Checking emails from the beach and holding meetings wherever you heart takes you used to be a dream.

No more traffic jams heading into the office, flexible work hours and being able to avoid “that person” in the office – all sound like compelling reasons to find a way to work from home or some distant strand in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, there can be some unexpected downsides.

When does work stop and home time starts? Who in my team is working on what? How do I display my hard work? How can I easily report to management? These and many other similar questions are the ones that soon start popping up in a remote office environment. Luckily, as this is becoming a more common problem, solutions are out there.

Here are the three obvious ones that help us the most.

Skype – Obviously this isn’t imparting some newfound wisdom but the Swedish communication system is a staple for almost all modern companies. In particular for remote offices, the free conference calling, with video and file sharing, can give the benefits of a meeting without the chore of commuting.

ScreenLeap – If you’ve ever tried to explain how to use a computer application, navigate a website or change a document over the phone you will know how tedious the process can be, here ScreenLeap swoops in to save the day. This browser-based system allows you to privately share your screen with multiple users saving you time and headaches.

And of course…

TimeApp – Though there is no perfect solution to the problems that arise when working at home, TimeApp can assist with almost all of them. The TimeApp system was designed with the end user in mind so inputting your working data takes seconds, not hours. TimeApp is web based, with mobile apps, tracks billable time, mileage, allows you to scan receipts and has powerful reporting tools; it’s a new system to reflect the new way we work.


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