New Australian startups favour coffee shops over traditional offices

New research has shown that many of Australia’s new startup businesses — particularly online stores — favour the environment of their local coffee shop or other ‘third place’ (a place for doing business aside from the home or office).

The younger a business owner is, the more likely he or she is to do business in these so-called third places. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, 52% of Baby Boomers feel that doing business in a coffee shop is unprofessional while 45% of Gen X professionals agreed. Only 38% of Generation Y professionals shared this view.

But while the future of business seems to be going the way of working in cafes, there are some drawbacks, including:

  • concerns around the privacy of conversations and documents;
  • security of belongings;
  • noisy customers, and;
  • being perceived as unprofessional.
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