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How This Writer Leases Office Space for Less Than $40 a Month
One of the key defining points of a writer is that he can readily tap into his creativity.
On that point alone, I fail miserably. I don't do anything readily, for all of life is a struggle for me, and when I'm finally able to access my creativity, it's more often than not as dormant as a popcorn kernel that simply refuses to live up to its name...no matter how long after you've burnt its next of kin.
But one thing I manage to do well when it comes to creativity is to find ways to save money.
When it comes to doing cheap , I am very much a front runner.
The way I look at it, if I can keep my expenses down, then I'm making money as a writer.
Case in point--finding great commercial real estate at lowball prices. You know...inexpensive office space.
What am I talking about? Why, your friendly neighborhood coffee shop!
Living in the Pacific Northwest--arguably, the coffee capital of the world--I'm blessed that corporate-owned as well as independent coffee shops are abundant and easily accessible.
And where there's coffee shops, you'll undoubtedly find free chairs, tables, maybe an occasional sofa, and FREE WI-FI! (I put my favorite four letter word starting with F in italics because there is a kind of cover charge...an incidental expense...a mere pittance.)
It's the cost of the coffee. Or whatever beverage or goody you're inclined to purchase on any given day.
I mean, as busy as some of these places are, I could probably walk in with a coffee mug and attempt to blend in, finding a seat in the midst of other Pacific Northwest bodies and, you know, simply merging into seated traffic.
Yes, I'm cheap enough to do that. But I just haven't found the nerve to attempt that stealthy strategy.
So I plop down the obligatory $1.79, 8.7% state sales tax for Walla Walla County included, for a tall cup of Starbucks bold. (Or, $2.17 for a mango-raspberry smoothie at Hardback Cafe, or an endless cup of coffee at Coffee Connections...anyway, you get my drip, uh, drift.)
I might travel downtown via bus (I just gave you a preview for another cheapie hub project) about 15 to 20 times each month. So my imaginary lease or rent or cover charge or writer's fees...or whatever one might call it...averages less than $40 a month.
Parking myself where I can sip my beverage and enjoy a pastry or bagel, I mentally jump off of a caffeine peak and enjoy wherever the free fall takes me. Sometimes, the very energy of the customers within each shop carries me, like a wave beneath my board, from the ocean depths to sandy shore.
Outside, the ebb and flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic may very well be just the right amount of inspiration to get me through each mini-writer's block I might encounter.
Sometimes, my writing takes off like a sprint, and I can barely contain the racing thoughts that have been jet-fueled with four shots of espresso in my venti-sized Americano.
Other times, it's all about putting one cerebral foot in front of the other in a plodding tortoise's marathon from one side of the highway to the other.
In either event, I manage to work my way through the bittersweet word-wrestling. Hours into my mentally exhausting and yet amusing labor, a hub or post is born.
Typical Examples of Hubs I Wrote in Coffeeshops
- My Ship Has Sailed--on eBay!
Visualization is an essential factor in realizing entrepreneurial success. Hawaiian Odysseus uses a true life anecdotal style to illustrate how he brings his impulsive ideas to fruition.
- The Pink Panther Soars on eBay!
How cool is the Pink Panther? The more appropriate question for Hawaiian Odysseus and his wife on a particular autumn Sunday was: How HOT is the Pink Panther?
- Ten Great Items for Newbies to Sell on eBay
When a fellow writer requested an article about items a new member could sell on eBay, Hawaiian Odysseus was up for the task. He learned just as much from the writing of it as he hopes his readers will.
It's time for a refill as I sense the caffeine waning in my system. But before I end this piece, I'm reminded of the two or three times I've traveled to the top of the Columbia Center building in downtown Seattle.
At 76 stories high, the Columbia Center is easily the tallest building in Washington state and twentieth overall in the United States.
At the very top floor of this magnificent building is the second highest Starbucks coffee shop in the world! Only China's Taipei World Financial Center brandishes the corporate coffee shop's green logo at a higher altitude.
Someday, when I've managed to save enough ducats, writing large while living frugally in and out of coffee shops, I may just achieve a literal--and literary--high...tapping out a hub from that statuesque java restaurant in China.
Until then, here's a view of the building that houses the highest coffee shop--and inexpensive office space--I've ever written in.
Watch your step now!