Most work from home positions require you to provide your own computer and other equipment. Sometimes a company will send you an IP phone to make internal communication easier and present an identifiable block of phone numbers to clients but what you spend most of your day typing on and looking at is up to you.
This may sound like a bum deal since the cost comes right out of your paycheck but it’s not. It’s a better deal for you. A high-end setup will make you more productive every minute you spend on it, be more reliable over over the years and become obsolete much later than any compromise system you can name.
Managing or owning a company with a distributed workforce has many benefits especially when it comes to hiring just the right skillset at the right price. Often this means that your team working from home might be a bit spread out. Here are five easy tips for removing some common telecommute headaches.
Time is an illusion, but time logging is not. It is a necessary evil for most work from home employees. They hate doing it but as managers we need time logged to do the billing, track project trajectories and have something concrete to compare against results. In some cases, if employees or contractors don’t log time, you can’t make money. Here are some ideas that work both short term and long term.