas to plug in your laptop. Pick a favorite area, and set up your work space.
Allow the nearby conversations to stimulate your mind as you finish up a task. Complete silence doesn’t work for every remote worker.
Don’t Forget the Library
The library was once a buzzing location for any student or academic adult. Reading, research and other pursuits were only possible at the library. The Internet has changed this scenario, but you can still enjoy the space.
Find a quiet corner of the library, and spread out your work. You can technically sit there all day with no one to bother you.
If one location doesn’t work for you, try the next one on the list. Every person has a different personality. What works for your concentration level may not be the best situation for another person.
Once you find that perfect place, make friends with the barista, servers or customer-service personnel. You’ll probably be a fixture there for some time. Good luck!