Why I Avoid Working From Starbucks and Choose McDonalds Instead

If you work from home on a regular basis, you’ve likely ventured into a coffee shop or two along the way to break away from your regular routine. Over the years I’ve known many very successful entrepreneurs who have laid claim to regular “office space” in their local Starbucks and there can be some great perks of doing just this.

I’ve found over the past 12-months that I am more productive in McDonalds over Starbucks and here’s why:

The seats are more comfortable
Unless you’re able to snag one of the comfy chairs, of which there are typically only 2 or 3, you’re stuck sitting on a wooden seat. Those hard seats are perfectly fine for the first 45-minutes however beyond that, they’re outright painful to sit on. McDonalds on the other hand has a good selection of soft padded benches, chairs by the fire, and stools (often including the option of bar height or table height). Lots of options to fit your preference.

I can stay longer
Despite no hard-and-fast rule about how long you can spend at one table at Starbucks on a given day, seating is often limited. When you see others struggling to find tables and you’ve long-finished the drink you ordered, it’s easy to feel the pressure and need to begin wrapping up. This only cuts your work session shorter than you perhaps hoped for reducing productivity.

I have the option of eating a meal (kinda)
For those that are willing to tollerate McDonalds food on occasion (I’m one of them), it’s super handy to have the option of ordering food. While certainly not the most healthy option, it is an option, and nice to have for longer work sessions.

I have more room to work
Whether I need the table space or not is a totally different question altogether however at McDonalds, I have more room to work. I can choose a quiet section of the restaurant away from the doors, lines, and crowds and I can plug away in peace and quiet. In most Starbucks locations, these types of spots do not exist. This means I typically work longer, harder, and faster, ultimately getting more done.

No one else does it
There’s something about doing something differently than everyone else that propels me. Perhaps it’s just me that feels this way, but I often feel more motivation in situations where I’m doing something different than you. This might apply to you, it might not.

Where do you work when you’re on the go? Try McDonald’s out next time, it might just click like it did for me.


  3 comments for “Why I Avoid Working From Starbucks and Choose McDonalds Instead

  1. Ellen Upton
    January 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Good writing.

  2. Louie
    September 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

    CAnt agree more.
    Personal experience

  3. kim
    November 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I am with you on this Ryan, McDonald is my favorite place to work and study! spacious, modern, open late!

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