by Mike Rochelle
Save gas and time?!? Is it possible?
We have a world of employees and employers that work in many businesses. A lot are in the typical office and water cooler environment. But what about those people that work from home? Could you be a "work at home employee"? The answer is yes in many cases.
With soaring gas prices and long commutes (mine is 75 miles round trip) it would be a welcome relief to work my job from home, even if it were only several times a week. Not only is this a real possibility, it is a real solution. More and more people Telecommute
to their workplace, thanks to the Internet.
"What do you need to do to make this happen?"
1. You need a job that is not dependant on you being chained to your desk.
You can set up your "'working from home" environment several ways...depending on your needs.
2. You need a broadband connection (DSL, Cable, T1).
3. You need a phone (regular copper wired or a VOIP).
4. A good computer and printer
5. A mutual agreement between you and your employer regarding the requirements, expectations and goals for telecommuting
1. You can VPN into your company's network. If you have business files that you need at home, then you will need access to them. You can access those files through a VPN (virtual private networking) connection to a shared company folder. Or if your computer is accessible from the world, you can share those folders from the portions of your hard drive where they are located. If you edit and save one of them from home, you will have access to it when you go to your office.
Most companies with an internet connection can be setup to allow you to work from home. If this arrangement is acceptable to your employer, your Systems Administrator at the office can assist you in setting up the best method.
2. You can connect directly to your own computer at work with a program like PC Anywhere
or Terminal Services
This type of program allows you to make a direct connection to the computer that sits on your office desk. You can then sit at your computer at home, but the interface allows you to view and work just as if you are sitting at the office computer.
3. You can transport necessary forms back and forth from home to office via a "flash drive" These small, portable drives allow to you transfer files from one computer (work to home and home to work) by simply plugging it into your USB port and dragging the files on and off. (BMI has flash drives available for purchase thorugh the new Sandkastles store)