July 26, 2009
Where telecommuters can beat the heat this week
I've been working from home long enough to know that trying to be productive while beads of sweat roll down your back and drip onto your keyboard is a lost cause. Once my office breaks 80 degrees, all I'm good for is a siesta.
If like me, you're a home-based worker with no air conditioning, there's no need to panic about this week's forecasted heat wave. The Puget Sound area offers plenty of places where freelancers and telecommuters can escape the 90-degree summer sizzle.
For starters, you can check with your neighborhood library branch. Many are blessedly equipped with air conditioning, as well as free wifi access for those who have their laptop in tow. I stopped by the Northgate branch of the Seattle Public Library today and found both amenities available. Same goes for the Shoreline branch of the King County Library System.
Also check with the various coworking facilities throughout the Puget Sound area (here's a list of locations). Most will rent you a desk for a day for about $25 to $40; all have high-speed Internet access and the usual office amenities. Office Nomads, Capitol Hill's coworking space, is even offering a School's Out Special for telecommuting parents with school-age kids home for the summer. Simply show Office Nomads your child's most recent report card and you'll get a free week at the facility ($125 value).
Freelancers and telecommuters, where do you usually work when the mercury soars? At a neighborhood cafe or bookstore? In the home of a generous friend who's splurged on AC? From the freezer aisle of your favorite grocery store? Any and all recommendations welcome.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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