Whether you are a student looking for a place to study or a freelancer in need of an area to get your work done, a coffee shop fits the bill nicely. Providing you with a nice change of scenery, a social environment and a place where you can purchase steaming cups of energy, it is no wonder that more of these are springing up all over the place. In this article, we have come up with five rules to follow that will ensure that you have a good experience when working from a coffee shop.
Rule 1: Choose the right establishment
It may be a case of trial and error before you find a place that is ideal to work from. Essentially, you are looking for a coffee shop that has good quality coffee (obviously), a place that is spacious enough so you don’t feel crowded, and one that attracts like-minded people where there is a decent hum of background noise without being too loud. And, of course, a strong WiFi connection is a must.
Rule 2: Pick your location carefully
Choosing your sitting location is a tough choice, and depends on your own personal preferences. You will obviously want a table that is big enough to hold your laptop, notebook and anything else you need. It is also a good idea to make sure you are in reach of the nearest charging port. On a side note, you may want to invest in a smart backpack to carry all your things around with you. Many people prefer a corner location that gives a decent amount of privacy while still offering full visibility of your surroundings.
Rule 3: Order something
Don’t be the person who just strolls in and sets up their workstation without the decency to even order a shot of espresso! Everyone has their own internal rules about how long it is ‘acceptable’ to sit in a single place, but a cup of coffee should realistically buy you at least a couple of hours. It also depends on how busy the location is that you have decided to choose.
Rule 4: Befriend your barista
Support your favourite cafe simply by treating your barista well. Not only will they appreciate this (the service industry is a notoriously difficult one, after all) you may also find yourself receiving other extras like additional WiFi codes or free refills. But simply having a friendly face to greet you when you come in is reason enough to befriend your barista!
Rule 5: Be aware of others
We all know the things that irritate us when we go into coffee shops – talking too loudly on the phone, taking up a big table on your own, hogging the power outlets. Make sure that you are a considerate visitor by not becoming everything you hate!
Following these five simple rules will ensure that you (and those around you) have a good experience when working from a coffee shop.