I have worked from home for roughly 9 years, more or less. It is usually a great setup as I have a home office. I don’t have a door on my office and the acoustics are horrible. So, sometimes it makes sense to find somewhere else to work. Sometimes I do this for the “Hawthorne Effect” in that I am paying attention to my working situation because it is different and I can be more productive (e.g. working from a coffee shop).
However, sometimes I need a different situation because things are different at home, like kids are home from school, animals are needier than normal, or there is some outdoor noise (lawn mowers, construction, etc.). I have considered a co-working space, but the affordable options wouldn’t necessarily solve those problems as they aren’t private offices.
An option that I have considered is going to the library. Many libraries have private study rooms available where one could have discussions (including conference calls). The stipulation is generally that this is for personal use and not business purposes at public libraries, but I don’t see much an issue fudging it when it isn’t done frequently. I have also tried to quantify taking a class at a university just to have library privileges (and there are plenty of other benefits to being listed as a student that could be leveraged).
Has anyone had a similar circumstance? What solutions have you found?