Working in Coffee Shops – A Guide

Working from home sounds great in theory but if you’ve ever tried to actually literally work out of a room in your home, you’ll likely have found that it’s all too easy to get distracted and that it quickly leads to symptoms of cabin fever as you get restless and struggle to switch off when you come home in the evenings.

You don’t have to go traveling and become a ‘digital nomad‘ though – there is a happy medium. Instead, why not explore your local area and work in coffee shops where you can enjoy a relaxed vibe and meet people, while at the same time having all the facilities you need to be productive?

If you plan on giving it a shot, read on for some tips on how to make the most of it…

Working in Coffee Shops – A Guide

The Ideal Coffee Shop

When looking for a place to work, you need to look for a few different factors. The most important things that your coffee shop will need are:

  • Comfortable seating
  • A power socket
  • WiFi
  • A relatively quiet atmosphere

In terms of a ‘quiet atmosphere’, you either want to work somewhere that is very quiet or somewhere that is very noisy. If there are a lot of people chatting, you’ll find it all blends into one general noise. If you work somewhere that’s only ‘quite’ quiet though, you risk sitting near people having a discussion that you can overhear – which is the most distracting of all.

Tips for Getting More From the Location

To get the most from the coffee shop, you need to ensure that you bring headphones. This way, if a couple does start having a break up right next to you, you can pop those on and stop listening to what’s going on around you.

Another tip is to make sure you have a good computer set-up. A good choice is to get a tablet and a keyboard – this way you can angle the screen however you like and not be restricted with how you type. The outcome will be that you can more effectively avoid glare on your screen.

If you are going to be visiting coffee shops regularly, then it’s definitely worth getting the respective loyalty cards to save money. Make sure that you choose a beverage that won’t lead to you putting on a lot of weight too! A white Americano is a good choice because it has few calories.

Some Top Tips for Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

The digital nomad lifestyle is all about using your self-employment in order to be free and to travel the world. You’ll spend more time outside, more time seeing amazing places and far less time cooped up in an office losing the will to live.

Some Top Tips for Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

But it would be a lie to say that the digital nomad lifestyle was easy. Being a digital nomad also means not having a home to call your own. It means not being able to properly wash your clothes. It means struggling to find tea or coffee with milk… and all those things are somewhat stressful.

Read on then and we will look at some tips that can help you to live the digital nomad lifestyle while dodging some of the challenges.

Get a Microfiber Towel

A microfiber towel is a towel made from a special microfiber. These towels are very light and they dry very easily in seconds. All this means that you can throw them in your backpack and they won’t take up the whole thing, weigh a ton or make your other clothes wet.

The Lightest Laptop

Looking for the lightest possible laptop solution? One good idea is to get an 8” or 7” windows tablet and then to get an external foldable keyboard. These weigh barely anything, can almost fit into a pocket and let you work from anywhere!

Spare Batteries

Carrying spare batteries is a very good idea for your phone and for your laptop. You can even go one step further and look at something like the Crank iPhone case that lets you charge your phone by hand using electromagnetic induction.

World Clock

Get a world clock installed on your phone and that way you can keep track of the time in other countries as you’re working.

Budget

When you’re traveling and working it’s important to strike the right balance so that you’re actually seeing the countries you’re visiting but also can still pay for food and a place to sleep. The best way to do this is with a strict budget that works out precisely how much money you actually need. Make one and stick to it!

Backup

And make sure you always have a backup plan! That means some savings in your account, some cash in your shoe and your files saved on the cloud. Think of every contingency because traveling can definitely be unpredictable at times.