Being self-employed means that more often than not I find myself working at home.
And while that’s all well and good, it can come with far too many struggles. For me, it’s way too easy to become constantly distracted by my TV and far too easy to lose concentration when I’ve been staring at the same wall for hours.
When it comes to regaining my focus to getting that work done, I always head to a coffee shop for a bit of a boost and let me tell you, a change of scene that doesn’t half do wonders for my productivity. And thankfully, Birmingham is bursting with incredible independents that make for the perfect alternative office.
Here are some of my favourite places to work from home:
I won’t deny it, Wayland’s Yard is absolutely my home from home. You’ll find this absolute gem, which also has a flagship in Worcester, located on Bull Street right opposite the tram station.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE it here, Wayland’s is the place where I always find myself becoming most productive and smashing through my work. They opened in the city in 2018, and have been going from strength to strength ever since they began serving up their delicious coffee and mouthwatering Aussie Eggs.
Whether you’re heading out for a client meeting or need to meet your deadlines, this a great place for it. The staff are an absolute delight, the service is quick and friendly, there are plenty of charging points to keep your laptop on the go and if you’re lucky, you might even but into their adorable resident pup, Kobe.
With two locations in the city – one on Colmore Row and the more recent venue on Lower Temple Street – 200 Degrees is a fantastic coffee roasters with shops that are beginning to take over multiple cities across the country.
Come for the coffee, free WiFi and tasty selection of salads and sandwiches, but make sure to try our the espresso caramel brownie if you want that extra kick of caffeine to get you through the day.
200 has plenty of seating, especially in its New Street shop. But if you want to sit outside in the summer months then make sure you head to the Colmore Row venue to grab a seat in the sun.
Tucked down Dale End, Ngopi rapidly became one of my absolute fave coffee spots in Birmingham. As well as having their own roasts which are made in-house, this delightful little spot serves up some rather delicious Indonesian grub.
I love Ngopi’s coffee so much, so I aim to pop in as often as I can to try out one of their incredible homebrews – black, no sugar, so you can really taste all of the top notes. It’s one of the city’s more intimate coffee spots, but there are still plenty of places to sit and power up your laptop.
So if quality coffee and top-notch food are on your list to help you become more productive, then head on down and say hello the the guys at Ngopi.
Tucked away in Piccadilly Arcade, Faculty offers world-class coffee from blends across the globe, combined with possibly the most gorgeous pastries in the city centre.
While space, WiFi and plug sockets are pretty limited here, Faculty has a super-cool vibe with huge windows if you’re a bit of a people watcher like me. And if you’re heading to catch a train, it’s just a stone’s throw away from New Street station, making it super-convenient if you’re commuting in and out of town.
Around the corner from Faculty, Yorks is always a popular choice if I want to surround myself with the buzz of the city. Whether you’re after a coffee, tea or a delicious home-baked pastry, you won’t be disappointed with what Yorks has to offer.
Did I mention that York’s does the most INCREDIBLE brunch? In fact, it was named the in The Guardian’s 50 Best Breakfast Places in the UK alongside The Plough Harborne, and their IKON Gallery is probably one of the most visually stunning coffee shops in Birmingham as it’s located in the picturesque Oozells Square.
Quarter Horse Coffee
For some insane reason, it took me until just a few months ago before I finally visited Quarter Horse Coffee for the very first time and I instantly fell in love with the place.
Granted it’s quite a walk from the centre of town as it’s located around a five-minute walk from Birmingham Hippodrome, but it’s well worth the stroll for the insanely good coffee in a relaxed and spacious atmosphere.
There’s an abundance of seats and the WiFi’s pretty speedy. Plus, I think its location helps in the fact that you’re less likely packed on a weekday. Before you leave, you can even buy a bag of the freshly roasted coffee, which means you can enjoy a delicious Quarter Horse blend in the comfort of your own home.