Business owners are always asking how they can be more productive when they aren’t working in their office. With the use of technology at an all-time high, it is very easy to be productive when working away from home. The key is to know which venues are the most effective in helping them work away from their traditional office settings.
Many people have a traditional, or what is considered typical, office setup, meaning they dedicate spaces in their homes for a computer and printer. Sometimes, however, they don’t want to be stuck to the home, or can’t be, but still need to get work completed.
There are five tools that are very useful when it comes to working remotely. These tools allow people to get out of the office yet still have access to what they need in order to work and be productive.
These top useful tools include:
Gmail: For Outlook users, Gmail is a great way to access your Outlook email. When you are away from the main office, you can forward your Outlook email messages to your Gmail account. There is a tool that syncs the Outlook calendar with Gmail’s calendar so that you will always have access to your schedule. You can access Gmail from almost any smartphone as well.
Dropbox: If you have not hear of this yet, it is a great file-sharing service that links your PC and your laptop without having to use a flash drive. The Dropbox software adds a folder to your PC or laptop so that you can “drop” your files and then you can access your files from any PC that has the Dropbox software installed. You can also log into your account and access your files from there as well. Some businesses use this service with their clients so that they have access to clients’ files also
TeamViewer: This software lets you access your PC from any other PC as if you were sitting at your own computer. If you want to take your laptop to the local coffee shop, Barnes, or Borders to work, you can take it with you and connect to your PC at home by using the TeamViewer. You can access everything just as if you were sitting at your computer at home. Skype: For many business owners, the only office number they have is a Skype number. This means that they can forward their SkypeIn number on their cell phones or install Skype on their laptops. With this top convenient software you can have the ability tom make and receive calls just as if you are in your office. Computer-to-computer Skype calls are free and if you want to call land lines or cell phones, the cost is very minimal. Even making international calls using Skype is very affordable.
MiFi: If you’re travelling and you can’t access the Internet, a MiFi is a mobile wireless router that is provided via your cell phone carrier. It lets you connect to the Internet from many places using a wireless signal (cell phone signal). Keep in mind that not all carriers offer MiFi service.
With these helpful tools and software available to you, you can be efficient and productive by working remotely. It’s not hard to see how easy it is to run your business virtually anywhere these days. Thanks to technology.