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5 places to work when you don’t want to work from home

So, you’ve convinced your boss that you can be as productive, working from home. And that’s true – for the most part. But there are times, when the temptation of the TV set, the call of the cookie jar, the chiding of the house chores, becomes too much for even the most disciplined of homeworkers.

That’s when I pack up my MacBook and look for somewhere else to work. But where?

Here are some ideas for places to work when you don’t want to work from home:

  1. Coworking spaces. If getting out of the house is something you want to do with some regularity, consider joining a coworking space. It’s a nice way of working, because it puts you in the same space as other independent workers and can lead to collaboration too.
  2. Coffee shops. Taking your laptop to a coffee shop is often the easiest way to work outside of the home. It’s not hard to find coffee shops with Wi-Fi these days – and the only rent you’ll pay is in caffeine!
  3. Libraries. Libraries offer quieter environments in which to work, and most have free Wi-Fi. You may have to be a member to get online, so make sure you take some ID with you, if it’s your first trip.
  4. Somewhere fancy. If working at home just isn’t cutting it, get out of the house and work somewhere fancy for inspiration. Dress the part and work in a posh hotel lobby, and it may give you fresh perspective on your work.
  5. The great outdoors. If you work from home most of the time, it’s a good idea to separate your workspace from the rest of the house. You can do that physically with a garden office or be even more adventurous and make the most of the great outdoors. We wrote a blog post all about it.

Would you like to learn more the impact of working from home in today’s business environments? Download PGi’s free eBook exploring the many aspects of telecommuting today!

San Sharma (@sansharma) is a blogger for WorkSnug (@WorkSnug), a mobile app and website that helps you find laptop-friendly workspaces near you.

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