Remote Working: Somewhere to Work

Remote Working: Somewhere to Work

This is the second in a series about Remote Working, following on from The Basics and looking at finding somewhere to work

Somewhere to Work

The first requirement of remote working is finding somewhere to work. You´ll want somewhere that you can call your own most of the time so that it doesn´t have to be rearranged every day.

My current arrangement is to use my dining table, which can be shut off if needed. The laptops get packed away once or twice a week and it takes 5-10 minutes to set them up again.

Somewhere quiet that is set apart for work so that people know that when you are there you are working!

Free from Distractions

Distractions are the bane of productivity in remote working. Once distracted it can be hard to return to the task at hand. Having a work environment free of distractions is one step to avoiding them.

Because of this , you´ll want to avoid through traffic, be they house-mates, family or pets.You may need to set boundaries if you don´t want to be disturbed at all while working. It´s hard to get on with things if friends are dropping by for casual conversations or you´re being asked to pop to the shops for some milk!

It will also help to remove distractions such as TVs, games or anything else which may be a desired alternative to the work at hand.

Other Alternatives

It may be that you don´t have a space that you can call your own or you travel around so often it just isn´t practical.

One option to consider is co-working spaces. These are places where you can rent a desk for a day or for several days a month. My home city of Exeter, which isn´t large, has at least 3 options so there should be something wherever you go. It should be a reasonable environment for getting work done, and it may useful for a bit of networking at the same time.

You could also look at renting an office if that´s an option, although this is definitely more expensive than finding a space at home.

Some people like to work from cafes, although you may find issues with wi-fi, having to keep buying items and keeping watch of your stuff to make sure it doesn´t go missing.

That´s it for now, let me know what your setup is for remote working!



Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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