When I was a teacher, I remember going to Bread Co. during the summer and wondering what everyone was doing there. Did they have the summer off, too? Why weren't they at work? Do all these people not have jobs?
I assumed everyone else went to work every day to an office like I did to my classroom. I never imagined that Bread Co. functioned as their "office."
And then it became mine.
There are many things I love about working from Bread Co.:
- They have great coffee
- Their food is delicious
- The employees are sweet and know my name
- The decor is warm and inviting and doesn't feel overly stuffy (I could never work somewhere with cubicles)
- They offer tons of parking
I could keep going, but I think you get the point and might even be able to relate.
There is a reason why local cafes and coffee shops are regularly filled with small business owners, freelancers, people in sales, etc. There's a lot right about what cafes are offering business women.
But...switching gears, there's a lot that didn't work for me:
It's nice to be out of the house surrounded by people and their energy. I thought it would help quell the feelings of loneliness and isolation along my journey to figure out what the heck I was doing. It did to some extent, but sitting in a room full of strangers would ultimately make me feel more alone (and leads me to my second point).
Deciding what to do with my computer/purse when I had to go to the bathroom was a daily struggle. Do I weirdly take my computer with me to the potty or do I ask the stranger next to me to watch it? I'm not so sure what qualifies them as trustworthy...
There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of working on something important and getting kicked off the internet because I exceeded my allotted time or the person next to me is half-watching a reality show they are streaming and monopolizing all the bandwidth.
Nothing screams “professional and established” like having an important client meeting in a crowded Bread Co. next to fussy children or with the smell of burnt bagels wafting through the air. I love it there to meet friends but having a professional boardroom and quiet workspace is something I needed to be viewed by my clients (and frankly by myself) as a true professional.
Even though I walked away from being a math teacher, I will always be a mathematician at heart. I look at everything as a math problem and crave patterns and solutions.
Hence the birth of RISE Collaborative:
- Create something that takes all the things I like about working from cafes, but solves what is wrong.
RISE Collaborative is not just for people who need a private office; it's for all of us who have a love/hate relationship with working from local cafes/coffee shops. But with perks that even Bread Co. can’t beat like FREE coffee!