I lived in West Didsbury and Didsbury Village from 2006 to 2013, and with a genuine emotional attachment to several local businesses, in both a personal and professional sense, I still identify myself as a Didsbury copywriter despite having moved to Leigh as part of a temporary money-saving exercise.
During my time living in South Manchester, both in an agency-based online journalism role and as a freelance copywriter, I had several occasions when I needed to effectively ‘work from anywhere’.
Now, I’m not a coffee-drinker – in fact the smell of it makes me feel ill – so my ‘roaming office’ will never be the nearest Starbucks or Costa Coffee. Instead, here are some examples of places I have worked…
I love The Sanctuary Bar in Didsbury Village – it’s been a real home from home for me, and I’ve made some real friends there while propping up the bar. With free Wi-Fi, it’s also been my roaming office on more than one occasion, although now they serve Costa Coffee, I’m every bit as likely to be assaulted by the aroma of freshly ground beans there as anywhere else…
Once my student hangout, Jabez Clegg on the University of Manchester campus has continued to serve me well as a temporary place to work from when I’ve returned to the university to help out with open days – its thick stone walls play havoc with the Wi-Fi signal, but sit close enough to the bar and you should be OK.
A stone’s throw from the University of Manchester Students’ Union is the Oxford Road McDonald’s ‘kiosk’, a small restaurant designed mainly as a takeaway outlet for students. It’s not the ideal place to work from for long, but I’ve dashed in to check emails in the past – with The Cloud free Wi-Fi access, it’s part of a large network of locations across the country where you can get online with the same username.
Since Easter 2013 I’ve been living in Leigh, and I’m yet to find a place to work from other than my new home here – although I’ve yet to face a reason to do so, either.
If it comes to it, I’m sure the usual places will be on the shortlist, with a nearby Wetherspoon’s currently looking like the best candidate if I need to find an internet connection in a hurry!
About Bob Bardsley
Bob Bardsley is a former Didsbury copywriter coming to terms with relocating to Leigh, and plotting his triumphant return to South Manchester as soon as possible.
**Final Photo Credit: Gene Hunt**