Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Telecommuting Equipments

Before there was broadband Internet you could not imagine that it is possible to have a job while home. But now we have writers, programmers, graphic artists, medical transcribers, and call center agents working in the comforts of their own home. 

    There are several advantages to this kind of setup.  You will be able to look after your children while you are working. Or you can take care of a sick family member. You can manage your own time.  You won't have to experience heavy traffic while commuting to your office. 

    This setup will save you a lot of time. 

    However, if before you can take jobs in this kind of setup there are equipments you will need.

    Broadband Internet Subscription - You will need a fast Internet connection. Dialup will not do because there will be times when you may need to have a conference with your client. Skype or Yahoo Messenger is typically used.  If your Internet connection is slow, then you may have a hard time talking to your client because your voice will be choppy.  It is even worse if you need to see each other through webcam.  And the client may need need you to see some video or download a fairly big document or file.

   Fortunately, Broadband Internet is even cheaper than dialup service nowadays.

   Computer Equipment - Your computer can either be a desktop, laptop, or netbook depending on your type of job. If you are an artist, you may need a powerful desktop. A dual core CPU should be minumum, with a recently released graphics card, atleast 2 gigabytes of RAM, and a large hard disk to store your work.  A programmer will need a  similarly powerful computer with an almost similar specification.

   If your job is a writer, you can do with a netbook or any low powered desktop since word processors are really not that CPU hungry.

   Headset with Microphone - This is a must to be able to speak with your client through the Internet.  Actually, one of the benefits we get with the Internet is that you it eliminated the need to pay for expensive long distance calls. Using Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or Google Talk you can speak with anyone located anywhere in the world. And you will be able to talk to them for free.

   Webcam - This is actually optional but some clients do request it. The main reason is that some of them are just more comfortable knowing how the person they are talking to looks like.

   Fascimile/Scanner/Printer - You won't really need a fax machine since most documents are sent through email these days. You could buy one that also doubles as a scanner and printer.

   A scanner and printer is used for signing contracts. Usually the client will email a contract. You have to print it then sign it. You then scan the signed contract then send the image to them.

  A Quiet Room - Lastly, you need a room where  you can work with minimal interruption.  You my also need this place for clients who might decide to pay you a visit for some work related reasons.