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I'd like to have this blog post to be an open discussion about what everyone learned from the multi-week remote work experience. With many smaller and larger firms are currently struggling with technology, we anticipate a sudden spike in overhead expenses and reduced profits.
What are some of the discovered free or affordable tools that can be used by small teams with no or minimal impact on the profitability of their firms? I hope this discussion can be beneficial for people seeking immediate solutions.Please keep in mind that we are not advertising or endorsing any products or services, we are sharing our practical experiences and struggles in the past few weeks.
These are my lists, for now, I'd like to have everyone share their experience with some of the remote tools. trying to keep our list as affordable as possible.
Tay,Thanks for the list.
We just started using Zoom for Video Conferencing and had our first office test meeting on Wednesday.
We were already set up with Microsoft Remote Desktop so other than a few kinks with people's personal computers, we were all up and running remotely on Day 1. It definitely is an investment to have an office based server and an IT consultant on retainer but at this time of uncertainty, they have more than paid for themselves. It is also nice that everyone can access their office computer software and we don't have to purchase additional licenses or make changes to how we use our software or deal with outdated equipment.
When the order came for us to close the public portion of our office, we sent an email to all of our clients to inform them that we were still there to serve them during this time and that the best way to reach us was by email or our personal cell phones (most of our clients do that anyways). We placed that information on our website as well.