My Offices

My Offices

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that my offices are every coffee shop and a few local pubs in the Triad area of NC. Here is a map of many of them.

Here are 10 reasons I like to use local coffee shops as my office:

  1. Good coffee – Always freshly brewed
  2. Ice cold “soda” – one or two a week is not a bad thing
  3. Friendly and good people serving me
  4. Free refills – With the Starbucks Gold Card, I get free refills while I am in the office
  5. Good food in the pubs – a man has to eat, right?
  6. Free WIFI – Maybe it’s not perfect, but generally it works and it’s free.
  7. I am visible – often I get to say hello to customers, prospects and new connections who come to see me.
  8. When I get a chance to say hello, often I am asked what I’m up to. I get to spin this too, “How can I help you?”
  9. They are a more enjoyable place to have business meetings. It’s way more friendly
  10. My laptop has an ad on it – It gets seen by dozens of people every day
  11. Fresh pastries every morning
  12. I’ve done the math – $2 per day for a cup of coffee = max of $60 per month. No less expensive rent anywhere.

I know these offices may not be the best for everyone, but they sure do work well for me.

Follow me on FourSquare if you want to know when I’m in the office

Thanks, @FinnegansWake, @NattyGreene, @Starbucks, @TheGreenBean & @Krankies.

 

 

 

I love cafe chatter

Except when they cause me to lose track of what I am doing. Then I have to write a story about it.

These are just a few of the real conversations I heard behind me this morning. I heard all of this because the guy had the back of his chair banging into the back of mine. And, I did not make any of this up:

“Protect yourself from the crazy people on the internet. Use VPNs. My favorite is the sever in China. It’s real safe.”

“The only thing I like about the apple computers are the lighted keyboards. Beyond that, I am totally confused.”

“I don’t like Itunes at all. I don’t want big brother to know what music I stole.”

“Wow, my computer is acting real weird, I better shut it down. Someone is probably hacking into it right now.”

“What do you think about Linux over Windows 7 or, what is the OS on your Mac? You don’t know, that’s strange.”

“I don’t like Norton Antivirus. If you let the subscription expire it actually turns into a virus too,”

“Do backup into the cloud? I prefer to backup to portable USB drives. Here is mine right here – I take it with me everywhere.”

“My laptop keeps blue screening. That’s OK, I’m used to it. It does not bother me much.”

“My wife has a MAc, my daughters have Ipads, IPhones, Ipods and all those other apple things. I like my old dell best.”

What is the strangest cafe conversation you over heard recently?