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One of the luxuries of being your own boss is the freedom to work from anywhere. Many times you’ll find yourself working outside of your office.

It could be a co-working space, a coffee shop, an airport or even a library.

The point is, you want to be just as productive there, as you are when you’re working in your office.

Often I like to relocate to a shared area as a way to break the routine, feel less isolated by being around other solo business owners, and to have that co-working experience.

Let’s face it, running your own business can get lonely when you’re flying solo, right?

So, how do you stay productive and work efficiently when you’re in a co-working environment?

Here are five of my top co-working tips to help you make the most of your time away from your office.

1.  Choose your location wisely

Where you sit in your co-working space is very important. If possible, park yourself near a window because you’ll have the added benefit of natural light and a view. Also try to find a spot near a power outlet (more on that in tip #5.)

2. Invest in noise cancelling headphones

Any co-working space comes with its fair share of background noise. For many, that can be very distracting. Noise cancelling headphones not only shut out the hum, they also signal to others that you’re working so they’ll think twice before interrupting you.

3. Stay hydrated

It’s hit and miss as to whether the co-working space you choose supplies water. Being hydrated and being productive are interconnected, so to keep up that efficient workflow, pack your own water bottle.

4. Load up on healthy snacks

To fuel your body and your productivity, pack some nourishing snacks. There may not be an opportunity for you to run out and get some food, so having your own supply will help beat those distracting hunger pains.

5. Bring your own power cord

This may sound like a no-brainer but I’ve been caught more than once with a depleted battery and no way to charge it. Having an extra cord already packed in your briefcase ensures you’ll never be without a way to power up.

These five tips are sure to help you work productively and effectively when you’re working remotely.

Your Next Step

Where do you like to work when you’re not in your office? What’s one tip you’ll use to make sure it’s a productive experience?