One of the great things about working from home is that with the right equipment, you don’t have to work at home all of the time. Armed with your laptop, laptop bag and a few key accessories, you can work almost anywhere, and studies show a change of scene can boost productivity. Here are some ideas to help you plan your work away from home schedule.
The local library
While there aren’t as many local libraries as there used to be, most towns and cities will have them and so will some villages. They offer free Wi-Fi and a quiet place to work that is ideal when you want to work away from home.
You may need a library card but just pop this in your laptop bag for the next time you are visiting. Plus, you can use the printing services if you need something printing while you are there.
Starbucks is everywhere but they aren’t the only version of an internet café available so there are lots of choices. Make sure that you get free Wi-Fi that you can use while you are there and pick somewhere to try the new coffee, light lunch or even an early evening cocktail. Always remember when using public Wi-Fi to be careful what information you send as it isn’t as secure as your home network.
Free entry museums
A big feature of many free entry museums is an area where you can work, and this is a nice change of pace. You can use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy the features of the museum while you are having a break. Many often have a café as well to grab a coffee or a snack while you are working.
If you like a little more noise and bustle, then a supermarket café can be a great place to work. Not only that but when you are finished working, you can do your weekly shopping with your laptop protected in its laptop bag in the trolley.
Hotel public areas
Lots of hotels also have areas open to the public where you can sit with your laptop and do some work. Check that it is open to anyone, not just residents, before you set up or if there are any restrictions. Most hotels will also have a café or bar area where you can have a drink and work at the same time.
Co-working spaces are specifically designed for people who normally work at home and offer an environment that is more like a traditional office but without all that office rent and expenses. Most charge a small fee to use the space for a set period of time and you can have a desk, cubicle or other space to work.
Freedom of work
With your laptop safely stashed in your laptop bag, there’s no end to the places you can go to work. You can boost your productivity and enjoy working somewhere different while still getting plenty of work done.
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