I’ve been a self-employed entrepreneur ever since I can remember. As a real estate Broker-property manager-landlord I’m my own boss. But even back in the day when I worked as a manager for Xerox Western Education Government Operations I was a self-employed, independent contractor.
After so many years of entrepreneural bliss I figured I’d gotten the hang of working from home - that is until my husband retired in 2018. Ask any woman you’ve ever known who has a significant other begin working from home how dramatically life changes. What ensued after Hubby began hanging out 24/7 was too much togetherness for any happy couple. 🙈🙈 Keep in mind also that my beloved and I live in a 649-square-foot tiny, historic condo. That being the case, I’m proud of us for recently creating home-office work spaces in separate rooms. Sometimes we switch it up. But I’m most often in the back while Tommy and our hound get their business done in the front of our home.
We also rediscovered the joys of working remotely from home. Since we travel quite a bit, my top fave award for the most convenient mobile work space (in any city) is just what the doctor ordered — Winner, Winner, Salmon Dinner! 🐟🏆 at Whole Foods Cafe. My primary care physician said it would benefit me to eat foods with Omega-3 and to take daily Krill oil pills, and Whole Foods in Savannah on Victory Drive usually carries fresh cooked salmon for carry out or eat in meals. The convenience of being able to eat what I need and also grab an easy seat in the grocery’s cafe is unbeatable. Special mention to Lucky’s Supermarket Cafe’ on Abercorn. However, that cafe is not, in my opinion, nearly as cozy.
Who doesn’t love a cup o’ joe at Starbuck’s? I confess to being a Starbuck’s app addict because I like the convenience of ordering before I walk in the store, but I’ve found it can be hard to find a place to set up my computer near a seat with an outlet once I’m inside. Besides the opportunity to work in a space that’s less crowded, finding a local coffee shop can be a feel good experience: It feels good to put your hard earned dollar in the small business owner’s pocket. The independent Savannah coffee shop where I’ve got the sweetest memories is Foxy Loxy Print
Gallery and Cafe.
Here’s a 2018 throwback photo to a ((BIG)) day for the Bartons when Tommy was honored as a Community Star by the Savannah Technical College Foundation.
Ever since graduate school at Savannah College of Art & Design I have enjoyed working remotely at the SCAD Ex Libris book store cafe. Ambiance in a work space is everything: Barnes and Noble can’t compete with the selection of art books and fashion magazines on display for sale. It’s also fun to people watch here because this place is frequented by fashion majors who dress the part. That said, it’s these columns that give Ex Libris it’s special character.
Last but certainly not least on my personal list of fave remote work locations is our Savannah Live Oak Main Branch Public library. (Note: My journalist husband will soon be blogging about his own personal list of fave remote work locations in Savannah over at his web site, www.iamnotoldnews.com
There’s just something magical about taking a break from working at the computer to enjoy the peace and quiet and discover a special book.
Suzana Barton is the the founder of www.happygreatday.com , a travel and fashion blog. She researches simple ideas to put a smile on your face. 👠💛🚐🧡✈️