Every person has different types of environments that they work better in. Some people need be in a place where background music is playing, while others need to be in a completely pin-drop quiet atmosphere. I believe that a good working environment greatly affects the productivity of one’s work.
And although the two necessary things you need to make money online – a computer and the internet – can be found in many places, or anywhere if you just have a laptop, I believe that working home, the library, or a nearby coffee shop are the places that most of us go to get most of work done online.
Since I like hearing bad news before good news, I’ll go through this article describing about these places, starting with the cons first and the pros last.
You’ll probably spend most of your time working at home Working at home is great if you live by yourself. If you live with your family, then you probably know what it feels like to have one of your family members walk into the room every ten minutes and telling you, “Go do something besides being online!”
You might be shaking your head right now. I agree, it can be somewhat annoying at times.
What about living with your friends? You might start working and then all of the sudden hear the TV outside of your room, driving you practically insane, r hearing people talking outside of your room, which you have no choice but to hear their conversion, and if it’s interesting enough, you’ll probably get distracted and want to join in.
Basically, the biggest disadvantage of working at home is the potential distraction caused by other people living in the same house, and these things can really be endless.
But, there are good upsides to working at your home. When you’re working at home, you’re most likely working in a room, meaning that you’re free to be completely comfortable with yourself. You can stretch whenever you want, walk around, sing, dance, shout, and do whatever you want.
You also have easy access to the bathroom and refrigerator, rather than having to wait for vacancy or starve when you feel hungry and low on cash. You can take a break anywhere you want in your house such as lie on the couch for ten minutes and relieve some stress.
Finally, you get to create your own working environment, however you like; whether you to have a plant next to the window or having your desk completely clean and clutter free, you have control over your own space.
To me, I find it best working at home early in the morning where everyone’s sleeping and you have a fresh mind, or working at home late at night like at 1 A.M. when everyone’s asleep and the house is in complete silence.
Other than that, I find that working at home during the day can get you easily distracted, in which case the library or coffee shop would be a better option to getting more work done.
Although libraries seem to be “the place” to do some studying or get work done, I find it difficult to stay there for very long periods of time.
First of all, libraries can get really cold fast.
Have you ever been to one expecting the temperature to be okay, then ten minutes into it you realize that your legs are getting chili because all you’re wearing is shorts, and now you’re stuck because you don’t want to drive back home which is twenty minutes away?
It’s one of the feelings where you just have to work while adapting to the temperature where you have no control over.
Another thing about the library is that with so many people around, it gets way too quiet sometimes.
I don’t mind being in a quiet atmosphere when I’m working alone, but in the library, do you ever notice that any sudden actions you make can cause awkward eye contact or stares from nearby people?
It almost feels like you are constrained in your own space and can’t and can be as free as you would be in your own home. This kind of cold atmosphere can become quite uncomfortable if you’re not a person that can sit still in one place around people in complete silence.
Nevertheless, some people like the feeling being in complete silence all the way until their work is done. The good thing about the library is that if your house is too loud, the library is always a place you can rely on for quietness.
Plus there are usually computers, books, dictionaries, articles, and magazines that you can use as additional resources.
But the best aspect of libraries is the social working atmosphere. When you take look around and see other people working hard; whether it’s working on graduate papers, studying for math exams, preparing for the GRE, these are people who go to the library because they are serious in passing their test, achieving good grades, and doing well in life.
Seeing everybody working on something motivates you to work as well with them, resulting in getting more of your work done. It gives you the feeling that even though you don’t know anyone, everybody is kind of in this together.
This “quiet energy” is one of the better advantages that working in the library has, compared to working in busier environments.
A Coffee Shop
The coffee shop is my favorite place to work. However, it’s not free.
You could probably pass by just bringing your laptop, saying “hello” to the workers, and sitting down without ordering anything, but, well, that would just be weird.
Usually you go in and order something out of courtesy that you’re using their environment, even if it’s something small like coffee, and it can add up.
One round of coffee costs about $3 or $4, and if you plan to stay the whole day, you might need multiple rounds of coffee, which could cost $10 or more. This doesn’t include the internet fee that some coffee places charge, which would be another $3 for 24 hours.
Not that great if you already have internet at home…
Also, unlike the library, if you’re a person that needs minimal noise level, it can get distracting at peak hours at coffee shops.
Imagine finally settling down in the table you choose and starting your work, only to be interrupted by the voices of two best friends, sitting in the table next to you telling each other about their entire awesome, awesome weekend.
“Just great…” you mutter, looking at them with an unfavorable smile.
But most of the times, this won’t happen. It’s part of the best part of working at a coffee shop – the social atmosphere. You sit down anywhere, and it’s completely relaxed. There are people reading the newspaper, people chatting and laughing, usually some nice enjoyable background music, and finally, there’s coffee to stimulate your mind.
The place is just alive.
Even though it’s of a somewhat noisy environment, it’s still one that’s definitely workable in. Plus, unless you spill your coffee on someone’s newspaper, you don’t have to worry about awkward tension from people because no one cares. Everyone’s just doing their own thing and in the time that they are there and enjoying a cup of coffee.
In conclusion, there will be pros and cons to every place you work. Try to figure out where you can work the best because it can greatly affect the outcome of your work.
If you’re pissed off that your family members or roommates keep talking to in the house, apply for a library membership and stay there for a couple of hours. If you feel like the library is too cold or serious of a place for you to work, change your location to the nearest Starbucks. If you feel like you’re wasting money on music that you can listen at home or drinks that make you too antsy, get some earphones, close the door, and work in your room.
The joy of a home base business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work at home, as long as you have access to the internet, you can work anywhere.
So pick a place that you feel is the most effective for you, a place that not only can you get work done, but get work done productively, and finally, a place that you simply just enjoy being in.