Working at home vs. working in cafes or shared spaces

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Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of freelancers that have emerged in different areas of work. People around the world have adopted an alternative lifestyle and don’t follow the traditional forms of employment. There are more and more jobs out there that do not need to be done from an office. The people who opt for this type of work can do it from their laptops or tablets wherever there’s WiFi available. With the flexibility that these employment opportunities provide, people find it much easier to work without stressing out. Now, the main question that arises is: where is the best place to do this work?

Over the past few years, freelancers have chosen to work from a small workspace at home or in cafes and co-working spaces that are popping up all over the map. Here we discuss which scenario best suits the digital nomad’s work environment.

Working at home

For many people, working from home sounds like a dream come true. It is the most affordable and flexible choice. Working from home has a lot of advantages, such as work time flexibility, there is no time spent commuting through traffic. It is the go-to option for solopreneurs and people who have just begun to freelance. You can work from your couch in your pyjamas, and nobody will even know about it. In addition, working from home gives you the advantage of personalizing your workspace. Most home-based workers enjoy silence while working, or they can play a genre of music that stimulates their creativity without worrying about bothering any coworkers.

If you look at it, it definitely feels like the best option out there. However, distractions are at large. There are many unforeseen problems and situations that could occur while working at home. Distractions from your partner, children, roommate, and household chores are also cons to consider if you want to try working from home. The camaraderie and energy that you share with other coworkers in an office to stimulate and motivate you to work is also non-existent at home, which can lead to low productivity level.

Working at cafes or shared spaces

Cafes have become a hub for today’s developers, designers, content writers, photographers, social media bloggers, and more. It seems to be the go-to option for remote workers and freelancers. Working in a cosy setting along with your favorite brewed coffee sounds like a dream. But as with all good things, there is a negative aspect to working in cafes as well, such as an unreliable WiFi network, loud customers and music, security, and the need to keep ordering food or drinks in order to spend hour upon hour as a paying customer in a business.

Everyone is different and requires different conditions to do their best and most efficient work. What works for one person may not work for someone else, and each person works better in different capacities. You need to decide what works best for you and your productivity. Being a remote worker gives you the option to change your environment to whatever suits you best.

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