7 places to work remotely in Boston
March 20, 2019
Even if you have the most beautiful and optimally designed home office, there’s only so long you can stare at those same walls. At some point, you’re going to want to venture out. But what type of environment is right for you? While a chain coffee shop might seem like the easiest place to park yourself for a day of work, these high-traffic spots can get loud and crowded — and you will likely need a change of pace after a while. Thankfully, there are a variety of places to work remotely in Boston. While some are obvious options, others are a bit more hidden. Here are seven options to consider the next time you need a break from your home office.
1. Boston Public Library
As long as you aren’t planning on taking or making any calls, the Boston Public Library is one of the best places to work remotely in Boston. It’s huge, so you likely won’t have to worry about searching for a seat. Bates Hall, which is equipped with communal tables and green lamps that inspire a get-to-work atmosphere, is one of the most well-known spots you can work. But if you want to minimize the distractions, there are plenty of other smaller reading rooms available, as well.
2. Kendall Square Rooftop Garden
Looking for an oasis from the city without driving to a neighboring town or suburb? You’ve found it at Kendall Square Rooftop Garden, a community garden located on the top of Green Garage in Kendall Center. The space hosts plenty of events, such as cooking demonstrations and yoga classes, but freelancers often find their way to the space when they want to work in the fresh air, above the city. Plus, the free, open Wi-Fi provided to all of Kendall Square by MIT doesn’t hurt, either. When it’s time for a snack break, there are plenty of dining options in Kendall Center below, so you can get back to work whenever you please.
3. Coworking Offices
Coworking spaces are perfect for freelancers who are feeling a bit stir-crazy in their own home, but still need to get down to business. These spaces come with options like front-desk services, conference rooms and even refreshments, providing you with everything you need to keep your business on track. One major bonus of a coworking atmosphere is getting to know other self-employed professionals in similar (and different) fields. With the help of a few new relationships, you may be able to expand your business through partnerships or new clients and projects.
There are plenty of coworking spaces scattered throughout Boston, but there are two particularly notable options: WeWork has eight locations that provide a bold, contemporary (and even artsy) vibe. And Workbar, which possesses eight locations in the city and other surrounding communities, offers an industrial atmosphere with splashes of color.
4. The Boston Athenaeum
If you want the library vibe minus the crowds and noise found at other public libraries throughout Boston, consider a visit to the Boston Athenaeum. Here, you’ll find historical collections, new exhibitions and exciting events — plus plenty of quiet areas in the library section to focus on what you do best.
Single-day passes are available to the public for $10 if you want to take it for a test run (just be sure to go during the open-to-public hours), but an annual membership fee is much less than even some monthly fees at traditional coworking spaces, and offers access to a vast number of benefits. These include special members-only hours, access to thousands of books and periodicals in private in-person and online libraries, free Wi-Fi, computers and research banks like JSTOR and LexisNexis — plus, discounted book talks and lectures, members-only discussion groups and free access to exhibitions for your days off.
5. District Hall
With a mission statement that “innovation shouldn’t just happen behind closed doors,” District Hall provides a completely free-to-use space in their public lounge that’s perfect for freelancers at any stage of their business. Grab your dry erase markers and brainstorm your next big idea on any one of their IdeaPaint walls, and don’t worry about vying for electrical access, because the lounge is made up of power work tables. Plus, the Wi-Fi is free and high speed. Besides the public lounge, freelancers can also rent rooms for their own meetings and events. If you’re feeling hungry, stop by on-site Gather for a meal, or Brew for drinks and snacks.
6. Coffee Shops
If you regularly pick up caffeine on your way to a remote work location, you may have already considered simply working in the coffee shop like so many other freelancers. But that doesn’t mean you need to bunker down at a major chain. There are so many hidden gems in Boston with the aroma of freshly brewed beans and the Wi-Fi to work your way through the day. Some of the best coffee shops to work remotely in Boston include Render Coffee (in the South End and the Financial District), Thinking Cup (in the Boston Common, the North End and Back Bay) and Barrington Coffee Roasting Company (in Fort Point and Back Bay).
7. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Looking for a Boston museum where you can sneak away and roam the halls for inspiration while you work? The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has plenty of nooks and crannies where self-employed professionals can settle in for the day. Need more space to stretch out, or simply feeling a bit hungry? Grab a bite to eat at Cafe G, where the menu changes with the seasons and the museum’s rotating exhibits. There’s an admission fee to the museum, but tickets aren’t required if you simply want to work in the cafe.
Each of the above choices could be an excellent place to work, but you’ll have to be the best judge of what’s perfect for you. Try them all out, and soon you’ll find a new favorite place to run your business.
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