Where and How to Work Outside the Home

When it comes to working remotely, sometimes your home becomes a less-than-ideal office. Construction, neighbors or family can make working from home a non-option. As freelancing and remote work have become more popular, office space solutions have become much more widely available. Options fluctuate based on region and customs, but there is always a way. Whether you’re looking for a few hours in a temporary office or a regular space, there are workable options in your area.

Public and Free Spots

When looking for a space to work, it’s great to find one that is suitable but does not cost anything. There are a range of public or free options for the strict budget. Public Libraries are probably the safest bet if you can work quietly. Featuring a suite of amenities, easy internet access and helpful staff one can use any library table as an effective work station. Public parks may not usually have wifi but they often have space where you can do any offline work. With the rise of public wifi it may soon become the best way to work in a setting both energizing and tranquil.

Many city and town centers have common areas with ample outdoor seating and complimentary services to encourage business. Some of those places may require the purchase of a cup of coffee, but that’s a small price to pay for a day’s work. If your city or town has a community center, it might also be worth a look.

Paid Spots

Some businesses make it their business to accommodate remote workers. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants are often happy to serve you while you work as long as you can handle the environment. The price of your daily coffee could provide you with much needed office space that is effectively free.

New freelance-oriented establishments are popping up more and more each year as the field grows. They often offer plenty of services and amenities from printers to food all for reasonable prices. Specialized businesses such as freelancer cafes also provide a well suited and collaborative atmosphere, as well as an opportunity to network with other local freelancers.

It might be rare but it’s also possible to get paid while you work on your work. Some cities and towns offer networks for house, pet and landscape sitting. Often times these are paid gigs that provide you with incidental space and free wifi.

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Meredith Weisser

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