I think one of the hardest things to do when working for home, rather it is full time, a side hustle or a passion project, is finding out where to exactly work. If your area is like mine, local coffee shops and Starbucks are always crowded and attempting to find a space to work is next to impossible. So here is a list of places where you can work remotely and get things done, nearly all are free.
Get up and head to your local library. Find a corner and soak up their free wifi. You may need a library card to utilize the wifi, but that’s free…unless you still have that copy of The Baby-Sitter’s Club that you borrowed in the 4th grade and you have fines.
If you still live near the college or university you graduated from, check out the Alumni benefits. I know most colleges and universities allow Alumni to access the library and computer lab. You may have to inquire about an Alumni card or a special sign in, but that’s about it. So, take your laptop down to campus and relive your college years as you work. You already paid for your degree, the least your Alma Mater could do is let you work remotely in the computer lab.
Shared workspaces are popping up everywhere. For a monthly fee (I’ve seen them priced as low as $150 and as high as $500) you can have access to a workspace. You’ll be sharing the space with other small business owners or entrepreneurs who desire to work remotely in an office type setting. The only thing about shared spaces is that you may have to schedule the time and date you will be using the space. This is a great option for entrepreneurs who misses the feeling or community working in an office brings.
I know. I know. The reason why we head to coffee shops is because the tv’s calling our name or the desire to take a nap often overpowers the desire to work but hear me out. Turn off the tv and download the Tide app. The Tide app is both a white noise and time management app. I love to play the coffee shop sounds while I work The Tide app also helps you block out time to work and concentrate on specific tasks.
Once the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to find a spot at the park and do some work. This is perfect for those days where you feel the desire to draft things in your notebook or if your writing out your monthly goals or something. Internet access may be limited, but the outdoors may provide you with the change of scenery you may need.
I hope this list helps you think of new places to get some work done. You don’t always have to fight over the last table in a coffee shop to be productive. When you don’t feel like overpriced coffee or fighting for a table to work, remember you have options.
Remember! You got this, and God’s got you!