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    So....most of us are now confined to being at home. Would folks like a thread about how to handle their business totally online?

    I'm afraid that I've gotten a bit rusty on the subject. I'm told that using an AppleShare Server, which used to be the obvious choice for migrating your office's business to be completely accessable via the Internet, isn't a viable option anymore. I don't even know why it isn't, I'm just told that it isn't. How are other folks handling migrating their businesses to the Internet so that they and all of their fellow employees can work from home?

    Let me start off by trying to be helpful. Lots of folks will need video chat and conferencing software. Here is what is available. Most of it is free, but not every product has the same requirements and features. I'm told that Zoom is dynamite for business meetings and that Apple's own FaceTime is pretty cool for personal video chats.

    Apple's Facetime
    FaceTime on the App Store
    Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support
    What is Apple's FaceTime and How Do I Use it?
    Here’s a new article on the subject of group calls on FaceTime that might be of interest:
    How to make group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad | iMore

    Skype
    Skype | Communication tool for free calls and chat

    What'sApp
    https://www.whatsapp.com/
    WhatsApp can do one-to-one video but not groups

    Google Hangouts
    https://gsuite.google.com/products/chat/

    Portal from Facebook
    https://portal.facebook.com/

    Tango
    https://www.tango.me

    WeChat
    https://www.wechat.com/en/

    Zoom
    https://zoom.us/

    gotomeeting
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/

    Cisco’s WebEx Teams:
    https://www.webex.com/team-collaboration.html
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    @Randy:

    Any advice on working from home is appreciated. I'm not sure how many of our members are involved in a business that they would need to work from home.

    As a bit of info.... My son works for a large bank as an investment advisor and he has been ordered to work from home 3 days a week but to come in for the other 2 days.

    (BTW, we've used Zoom before and it works well enough assuming you have a good fast WiFi connection.)

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    One of the keys to working at home is to be disciplined about it. Have a place to work, a time to start and the tools you need. For PLACE, a home office is best, but almost anything will do--a spare bedroom, a nook, an enclosed porch, just about anywhere with power and network access. You could even put up a blanket to "partition" a small apartment of room into two spaces--one of them being the "office." Then follow a routine--get up as you normally would, maybe even get fully dressed (although if you wear a suit, you can skip the full dress and assume casual Friday is now every day), go to the "office" and begin work. Don't let the events at home disturb you, just as you do in the office. Work to your normal break/lunch/quitting time just as you do at the office. By tools I mean computer, files, phone, whatever you would have in the office. The key is to make your work day a work day.

    OK, so kids/spouse/doorbell/phone will be distractors. Plan for that, talk it out with spouse/housemate before you go to "work" so that everybody knows who does what and when. If both of you have to work, split the day so that everyone gets a crack at the office. You may find your productivity actually goes up during the time you are working if you do it right.

    This is from a guy who worked at home the final two years before he retired--me.
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    Sound advice Jake, especially the part of making it as close to your daily routine as possible. My company is fully remote right now and we are using Zoom & Teams to stay connected. The thing we're doing actively is to have conversations on Zoom with the video on so that we can see each other as much as possible. This allows us to read the body language and keep that human connection until we get back into the office.
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    Ashwin, that visual contact is really key over the long run. And it gives you a chance to have some social interaction that isn't work, just as you would if you were actually in place. I am fortunate to have an office with a set of bookshelves behind me and when I would do a video call if the person had not seen it before I would get questions about the various knick-knacks on the shelves (model airplanes, my helmet from my flying days, etc). That keeps the "human" factor in play that is the lubrication in human interplay.
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    Take Control Books is offering a new, FREE e-book:

    Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily

    Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily – Take Control Books

    The 55-page book is designed for those who are suddenly confronted with the realities of telecommuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    Take Control Books is offering a new, FREE e-book:

    Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily

    Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily – Take Control Books

    The 55-page book is designed for those who are suddenly confronted with the realities of telecommuting.
    I got an e-mail about that book earlier today because I've ordered a few of the other Take Control books. If this book is as well written and practical as some of the others t should prove useful.
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
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