Ten Tools That Give Telecommuters Good Reasons to Work from Home
September 19, 2013
By Ashok Bindra
, TMCnet Contributor
The rising popularity of employees working at home is turning professionals into telecommuters, which in turn is changing the structure of many industries. Hundreds of thousands of remote workers are enabling businesses to cut costs while improving productivity and revenue. However, this telecommuting is made possible by a collection of modern technologies and products. In a recent GetVoIP blog post by Justin Stoltzfus, the company explored ten modern tools that collectively make telecommuters work from home more efficient and cost effective.
The first such tool on this list is a project management tool called Soonr, which enables secure and highly functional document sharing. According to Dana Marlowe, principal P.Partner at Accessibility Partners, it also supports a wide range of hardware systems, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Another feature highlighted by the consultant is its ability to support alternative interfaces for users with disabilities, including Braille displays and compatibility with assistive technology devices.
Remote access of a PC or Mac is critical for a telecommuter -- GoToMyPC permits that. This affordable and versatile tools is second on this list. According to the maker Citrix, it works on either a laptop or Apple (News - Alert) mobile device. The blog post further describes GoToMyPC as simple and easy to use. And its 128-bit AES encryption ensures security. Also, the supplier offers free 24/7 technical support.
The third product recommended is Citrix Podio, a cloud-based app that handles messaging and tracking. P.J. Quesada, vice president of marketing at Ramar Foods told the blogger that Podio helped him keep track of everything that happened in the office during a given day. As a remote platform, Podio also helped him to use other specific apps like ‘store check’ to see which products are on which shelves and to observe current pricing information.
Likewise, Basecamp from 37 Signals is another recommended tool for this application because it can track progress on projects in real-time and is easy to use. Fifth on the list is an application called Any.do, which keeps track of daily tasks, while the software programWunderlist helps users to categorize all of their days’ tasks and stay on top of their activities throughout the day.
Another telecommuter tool is software program Cozi, which overcomes the limitations of Microsoft (News - Alert) Outlook. And free online tool for generating invoices and sending them to accounting departments, called Invoice-o-matic, falls in the eighth place. The blog post shows that this user friendly online billing tool can be very useful for telecommuters who need to create a lot of different invoices for multiple clients.
Number nine is Concord Fax, a modern tool for digitizing fax messages. According to the blogger, it is being adopted by both Fortune 500 companies and individual telecommuters who do not want to invest in an on-site fax machine or are planning to go paperless.
Finally, the last tool, labeled eSign, allows for sending all sorts of documents with secure electronic signatures. It takes away the laborious task of faxing or scanning documents with hand-penned signatures.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey