Ah, freelancing life…working for yourself, dictating your own hours, it’s the dream right!?

 

The reality is it can be challenging and a bloody daunting task keeping yourself in check and disciplined. You are your own boss, which don’t get me wrong is really great, but can also be the cause of plenty of pressure (mainly provided by yourself!) and stress. One thing I have found which helps endlessly with this, is finding a good work space. For me, getting out of the house to work is the answer. I still have the control in terms choosing where I work, for how long and when I can take a break… Staying at home makes me feel like I’m still just ‘chilling’ a little bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, I can be pretty productive on the sofa or at the kitchen table, but my end of the day ‘sit down with a glass of wine’ just doesn’t have the same sparkle when you’ve been sat there all day.

 

I have always found that my work flow gets pretty stagnant if I try and work in the same place for too long and luckily Bristol is jam packed with great cafes and spaces where you can set up your laptop, order a banging, perfectly frothed coffee, and crack on with some work. Some people argue that working from cafes is expensive but when you compare buying a coffee each day to renting an office there is little competition.

 

So, here is the low down to some of my favourite work spots for freelancers, students and those looking for somewhere to head to get shit done. They are mainly located around Gloucester Road as I am completely spoilt living here but I promise I’ll broaden my horizons soon and move further a field to give you the rest of the cities hot working spots!

Hobbs House Bakery

 

Wifi: 10/10

Plug Points: 10/10

Noise levels: 8/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

Great wifi and plug points galore!! This fantastic little bakery even has USB points in all their plugs so you could charge every electrical item that can possibly be squished into your bag (although I’m not sure how happy they’d be if you brought your electric toothbrush along to be charged too!) The daily homemade soup is always epic, especially paired with their ridiculously good white bloomer bread.

 

Also, their bacon sandwich is the best I’ve ever had. Yes, I know, big claim but I’ve said it.

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The Crafty Egg

 

Wifi: 10/10

Plug Points: 6/10

Noise levels: 7/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

Located on Stokes Croft, they have a specific laptop bar in the window for people wanting to do work. Perfect for people watching too… Big tables and super friendly staff who always are up for a chat – sometimes really needed when you go all day without speaking to anyone… working for yourself can sometimes be lonely y’all!

 

Maybe avoid on weekends (who works weekends anyway right!?) as it can get super busy! They also always have a great playlist to get you through.

Spicer & Cole

 

Wifi: 8/10

Plug Points: 8/10

Noise levels: 5/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

This bustling cafe on Gloucester road is great if you need the thought of a great lunch to get you through the day. The salads are insane and you don’t feel pressured by the staff to stop typing and start ordering to justify the space and electricity you’re using up! It is pretty big space so you can hide away in a corner! There are three Spicer and Coles in Bristol and all are equally great for working.

The Bristolian Cafe

 

Wifi: 8/10

Plug Points: 6/10

Noise levels: 7/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

I love popping along to the Bristolian for an afternoons work as it can be a little quieter after the breakfast madness. The staff are incredibly friendly and it has a real homey vibe. I always feel really relaxed working here and when you get peckish, the breakfast (served all day), hits the spot. The fried potatoes on the breakfast are legendary. DELISH.

The Workhouse

 

Wifi: 10/10

Plug Points: 8/10

Noise levels: 6/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

The Workhouse is a great little corner cafe and I initially tried it because of the name. Yes, times were desperate. The smoothies are OMG and they have a seriously great playlist. Really lovely vibe and lots of meetings go on here, as it’s pretty central, so I always feel I’m in a productive working environment (ha!?).

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Bakers & Co.

 

Wifi: 9/10

Plug Points: 7/10

Noise levels: 8/10

Coffee: 10/10

 

I love the atmosphere here and the Californian style food and coffee are delicious. This is always my go to on a Friday if I want to get some odd bits done but primarily just have a nice time – who said freelancing isn’t fun right!?

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The Canteen

 

Wifi: 6/10

Plug Points: 6/10

Noise levels: 8/10

Coffee: 7/10

 

The canteen is the perfect work place if you don’t necessarily want to spend much cash in order to work. There is never anyone giving you the eye and you don’t feel any pressure to buy endless coffee to justify working here. They have a few big communal tables where lot’s of people work and it is just generally a great working vibe. GREAT spot for meetings as it’s big, spacious and they’re are not ‘funny’ about noise – very laid back!

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