Telecommuting and Working in the Clouds

Today in the business world, a cloud is more useful than ever. It acts as a practical and professional tool which hosted benefits to boost work productivity. Working in the cloud means doing most or all of your work in the internet. It is also known to the business world as cloud computing. It is a convenient way of storing, accessing and manipulating structures, business processes and applications through the internet effectively. Small businesses owners as well as telecommuters are adopting this working option.

Telecommuting is today’s new way of working wherein people can work their normal office jobs at the comfort of their homes for several days a week thus refraining from commuting but uses telecommunications to be at work.

Using cloud in telecommuting is indeed beneficial since it will increase the productivity of telecommuters in their respective jobs.  Since cloud computing has bountiful productivity benefits, utilization is a must. A lot of applications hosted online are available for a telecommuter to use in working at home. Below are some of the areas in telecommuting wherein cloud computing could help telecommuters lessen the complications in their work.

Project Management

A telecommuter can really have hectic schedules thus not having an effective proper management system could be very problematic. Mismanagement and disorganization might occur. There are many project management systems available through cloud computing which can be used to eliminate the possibility of occurrence of the problems mentioned above. LiquidPlanner, a cloud-delivered project management service focuses on predicting the impact of doing adjustments in project plans and helps smaller businesses and companies in managing and prioritizing resources. Also, it is best for remote workers for it already has an Android and iOS mobile application which is also available for downloading.

Documents Management and File Sharing

Writing, records filing, sending and receiving reports are the common tasks done by telecommuters. Google Documents is one of the documenting platforms which allow a telecommuter to complete word tasks on word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. OfficeDrop is also a document management solution which makes it affordable for small businesses and telecommuters to securely manage their paper and digital files in the cloud. Dropbox on the other hand, is one of the best file storage and sharing apps. Also, it comes with Android app tied with third-party apps available and offers easy sharing of links.

Invoicing or Billing Clients

Invoicing has been hailed as one of telecommuters’ nightmares. It is sometimes very difficult for them to always keep track of their client’s details and due payments. Different cloud-accounting systems like Wave Accounting can alleviate the stress brought about by invoicing.

Wave Accounting is a cloud service accounting program offering free services for freelancers and small business owners without a high cost. It allows estimates generation, invoices and personalized statements that suit the company. Also, it offers privacy and security features which save its user from experiencing problems such as computer crashers, virus attacks or theft.

Connecting through Business Phone Systems

A lot of telecommuters’ transactions involve phone calls. Established telecommunication line is necessary. Business phone systems are acquired by small businesses to ensure connectivity with its employees and clients.

Some small businesses opt to change their business phone providers thus leading to interrupted workflows. On the light of this event, some business phone providers now give options to small business owners to retain their current business phone numbers or get service connected from their phone system providers’ central office.

There are many cloud-based phone systems or business phone systems which can do the job perfectly for telecommuters and small business. It can make phone system more manageable for a telecommuter or small business owner thus making them more focused in their work.

Cloud computing indeed extends huge help to the business world. It ensures businesses of additional profit and increased productivity.

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