7 tips for working from a coffee shop

More people than ever are working from home, or a coffee shop. A PR professional and café veteran offers an insider’s take on this growing trend.

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You know the guy who walks into the coffee shop and immediately roams the room, looking at spots along the floorboards? That’s me.

Don’t be that guy. You need to make sure the coffee house where you work has ample outlets. Note which spots have more than one outlet. After all, no outlet means, no power cord. And no power cord means a dead laptop. Don’t get caught with a dead laptop. It’s a quick productivity killer.

2. Make friends with the baristas

If you plan to spend a decent amount of time at a particular cafe, start talking with the baristas. You can only benefit by befriending these folks. They can and will:

• Offer you special deals from time to time;
• Give you free coffee, if you’re remotely nice;
• Help you with other ad-hoc questions and issues as they pop up.

For advanced remote workers: Reach out to and make friends with the manager. Make sure he or she knows you on a first-name basis.

3. Invest in some killer headphones

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