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How to Have an 'Office' in Every City

Several services rate coffee shops and public spaces on how well they double as remote workspaces

Humans are social creatures, and studies show what countless freelancers and telecommuters have long known: When you're not working in a traditional office, the low-level buzz and activity of a café can aid creativity and productivity. Of course, when you tote your briefcase to a coffee shop, you risk contending with slow Wi-Fi or the clerk whose sneer effectively serves as a “no lingering” sign.

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