Since I started working for myself, I’ve been on a hunt for that *perfect* place to work.
I tried the various coffee shops around Birmingham (read my findings here) but working in a coffee shop 5 days a week is not financially viable. (In order to stay in a coffee shop guilt-free all day you’d need to buy at least 3 drinks and some food – totting up a daily spend of around £10.) Plus all that coffee isn’t good for you.
I experimented with a bunch of other locations and blogged about them here
I hunted for a small office/office share in the Jewellery Quarter, but the places were either too expensive or lacked vital services, like running water or wifi.
So I decided to return to a previous haunt of mine, Moseley Exchange, a co-working space in this leafy-suburb of Birmingham.
I’ve blogged about this place before, where I raised a couple of queries about the etiquette of a shared space.
So far so good.
- quiet – oh so quiet. I am constantly plugged into Spotify so don’t hear the general office noise, but conversations/phone calls are kept short and meetings held in the adjoining lounge.
- self-conscious productivity – at home I may stick on a TV show whilst I work – but I just wouldn’t do this at Moseley Exchange
- Journey to work – I’ve always missed the walk to work – it sets the start and the end of the day
- Set working hours. I’m glad Moseley Exchange isn’t open longer or I’d fall into the same trap as at home – working slowly and for longer periods of time. With an opening time of 9am and closing at anywhere between 6pm and 8pm, it means I can have a solid work session. Plus it’s a really big deal if I have to put my laptop on when I get home
- Free tea and coffee. requires no explanation
The plan is that when I buy a 2-bed place, I won’t need Moseley Exchange as I’ll convert the second bedroom into an office – but we’ll see how I get on!