Love the ability to work from home, but getting a little tired of looking at the same walls day in and day out? Sure, you could sign up for a long-term contract with a coworking space, but if you're not quite ready to tie yourself to a single location, there are plenty of options that let you play the remote work field.
Here, we've compiled some top spots for remote work that aren't coffee shops (though we can't complain when the barista has our latte ready when we walk in the door), from zero commitment to ready-to-put-a-ring-on-it.
Where to Work Remotely (When You Don't Want to Work from Home)
The use of coworking spaces has shot up astronomically over the last 10 years, as WFH and WFA become more accepted, and in some cases, preferred.
That growth is sure to continue after the remote work revolution of the last two years. But while coworking spaces and hot desking have plenty of upsides, they also frequently come with long-term contracts and fees. So, if you're just looking for a change of scenery for a day or two, they may not be the best fit.
Here are some of the best options to give you a (literal) new perspective on that WFH life:
There are plenty of fish in the sea, and lucky for you, plenty of places with free Wi-Fi. If you're feeling burnt out on your local Starbucks, here are some fresh ideas for where to work remotely (where you won't be side-eyed if you don't buy something):
Public Libraries: Now that most libraries are re-opening after pandemic closures, you're likely to find a quiet study room, plenty of outlets, and a strong internet connection. Get there at opening if you want to snag the best spot.
Universities: Many universities have libraries or facilities that are open to the public, and if you happen to live near your alma mater, even better. Get in touch with alumni relations to find out what office/work amenities might be available to you.
Museums: Being surrounded by art is shown to boost productivity. Even better, many museums have areas that are open to the public or open to members where you can bring your laptop and enjoy some calm work time in the midst of masterpieces.
Parks: Nature sparks creativity, and it's good for the soul. Immerse yourself in it by working from a public park. Some even have Wi-Fi in shelters or picnic areas. But if not, start up your mobile hotspot and get to it!
Airports: There's something weirdly soothing about airports, and the constant buzz of travelers coming and going can be a boost to your productivity. Even better, airports are generally open to the public and have fantastic Wi-Fi. Everyone will assume you're waiting for a flight, so no one will wonder why you're camped out in the food court.
Retail Outlets: Many spots offer Wi-Fi and cafe areas you can take advantage of for no cost. Some retail stores you can work in include IKEA (bonus: meatballs), Whole Foods, Costco, and Barnes & Noble.
Want something a little more private than the Costco restaurant? Many coworking spaces offer day passes, so be sure to check those in your location for options. But if sharing space with other professionals isn't really your jam, check out some of these ideas for where to work remotely:
Workspaces by Hilton: Get a day pass to a private room for a reasonable rate at Hilton properties across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. There are lots of perks with this program, including the ability to use on-site facilities like fitness centers and pools. Plus, you'll get up to 10,000 member points after your first booking, good for stays at many Hilton locations.
Day Pass from Marriott Bonvoy: Similar to Hilton's program, you'll get a private room for 12 hours (6 a.m.-6 p.m.), plus complimentary snacks and water, member points to use toward future travel, and access to rooms at Marriott locations around the world.
Deskpass: Deskpass is an app that gets you access to coworking spaces and private offices across the U.S. You can sign up for a monthly plan or pay as you go. Individual users can get a 30-day free trial before making a commitment.
Put a Ring on It
Maybe you really need a dedicated workspace close to home. Maybe your spare room (or laundry room or walk-in closet) isn't cutting it anymore. Maybe you're just a little bit extra (so are we). Here are some ideas when you're ready to say "I do" to a long-term commitment:
WorkPod by Autonomous: Okay, yes, it's pricey. But look at it! Just imagine leaving your house in your slippers for your 30-second commute across the backyard to this. Sleek, modern, and pre-wired for electric and internet, you won't mind working overtime in this stunning office. Best of all, it can be set up in a single day with barely a hiccup in your productivity.
Backyard Shed: Pick your favorite hardware store, and check out some inspo on transforming a standard pre-fab shed into a fabulous backyard office! Home Depot and Lowe's both offer tips on converting one of their sheds into functional and amazing office spaces.
Coworking Spaces: We know, we know — we were offering alternatives to cafes and coworking spaces, but it wouldn't be right not to at least mention this option. With coworking spaces popping up all over, it's likely you'll be able to find one close to home, so you can take advantage of a dedicated workspace designed for remote workers like you. While most still require a monthly contract, you'll find many that offer a trial period or will let you join on a month-to-month basis. WeWork is the standard in the coworking space, and it's a great place to start, but a simple Google search of "coworking spaces near me" should give you a host of alternatives.
Working from home can get tedious after a while, but when you explore your options outside your own front yard (or even in your own backyard), you'll find a work environment that's right for you. And if you're looking not just for a remote office but a remote employer, keep First Page on your short list. Check out our job openings and see if we have a good fit for you!