Right now, as I type this, I’m sat in the swanky reception bar of a local hotel following a doctor’s appointment I had at 9am. Sure, the hotel music could do with an update, but it’s bright, airy, smells good and has ample wifi and power supply.
One of the things I love most about freelance writing is that it can be done from anywhere. Last week, I was holidaying on the other side of the country and managed to squeeze some work in from my host’s garden early in the morning. I was also able to check email and engage with my Learn Freelance Writing members while on-the-go, even when stuck in traffic on the M2 (don’t worry, my husband was driving!).
You might be thinking – this doesn’t sound like a good work-life balance. Why is she working while on holiday? My point is, every day is split into segments of time that I can easily manage, so that I can enjoy leisure time whenever desired and complete chunks of work when it suits me.
So this week, I want to talk about some of the best places you can write from.
1. Play / Parenting Cafes
If you’re lucky enough to live near a play café, and you happen to have a couple of rug rats running wild, I’ve got good news for you. Play cafes give you the opportunity to work while your kids are distracted. They often have food, wifi and other assets like comfy chairs. The downside is they can be loud, but if you pick the right times, you’ll discover the perfect balance.
2. Co-Working Spaces
If your home isn’t the ideal place to work, you’ll be pleased to know there are many co-working spaces spread out across the country. Some might be rented out offices, others might be in residential spaces! A café local to me has begun to rent out a desk to hardworking parents for a mere £10 a session. Keep your eyes peeled for offers like this and think about how much more you’d get done in a designated shared space.
I’m not suggesting for a moment that you rent a hotel room to get some work done. Well, you can if you want, but it’ll cost you a small fortune! Hotels have lovely bars, receptions and common spaces you can use to get some work done. You don’t normally have to book in advance and it can be a fun spot for people-watching!
4. Parks and Beaches
When it’s warm outside, why not make the most of it? Find a sunny spot within your nearest green space and feel at one with nature. Be careful though, these spaces don’t tend to have wifi or power outlets so anything you’re doing will need to be offline. Also, don’t forget your hayfever medication!
5. Cafes and Bars
If you love coffee, cake and people-watching, a local café is the ideal place to work, especially one with a garden or outdoor space. You might want to check in advance that they have wifi and power outlets (most of them will). And don’t forget, if you’re a Learn Freelance Writing member, check out our healthy living section to ensure you’re not JUST surviving on calorific café food.
If you’ve found somewhere idyllic to work, why not share it with us on the Learn Freelance Writing Facebook page?
And as always, if you have any questions, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org