some of us have corporate jobs, others have startup jobs, and then there are lots and lots of people who are students, contractors, and entrepreneurs. for those of us that can work from different places and times, it can sometimes be hard to find good work spots. when I was a consultant fresh out of college, I was lucky enough to work out of the back office of my mom’s house, but after a while, I started getting lonely and bored with my surroundings. after doing some asking around with fellow consultants, I learned how valuable it could be to find new places to work for overall happiness and creativity.
now that I’ve worked at a both a corporate office and a startup, I’ve collected a long list of favorite places to work when I can or need to get away for a little work inspiration.
libraries: I use to love to sit and study in the library when I was in college. it always made me feel pulled together and focused. most libraries have free public wifi and lots of cool study spaces where you can sit down and get a lot done. when the Mr lived in Charlotte, I use to walk down to the city library and got a ton of work done there. just don’t expect to be able to join conference calls at a library!
cafés: the obvious and most energizing choice, cafés offer a great spot for working, caffeinating, and networking. we’ve got a ton of cafés for people to work here in SF, and some that welcome all day visitors and others that promote a non-techie environment. look for places that offer wi-fi and have a good variety of food and drink so you can support their business while you work there.
book stores: these are becoming few and far between, but book stores are a straight shot of inspiration for me. some of them offer great reading spots, and can serve as an awesome way to peruse new business books and sip a coffee.
co-working spaces: I’ve never tried these but have heard a lot of good things. if you can swing the membership dues or daily fees, these places are perfect for remote workers and contractors who crave the office vibe and buzz. it’s also a great way for entrepreneurs to bounce ideas off of other creatives and startup gurus.
university lawns: this one sounds funny but it is magical. if you’ve got good weather in your town, make sure to go work at a university once in a while. most colleges have big open lawns where students frolic and study, which is also a great place to feel inspired and energized. it’s more fun than you think!
where else do you love to work besides the office?