Anyone else feels awkward while working in Public Place?

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With public places I mean coffee shop, parks, beaches etc. Wont people feel that I am crazy working in the public place with my laptop? Ofcourse not the whole day but during morning or evening

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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit thakur
    don't care about the people , just do what you like .
    because its not what people think about you its about what you feel doing that makes you feel happy .
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  • Profile picture of the author seriousjake
    I don't feel awkward, I'm just easily distracted so I'm way more productive in my own space.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Where ever you go today, people are on their phones, ipads, laptops, etc. Why would you feel awkward?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Who cares what others are thinking. They can't see what you are doing. Most of the time they are worried what others are thinking about them.

    If you work and someone asks what you are doing, you got a new prospect right there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Get a tshirt printed up that says "quiet please, I am making a lot of money online right now"
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    There was a photo on reddit a few days ago, of a woman who had her desktop (not a laptop) on a chair, and the monitor and keyboard on the table, at Starbucks.

    I don't feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, but I won't go to any sites that require a log in, when I'm using public wifi. It is not secure.

    A neighbor checked his email at our local Starbucks and an a few hours later he was locked out of his account. It turned into a serious problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author dalegolden
    Working at a local place can be disturbing sometime. Prefer to work at a personal place.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    I feel awkward doing video blogs in public. I did one from the local lake the other day and I kept looking around feeling paranoid - all my subscribers said it made it look like I was in a Blair Witch project movie or something. LOL!
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      I feel awkward doing video blogs in public. I did one from the local lake the other day and I kept looking around feeling paranoid - all my subscribers said it made it look like I was in a Blair Witch project movie or something. LOL!
      Haha... Ya Tiffany, I've tended to avoid the old coffee shop videos myself. I have done a few when walking along a river or at the beach though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    Considering I work from my home office I don;t have to venture out into public spots like coffee shops to work very often.

    However, I meet a number of my clients there when meetings are required, and I never once thought it was awkward. In fact it would be more awkward if I met them in my office at my house.

    So, I just wouldn't let it be a factor. No one is paying attention anyway, so why worry about it.

    Now recording videos in a coffee shop wold be a bit weird.. but I've seen people do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    I don't venture out a lot to work but when I have its usually to starbucks.

    I don't find it awkward at all I love a change of scenery every now and then and coffees are always good... Starbucks is a good place for us nerdy web people to meet lady friends too. Kill two birds with 1 stone

    Vlogging in public... thats a whole other story. Hell yea I feel awkward. But I think it will become more and more the norm. If you can get in now and build a following youtube vlogers certainly have it easy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve2967
    I like to think how jealous people are when they walk in to Starbucks at lunch time and I am lounging around with my laptop working.

    You know they want to ask what the heck you are doing after noticing you there on multiple days.
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Originally Posted by Just4Kix View Post

    With public places I mean coffee shop, parks, beaches etc. Wont people feel that I am crazy working in the public place with my laptop? Ofcourse not the whole day but during morning or evening

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    Um who cares what other people think?!! You aren't working for other people, you're working for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If I am proud of what I am doing in public, then I don't think that I'll feel awkward about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author greenyeti
      No, its pretty normal.

      Just be considerate of the place you are working at. I feel guilty to sit and work and not buy something if Im at a restaurant.

      For my real job I'm out of the office about 4 days of the week. Field work in the morning and then I have to do work from my laptop after that. I started going to libraries, because there is nothing to buy. College libraries often have nice scenery. I just a few years out of college so I don't look too out of place.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Lenaghan
        You've obviously never been to any of the Starbucks near me, lol.

        There are five of them within a 10 minute drive from home and some days I have to hit 2 or 3 before I find a table. They're full of people working away on their laptops.

        If I need a power jack, forget it :rolleyes:

        John
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  • Profile picture of the author IMDealBox
    I know a guy that was working ONLY in coffee shops and fast food places like McD and such! No internet at home...well...actually he had no home so..! If others do it as choice..he did it as necessity!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennwith2ns
    I have never felt awkward, though I do get annoyed when people ask what I'm doing. And just answering "working" doesn't make them go away lol. However if you have that problem, put headphones on - even if you aren't listening to anything, nobody will bother you.

    Having said that, I have never walked into a Starbucks or Panera and NOT seen at least one person on their laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    How much do the guys pay to take up space whole day at Startbucks? I can't imagine they would be allowed to work away without buying beverages/food?

    I do sometimes work in my local coffee shops, but never could have the courage to do it in Starbucks. They are a different kind of crowd that I don't feel comfortable with. Too posh for my liking.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
    Yea, places like starbucks, coffee bean are always filled-- with people that are on their laptops. I don't feel odd at all, now on the other hand, if i am buying a domain name or brain storming...I try to do that at the house
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunfm
    If you spend your whole life worrying about what people think of you,you are destined for failure.have a Lazer guided focus and just take ACTION!
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    My thoughts - Don't worry about what other people may or may not think of you. Instead focus on how much working wherever you want, TOTALLY ROCKS!

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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    For sure I can;t get focus on.Even just for replying a WF thread
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I find that I get more done when I go out and work. Not sure why that is though. The people around me don't make feel weird at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Majin
    No, i feel pretty bad ass. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Never understood how people work in public, unless its a library. Seems like a huge distraction to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author KingMedia
    Depends, sometimes I go the local Starbucks but get discouraged because of the crowds and sloooooow WiFi.

    But, it's good to get out - it helps you think different - new ideas come to mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      If you want to be left alone when working on a laptop in public, there are two things I can recommend:

      1. A tee shirt that says "Ask me about my new screen play."

      2. A pair of rainbow suspenders lined with pin-on buttons that say "Lose weight now - Ask me how."

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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        I'm sure the acceptance of it is largely dependant upon culture.

        A person using a laptop in a coffee shop in my town would almost definately be stared at, whereas if it was a coffee shop in New York or London perhaps not though I'd feel pretentious in any location to be honest.

        If I'm outside, chances are I'm there to get away from computers.
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      • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        If you want to be left alone when working on a laptop in public, there are two things I can recommend:

        1. A tee shirt that says "Ask me about my new screen play."

        2. A pair of rainbow suspenders lined with pin-on buttons that say "Lose weight now - Ask me how."

        I'd like one that says "Online Porn Queen" just to mess with people. LOL
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          I don't work out in public as a rule of thumb, however when we lost power last summer for about ten days in the middle of that sweltering heat wave, I did go to McDonald's twice for the WIFI.

          I didn't feel uncomfortable at all as the air conditioning was absolutely heavenly! That is until someone asked me if I was Valerie Bertinelli. :rolleyes:

          Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author emini_guy
    I did not know you can feel awkward about it. There are many people out there working in the public space, their job requires that. Nothing to feel awkward about.
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  • Profile picture of the author chadbmmo
    I feel like several people do.... dont worry what others are thinking just do your thing.

    Also just think how bad it would be working in a cubicle with 50 other people in an office talking on their phones selling the same products day in and day out.... how lucky are we
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    I see lots of people work on their laptops in public libraries, coffee shops and even bars. Sometimes I work in internet cafes and libraries myself. There's nothing awkward about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      I'd like one that says "Online Porn Queen" just to mess with people. LOL
      That was YOU? I didn't recognize you with just the head shot for an avatar here... :p
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