Working remotely has exploded since the onset of COVID-19. A lot of small business owners are foregoing office space renting costs and have transitioned to working from home full-time. If you are a small business owner, this could be great. You are able to start your day the way you want to. No more rushing out of the house to get to the office on time, and you are able to better balance work and personal life. Before you board up your office for good, here are some small business must-haves that will make managing your company remotely worry-free.
Whether you want to use your desktop or you enjoy being able to work on the go with a laptop, your computer is your lifeblood. Without it, you may not be able to be as productive or efficient. Do some thorough research on the best computers out there. If you rely on software, make sure the computer that your purchase will be able to smoothly run the program without causing your computer or other programs to crash. Above all, your computer needs to suit your work style and your lifestyle. If you are always on the go, you may want to opt for a laptop even though you may have your eye on a nice desktop.
Getting an extra monitor for your laptop is the best way to compromise on purchasing a desktop. Looking down at a laptop can be painful to your neck and back after a while. You can either prop it up or you can get an extra monitor that sits perfectly at eye level. Simply unhook it from your laptop when your work requires you to move around outside the house.
If you have a desktop already, an extra monitor will not hurt. Depending on the type of work, having dual monitors can increase your productivity and organization. Try it out!
Answering services will make your business sound more official over the phone, especially if you are a small business with a couple of staff on hand. Small business answering services provide you with people who will answer your lines for you in a timely manner. They sometimes also include message taking, call transferring and routing. That way you do not have a long list of voicemails at the end of the day. You are able to make all your customers or clients feel their call is the most important, which is great for your business reputation.
High-Speed Internet Access
Along with having a reliable computer, having reliable internet is crucial. A lot of programs used to work remotely are cloud-based and therefore require some level of internet connection in order for it to updated and synced regularity to ensure data is not lost. You also want to be sure your video conferencing programs are able to run smoothly with limited internet connection interruption as it can be really distracting while on a call.