Remote working has become a standard industry practice. The current global shift towards “remote-friendly” workplaces has also created a need for more turn-key out-of-office workspace options.
A dedicated home office space is ideal. But what if you travel often or don’t have the space? Try these four tips to work comfortably from anywhere.
1. Transform an existing space in your home
So long as there is a place in your home to separate yourself from others and pets, you can create a temporary workspace.
All you need is a place to sit and a work surface, plus a few accessories to transform your temporary home office space into a zone of productivity. If there is a television nearby, try blocking it with a piece of furniture or purchase a 3-panel room divider.
If you’re sitting on a couch, use pillows to make it function more like a desk chair. Turn on a fan or ambient noise app to mimic the sounds of an office. The most important detail of this plan is to modify the room in a way that feels separate from your living space.
2. Visit a park, library or café
Plenty of college students and professionals work from coffee shops and shared community spaces. Be sure to find a space that isn’t too loud and with access to a power outlet.
If you choose a restaurant or coffee shop, be sure to purchase something rather than mooching off of their resources for free. Reserve quiet study rooms in your local public or university library for free to create a more focused environment.
Consider windows, doors, lines, air conditioning, noise, and other environmental factors before picking a space. Once you find a comfortable spot, you won’t want to relocate.
3. Borrow someone else’s home
Ask friends or family if you can use their house while they’re at work or out of town. Their space will undoubtedly feel less like home than yours, which goes a long way in keeping you focused.
You can volunteer to accept an expected package or walk their dog in exchange for the free workspace. Make sure not to leave a mess or become an unwanted guest.
Meanwhile, you can use online marketplaces like Airbnb or Homeaway for short-term accommodations if you are traveling and need a home office on the fly.
4. Rent a coworking or shared office space
Increasingly, freelancers, small business owners, and remote employees need a place to work for an hour, a day or a week at a time. Some companies now offer room for temporary offices you can rent by the hour.
These shared office rentals generally include a desk, office chair, and electrical outlet and sometimes other amenities such as coffee or bottled water. There are options for various budgets with a variety of privacy options to fit varying business needs.
Remote working is a tempting concept. To get actual work done when you’re not in the office, you need a space to call your own.
If you don’t have a dedicated home office space, don’t let that deter you from being productive outside of the office. Simply grab your laptop, put on your headphones, and work from anywhere.
Lauren Hill is a freelance writer, wife and mother to a couple of terrific kids. She finds great joy in writing on everyday topics affecting everyday people. With a diverse background ranging from healthcare to small business marketing, she is able to write on a wide variety of topics.