Life of working as an assessor comes with many perks. You have flexibility, you feel fulfilled when you see the people you’ve assessed achieve their goals, and more importantly, you also get to work from home.

But working from home does have its setbacks. Remote working can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, and at times, you want a change of environment.

Fortunately, there are many places where you can work besides your home. In this article, we take a look at the 7 alternatives.

1. Big Chain Coffee Shop

You may notice a plethora of artisan coffee shops located in right in the heart of towns and cities, and these places have become extremely popular for remote workers and freelancers. 

While these coffee shops may be suitable for working, the main disadvantage is logistics. As an assessor, you will be travelling to local boroughs situated on the outskirts of towns and city centres. And since you will need access to a car, the cost of parking in towns and city centres will add up.

The alternative is to look out for big chain coffee shops such as Costa, Starbucks and Cafe Nero. These chains have very good and reliable WiFi, have plenty of sockets,  and you can stay as long as you want, provided that you at least purchase one drink. These big chains are popping up everywhere, so you’re almost bound to find one in a local borough without a doubt.

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2. Local Libraries

Libraries are an excellent place to work. They’re free to use, you don’t need to buy anything to use their facilities, and they usually have WiFi. Plus, if you want to work in silence, then libraries should be your first choice of places to work.

While there a number of libraries closing down due to lack of funding, with the Guardian reporting that 343 libraries have closed down in the space of 5 years, it is best to do some research to find out which libraries are still open. 

When looking for libraries, have a look at their resources as well. The last thing you want is to get to a library and find out that there is no WiFi. 

3. Hotels

Some hotels have a cafe area where you can access their WiFi and get cracking on with your work. You might have to pay for a tea or coffee, in exchange for a comfy spot at the table, but it is worth it.

4. Cafe Bars/Tea Rooms

Similar to coffee shops, cafe bars and tea rooms provide a relaxed working environment, especially during the day. But the downside is, they don’t open early morning as the big chain coffee shops do. But if you want to do some work in the afternoon, and you see cafe bar nearby, then you’re onto a winner.

5. Museums

Museums are a good place to work. It is filled with history, artefacts and some interesting statistics as well. Some museums have free-entry, others will charge a fee. Most museums will have a cafeteria area where you can buy drinks and snacks and find a decent place to do your work.

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6. Fast food chains

Although not everyone’s first choice, but fast food chains like McDonald’s have noticed the popularity of remote working and refurbished their eating areas into places where you can work. Some branches have plenty of plug sockets, but all branches have good WiFi. Plus, the hot beverages are decently priced too.

7. Supermarkets

Supermarkets can prove to be a really good working place, just as long they have a cafe area and they provide free WiFi. Some big-name supermarkets have partnered with fast food chains who normally do provide internet access. 

What to Keep in Mind When Researching these Working From Home Alternative

The number one essential is, as you have guessed, is WiFi. Without it, you’ll be stuck. Best thing to do is call the place you’re interested in working, and ask if they have WiFi. You can also ask if it is reliable. Most staff members will give an honest answer when you ask that question because they use it themselves.

Also, look into the logistic of these places as well. Make sure they have free parking and it is not too far away from your designated sites where you will be conducting your assessor work. 

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