Gas prices, overhead cutbacks, work force realignments, and technology advances have all contributed to a growing number of workers clocking in wearing pajamas, at home.
Whether you run your own business or have the opportunity to occasionally telecommute, one thing is essential: the right computer setup.
The following computer applications and accessories are crucial to setting up a seamless structure that will help you make money and keep your sanity.
If you have a computer at the office and one at home that are both used for work, there may come a time when you need to access files from the one that doesn’t happen to be in front of you. One way to do this is by utilizing a remote access provider like logmein.com or gotomypc.com. These subscription services allow the user to access another linked computer while on the road or in a telecommuting situation.
Operating systems and hardware
Typically, you don’t use work-related software from your home computer. Sure, general software applications like word processing and spreadsheets get used in both places, but you’ve probably never had occasion to use a CRM application or beefy analytic tools at home. Make sure that your home computer is updated with an operating system that will run your business software.
Also, you may need to bulk up your memory or hard drive space to handle excessive loads and more file storage.
If you are dealing with sensitive business information, it is a good idea to perform routine backups. Routine backups can be done manually or as a part of a subscription service. Online backup tools like Carbonite or Mozy take care of the details for you — they backup your system every night. If you want to handle it yourself, be sure you have an adequate external hard drive and a disciplined schedule.
Many people work from home by using a laptop computer connected to a wireless Internet connection or network. Be sure that your network is secure and that proper steps have been taken to implement anti-virus and anti-spyware applications. Change passwords regularly and always ensure that your operating system updates are current.
If your work from home plan involves sitting on your bed with a laptop, you may need to reconsider. Not only will your back suffer, but you will have the uncontrollable urge to take a nap. Find a place in your home that can serve as an “office,” even if space doesn’t permit a dedicated room. The kitchen table, a small desk placed in your bedroom, or even a laptop tray in your living room all get the job done. The key is to dedicate a space for work, even if that means getting creative with furniture.
If you have questions about any of these suggestions, please call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000. These simple ideas will make your work from home experience much better. So get your computer system in order and go buy a new set of pajamas — it’s time to get to work.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC.