If like me you’re one of the fortunate (some might say unfortunate) business owners who travel on a regular basis for business, you might have found yourself working in some very unusual places. Because of this I’m often asked which of these three are better, coffee shop, co-work space or office for a busy entrepreneur.
The office has a sense of familiarity with your own desk, printer and a place to keep your ever accumulating pile of paperwork. The downside for me though is the constant interruptions by colleagues who need “just 5 minutes” of your time.
Coffee shops on the other hand have no sense of familiarity as you never know where you might sit or who’s very loud and annoying conversation you may be subjected to. The upside of course is a great cappuccino and very often free Wi-Fi.
Co-working spaces, while relatively new to South Africa (+-3 years) but exploding rather quickly, have tried to combine the familiarity of the office with the vibrancy of a coffee shop by offering great cappuccino’s and free Wi-Fi. Some of them get this right, but unfortunately most still have some way to go.
Personally, I like all three and use each for a specific task. When I need to be creative (designing logo’s, writing blogs, etc.) coffee shops work incredibly well as they are often very energising places (maybe it’s the coffee J). When I need to focus and block out the world (drafting contracts, MOI’s etc.) I find the office is best – providing of course everybody understands that I’m unavailable. Co-work spaces I find help when I need to solve a business problem. Maybe its sharing a room with other entrepreneurs, that helps with deal / business structuring.
My suggestion to you though – get out there and see which combination works for you? Maybe all, maybe none? Maybe drop me a line and I’ll recommend some of my favourite spots J
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