Working Remote: How to Find the Best Places to Work From

 
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With every new city starts a new hunt for the best places to work from.
And by “the best”, I don’t mean the place with the cutest interior or the cafe with the most Instagram-worthy cappuccinos. I mean the spots where the WiFi is strong, power outlets are abundant, and the background noise is minimal.

Have you ever rolled up to a new place you found online, purchased a $5 cappuccino, unpacked all of your gear, gotten cozy and ready to dive into your work, only to then discover the ‘free’ internet has a time limit of 30 minutes? Or your computer’s battery life has dropped to 20%, you have a call in 10 minutes, and wait, there are zero power outlets at this place!?

These exact scenarios have happened to me too many times. And when time is money, there is nothing worse than wasting hours hopping around different places in pursuit of a suitable workspace. 

So along the way, I have found some helpful tips & resources to help in the hunt for the best places to work from, no matter where in the world you are. 🌎


1. [Tip] Do the research ahead of time

Before heading to a new place- spend a little extra time really looking at the photos and reading the reviews to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.
Do you see people with laptops out in the photos? Are there a lot of tables and seating sections? Do the reviews mention the noise level or WiFi speed?

Trust me, just a little extra research before you start the journey will save you so much time and stress because if the place isn’t what you’re looking for, you’ll avoid having to turnaround shortly after you arrive just to start the research process all over again. 

2. [Resource] Download the app Workfrom

 
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The Workfrom app will give you a full list of the best places based on reviews by other workfrom members.

Depending on the city, you can find a mix of libraries, cafes, restaurants and coworking spaces, all suitable places to get some work done.

3. [Resource] Check out nomadlist.com

 
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Nomad list is a platform that gives full city reviews for remote workers, based on cost of living, internet speed, weather and more.

Each city has a coworking section, where you can find a list of some great options for local coworking spaces to work from.

4. [Tip] Avoid just ‘dropping in’ at new coworking spaces

Once you have found a coworking space you’d like to try out for the day, I have found that it is best to email the owner at least one day before you’d like to work there with just a quick note to let them know that you are interested in working there, even if it’s just for one day.
They will either welcome you to stop on by or kindly inform you that they don’t do day passes.

I’ve tried the casual drop-in route, and it is an awkward moment when there are no open spaces available or you’re turned away for not following protocol. So to be on the safe side, always email ahead of time.

Nicole Prybula