Why I Love Working in Coffee Shops So Much.

Even in the most awesome of offices we can fall into a routine, and a routine is the enemy of creativity. Changing your environment, even just for a day, brings new types of input and stimulation, which in turn stimulates creativity and inspiration.

Wesley Verhoeve

As a WAHM (Work-at-home-mom), writer, coffee lover and coffee shop dweller, my ultimate favorite thing about working from home is the many COFFEE SHOPS I get to work in! I remember the day I was given my job offer, I was still not sure if the job was completely a remote position or if I was required to work on campus as well. I remember asking my new boss where I was expected to work.

“Wherever you want! Coffee shops are a great place,” was her response, and I was quite surprised, in a good way.

I can work at a coffee shop and get paid at the same time??

What a dream job!

So since then, I have been visiting different shops as much as I can. I have a routine where I work at a coffee shop at least once a week to feel grounded and connected to the outside world since working from home can sometimes be very isolating.

For those who know me, you know that I am a coffee shop dweller. I seem to get a lot more work done in a coffee shop–whether I am grading or writing. Now being that I live all the way in the West Valley and most coffee shops are in Downtown Phoenix or the East, my choices were limited at first.  However, there has been a sudden growth on my side of town and coffee shops have been opening left and right.

Matter of fact, there is one that just opened up this weekend, and it is truly a writer’s ideal place to write or read at. It is called Ebb + Flow located in the heart of Verrado.

People often ask me why I looooove coffee shops so much. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Conversation

Working from home can sometimes become depressing and isolating. In a coffee shop, I get to interact with other people (adults–not toddlers) and meet new people. I don’t know about you but speaking in baby language can sometimes get…well….old.  Meeting new people in your community is always a good thing. By meeting new people, you are introduced to new things, ideas, and places. There is another local coffee shop where I am a regular at and as soon as I walk in, the owners greet me by name and already know my order. The regulars and I know each other and converse quite often. This has been good for me personally with being new to the area.

Perhaps it’s the smell of the coffee; the air lightly laced with caffeine and conversation. There’s a wonderful sort of anonymous social contact gained from a day in a cafe; the short exchanges with serving staff, the moments tuned in to other people’s gossip.


2. A Moment To Myself

Time away from the kids is needed! I’m a sole believer in having “Mommy Time”. In fact, I have that daily once I put the kids to bed. My Mommy Time keeps me sane. If you currently do not have such time to yourself, then I am here to tell you that you are missing out and why a coffee shop would be an ideal place . This is a precious moment for me where I can relax and do what I like, whether it’s reading, writing, or simply working not at home.  Stepping away from the kids can be good for your mind and body! Although there has been a few times where I had to take my baby with me to meet with a few colleagues. Usually, I prefer to go alone.

3. Stimulates Creativity

There is a reason why most writers love to write in coffee shops. The scenery. Coffee. People watching. It just inspires me more to write and be productive with my time. Of course, you should not work at cafes every single day, but I think it is refreshing to do so at least once a week.

4. Focus

Sometimes when I am working from home, I am constantly distracted by the TV, food, my phone, and my comfortable couch–especially during pregnancy. On days that I have enormous work to do, I force myself to work in a coffee shop to be more productive. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I am more productive and less distracted when I work at a coffee shop.

Working from home used to be a love & hate relationship for me, but I have since then embraced it with arms wide open. I used to toy with the idea of going back to work in an office setting, but after three years, that would be very difficult for me to do unless it is a very flexible job. My point is,

Working from home can be great, but also isolating. You don’t have to be stuck at home everyday. Escaping to a coffee shop can solve the problem of isolation.

Work-at-Home-Moms: When It’s Time To Put The Kids In Daycare

 For the past year, since his birth, I’ve been working from home full-time  with an infant–and it was the hardest thing ever. But… it was worth it! Watching him grow and never missing a moment of his first year was priceless. Now, my oldest has been going to preschool part-time for a while,  so it is also good to be able to spend some days with him at home as well. I am grateful to be a Work-at-Home-Mom.
Working during nap time was never consistent, and working after the kids went to bed was becoming too overwhelming. Sleeping after midnight every night was my life. What was supposed to be “the best of both worlds” became a nightmare. I always complained because of how exhausting the situation was, playing the supermom role and all. I knew it was temporary. We’d agreed we’d  keep him at home the first year, but when he was six months, it was already starting to feel almost impossible. but still,  I tried to hold on a little longer.
See, people have this misconception  that working from home is all peaches and roses. That’s a thing, right? Peaches and roses? I can’t think straight right now (currently tucked in bed writing this). Anyway,  as I was saying,  by working from home, I don’t  mean selling oils or it works! (no offense), but I am referring to work-at-home-moms with a full-time  salary position.
I often hear: “You’re so lucky. I wish I could have your job so I could bring in some income and be with my kids.”
I always tell them to be prepared to do double the work. Because that is the reality. WORK-AT-HOME-MOMS  wear both hats. We’re home with the kids and trying to work at the same time, while keeping up with cooking and household chores while trying not to feel guilty about not devoting enough time to play peek-a-boo.. Let me add how messy the house gets! So it is not as “golden” as people think.
It is; however, a good option if you have a very flexible job where you can set your own hours and work whenever, wherever. Even better if you’re able to have some help during the day for your own sanity.
Every now and then, time away  from the kids can make you a better mother and a much better employee.
All in all, working from home has been a blessing for my family. I do admit that I have a love it and hate it relationship with my job. But at the end of the day, it’s what’s best for my family and our current stage of life.
So in order to continue  to make it work, something had to change after my latest breakdown. And I feel so great about this decision.  Sort of like I can breathe again– major weight lifted off my shoulders.
So now, this mama right here  gets a break three days a week to work during normal business hours of the day and sleep when everyone sleeps because I will no longer have to be a night owl who works past midnight .
Amen to that.