What does a work-from-home type do when they don’t have an office to go to, and they dislike working at their house? Easy – coffee shop! It’s a much nicer environment, the internet speeds are a bit slower (allowing for greater focus on the task at hand), and I have a never ending supply of super-awesome-developer-juice (coffee).
But, as you’re probably already aware – there is a stigma associated with those that choose to work in coffee shops. If you aren’t familiar with this, allow Family Guy to explain.
However – the thing I try to avoid is taking advantage of the situation without giving anything back. After all, the coffee shop I go to is fantastic. They source their own beans and roast them in house, and they have all sorts of interesting, different ways to make a good cuppa joe. They’re really passionate about their craft in coffee in the same way I’m passionate about my craft in software.
So – I’ve started to build myself a set of guidelines on how to work at a coffee shop without being a douche.
- Buy a drink at least once an hour. They’re not giving away this environment for free.
- Get to know the baristas and hold conversation with them – they’re really interesting people, and love to talk about their craft.
- Bring an extension cord – you’ll be the most popular person in the shop.
- On that note – If using a laptop, unplug when fully charged and allow it to discharge fully before plugging in again – this keeps power sockets open for others.
- Be social with the other customers, but know when somebody is trying to focus, and do not disturb them.
These are pretty simple, and go a long way in establishing a good relationship with the staff. Who knows, you may even get a free drink and a muffin every now and again!
What about you, can you think of another way to be a good coffee shop worker?