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Guide to Working from a Coffee Shop

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Spring is here and I am ready to end my hibernation and spend as much time outside as possible, which also includes working hours. As a freelance content creator I usually work from the confines of my home. However, getting out and working from a coffee shop is a good way to break the monotony of the daily life. Below are some of the tips to ethically work out of a coffee shop:

1. Find a cafe that is conducive to working.

Contrary to popular belief, not all coffee shops are laptop-friendly. They don’t all have Wi-Fi or outlets. And they’re certainly not all quiet. Look online and ask friends for recommendations if you’re not sure where to begin. Try a few out.

2. Spend some money there.

If you plan on working there for two to four hours, $10 is a good amount to spend. If you’re planning on putting in a full eight hours, you might want to order something more substantial, such as a lunch item, and maybe even several cups of coffee or tea. While there may be no specific rule in some coffee shops, it’s best to look around to see what others are doing and ask some of your telecommuting friends for their input as well.

3. Follow the etiquette.

There is definitely a culture around working in a cafe and it should be followed and respected. Here are a few tips.
  • Don’t take more space than you need. Keep your belongings compact and close to you. 
  • Don’t talk on your phone at the table. This may come across as obvious, but it happens all the time, and it’s inconsiderate to both remote workers and people who are simply there to relax.
  • Similarly, use your headphones and turn off all sounds on your computer and phone.

4. Take breaks.

If you’re used to working at home, you might notice that when you work outside you may not get up as often. Whether it’s to get a snack or fresh glass of water, or to do a couple of desk stretches, it is very important to continue your regimen of taking regular breaks. Take a couple moments to get a refill on your water, to order a new drink, to just take a lap around the cafe or the building, or to do some light stretching at your table.

5. Don’t overstay your welcome.

In some cafes you might be able to find a table in the corner and hide out for most of the day. Each one is unique and has its own set of rules and culture. If you can’t get a read on the cafe, it’s best to just ask the barista if they have any limits on how long you can work there. If you notice the cafe brimming with people and you’ve been there for five hours and only purchased one drink, it might be time to move on and give someone else a chance at your seat! Use your best judgment.

Do you work from home? Or a cafe? Do you have any tips you would like to add? Please leave them in the comments below. 

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  1. It would be interesting to work outside from home once in a while so these tips are very helpful hun. And my, you look amazing in this outfit. Love those outerwear <3

  2. I don't know if I could work from a coffee shop. It would be too distracting!
    xo Jessica

  3. So strange, just last week on the way to work I had a blow out on the highway and had to be towed to get the tire replaced. So by chance I ended up in a coffee shop with "spare time" on my hands. I was actually surprised at how liberating it was. I met the most interesting people and kinda left with a totally different mindset and feeling more connected. It's definitely something I'm going to push myself to do more. Well not the tire bit :D That was just awful

  4. I love going to nearby coffee shops when I need to get out of the house!

  5. I've never done a full work day at a coffee shop but I like having power hours there. And you are right about not all shops being work friendly. I like working in smaller local coffee shops versus a chain coffee shop.

  6. Like I told you earlier, I love this kimono and bag combo. And I agree with your working from a coffee shop tips. I tend to work from home because I actually can't really concentrate as well in a coffee shop setting.

  7. Such great tips! I agree. I've worked in coffee shops before and sometimes they're SO loud that I can't get anything done! It's harder to find good ones in Miami, though, I feel. :(

  8. I wish I could be good at working from a coffee shop! I work from home everyday and can't seem to want to pack all of my stuff up to go somewhere else! hahaha! It's definitely better if I have company though! :)

  9. Hmm these are good tips! I love working at a coffee shop, but I actually enjoy the sounds going on around me - most of the time ;) They turn into white noise after a while and it's relaxing!

  10. I used to work at a coffee shop but I actually haven't worked while at a coffee shop. I do like to get photos while there though
    Sarah Lindner

  11. As someone who works in a coffee shop often, this is a great guide! You'd be surprised what people do in a coffee shop.

    Megan |

  12. I've definitely spent my fair share of hours working from a coffee shop. I hate being cooped up in an office so the change of scenery definitely helps me. I agree with all your recos. Especially around making sure you purchase items and not just lurch all day! Lol

  13. These are all great tips! Especially the one about spending a little money there based on the amount of time you use their space!

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  14. I love working from coffee shops!! I always feel more focused.

  15. There’s something about working at a coffee shop that makes me feel extra productive. It may be the environment! I love your pointers actually spend money there. It is a business establishment after all and if we take up space, we should really compensate so it’s a win-win 👍🏼

  16. Such a cute idea for a post! I agree with it all! xo

  17. I wish I had something other than starbucks near by. I hate coffee, but think I could get quite a bit done at a coffee shop.

  18. Knowing you, I'm sure you follow these rules and are a good customer, but there are many who abuse coffee-shops as free office-space. It's good to explain proper etiquette.

  19. i used to do some writings in coffee shops because i found it relaxing scribbling while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. But of course, staying in a cafe for long hours is another story, that's why i cut it short and instead, do my articles in home

  20. This is a really great post, I often thing about going to work from a coffee shop, it seems like a nice thing to do and somewhere different to concentrate.

  21. This is great advice! I would imagine they would not be happy with you sat working when you've ordered a £2 cup of tea, imagine the amount of customers they could have had within that time frame. Its good to plan and think ahead, everyone needs to win in the situation!

  22. What a great guide Tanvi! I also work from home, sometimes when the nice weather arrives I slit my tasks into "online" and "offline" so I can take my "office" to a nice park, or to the lake shore. Specially when I have much reading, translations, or copy revising and correcting. I choose quiet and lonely places where I contact the nature, never thought of going to a coffee shop, I shall definitely try!

  23. I really feel like doing my work from Coffee shop and libraries as you really get that feel of stepping out of home and on a working mode.

  24. I love switching it up and working at a coffee shop- it can get pricey though for all those cups of coffee!

    xo ,Kristina

  25. I am a content creator who works from home too and i agree with you that its important to switch locations every once in a while. A coffee shop is definetely a great idea and these tips are super helpful.

  26. I'm so grateful for this post!! Some time ago I used to work from a coffee shop and it's so much more productive than working from a home and you reminded me of it! And I think it's a great way to kill the routine and go out of the home. Now I can't wait to go and work from a coffee shop!!


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