You know the benefits to working from home: increased productivity, improved happiness, and lower costs. And more and more people are beginning to catch on. According to Forbes.com, 30 million Americans work from home at least once a week, a number that is expected to rise by over 60% over the next five years. Three million Americans already work from home full-time.
Whether you’re self-employed or you telecommute from a large corporation, here are a few cutting-edge tools that can help you make the most of working from home.
The most important tool for at-home productivity, and the one you need to use all these tech tools, is a high-speed, reliable Internet connection. It will allow you to communicate with clients or coworkers, research projects, keep up with industry news, share and organize files, and schedule and keep track of appointments.
To do all of that faster, try fiber-optic Internet like Verizon FiOs, AT&T U-verse or Google fiber. Fiber is a faster, more reliable, and more consistent Internet connection. With fiber Internet, you’ll be more productive – and happier – working from home.
Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage system that allows users to create, upload, edit, and save documents online instead of on your computer. The program saves limited storage space – and it allows you to access your files on any device. Google Drive is also a great way to back up your information in case of computer trouble.
Evernote is like a personal assistant for all your tech devices. With Evernote, you can make to-do lists, save webpages, keep track of appointments, and share notes with coworkers or clients. You can type your notes or write them in your own hand with a stylus. And Evernote includes several cool add-ons like Evernote Clearly, which cleans up webpages for easier reading, and Evernote Food, for saving recipes and restaurants.
Even when you work from home, you’re not always at your desk. But with LogMeIn, you can access the files and programs you need on your work computer – on any device. LogMeIn lets you run programs, control your desktop, fix problems, and access and edit your files remotely, whether you’re on your tablet, smartphone, or a public computer.
You have a lot of files – and you probably save them in a lot of places. Find them more easily with FindIt. FindIt allows users to search files across multiple platforms, including Gmail, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Search by sender or file name, and filter by file type and time.
Elizabeth Phillips is a freelance technology writer with a focus on how the Internet improves our lives. She can be found (productively) working from home in Philadelphia, PA.