When we’re working at one of our favorite Cafes or Coffee Shops, we make sure to remember two pro tips.
- Your bag doesn’t need a seat. If you are putting your bag on a chair that could otherwise be used by another patron, think again. One of the things we hear time and time again from shop owners and staff is the need for as much seating to be available as possible. Taking up a perfectly fine seat with your bag, coat or other personal belongings is a mistake. Even if you’re willing to move things for someone to sit down, people will hesitate to even approach when your things are visibly in/on the seat.
- Buy things or tip well. Despite some articles you may come across, the majority of Coffee Shops and Cafes enjoy having us patronize their shops. It’s good for business and these are businesses after-all. If we’re going to be enjoying the accommodations and workspace these businesses provide, it’s important that we support them with our money. Our rule of thumb is purchase something every hour you’re there. If you have a longer day and you can’t drink any more coffee or consume any more food, be sure to walk over to the barista and give them a nice tip with a thank you. Everyone wins in this scenario.
The benefits of working from Coffee Shops are plenty. We couldn’t do without them and we hope the trend towards non-traditional work environments only increases. Let’s all do our part to help these businesses thrive and sustain an experience that’s mutually beneficial for everyone involved.