In today’s world where it seems every man and his dog wants to work from home. Add the Covid 19 Pandemic to the equation and it’s no longer a dream but a necessity. In the next few posts I will be covering various aspects of working from home and how to make it a more enjoyable experience.
Business is a 24 hour a day event these days, with most business owners very rarely getting a break from working. The recession has really hit firms hard meaning that you have to fight for the jobs, contracts and services at every given opportunity, so working when you are on a train or making calls when you are travelling is now part of the way most businesses worse.
Mobile Phone – If you want to work outside of the office, then having a mobile phone with a decent lasting battery is a must! If people can not get in contact with you then you could be losing business every hour that you are away from the office, so it is worth investing in a reliable mobile phone that works in the majority of the areas you will be covering, so do check the area coverage of your mobile phone provider to make sure you will always be contactable and not miss calls due to signal failure.
Hands Free Kit – If you are doing a lot of driving then you can be making and taking calls on the go, meaning you can clear some of your work load before you even step into the office or through your front door. Using a mobile phone when driving is now illegal in the UK and carries a fine and penalty points on your license, so make sure that you invest in a legal hands free solution, most notably a Bluetooth headset will probably be the one for you.
Mobile Email – The majority of businesses now rely heavily on emails, with most of the communication both internally and externally now being done via this method. Therefore, it is vital that you are able to access your email, whether this is via your phone or on your computer. Sometimes is well worth getting a Blackberry or similar, so that you can receive and send emails on the go, which can help with time demands and clearing your workload on the move.
Decent Laptop – There is nothing worse than working on an old laptop, with no battery and programs that keep crashing, as you wouldn’t want your staff in your office working on something like that, so why should you. You can buy excellent laptops for around £400/$550 or less, meaning that you can have the latest technology, which will be reliable and up to date and will help you to be far more productive on the move and when working away from the office.
Mobile Broadband – Having a good laptop means nothing if you need to access to the internet and can only get online in your office or in an Internet cafe. Most of the mobile phone providers offer really good mobile broadband, which with the latest technology making the connection speeds faster and far more reliable than in years gone by.
Remote Server – Accessing your files from anywhere is a vital part of working outside of the office, because you do not want multiple copies of documents and files flying around, as the chances are you will end up using an old copy or losing the one you were typing away on. You should always try to work off one copy, so by having a remote server you can make sure only the person working on the file has access, as it can be checked out andback in again.
Those are just a few helpful tips to a happier working from home experience. Keep a look out for my next post where I will giving you some more tips.