Working from home is great in terms of flexibility, self-determination, and cutting down on commute time. It is also easy to miss out on the kind of infrastructure and discipline that small business owners, remote employees, and freelancers need.
If you work from home and want to maximize your efficiency or reduce your stress levels, the right technology can go a long way. Here are a few tips and products for added at-home productive efficiency and peace of mind.
Your Primary Work Device
Most at-home workers use one primary computer or computer substitute. For example, freelance workers tend to prefer laptops or tablets because of their portability. If you have a dedicated home office, you may favour an actual workstation with multiple monitors. Try to find desktop options which can move from room-to-room with ease.
If you think you will do most of your work from home and don’t require a dedicated work desk or the ability to pick up and take your office with you, then start your search with the newest generation of 2-in-1 devices that flip back and forth between a tablet and laptop seamlessly.
Intelligent Ways to Use Your Smartphone
Most people invest a lot of time into customizing their smartphone experience for their personal life, but you should make a conscious effort to choose a business-friendly smartphone strategy.
In some cases, it may be advisable to operate with a second phone dedicated entirely to work. For instance, if find yourself struggling to turn off your work when you want to spend time, just turn off your phone to block these distractions.
The decision between iOS or Android operating systems comes down to your own preferences. Regardless of which you pick, make sure your smartphone is compatible with your other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as your home computer, tablet, or laptop.
Cloud-Based Management Software
Depending on your business or profession, you should invest in cloud-based management software for handling new project, clients, or finances. Cloud-based systems allow you to automatically coordinate between multiple devices and locations, and they can actually be more secure than remotely hosted solutions.
Some cloud storage products are effective for nearly everyone — tools like Dropbox or Office 365. If you manage a lot of customer or client accounts, look at CRM software.
There’s loads of free project management systems out there, such as Trello or Asana. If you want to manage your finances properly, more small business owners rely on QuickBooks than any other solution.
The basic building block of the modern work-from-home experience is internet access. Ideally, you want your computers, monitors, smartphones, printers, and other mobile devices to all speak to each other at the same time. Specific routers may depend on your service provider, but look for a fast router that supports the Wi-Fi 802.11ac protocol.