Working from a coffee shop allows you to reap the benefits of human interaction without talking constantly. Plus, it provides you with a cozy getaway to focus on if your home environment is too distracting.
Do your research
Just because you frequent, a certain coffee shop doesn’t mean it’s ideal for your afternoon workload. Before you settle in, do your research. Find the optimal time and location that best fits your situation based on peak hours. Some will be loud, and some will be quiet (and some might not even have room for you and your laptop). Scope out the reviews and find the coffee shop that’s most suited to your style.
There’s little hope of getting anything done if your laptop is reaching the end of its life. Before you head for the door, be sure your computer is fully charged, and your bag is stocked with a charger and a backup battery if you have one. Double-check that you have pens, paper, money for purchasing, and some headphones — because you never know when that couple at the next table is going to distract you. Have a plan of what you’re going to accomplish and a backup list of things you can do offline if the Internet fails you. If you’re feeling ambitious, pack that small surge protector or power strip to share the nearest outlet with your neighbor.
Remember, this coffee shop you’re working in is a business, too. Order something every few hours, and be sure to tip the baristas. When it comes to choosing the optimal seat, pick wisely. Avoid any tables next to the door or register, and don’t start to get comfortable with the four-top when there’s a perfectly respectable smaller table nearby. Be mindful of the security of your work, too, by investing in security measures.
Even if you’re a stranger to everyone in the coffee shop, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the person next to you or with the person helping you at the counter. It would help if you had a little time away from your work to stimulate your mind and come up with new ideas. Besides, you never know when a business opportunity may come up, or you’ll meet some new friends. Visit job board MyJobsi.com for the US or MyJobsi.co.uk for the UK.