7 tips for working remotely from a coffee shop

A PR professional and café veteran offers an insider’s take on this growing trend.

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Since I choose to spend a decent amount of time in coffee shops, I’ve noticed that more corporate and agency people there, too—working, not socializing.

As the workplace continues to “shift” (follow the #workshifting hashtag for more), we’ll most likely see more of this in the years ahead. In fact, some agencies—such as the Fast Horse model here in Minneapolis—are already there.

With more people using coffee shops as workplaces, I thought I’d share a few tips for making sure you’re as productive as possible when you’re “out of the office”:

1. Find the outlets

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

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