Essential Technologies for Working From Home

Essential Technologies for Working From Home

Earlier this week, you read about several technologies essential to any entrepreneur.

Now with lots of you hunkered down in quarantine, it’s essential to know what’s out there.

Ray Blanco from Seven Figure Publishing has worked remotely for nearly a decade.

And has several technologies to keep you productive in a home environment.

Whether you’re new to working from home or not…

These apps and add-ons could help you out immensely.

See what he has to say below.

COVID-19 has forced millions to change their day-to-day lives.

Public gatherings and many businesses have shut down.

And many have been forced to work from home in order to stem the spread of disease.

Yet while this is a new concept for many out there…

I’ve worked remotely for nearly a decade now.

While our editorial team is based in Baltimore, I do all my research and writing from my home down here in Florida.

And today, I’d like to share with you a few tips on how to stay productive while at home.

As well as some essential technology that will help you succeed.

Let’s get started…

Stay up-to-Date With Meetings

There are plenty of applications and businesses out there that can help you continue day-to-day communication.

Zoom Video Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) offers a cheap way for people to meet either by calling into a conference line by phone or accessing it through their computer.

And while there’s plenty of competition out there for seamless communication.

The exposure and sudden rush to their platform from the quarantines has helped their stock stay afloat.

But while Zoom is the one with the most exposure right now, there are plenty of competitors out there — including Skype, LogMeIn and GoToMeeting.

Now’s the time to be the most communicative and available you can be. Don’t let being remote make you less so.

Back Everything up to the Cloud

When we get back to normal, the last thing you need is for work to be lost.

That’s why it’s a good idea to back files up to a cloud.

And if you haven’t done so already, it’s good to make a habit of it.

Power surges and sudden unwanted restarts happen. And the environment at home can be even more chaotic than in a work environment.

You’ll want to get in a habit of saving more regularly to make sure hours of work don’t waste.

If you want a good suggestion, Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX) and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) — Google’s parent company — both offer services for you.

And depending on what you need to do, both can service your needs just fine.

The stocks for both seem to have followed the general market sell-off.

While that’s odd given the increased need for cloud storage during the crisis, it could give you a major opportunity once we hit a market bottom.

Use Messaging Services More Frequently

As I said earlier, more communication and being more available than ever are key to being productive.

And although meetings serve a good purpose of catching up, it’s even more important to be online on messaging services.

Messaging services like Slack (NYSE: WORK) or Microsoft Teams by Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) provide you a way to stay in touch in group chats as if nothing ever changed.

And though it may seem annoying… it’s good to enable notifications on your mobile devices for these applications as well.

Distractions at home are sometimes unavoidable (especially if your kids are home too), and you don’t want to be away if something urgent suddenly pops up.

Project Management Tools

I get it. You have your system and you haven’t changed it in 30 years.

Your planner is the same as it always has been and is perfectly color coordinated.

Red means urgent, blue means end of the week, etc.

Why not share that coordination with others?

There are loads of project-management tools out there that allow you to have the same system — while at the same time allowing others to collaborate on your projects.

What’s good to use?

Monday.com and Trello offer a good way for you to organize your projects step by step like a traditional planner.

Both serve similar needs and can be customized to your liking.

It’s worth checking out their competitors too, like SmartSheet and Wrike. Everyone’s day-to-day is different, so look around and see what’s best for you and your team.

Monitor Your Portfolio Like a Pro

In today’s world, trading is mainly done electronically. Gone are the days of brokers cramming the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (especially since they will close down physical trading this Monday due to the coronavirus scare).

Now everything is digital.

But while those Wall Street hotshots use expensive systems to monitor their portfolios, you can do the same with a set of different free tools online.

Finviz allows anyone to monitor their portfolio with a set of solid analytics — including readable charts, a stock screener and the latest stock news. Everything is nicely laid out so you don’t have to go poking around to find out why your portfolio moved on that day.

Depending on your needs, also check out StockCharts and TradingView.

What’s Next?

Using each of these technologies is crucial in an increasingly digital workplace.

And though they can’t beat person-to-person contact, they serve as a good alternative when we’re all isolated.

Anything I missed? Shoot me an email at AskRay@SevenFigurePublishing.com.

I’m interested to hear what gets you through the days of isolation.

To a bright future,

ray

Ray Blanco