Share office, cafe or the living room: the pros and cons of all
- 3:08 am, Posted by Andrew D
The share office:
The dream: an open plan, bustling office with a fully stocked bar fridge and table tennis table with creative entrepreneurs all around to bounce ideas off. In theory this sounds great. The problem is that the theory isn’t correct. The reality: a smelly old warehouse with a dying pot plant in the corner and the only free desk is next to a middle aged sales guy yelling on his phone all day.
If you are lucky enough to get one of those magical share offices chances are you’re paying a hefty sum to be there. These offices can be great though, they give you flexible working hours, they give you access to amenities such as printers and internet and most likely there is a good café very close by. I think the best part about share offices is that you actually get to talk to someone every so often. It can also be very motivating working around other people – you know, you have to impress them!
Working from home:
Well doesn’t this seem like the ultimate entrepreneur, “Yeah, I work from home”. I’m pretty sure when you say work you mean watch TV and when you say home you mean bed, so yeah, I also work from home! If you are one of the rare few who actually can be productive from home then this might be a good option for you. Firstly, you don’t necessarily have to get dressed. This is a big plus. Secondly its free, well it’s not technically free, but you’re already paying for it so you may as well get some extra use out of it. There is one other large hurdle that you would have to get over to be able to successfully work from home, and that is not getting lost in the kitchen.
Working from a cafe:
Now this is the more social option. Sitting in a bustling café (with free Wi-Fi obviously) with a coffee in one hand and a croissant in the other. The issue with this option is obvious, firstly you have to be able to concentrate regardless of the kitchen staff screaming, the babies crying and the annoying customers complaining. The second problem is that you may find yourself spending a lot more money than expected on coffees and snacks. Delicious, but not ideal.
Bonus Location (working from the library):
While this might be a quiet location with a free desk, unless you really need somewhere that’s dead silent I would advise from staying away from these places. The only thing they do for me is remind me of my schooling days and foster a clear lack of creativity.
To be honest, the best option is none of these, the best option is all of these. Being able to spend your time moving from a café, to the office, back to the café and then a day or two at home is the ideal. This keeps the creativity and excitement flowing, it gives the best of all scenarios. You get your croissant at the cafe, you meet interesting people at the share office and you don’t have to wear pants at home. But please, don’t go to the library.
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