The work from home essentials: what you’ll need

The work from home essentials: what you’ll need

Many business owners are looking at remote working as a successful part of their daily operations. Whether you are looking to start an online business, grow a team, or already have an established business looking to expand, you will need a few key components. At Priority Networks, we have compiled a list of essential tools you and your staff need to work from home effectively.


Virtual private network

The first thing you and your employees will need is an IT solution known as a VPN. A virtual private network is a source of protection in addition to typical security software. A VPN is designed to protect the most valuable online personal information while remaining connected to a public internet connection. Therefore, giving you the freedom and security to work anywhere at any time. With this freedom, protection is essential. Without it, your privacy, data, information are vulnerable and susceptible to attacks from hackers and malware. Other benefits include online anonymity, which allows the user to remain invisible when using an application or website, which will prevent tracking. A VPN will also protect other devices such as laptops, tablets, and other connected devices necessary for working from home success. Lastly, files, documentation, and additional information will inevitably be shared or transferred back and forth when working from home. With a VPN, any digital media sharing will be successful as it avoids bandwidth and issues due to speed. A professional networking company will be able to provide IT support and offer IT solutions, including virtual private networking.


Cloud based phone service

The second essential tool you and your employees need to communicate and collaborate effectively is a cloud-based phone service or VoIP (voice over internet protocol). The quality features make working from home, on the go, or in the office much more manageable. A cloud-based phone offers quality features, including video conference, instant messaging, conference calls, and integrations with email systems, fax, and social media platforms. A cloud phone system is an upgraded version of a typical desk phone but with specific requirements to assist business operations and remote working. Cloud phone systems are reliable, flexible, cost-effective, and protected.


Home office setting

Lastly, we recommend creating a schedule and work strategy. It is easy to get comfortable, distracted, and want to accomplish at-home duties before you tackle your work tasks when working from home. Setting the scene and maintaining a schedule will guarantee success. Therefore, it is essential to make sure you have the appropriate at-home office setup and devices. Working from the kitchen table or sofa will not give you the same productivity. Good lighting, a functional computer desk, and a supportive chair will make your designated work area resemble an office setting. Office equipment, devices (headset, wireless keyboard, and mouse), and the appropriate software are also essential. When in doubt, always ask a networking professional. They are well equipped to provide IT services and IT solutions to assist the transition from office to home office.

At Priority Networks, we provide IT services, IT support, and IT solutions to support your business and all of your remote working needs. Contact Priority Network today for more information on our networking services.

Massimo DeRocchis

My life has been surrounded with computers since I was a child, from my first job as a Computer Assembly Assistant to the current ownership of Priority Networks, a dental focused networking company. Starting with an Apple computer connecting to other networks when I was only 13 years old, I quickly knew this passion would lead to bigger ventures. As the internet started to evolve, I immediately worked for an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This gave me insight to the power of worldwide internet communications and the capabilities of sharing data across multiple networks simultaneously. The dedication towards this field has given me the advantage of understanding new technologies and grasping complicated issues quickly from software, hardware, networking, security, management and much more. As a Computer Network Manager for Tesma International, a division of Magna International, I gained the experience of becoming a qualified NAI Network Sniffer, EDI Communications Specialist, Head Securities Manager, MRP Manufacturing Integration Manager, and received several enhanced managerial and technological training courses. Moving forward to today, I apply all my knowledge, training and years of solid network experience to deliver the very best support to all my customers at Priority Networks.