As of March 2013 Starbucks had 20,891 stores in 62 countries, including 13,279 in the United States, 1,324 in Canada, 989 in Japan, 851 in the People’s Republic of China, 806 in the United Kingdom, 556 in South Korea, 377 in Mexico, 291 in Taiwan, 206 in the Philippines, 179 in Turkey, 171 in Thailand, and 167 in Germany.
Unbelievable! Yes, so many Starbucks, yet, no place to work.
And that’s just it. Starbucks is a coffee house, a place to gather with friends, imbibe hot and cold drinks and snacks, and share some good conversation in a convivial atmosphere. They’re often busy with lots of noise from the espresso machines and customers entering and leaving. There’s even store-wide music to add to the cacophony of sometimes deafening sounds.
And so, it’s not a place to work.
It’s not a place in which to concentrate nor have a quiet telephone conversation. It’s not a place to do research, write a report, evaluate statistics and for every individual who says that they simply ignore the sounds, there are scores of others who realize that their best work isn’t done in an open, highly public and frenetic environment.
So yes, there’s a Starbucks pretty much everywhere. According to a blog post found on Eater.com (http://www.eater.com) written in October 2012, (http://eater.com/archives/2012/10/04/the-closest-starbucks-is-never-more-than-170-miles-away.php) over 80% of Americans live within 20 miles of a Starbucks.
But just because you can find one on every corner, it doesn’t mean that you should do your work there! Go to Starbucks to get coffee or to meet a friend but do your work in a professional space.
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