I know one colleague whose favorite location is a social Starbucks because it’s a great place to identify potential clients. Another person flees the office for anywhere quiet where she can put her headphones on and work without distractions. A third is moving from an office that’s too quiet into a new, open workspace humming with the energy of entrepreneurs. My favorite spot? The National Mall, where I can puzzle out business challenges and work through blog post ideas while enjoying fresh air and the endorphin rush of a long run.
So what are your criteria for a good workshifting space? Here’s a short checklist:
• Are workshifters welcome?
• Are the staff and regulars open to newcomers?
• When traveling, will the locals give you advice about what else to do in town?
• Is it abuzz with conversation, sharing, and collaboration?
• Is it a quiet place where everyone will leave me alone?
• Big Chairs
• Lounge Space
• Yes (free)
• Yes (fee)
• You must be there at opening time to snag one
• Is it a good place to grow my network?
• Do my prospective clients hang out here?
This is just my starting point. What would you add?
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