This past week, I spent a portion of 3 days working out of a coffee shop in Pequot Lakes, Lakes Latte (which is a great place to spend a few hours!). While I have gone to coffee shops over the years to meet with people, or even just to get out of the office for a few hours. I was reminded again why I enjoy working out of a coffee shop.

Fresh Coffee

TheBig3_1Now this might seem like a no-brainer, but it is a great reason to work from a coffee shop.  Coffee shops usually grind their own—and sometimes even roast their own—coffee. I also enjoy the ability to top off the coffee that has grown cold while I work. Most offer free refills on your basic brew. Now, if you are going to go and suck down a couple of caramel latte macchiatos with extra whip and caramel drizzle . . . you might want to think twice about working out of a coffee shop.


Free Wi-Fi

TheBig3_2This is actually what made me head to the coffee shop this week. The condo I was staying in had spotty Wi-Fi at best, and it made it difficult for me to get any work done. The Wi-Fi at the coffee shop is free and strong. A word of caution: don’t do your online banking or shopping with credit card info from the local coffee shop, but you can do research and write without fear. Now I know someone is going to say, “the free Wi-Fi is only free for paying customers.” This is true—please refer to item 1: Fresh Coffee. At $2.50 for a cup of local brew, this is a cheap office space. My table in the corner works great for me . . . by the power outlet and the free Wi-Fi, and within short walking distance of the coffee refills and the bathroom.

Great Place to Meet

TheBig3_3Most coffee shops have tables or comfy chairs, making it a great place for a meeting with a friend or a client. It’s easy to give them directions to the local coffee shop, since they can Google the location and park nearby. It is also a great place to meet the community. They come right into your office. You will get to know the baristas and the regulars, and you can make new contacts and build relationships. My laptop has the name of my business on it—GodPonders—and it has prompted more than a few conversations.

There are many more reasons I enjoy working out of a coffee shop—like the scones, the homemade soup, the fireplace, and being able to be out with people. But I’d better wrap it up here . . . I need to go get a fresh cup of Highlander Grogg!

Something to Ponder: What is your favorite reason to office at a coffee shop? Share your favorite coffee shop (give them a shout-out and share a link) with us—I’m always looking for new office locations.