For many of us, teleworking is becoming an increasingly popular option. But sometimes, even remote working from your home office or dining room table can get stale.
As a recent self-employed marketing copywriter, I’m fortunate to have the flexibility to work where I choose. Over the past several months, I’ve tested out some neighborhood spots for teleworking. It turns out there are quite a few available to us that come with WiFi, power outlets, tables and chairs, and, in some cases, snacks and beverages.
Here’s a list of some of the places I’ve been teleworking in recent months. Know of some others? Let us know in the comments!
2316 Rhode Island Avenue NE
A traditional shared workspace, this 3,000-square-foot business center offers desk space and conference rooms for small businesses owners and other entrepreneurs looking for a place outside the house to get work done. The space, developed through SB Works, offers several different membership options, including a shared table space, a reserved desk, and a private office (Internet and other utilities included). There’s also printing and mail services, an outdoor patio, on-site showers, storage, and more. Bonus points: Rita’s is right next door.
3629 12th St. N.E.
Barnes & Noble Café
625 Monroe Street NE
If you’re a ravenous reader like me, you might find it problematic to get work done surrounded by books for sale. But with enough discipline you might be able to stay focused at the café connected to Catholic University’s college bookstore, which offers Starbucks-related beverages and snacks. As with Catholic University’s libraries, you’ll have to pay attention to the class/exam/vacation schedules to know the best times to go.
620 Michigan Avenue NE
This Starbucks, perhaps one of the most obvious places to telework in the area, offers plenty of seating space. For those who like to work in style, they offer fancy pours of premium coffee. For the more utilitarian worker, you’re just as well grabbing a grande cup of black and taking breaks to watch the Monroe Street Market foot traffic pass by. Caution: This spot gets crowded during the school year.
Busboys and Poets
625 Monroe Street NE
Here’s the clear and pleasant danger about working at our local Busboys and Poets: the drinks and food. While many of us think of the restaurant as a place to eat lunch or dinner, some chairs and tables are the perfect way to get some work done in a cool (if occasionally noisy) space. You’ll also have your tempting selection of teas, coffees, juices, and treats. And when you’re ready to close out the day, you can slip right over to the bar for a cocktail. (Or drink while you work. Not that I’ve tried that…)
Woodridge Neighborhood Library
1801 Hamlin Street NE
The neighborhood’s newest library, this branch offers computers and quiet rooms on the second floor, along with plenty of table space and power outlets. An added benefit of working here, I find, is the light-filled interior and the broad wall of windows that make you feel like less of a shut-in. Coffee break needed? Walk up Rhode Island Avenue and get a pick-me-up at Zeke’s Coffee. (Just make sure not to bring it back).
Sr. Helen Sheehan Library
125 Michigan Avenue NE
Trinity University’s library gets bonus points for offering a Community Patron Membership for Brookland/Edgewood residents. Stop by the library to register for the free program and you’ll be able to get work done at the library anytime within normal business hours (my preference is to be tucked away in one of the second-floor study carrels). Unfortunately, you’re unable to borrow any books, but you can use the printers. Learn more about the library’s program here.
Fox Loves Taco
716 Monroe Street NE
The newest edition to Monroe Street Market, this tiny taco and coffee shop (from the team behind the Little Red Fox) has free WiFi and you can often see folks working away inside. The storefront features several booths, as well as outdoor benches that on fair-weather days might be a good place to sit. The danger, one imagines, is easy access to some addictive breakfast tacos.