Why Coffee Shops Suck for Freelance Work

Why Coffee Shops Suck for Freelance Work

Freelancing in the RGV

Imagine a freelance graphic designer waking up at 10 a.m., heading to his nearest Starbucks and ordering a Macchiato. He sits at an isolated booth by the window, sets his sights on a nest of blue jays perched atop a nearby tree, and pulls his laptop from his leather backpack. He throws on his headphones, tunes into his favorite station,  and spends the afternoon sitting quietly, calmly, sipping coffee as the ideas and creativity flow through him like wine. It all seems so glamorous, doesn’t it?

Trust us; The coffee shop life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here are a few things that can go wrong when you choose a coffee shop or restaurant as your office:

Your Wallet Will Suffer

What’s worse than weak coffee? Weak coffee that costs $5. If your income allows you to spend upwards of $25 on coffee alone each week, more power to you. But if you’re like a lot of other freelancers and budding entrepreneurs, frivolous spending might not be in the cards. Ditch the unnecessary spending and instead invest in a coworking space that offers free coffee ‘round the clock – like the Grindstone.

Distractions Abound

You might think your nearest coffee shop is a great place to shun distraction, but you’d be wrong. Between checking out the cutie that just walked in, to the temptation of pastries seen through your peripherals, it can be hard to get in the zone when you’re not really “in” your zone. Coworking spaces boast the benefit of familiarity. There are no surprises. You come in, you sit, you work. That’s all there is to it.

Cramped Spaces

Once you make the trek to the coffee shop, where will you sit? What if you’re a “booth” person, but all that’s available are small tables? What if heights freak you out, but all that’s left are those tall ones? You shouldn’t have to fight for space when it comes to your work. At coworking spaces, there is plenty of room to get down to business. You don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn just to get a good spot. Wake up at noon if the mood strikes you – the Grindstone welcomes those who aren’t bright-eyed and bushy-tailed until they’re ready to be.

The Crowds

Kids are adorable, but when you’re trying to get your work done? Eh, not so much. One downside to the coffee shop is the unexpected crowds. If you don’t appreciate toddlers running around and throwing spitballs at you when you’re on a deadline, a coworking space might be right for you.

Don’t take our word for it, give it a try. Grindstone week trials are only $39 and give you the opportunity to get your feet wet in the coworking movement. If you decide to join, we will roll in the $39 to your first months membership fees. Contact us at [email protected] to set up your appointment for a tour.

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