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January 23, 2020

Great Alternatives to a Home Office for Freelancers

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If you are a freelancer, then one of the best perks of your job is to be able to work from practically anywhere. However, you might not be taking advantage of that perk right now if you are still working from home. Although it may be true that your home office (or couch) is extremely comfortable, working somewhere new may actually spark new ideas in your head that can promote creativity, improve your overall business, and give you more chances to network and socialize. Think about it for a second.

Okay, now that we're on the same wavelength, get out of that house! If you need ideas on where to work, then read on for a list of great suggestions, ranging from casual spots to work-inducing settings. Try some - if not all - of them out and then work the ones you like into your schedule, so you can enjoy all of the benefits that come with variety as much as possible.

1. As cliche as this sounds, a coffee shop would be a great place to go for work, especially if caffeine energizes you. Of course, you will need to find a coffee shop that isn't too busy, so you can find a table with ease, but this traditional work space is also a favorite of many freelancers due to the many other perks that come with it. Not only do coffee shops smell great, for one, but you will also only have to pay for one drink to work there (and possibly Wi-Fi access, if you need the Internet). Plus, you will probably bump into a lot of other workaholics here, so you can have a friendly chat in-between working hours, if you want.

2. If working at a desk works best for you, though, then you should look into co-working facilities, which are also great for collaborating and socializing. Although these places usually come with usage fees, the networking benefits usually make up for it. Imagine working in an office, but with more relaxed coffee shop-like people around you - that's what co-working facilities have to offer.

3. Of course, the public library is also a great place to work, especially if you have deadlines and need to focus like no other. The only downside with this location is that you won't be able to shout at your computer screen when things get intense. So, if you are generally a calm person like me, then you can just head to a library near you. My favorite pastime there is sipping on some coffee with my headphones on while I work. The library scene is always serene, so you are sure to find the peace and quiet that you need to get your work done. And the best part is: no distractions. You can even try to find a good book to read afterwards.

4. If you are lucky enough to have a WiFi-enabled park nearby, then you can head there for some fresh air inspiration, brainstorming, and creativity - provided the weather is nice, that is. Back when I still had a full-time job in New York, I used to catch up on my emails during my lunch break at Bryant Park. With my deli sandwich and laptop in my hands, I'd find a place to sit in the park and the city sounds and sights would keep me invigorated for hours on end.

Even if your public parks don't have Wi-Fi, you can still work there. If you have any offline tasks or just need time to come up with new article topics or business strategies, for example, you can still head to the park to do them, right? Think outside of the box.

5. Now, if you are a bonafide workaholic-slash-adventurer, you should consider taking a "working vacation". This will cost money, of course, but if you really need to go somewhere new but can't really afford not to work while you're gone, just take all of your work along for the ride! I personally love to travel myself, but I have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to content development and my clients, so what I do is I take my laptop with me wherever I go and just look for new destinations that can provide me with tranquil locales, nighttime fun, and Internet access all at the same time.

6. Believe it or not, pubs can spur creative inspiration, too - whether you choose to have a bit of a buzz or not. However, you will need to think about the potential for damage on your laptop due to sticky tables and spills. Still, you deserve to treat yourself to some drinks after a light day of work, so why don't you go to a pub for them? Whether you just won over a new client, finished a huge project or had an incredibly productive week, get some pints and grub at your favorite pub! A lot of pubs come with free Wi-Fi access nowadays, too, so you can easily get work done there during the weekdays now.

Fine, so maybe the pub won't work for everyone, but you get my point, don't you? Since we are our own bosses in the freelance world, we have to motivate ourselves, so let's reward and recognize our good performances and achieved milestones every once in a while by enjoying ourselves as we work!

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September 3, 2011 - 1:03 am
This info is the cat's paaajms!
July 4, 2011 - 4:44 am
Also, what library lets you take coffee inside? You'd get tossed out of my (loud) library in a matter of minutes.
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