This Week’s Best In Beta
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The desire to ditch the traditional office drives plenty of freelancers and modern workers. Makeshift office space no longer seems strange. Glowing screens in pretty much any place that has WiFi are common sights. Once you’ve detached from a central office space, however, there are still plenty of questions to answer when it comes to choosing a place to get work done.
How reliable and fast is the connection? Are there enough outlets? Will you need to pay $35 bucks to hold down the fort? Speaking from experience, knowing whether or not you can safely leave your things while you take a bathroom break becomes a constant, annoying concern when you’ve decided to make anywhere your office space.
Mobile app Work Hard Anywhere (WHA) looks to answer all of these questions and more for the itinerant workforce. WHA is a crowdsourced directory of work spaces with a list of attributes and reviews, compiled by the people with firsthand experience working at each place.
Freelancers, entrepreneurs and creatives share where they pursue productivity and leave a bunch of useful information about spaces, including the following details:
- fast and free WiFi ratings
- number of outlets
- seating capacity
- parking availability
These considerations come on top of basic info such as hours of operation, address, menus, along with contributor notes. It may sound like a lot, but the WHA screen renders details easily digestible so mobile workers can determine quickly if the place is right or not.
While there are other apps that help workers find WiFi, or rate coworking spaces, etc., WHA’s holistic account of establishments is a more useful way to measure work spaces. The great Internet connection won’t do you much good, after all, if you have to spend an hour circling for parking.
WHA also gives the remote working community a convenient platform to share info and chat with one another, which makes it easier to get work done – and makes the job less lonely. Try to coordinate with others in advance or meet the kindred spirits around you with a click.
Are you a work space connoisseur? Then share your knowledge of work-friendly spots and discover more great locations for gettin’ work done at workhardanywhere.com. Sign up now to be among the first to give the app a try or to learn when it’s ready to go.