Freelancing is now becoming popular as a source of income for many people. There are a lot of reasons why many are attracted to this kind of work. One reason that I find very attractive is I can work anywhere I want! The way you work affects the quality of your output, and your workplace affects how you work. Therefore, you should choose a good place to work from. You need to find a place that will give you comfort while working and where you won’t easily get distracted. In this article, I will be giving you a list of places where you can work comfortably. Have fun reading!
Rent an Office
A great place where you can focus solely on your work is at an office. The ambiance makes you want to work, and you can really focus on completing tasks. Renting an office may be an option for freelancers who have a steady source of income. Since you need to pay the rent, the electric and internet bills, you may ask your friends who also work as freelancers to share the space and cost with you. Having someone around when you’re working also gives you a chance to socialize.
- Office is a great place where your focus will only be on your work.
- There are fewer distractions and more productive hours for you.
- Working in an office teaches you to be disciplined to get up early, stay on schedule and go at work.
- You are required to pay the bills like the rent and utilities.
- You need to buy things for your office set-up such as cabinets, tables and chairs.
- You need to travel from your home to the office.
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Many freelancers work at home. One thing I like about working at home is that I feel at home. There are a lot of locations in a house where you can do your work.
I work in my bedroom. What I like about working in my room is that I can do everything I want without disturbing my family and I can lock myself in the room so I won’t get disturbed. Any time that I need time to think for a certain task, I can just walk around my room while thinking.
- You can focus yourself on what you do. In my case, I lock the door so I’m not disturbed.
- You feel free to work since you are in your own comfort zone.
- Every tool you need such as your printer, storage devices, notebooks and pens, etc. are handy.
- There’s no need for you to travel.
- When you want to eat, you can just go to your kitchen. Unlike in an office, where you may be inclined to eat out more frequently instead of packing a lunch.
- Sometimes, seeing a bed makes you want to lie down and just ‘catch a quick nap.’
- If there’s a TV in your room, it can be a major distraction as you may be tempted to watch your favorite TV show.
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When I feel that my room feels stale or stuffy and I need a bit more space, I work in our living room. So, what are the advantages and downsides of working in a living room?
- When you get bored, your family members can help you feel energized.
- When you see your family, you’ll be inspired and motivated to work hard.
- Sitting on a couch with your laptop is actually pretty comfortable.
- Your family may be a big distraction. They may feel like chatting with you or asking for your help around the house
- TV and other entertainment can be a distraction.
Do you eat while working? You may just want to work in your dining room then. When I feel my body craves for food, I just use a laptop and place it on our dining table.
- It’s easy for you to set up your workspace there.
- Eating while working is good, but do not eat too much.
- Family members usually only stay at the table long enough for a quick bite to eat.
- If you tend to be careless, you can spill your food or drink all over your computer.
- When you are in a dining room, you tend to eat a lot. When your body feels heavy, you will also feel sleepy.
- There can be distractions such as smells from the kitchen or other external factors.
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When we were in college, we used to stay in our school’s library. The ambiance is good and most importantly, it’s very quiet.
- The surrounding is peaceful and silent. You can work on your tasks properly.
- If you cannot find a reference on the web, there are a lot of books that you can use there.
- You do not need to pay to get inside and use their facilities.
- If you yell at your monitor when upset, you risk getting kicked out.
- Most libraries forbid people from bringing food inside to maintain the cleanliness of the place.
- Sometimes you feel bored because of the silence that fills the place.
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In many places, public libraries have wi-fi. So, all you need to bring is your laptop and other personal belongings. Also, do not forget to bring an ID. Most libraries require people to surrender their IDs for identification purposes.
I remember from another freelancing job, my friends and I used to work at least twice a month in a coffee shop. This gives us different ambiance and since we love frappes and lattes, we enjoy working there.
- I enjoy working in a coffee shop, because of the energizing ambiance it brings.
- You can socialize with other people and you might meet other freelancers.
- The different people, and the art that most coffee shops display can be inspiring.
- You need to spend money, coffee shops won’t let you sit in their coffee shop all day with the same cup of coffee.
- There are times that their wi-fi connection is down.
- It can get noisy and distracting during different periods of the day. You may need to bring headphones to help block out the noises.
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Factors To Consider When Choosing a Workplace
In choosing a place to work, you should consider the following factors:
- The setup of your workplace should give you the motivation to work and be productive each day.
- Make sure that your choice of workplace has all the tools you need to work, especially the internet connection.
- Cleanliness. Be sure to work in a place that’s clean.If you’re working at home, clean up before starting work.
- You should feel relaxed and comfortable where you at. If you’re comfortable, you’re likely to not get distracted as easily.
Say no to distractions. A distraction can be the weather, a noise, a person or an emotion. There are many suggested ways to avoid distractions, but for me there are only two things necessary to avoid distractions: focus and discipline.
- Think of your goals each day and focus on them.
- Think of your inspiration and be motivated by it.
- Aim to be better today than yesterday.
Expenses should also be considered. Working in a coffee shop or in a restaurant everyday is too expensive. Be practical. If you are earning good money, you can just rent an office and share it with other freelancers. If you think you can just work at home, do that. There’s no better place to stay than at your own home. Before I end this article, I have collected pictures of the workplaces of some of the people behind 1stwebdesigner. Take a look below.
This is my workplace which is located inside my room. I have my PC, my notebook and my planner, a glass of water and a juice drink. I did the setup on where I find myself comfortable moving and working.
This is Rean’s workplace, he is a writer and editor at 1stwebdesigner. You will see his moleskine, his favorite pen, his laptop, a coffee and the BunnyPeople of Intel atop his books. Very clean and everything that he needs is readily on his table. (Rean’s note: pink walls help me concentrate, swear!)
This is Saad’s workplace, he is our main editor. In his workplace, you will see two monitors, a book, and a router behind the monitor. It’s very clean! One thing you need to make sure is your workplace is clean. Whenever I find my workplace messy, I ended up cleaning it and the rest of my room instead of working. So before doing your tasks, make sure your surroundings are clean and organized. This applies mostly to freelancers who work at home.
This is the office of our CEO. You will find here a Mac book, computers, a calendar, moleskine and other things he and his co-workers need. Your workplace must have a good lighting like this, it gives a comfortable working atmosphere. This kind of office setup where people are near each other is also good. This way, they can communicate well with each other.
How about you? Where do you work most of the time? What made you decide to work there? Share your insights! You can also show us a picture of your workplace