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31.5.12

Coworking Spaces or Coffee Shops

I've been working online in all four corners of my room since 2008 and for the past weeks, I’ve been having this weird feeling of wanting to break free.  I couldn’t stand staying long in front of my CRT monitor (as a matter of fact, I’m now writing this article on my notebook in another room without a computer) and find myself wishing I had a laptop so I could move around the house and bring my work with me.  Could it be that isolation is becoming an issue to me?  Lately, I’ve been imagining myself working in a coffee shop.  So I decided I need to have a laptop and go out.  I feel I will be more productive if I follow my heart’s desire.

I’m planning to have a laptop soon so I’m researching on where to go and do my work.  I have two options: a coffee shop or a coworking space.

Coffee Shops with wifi:

Advantages:
1.       The coffee will keep you awake and active.
2.       Your tendency to focus on work and finish quickly because you know your time at the coffee shop is limited.  You still have to go home.  (if you work at home, you have the tendency to dilly-dally)
3.       Though meeting people is not your main purpose, the chance of meeting new acquaintances increases.  This solves the isolation issue.

Disadvantages:
1.       Just like when you were still an office employee, you’ll need to spend time on travel and money on transportation/food.
2.       The stability of wifi connection is not assured.
3.       There is no assurance that you’ll always get your favorite spot at the shop or worse, there is no assurance that there’ll be a vacant table when you arrive.

Coworking Spaces:

Advantages:
1.       A space is reserved for you.
2.       There will be facilities available to you.
3.       You can build your network:
a.       You get to meet fellow solo professionals and maybe get referrals or collaborate on projects
b.      You get to meet prospective clients.  Coworking spaces are also used by start-up business owners and they are more likely to need freelancers like you to work for them.
c.       Meet new friends.

Disadvantages:
1.       Just like when you were working in an office set-up, you need to spend time on travel, money on food and transportation PLUS you need to pay a fee which you can pay on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Both coworking spaces and coffee shops have their own advantages and disadvantages but their common denominator is spending time and money.  You spend much more money on coworking spaces though.

Over all, the biggest advantage on both options is personality development.  People get to see you so you tend to fix yourself before going out.  I must admit that I often forget to do that when working at home since nobody sees me.  At first, I take pride in being able to work in my pajamas.  Working in pajamas is not bad; I guess I just need variety.  I will probably go back to working at home after experiencing working at coffee shops and coworking spaces.

It all boils down to one thing; the best thing about working online is you have your options.  You get to choose what suits you best.  When you hear the term “work-at-home”, it does not necessarily mean you have to confine yourself inside your home and work.  Because if it does, then there’s no freedom; which work-at-home people take pride of.  You can choose your workplace, you can choose which client to work with, you can choose which project to accept, and you can choose what time to do your work as long as you reach the deadline.  Though along with this freedom come discipline and responsibility.  Otherwise, you might not be able to finish a task.

22 comments:

  1. Working at home is also a yes for me. The coffee shops here are noisy and always crowded ><

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  2. i can relate with what you are saying, pero choosing between the two depends on my mood also. there are times that whenever i do work in my computer at home, i can really feel like slacking adn just hit the bed. if i'm in a coffee shop, dalawa lang talaga ang patutunguhan : i'd really work or i'll just look around and watch people.

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  3. I'd go for coffee shops with wifi. The downside is that you might get the nerves from all the caffeine. :)) I guess the best way is to be location independent. Work anywhere you want, even at the beach! :)

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  4. I love working on coffee shops that has fast wifi connections.lol avail lang kung avail!

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  5. I can't work from home as my bed is so much of an enticement not to stand up. Though I'm working in the office, if I want to work, I'd prefer a coffee shop. It would be a welcome change away from the usual office space.

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  6. I can't think well if there are lots of people around or noise .but sometimes it depends on the mood too. so it doesn't matter where you at.

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  7. Working at home is still the best!! You can work anytime and lay down.

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  8. Between working at coffee shops and co-working spaces, I think the latter has better results, in my own experience. I can't really focus much when I'm in coffee shops. =(

    If you're working at home, you should always make sure that you go out once in a while to avoid getting burnt out. =)

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  9. Yes. It's nice to work at home. You can stand or walk or take a rest anytime. You can go outside for awhile and relax. For a change you can also have a laptop, so that you can work anywhere you feel like working!

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  10. I can't stay online or work in a coffee for long..
    there's just too much distraction!
    and for the most part, it would be like you are lounging instead.
    So the tendency is to be less productive than you normally are.

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  11. sometimes i'd go for coffee shops because of the ambiance... it usually stimulates me write more and become more productive...

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  12. i started working full time at home... (which i always explain to my mom, to not take it literally) working-at-home doesnt necessarily mean you need to stay at home... you have the freedom to work anywhere you please... for me, i have a work area in my room... i decorate it and all... I even have my vision board so whenever I work... i always get inspired... but I also like to work at coffee shops, so when i get a bit tired.. i can unwind a bit... but i suggest you get yourself that your plug-it wifi... not the prepaid one (coz it sucks) but a post paid. Just be sure to get network that can give you the best service

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  13. I can relate to this, and it's highly advantageous to also have a laptop that you can bring outside of your home. When I feel like I can't work at home, I usually just visit my favorite coffee shop. Although I usually don't work alone since I worry so much with staying too long, and having the urge to buy food, leaving my things or going for toilet breaks. There really is a disadvantage to it too. But if you really want a change of scenery and some effectiveness to your work (other than the usual windows from your room), having a laptop and working at a coffee shop can really go well together. :)

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  14. Working at home is much better than anywhere else. :)

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  15. i want to be a freelancer too but i get bored easily so that's my problem...the coworking spaces is a good alternative, cafe is quite noisy...

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  16. Cafes are pretty noisy. Working at home is nice but not ideal if you have low self-discipline :D

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  17. I choose working at home because you can use your time flexibly and do other chores aside from the online work.

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  18. In both instances, self-discipline makes a great difference. It is not easy to discipline one's self, however.

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  19. well you can opt for an iPad or cherrypad then set up a wireless router at home

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  20. I can feel you. Sometimes I feel I want to unwind and leave this techy world of mine for a while. For me I will choose working at home especially i have a baby.

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  21. nice post :) You might want to check out our coworking space :) http://www.cowo.asia

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  22. I think you just need to go to the mall and experience how it is to work in a coffee shop. I bet you'll be running back to the peace and quite of home.

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