Some Starbucks coffee shop locations have private meeting rooms with WIFI access. And while it sounds like a great idea to go to a local Starbucks and reserve a private meeting space, we can’t help but wonder how professional that will seem to your clients.
Remote Workers and Coffee Shops
Working from home every day can become tiresome. With the distractions of family members, chores, and pets, your work productivity tends to suffer. For people with remote jobs, working at a coffee shop can seem like a pleasant experience, as it’s a chance to get out of the house and avoid distractions.
However, coffee shops are only a temporary solution since they come with their own set of drawbacks. The amount of traffic can be unpredictable, so you never know how loud it will be or if you will be able to find a spot to sit. This kind of unpredictability creates an unstable work environment – making it challenging to stick to a schedule.
A coffee shop might be a satisfactory place to meet with a partner to discuss ideas in the very early stages of your business. But as you’re trying to grow, you will need a more professional area to work in.
Furthermore, when it comes to meeting with clients you really need to put your best foot forward. If you schedule a client meeting at a Starbucks coffee shop, they may start doubting your professionalism.
You might be saying all the right things, and giving them an excellent presentation of your work, but meanwhile, there’s a couple on their first date and baristas calling out orders in the background – these distractions will stop the client from fully absorbing your presentation.
Starbucks Meeting Rooms Vs Professional Meeting Rooms
We all know that the way information is presented matters, therefore, the space you hold your meeting in can affect how your clients and colleagues perceive you – even if it’s subconscious. No client or colleague wants to feel like you haphazardly put a meeting together in a coffee shop, as this will give them the impression that you are not professional.
A professional meeting room is more conducive to conducting business as it provides business owners with a private and sophisticated atmosphere to work in. It will let clients and colleagues know that you are taking them seriously, and will put forth your best effort.
Private meeting rooms will also provide you with a stronger internet connection, and other technologies that will help your meeting run smoothly. Some professional meeting room features include:
- Smart T.Vs
- Projection screens
- Software Support, and more
Starbucks meeting rooms can be great for school projects or to hop into once in a while when you don’t feel like working from home. However, they are not replacements for professional meeting rooms because they do not offer the same benefits.
I know when I need to have a professional meeting and do not want to bring attendees into my home, I can reserve a meeting room at my downtown Toronto office space. As a Telsec office space client, I have access to free Toronto meeting rooms, and when I was a Virtual office client, I only had to pay a few dollars to book a meeting room when I needed it.
Telsec business centre offers meeting room rentals to everyone, this includes current clients and non-clients. This means you do not need to have a physical or virtual office at Telsec to be able to rent a meeting room by the hour or by the half day (for several meetings).
Being able to rent a meeting room in a Toronto office space at a prestigious downtown address will set a professional tone for your company image, giving you an easier time attracting new business.
After all, why use a Starbucks meeting room and pay $4 or $5 for a coffee, when coffee and tea are always complimentary at Telsec.
To find out more about renting a Toronto meeting room at the Telsec Business Centre, contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.