As someone who has definitely learned about his local coffee shop to its full potential, I definitely have experience with what goes on there. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind if you are a first-timer at the coffee shop.
Don’t be a coffee shop bum, and don’t make an employee have to ask you to patronize their establishment. As soon as you come into the shop, set up your laptop where it needs to go, grab your money, and go purchase a coffee, or a scone, or some other item from the shop. In some places, they will even give you free refills on coffee and drinks.
These establishments are stupid. They know that after sitting in the shop, especially one where food is served, for an extended period of time, you are going to get hungry. Both of you guys know that you can’t bring outside food into the shop while you work, so you are going to have to buy food from them if you plan to stay and eat. This is how some places are able to justify free wifi.
Set Up Near an Outlet
You’ll find that many people who come in with their laptops sit clustered in certain areas. This is because they are looking for a power outlet. Even if you feel confident in your laptop’s ability to hold a charge, still sit somewhere close to an outlet and plug up, just in case. When the shops are busy, you may find yourself in a situation where your laptop just died in the middle of a great ephiphany (coffee shops can be a great place to generate ideas), and all of the power outlets in the place are taken. You don’t want to lose that thought or work because of a simple lack of power.
Going to the Bathroom
Going to the bathroom can be a sticky situation. In some cases, you may feel comfortable leaving your laptop sitting outside there alone while you take a leak. I won’t do that unless I know that someone else with a laptop agrees to keep an eye on it. There are enough cases of people getting their laptops stolen for this to be a concern-you’re not paranoid. If no one, in particular, is watching your stuff, anyone in the shop can just assume that any random person grabbing your stuff is the legitimate owner.
So when going to the bathroom, be sure to either ask another laptop buddy to keep an eye on it, or pack your stuff up and take it with you.
Keep Your Coffee or Tea Separate
I lost the use of my laptop keyboard and ended up having to lug a PC keyboard around with me when I neglected to heed this piece of advice. Don’t ever place your laptop on the same table as your coffee or tea. When you are drinking, make sure that your face is far away from the keys. All it takes is a quick slip of the wrists for your entire laptop to get ruined.
If you are going to a coffee shop to work and take advantage of free wifi Internet service for the first time, be sure to take this advice with you. One last thing-be is aware of who is around you because there are scammers who target wifi HotSpots to steal information. Just do an Internet search to find out more.