Embracing Freedom: The Rise of Digital Nomads
Traveling the world and working remotely is a new hot trend. Whether your destination is stateside or at an exotic location you will find that living remotely can pose an interesting set of challenges. There are plenty of websites dedicated to digital nomadism but here are 5 easy ways to keep things running smoothly.
Odds are you already have this but are you fully utilizing it? There are tools such as Sheets (Excel replacement), Docs (Word Replacement), and Slides (Powerpoint) that can open, save and edit any of the aforementioned formats. But you have MS Office already. Why change things? Well, that’s fine for most people but imagine if you lose your laptop or the hard drive crashes when you are in a distant land or if your luggage is stolen. If your files are on the cloud you can just use your phone or buy a cheap replacement computer and get all your data back immediately.
If you maintain a business presence in the US or need to be on the phone then you already know that cell phones are not going to be optimal for this due to expensive roaming and long distance fees and spotty connection. Having a VOIP phone adapter (Check this out) can be plugged into a network and forward your local US number to your local device. One digital nomad we know maintained his DC-based business for 6 weeks in Argentina and no one knew he was there.
Similar to the phone adapter above if your business needs access to fax or document management services that use fax then having a fax-to-email service is critical. Using WestFax’s Fax to Email service you can have a toll-free or local number and sending a fax is as simple as sending an email.
If you need to send documents securely or you’re in any healthcare-related field, access to fax is likely essential. Sending a fax using a service ensures your important documents are secure and won’t fall into international hackers' hands. Using public fax machines overseas can be monitored as well.
This one is pretty obvious. Get your Skype account set up and activated, and test your hardware and microphone so you know it works well. Having a spotty or poorly configured Skype setup can make working remotely painful. Having a solid headset can make a difference. Check out these webcams too.
There are many Digital nomad sites out there but a few stand out.
Regardless of how much you plan on traveling and working abroad have a solid toolset. Using the same tools at home and remote makes the remote experience a cinch.
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If you have worked in an office that utilizes faxes we all have that love / hate with our fax machines. Whether it is a trusty old machine that never fails or some fancy copier integrated fax that, despite being brand new, still suffers failures and odd error codes and sometimes you want to bash it to pieces out in the parking lot.
The age of the plain old telephone service (POTS) and ISDN will officially come to an end in August of this year. Now is the time to get your Fax moved to the cloud!
Although it’s possible to take steps that make e-mail more secure, there are always some risks involved. Even encrypted e-mails might not always pass muster. If your organization plans to use e-mail to send protected health information (PHI), it»s important to consider the risks very carefully.