Working remotely is becoming a more popular choice—and a more available option—for writers all over the world. Because writing doesn’t require immediate, in-person interaction or any specific equipment beyond a word processor and an internet connection, it can feasibly be done anywhere, though some locations are clearly better than others.
So what are the best places to write content if you’re working remotely on the regular?
Ultimately, each location should provide the following:
The basics. For starters, you’ll need a place to set and organize your materials. For some people, that might mean a desk. For others, their lap will suffice. Preferably, you’ll have a place with Wi-Fi and electrical outlets (in case you need to plug in).
Quiet. The best conditions for working aren’t complete silence or blaring music; instead, you’re at your most productive with a low level of background noise. An ideal location should provide this to you.
Comfort. If you’re going to work effectively, you need to be comfortable enough that you aren’t distracted.
Focus. That said, you also need an environment that minimizes distractions so you can focus on your work; in other words, the less that’s going on in your surroundings, the better.
Atmosphere. This is a subjective category, but an important one. The overall atmosphere, including the scenery, the conditions, and the type of people around, can have a massive impact on your productivity.
Now, let’s cover some of the best locations to work as a writer (if you have the flexibility to choose):
- A home office. A home office is probably your best choice since you’ll have full control over how it’s set up. You can choose whichever kind of desk you want, paint the walls any shade you want, and establish just the right level of music and ambient noise. The catch is, you’ll need a room of your house dedicated to work, and not all people will have that available to them.
- A home kitchen. If you don’t have the room for a home office, don’t work in the living room or the bedroom—instead, try the kitchen. It’s going to have fewer distractions and is less likely to be used for other purposes. Plus, if you have a walnut butcher block countertop (prefinished with conversion varnish), you’ll have a beautiful and durable workspace that can rival the aesthetics and functionality of any desk.
- A coworking space. Thanks to the surge in remote work opportunities, coworking spaces are becoming much more popular and accessible. These office-like buildings offer all the basics you could want, including desks, internet connections, and even coffee. The main perk here is that you’ll get to work alongside other professionals who are also working remotely for one reason or another—so if the social office environment is something you need to stay accountable or comfortable, this may be the ideal choice.
- A library. Don’t underestimate the work-conducive ambiance of your local library. It’s always going to be quiet in the library, and you should have power outlets, Wi-Fi, and tables available for your use. Plus, if you ever need to run a quick reference, you’ll have an archive of thousands of books at your disposal, and if your equipment ever goes down, you’ll have a row of public computers you can use as a quick backup.
- A park. If you’re interested in maximizing the comfort and aesthetics of your work environment, consider working outside in a local park—as long as the weather cooperates. Though some parks do offer Wi-Fi to guests, it isn’t something you can count on, so you’ll need to bring along a mobile hotspot if you choose this option.
- A café. Cafés are popular workplaces for telecommuters for a reason; they offer all the Wi-Fi and coffee you could want and provide just enough background noise to help you focus (without so much that it distracts you). The coffee might cost a few bucks, but otherwise, this is an extremely affordable option.
- A car, bus, or plane. Many remote freelancers take advantage of their flexibility to travel to exotic destinations. If that’s something you’re interested in, you should get used to working in transit, whether you’re in the passenger seat of a car, in a bus, or on a plane.
Ultimately, your best location may differ from someone else’s, since personal preference plays almost as much of a role in your writing effectiveness as the conditions of the location itself. Experiment by working at each of several different locations, and take note of how much you get done—as well as how you feel. You might be surprised at which locations work best for you.