I came across this article in GigaOM and I thought I might type a short post on it.

A good number of us would have come across customers at Starbucks who sit there for hours on end with their laptops. It has, overtime, become the place of work for entrepreneurs, freelance journalists, bloggers, students and casual web surfers.

As with all things that involves interaction with a social environment, it is important to have a few guidelines on proper cafe etiquette.

The following list is reproduced from its original source.

  • Almost always favor a single location. It makes it easier for your contacts to drop in for meetings.
  • Learn the names of most of the baristas and also take time to have a conversation with them. It helps build a human connection.
  • Make the baristas involved in your venture – share your news and make them feel part of your struggle.
  • Make sure you buy coffee or something at least three times a day.
  • Tip generously – up to $10 a day will ensure that folks at the store don’t view you as a freeloader and a pest.
  • Don’t spread out your stuff and take up too much space at the store.
  • Invest in great noise-cancelling headphones (to counter the loud background music).
  • Keep your mobile phones on vibrate and leave the store for conversations.
  • Make sure that the number of people attending a meeting is fewer than four so that you can all circle around a single table.

Give it shot when you’re back in your favourite spot in your friendly neighbourhood cafe.