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How to Work from Anywhere

A computer and a cell phone can be your ticket to freedom. Just don’t make it too obvious that you’re “out and about.”

Instructions

  • Step 1: Have the basics Make sure you have the basics to go 'office-free' -- a laptop with wireless access, a good cell phone, and an AC adapter so you can plug in anywhere.
  • TIP: Getting a laptop connect card for your computer will allow you to access the internet through your cellular network, so you won’t need a separate wireless connection.
  • Step 2: Hook yourself up to the office Make sure your smartphone can access your company email -- that way you won't always be tethered to the computer.
  • Step 3: Set up ring tones Set up a distinct ring tone for your bosses and clients, so you know when to answer with your serious voice.
  • Step 4: Get a flash drive Transfer files from your hard drive onto a flash drive so you can access them from the road. A two-gig drive should probably be enough.
  • TIP: Set up important files from your office as Google Documents, which you can access from any internet-connected computer.
  • Step 5: Synchronize your software Install file synchronization software so your work computer, laptop, and handheld wireless device are all kept up to date.
  • Step 6: Have a backdrop made If you really want to go overboard, take a picture of your home workspace and have a backdrop of it made. That way, no matter where you are, you can prop it up behind you for a video conference call.
  • Step 7: Back up your files Install software on all your devices that backs up your files online. Accidents can happen when you're working on the road.
  • FACT: The average daily commute to work takes 24.3 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

You Will Need

  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Synchronization software
  • Backup systems
  • Flash drive
  • Google Documents
  • Home office backdrop
  • Laptop connect card (optional)

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