ROAM WORKING: making the world my office!

This is where I often find my most productive working hours take place, or where I have my most successful sales meetings. We’ve all been there – you need to get some work done, you’re on the road (if you’re anything like me, doing 60,000 miles a year then it’s a lot of hours out the office), so you roll into a coffee shop or restaurant.

My first check is…do they have Wifi?

I do however, believe there is a right way to roam work whilst being respectful of the space and your peers. Here are my 5 tips to increase your productivity whilst not upsetting others when remote working…

1️⃣ visit in off peak hours – if you plan to spend the majority of your day working from a restaurant or coffee shop and have flexibility in your schedule, consider going in off peak hours. I try and stick to early mornings (have my caffeine fix and poached eggs on toast), after lunch or evenings. By going in these less busy hours, you will probably get a bit more peace and quiet and won’t have to worry about overstaying your welcome.

2️⃣ dont take up a bigger table than you need – this seems obvious, but I’ve seen on so many occasions the biggest table (in the best spot) taken up by 1 person who has spread the contents of their bag to work all day long. I always try pick a table near a power outlet, a table that will support my work save but no larger than I actually need. The place your working in will really appreciate this!

3️⃣ be friendly – this also seems common sense but you do not have to go out your way to engage in extra conversation (in fact, I’ve met current clients along the way from doing this in the queue!). It really doesn’t hurt to make small talk as you place your order or get that refill. I consider every conversation as potential networking.

4️⃣ order enough and tip well – I don’t consider only ordering a cup of coffee but working somewhere all day acceptable. I also don’t advise bringing your own drink, yet expecting to use their Wifi and other facilities as this isn’t fair. It can be challenging to balance spending enough with not spending too much but it can be done. Remember, they’re running a business too, so you taking up space for hours and not buying much doesn’t help them pay bills.

Tipping should go without saying, but if you’re spending the majority of your day working from somewhere, you should tip well. I consider it my ‘office rental fee’ for the day. If it’s somewhere you go regularly, they will remember you for the above.

5️⃣ lastly, clean up after yourself! – many places have bins displayed for you to clean up after yourself. If they compost or recycle for example, try to follow the rules. Follow your parents advise and try to leave your space just like you found it, a little effort goes a long way!

In conclusion, I seem to thrive in the hustle and bustle that a busy cafe or bar provides. By following the above tips, you’ll never be ‘that person’ and if you’ve ever been in the customer service industry, you’ll know how it feels on the other side.

I’ve been asked to start posting my favourite places for remote working in the UK so il make a start over the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe to this page so you can stay updated with my tips & roam work venues!

This is where I often find my most productive working hours take place, or where I have my most successful sales meetings. We’ve all been there – you need to get some work done, you’re on the road (if you’re anything like me, doing 60,000 miles a year then it’s a lot of hours out the office), so you roll into a coffee shop or restaurant.

My first check is…do they have Wifi?

I do however, believe there is a right way to roam work whilst being respectful of the space and your peers. Here are my 5 tips to increase your productivity whilst not upsetting others when remote working…

1️⃣ visit in off peak hours – if you plan to spend the majority of your day working from a restaurant or coffee shop and have flexibility in your schedule, consider going in off peak hours. I try and stick to early mornings (have my caffeine fix and poached eggs on toast), after lunch or evenings. By going in these less busy hours, you will probably get a bit more peace and quiet and won’t have to worry about overstaying your welcome.

2️⃣ dont take up a bigger table than you need – this seems obvious, but I’ve seen on so many occasions the biggest table (in the best spot) taken up by 1 person who has spread the contents of their bag to work all day long. I always try pick a table near a power outlet, a table that will support my work save but no larger than I actually need. The place your working in will really appreciate this!

3️⃣ be friendly – this also seems common sense but you do not have to go out your way to engage in extra conversation (in fact, I’ve met current clients along the way from doing this in the queue!). It really doesn’t hurt to make small talk as you place your order or get that refill. I consider every conversation as potential networking.

4️⃣ order enough and tip well – I don’t consider only ordering a cup of coffee but working somewhere all day acceptable. I also don’t advise bringing your own drink, yet expecting to use their Wifi and other facilities as this isn’t fair. It can be challenging to balance spending enough with not spending too much but it can be done. Remember, they’re running a business too, so you taking up space for hours and not buying much doesn’t help them pay bills.

Tipping should go without saying, but if you’re spending the majority of your day working from somewhere, you should tip well. I consider it my ‘office rental fee’ for the day. If it’s somewhere you go regularly, they will remember you for the above.

5️⃣ lastly, clean up after yourself! – many places have bins displayed for you to clean up after yourself. If they compost or recycle for example, try to follow the rules. Follow your parents advise and try to leave your space just like you found it, a little effort goes a long way!

In conclusion, I seem to thrive in the hustle and bustle that a busy cafe or bar provides. By following the above tips, you’ll never be ‘that person’ and if you’ve ever been in the customer service industry, you’ll know how it feels on the other side.

I’ve been asked to start posting my favourite places for remote working in the UK so il make a start over the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe to this page so you can stay updated with my tips & roam work venues!

In the meantime, how many of you and/or how often do you find yourself working in spaces away from an office?
Chloe x