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Ten applications to connect your home office with the world

With flights grounded and international travel on hold, serviced office company Regus, is expecting a rush of people to its centres from where they will video-conference and tele-commute with the world. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation offers a top ten listing of applications so you can do the same from the comfort of your home office. 

Nice to virtually meet you

You may not be able to reach them by air but it is possible to speak with customers and partners through the airwaves. Here’s my top listing of applications that won’t cost you the earth.

Attend meetings

Say ‘hello’ and talk business with counterparts by utilising these online tools and services:

Manage projects

Stay on top of projects and in touch with partners via one of these project management tools:

  • Basecamp – allows you to create projects, invite people to view them, upload files and make comments. It’s effective online project management that can be accessed from anywhere  www.basecamphq.com
  • GoogleDocs – share documents via Google with GoogleDocs. You can edit on the move, choose who accesses documents and share changes in real-time docs.google.com
  • Glasscubes – this tool offers project management, collaboration and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) all in one package http://www.glasscubes.com/
  • Huddle – offers simple and secure online workspaces. Huddle is hosted so there’s no software to download and it’s free to get started www.huddle.net

When travel does come back on the agenda, there are other technologies to adopt to ensure the business travels with you; such as a webmail system that allows access to emails from anywhere, a remote desktop offering files and folders on the go, or web-based office systems like Google Apps (www.google.com/apps) or Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/) so the entire business is stored online and in easy reach. I’ll cover these in detail in a future piece. Until then, happy homeworking and connecting with the globe!

About the Author: Emma Jones is Founder of Enterprise Nation the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’ Her next book ‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a business in your spare time’ will be published in May 2010.

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2 Comments
  1. Laura T says

    Emma – what a thoroughly brilliant and useful article. Thanks everso!

  2. Sam Kidd says

    Hi Emma,

    You might me interested in taking a look at our system http://www.teamworkpm.net
    It’s an easy to use online project management app. We have some great customers and build out new features based on the feedback we receive from our customers.

    If you have any questions about it just drop me a line.