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Building A Remote Office – The Tools You Need To Know

Whether your employer allows you to work from home or you’re a freelancer looking to earn some money, a properly equipped home office is vital.

Unfortunately, this poses a number of logistical issues. Because of expense, design, licencing restrictions or maintenance requirements, many of the best office tools are normally best deployed in a centralised environment where their use can be tightly managed and security risks managed. As such, many of the top software suites and hardware systems are mostly used in a corporate office environment.

But where does this leave the home office worker? Fortunately, the growing shift away from static desktop machines towards mobile phones, tablets and more powerful laptops has led to an exploding number of low-maintenance, low-cost solutions that deploy and work wherever and on whatever they are needed.

In this blog, Roundee shows you the tools you need on your home computer. Enjoy the same productivity and richness of features wherever you are with our help.

Office suite

Whether you’re a lawyer, a programmer or an advertising executive, there are very few jobs that don’t require some proficiency and some use of an office suite. From making spreadsheets to building presentations to putting together a written report, billions of people in millions of roles open up their trusty office suite every day.

Apart from a few open-source alternatives, most of the big office suites come with equally big price tags, and often these don’t come with the features you need.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides make it simple and easy to create, edit and access your files wherever you are, on whatever device you’re holding. On top of that, its seamless sharing features make collaboration oh so easy, so you and your teammates can review the previous month’s finances from different continents.

Project management

Key to keeping a team humming along is a good plan, and the best way to manage complex projects and keep everyone on the same page is a comprehensive project management tool. But how to pick one?  

There are thousands of project management tools all designed around unique philosophies – such as Kanban or Agile – and often for specific industries or types of deliverables. Because of this, there’s no such thing as an overall ‘best’ project management system.

The best one is going to be the system that aligns closest with the way your organisation operates – does it reflect the way that your teams and departments interrelate? Does it provide the functionality individual staff need to do their jobs? Does it make it easy for managers to review the progress of a project at a glance? These are the questions you’ll need to answer when picking a project management system.

Communication

Communication

Whether your team is sitting on a different desk or a different continent, being able to communicate fluently and effectively is an absolute must. But when you can’t all jump into a meeting room or just catch up for a coffee, how do you ensure that everyone knows what they need to know?

This is an easier problem to solve than a few of the others. Video conferencing and instant messaging have been big for nearly two decades at this point, and businesses have only grown more fluent in their use over the years.

Currently, Slack is the reigning champ of office communication. Its feature-rich design and flexible, channel-based construction allow each team, department and coffee club to have their own private huddle.

But what about when you need to speak to a human face? We all know how important face-to-face communication is, but does that mean you need to jump in a car or on a plane and physically present at the office? Not quite. Video conferencing used to be the domain of big businesses using specialised rooms costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but with everyone walking around with a high-definition camera on their phone or laptop, that barrier has melted.

For zero-install, zero-maintenance, crystal-clear web browser-based video conferencing, try Roundee. It delivers industry-leading call quality in a feature-rich environment. Running on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop, it’s the flexible choice for every worker. Integrating tightly with Slack, it works where you do.

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