Breaking Free From the Desk

As a freelancer I get to work from home from time to time. However, there’s something about working away from the home that makes me more productive and more efficient than working in front a traditional desk. I am the kind of guy that is able to concentrate more when I’m not at home or at the office. Maybe it’s being surrounded by strangers or the coffee house music in the background. Somehow, though there is constant noise, I am able get through hours and hours of work. Like anything else however, working remotely does have it’s pros and cons. It’s something that you have to be in the mood for.

Here are my experiences and thoughts on why you should consider breaking free from your desk and on to your favorite coffee shop.

No Distractions – Kinda…

There are tons of distractions I get from working at home. When I leave my home office I also leave the distractions. There’s a clear objective when heading out: to get work done. The only reason I’m going is because I want to, or more likely, need to get something done. When I’m having a hard time focusing on work, I just put my mac in my¬†murse satchel and I’m ready to go.

True, more often then not the coffee shop might be playing music that doesn’t quite satisfy; there could also be no good seating available, or perhaps high schoolers come in and make more noise then a freight train. At times, none of this is avoidable, but you can block it out to an extent with a good pair of headphones and some patience. I find that I am more comfortable with constant movement and even some background noise then in a quiet room with no one around.


For a brief time I worked from home. Alone and completely independent from any schedule or boss. I loved it! However, it got lonely after a while. I think that we as a people need to be around others; I at least needed interaction with the the world. Going out to coffee shops helped me get in a routine. I had to actually get dressed and be presentable to the outside world. No more working in the same clothes I slept in. In my “coffee shop office”, I get to meet some really interesting people. Business men, artist, musicians, and even other web designers. At the end of the day, I’m networking. Talking to people about what I do get’s me exposure – yes, even at starbucks.

You never know who you’re going to meet at your spot. Maybe your next client will strike up a conversation with you.

Unlimited supply of Coffee!

If you’re like me, you know that working without the bean juice is just torture. Working at a coffee shop keeps me at arms reach away from the magical drink. Most places allow you to refill your cup for free or at a reduced price. If you for some reason prefer tea then move to England. BAM!

What do you think?

I’m not saying this is for everyone. I’m sure there are some of you who can’t work anywhere but at home or in an a quite environment; there’s nothing wrong with that. What are your experience’s with working at coffee shops? Any interesting stories? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Hey dude, just thought I’d drop by and read your latest article. I’m diggin the new design and your thoughts. It got me thinking about how many distractions I really have at home too and I need to start doing something about that. :/


  2. Hey Brandon, glad you enjoyed the read!


  3. I find myself more destracted in a coffeeshop. Mostly cause I do work better when things aren’t going on around me.


  4. word! gotta love unlimited coffee. just don’t drink so much that you’re in the bathroom more than you’re actually working.


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