I’m from a generation when free wi-fi didn’t exist. I used to spend so much time in Internet cafe sending proposal and praying for returned emails and then I’d commute to wherever the hustle needed me.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have offices all over Johannesburg through the years, but I’ve also had periods with them where I’ve tried to either work from home or have a base somewhere.
Currently the balance works for me. I have an office, but I feel it’s more for staff and meetings. I’m often in there after hours. During the day I’m all over the city. Hopefully I’m meeting someone in their office but usually it’s a restaurant. Between that we need to plug-in, check the mails, Skype, etc and it can prove costly.
Basically social entrepreneurs need to have different bases everywhere so they can hunt for work and do the admin.
We need spaces that are open enough, but you can find a corner… You don’t want people to know who you’re meeting, this is business and cards must be kept close.
We need great coffee/tea, good food but nothing complicated and we need wi-fi to be fast and plug points to be easily accessible.