Wow. A week of snow and the whole country grinds to a halt! So what does that mean for your business? What precautions have you put in place to deal with these extreme conditions or are you now wishing you had?
Here’s a few things you should look into if you haven’t done so already.
Remote Desktop/VPN – We have this setup in our office so that all our staff can effectively work from home as if they were sitting at their office PC’s. I work from home as much as I can on ‘bigger picture stuff’ and use remote desktop to communicate with the office, usually dealing with email and copying files across to my local machine to work on.
VOIP telephone system – This is quite high up my shopping list. The next time we change phone system this is the way I’ll go. So basically a VOIP (Voice over IP) system will allow you to transfer calls between office and mobile automatically so your callers hasn’t a clue where you are and neither do they need to know. On weeks like this if the office is unmanned you can transfer the calls around so you don’t lose out on sales opportunities or customer enquiries.
Smart Phones – A good smart phone connected to your email system means you’re in front of your email whenever you have a 3G connection (i.e. most of the time). I have the iPhone and love it. It keeps me in touch…
Anything in the cloud – If you’ve not got an expensive internal server running your office that you can setup VPN or Remote Desktop on, take a look into software as a service – hosted in the cloud. You can run your whole office PC these days from the cloud and access it all from anywhere with an Internet connection. This could be the perfect option if you’re starting off in an office or have a couple of people working for you remotely.
So don’t let this weather bring your business to a standstill, even if the whole rest of the country is…after all, I’m sure there is some work you can do in Dubai or somewhere and I’m pretty sure it’s not snowing there!
Now Your Thoughts
- Can you add any other suggestions to help keep people working when conditions are this severe?