Just starting a business? Here are our top places to work for free or cheap that are outside the house or to set up a client meeting. No office, no problem.
We’re always looking for new places to put down the laptop and get some work done outside of the house. Maybe it’s hard to get work done while the laundry is piling up or the dishes are scattered around the kitchen. We get it! We are always looking for new places to get work done, meet with a friend, or just to knock out that big project coming up.
We’ve gathered our favorite places to work in South College Station, and ranked them based on coffee, wifi and atmosphere. We can’t wait to explore the rest of BCS and bring you more reviews.
Leave a comment below if we forgot your favorite spot!
1. The Tipsy Bean Coffee and Wine Bar
Good for: Inviting a potential client for a chat
Category: Coffee Shop
As the name states, this little cafe serves coffee and wine. The downside? They shut off the wifi at 4pm every day but Sunday. I assume they do this to clear out the space of the working crowd at the end of the day, to make room for the evening wine people.
The two-story building is new and clean, and a bit more high-end than most (i.e. matching furniture) and is a nice place to meet clients. Because it is more upscale than most, and very much on the South side, so the local college exam schedule shouldn’t be an issue.
2. 1541 Pastries & Coffee
Good for: getting some work done alone or with a friend, sweets & coffee in hand
Category: Coffee Shop
This small coffee shop in Southwood Valley has an eclectic mix of furniture, stable wifi, and doesn’t get too crowded. It is closed on Mondays, but it also has tons of nooks and crannies to get some work done with someone without having to worry about disrupting people nearby.
The cakes and sweets available are totally worth stopping by as well.
3. Suites on 6
Good for: Taking your business to the next level, access to equipment
We had the pleasure of getting a tour of Suite on 6 after our Lunch Bunch at Stella’s Southern Cafe earlier this spring. On top of the usual open desks and offices for rent, there were also elliptical work stations, a massage chair, large meeting room, and so much more.
Extra perks for entrepreneurs: web design services, printing services, online course design and more coming soon. They are open to suggestions (such as a podcast studio, yay!) and the space is truly conducive to getting things done fast.
Readers get a whole week free to try it out. After that, choose from daily or monthly plans and take your business to the next level. Sometimes, it takes investing in yourself and taking yourself seriously to get the confidence to make the big moves and stop procrastinating. Go try it today!
What They Say: Our vision is to create a community of local entrepreneurs and small businesses that can help and support one another.
4 .Larry J. Ringer Library
Good for: Getting work done while checking out what’s new in books & magazines
Larry J. Ringer closed for several months, just as it was starting to become a favorite work option. Free wifi, very quiet, and free rooms to rent out as needed, working at the library is a top-notch option for people who don’t want to be pressured into buying coffee.
What they say: We are excited for Larry J. Ringer to reopen this fall. It’s always fun seeing what’s on the “Just Released” book rack, and perusing the magazines for marketing and content ideas.
The one negative? No food or drinks allowed!
Yes, McDonalds made our list! McDonalds has free WiFi, is relatively quiet during off-peak times, has ok enough coffee – although the cold stuff is pretty awesome. You don’t have to feel bad for taking the big table, as most are set up for four humans, which means you can spread your stuff out everywhere. If you’re working a long day, you can feed and hydrate yourself without too much hassle or cost. We personally prefer it to Starbucks, which could easily have been featured here instead for having about the same in terms of amenities.
Overall, if you can stand the smell of french fries for an extended period of time, McDonalds is pretty high up on the list!
Where are your favorite places to go in the BCS area? Leave a comment below so we can try it out too!