For entrepreneurs, we often can’t just “take two weeks off” like salaried workers can. We have to tend our businesses – until they’re at the point where they can run by themselves (systems) and we have mature staff who can manage things while we’re away.
In the meantime enabling remote productivity is essential.
According to a new Cisco WebEx survey of 500 U.S. small business owners, on average, they expect to spend 18 days working remotely this summer.
There are three parts to any successful remote work arrangement:
1. The mobile device itself (be it a tablet, phone or computer)
2. The wireless (or wired) connectivity – be it WiFi or cell phone
3. The software
Make sure you fully test you hardware before embarking on an extended remote work force venture. If you need to conduct a long video conference, is your device able to be positioned properly? Will you have enough battery power or will you be near enough an external power source. You need to ask these and many more questions.
In regard to your connection – don’t assume you can have easy access to WiFi or a wired Internet connection. Even if you have wireless Internet access – is it fast and stable enough for your purposes.
The software you use is critical. Many people are using Google Plus, it’s great but is still not crystal clear. There are so many options, including Microsoft Skype, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Fuze and many, many other solutions. There is no one RIGHT solution but test and test to see which works best for you and your needs.
To kick off the summer, Cisco WebEx is sponsoring an online contest entitled “WebEx Mobile Fridays” which asks WebEx users to submit a photo and brief description of where they are and how they are using WebEx. Each week a winner will be selected randomly and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Participants can enter at http://csc0.ly/Summer2012.