Now that I am doing the majority of work for my blog, brand, and business at home, I miss the days of having an actual office or decorative cubicle which allowed me to leave my house and mix and mingle with other coworkers. Working at home does have it’s advantages—I can choose to work in my jammies with my scarf on. I can eat my breakfast in front of my laptop and not worrying about anyone seeing me slurp the milk from my cereal. I can listen to my iPod as loud as I want and even do a mean air guitar (yeah, I like a little rock every now and then so sue me). But, sometimes, working in the home fort stifles my creative because I like to feed off others. The solution? Try a mobile office?
What is a mobile office you ask? The concept is pretty simple, and it has been made popular due to A-list bloggers such as Perez Hilton and other social media types. Supposedly, Perez began blogging on his Macbook while at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in L.A. He would see stars and wanna be stars and blog about them in the trendy cafe. It allowed him to have access to the dirt and be productive.
We don’t have a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf here in St. Louis, there are other alternatives such as Starbucks (now offering free wi-fi), Barnes and Noble, Northwest Coffee, Panera Bread, and a bevy of others. Getting out of the home office and plugging into a mobile environment such as the above mentioned places and bring a new vibe to your work. Seeing different people, interacting with others, even reading material offered in a bookstore environment can make a great idea even better. I am a people person so tapping into a mobile environment so appeals to me.
Coworking is also a viable source for office space on the go. In most coworking spaces, you can rent a desk space by the day, week, or month, with drop-in rates or a lease. There are also small offices you can rent for dedicated space as well for clients and meetings. And the cool thing about coworking is they usually have wifi services, fax, phones, receptionist, mailing address, and conference room space all at your disposal.
If the mobile office spaces I mentioned don’t appeal to you, you can choose your favorite eatery, coffee shop, or place (such as a park) and make it a mobile office by purchasing a USB hub that also acts as a Wifi connection. Verizon, AT&T, T-mobile, and Sprint all offer these devices. Your Blackberry can also act as a modem for your laptop. If you don’t know how to do this, click HERE.
Other than Internet access, all you need is your wireless phone to conduct business. Use a system like e-Fax to accept faxes while on the go as well. With those tools, you are a all-in-one mobile office!
At least once a week, I leave my home office and venture to a mobile environment in order to work. It keeps me sane and allows me to people watch and meet.
What do you think of nixing your home office for a mobile office?