One of the perks of being an entrepreneur or freelancer is that you can work from anywhere, and a flexible schedule is one of the biggest reasons why people make the switch.
While you may be able to work from anywhere anytime, it can be a challenge finding or creating the perfect workspace. No two days are the same, so your workspace needs are constantly evolving. Here are 5 spaces you can call your office any day of the week:
1. Your Home
Your home will probably be the place you work out of the most. However convenient, it is important to separate your work life from your personal life. Even though you are working from home, you have to remember that you are still working. In order to maximize your productivity, designate an area of your home to be your office. It can be anything, from an entire room to just a corner. Limit your distractions in this area. That means no TV or food. The more you treat your home as an office, the more you will be able to get done.
2. Coffee Shops
If you’ve walked into a Starbucks anytime between the hours of 8AM to 6PM, you’ve probably seen people sitting down with a Venti Pike, typing furiously away at their laptops. Many freelancers choose to work from a coffee shop, like Starbucks. Not only can you conveniently grab a coffee whenever you need one, but most coffee shops also have free, unlimited WiFi so you can work there as long as you want. Many people find that coffee shops are better alternatives to working from home because there are fewer distractions. It’s really just a matter of personal preference.
3. Co-working Spaces
Usually found in major cities and growing metropolis “hot spots”, co-working spaces can be a great resource and ideal workspace. A co-working space is essentially a large office space where you can rent a desk or an office for a given amount of time. Co-working spaces typically have all your office needs, from Internet to printers and copiers. Working by yourself from home can definitely get a little lonely so a co-working space is a great place to be if you want a little more interaction, and provide opportunities to network and share resources.
Remember your student days when you would spend all day and night at the library studying? Now as an adult, you can still do that. The solitude of a library can really help ground you in your work, and remove common distractions. Surrounding yourself with others who are diligently working—even if it is on academia rather than business—can create a positive work space. That is unless of course, you feel like things are a little too quiet.
5. Public Parks
Many large cities have WiFi available in public parks. In the spring, summer, or fall, working from an outdoor space is a great way to get a little bit of fresh air. The scenery can help clear your mind and natural light has been found to make us more productive.
Where do you like to work? Tell us in the comments section below.