The Advantages of Working Remotely

Edward Neale · · Comment

Working remotely is the way ahead for our generation. Many professions are constituted by a range of activities and, today, one can stay connected and multitask in a way that was previously impossible.

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Earlier this year, entrepreneur Chris Ward published his ode to remote working called 'Out of Office: Work Where You Like and Achieve More'- a title that leaves nothing to the imagination. Nonetheless, he includes an eclectic array of works that were concocted and marinaded remotely - Harry Potter, Moshi Monsters, Cranium and Barack Obama's inauguration speech to name a few.

Up until only a few years ago, remote working was mainly the preserve of corporate jetsetters - tasked by their overlords to ride out beyond the security of the ramparts for brief skirmishes. Despite wielding ludicrously expensive weaponry (RIP Blackberry) and supported by an assortment of salaried IT cavalry, the remote solutions were always temporary and required the marauder to perpetually retreat to sanctuary.

The observation that startups can now operate with slick and professional back office functionality and IT for minimal costs is poignant. Many corporations remain strapped to the antiquated premise (and contracts...) of expensive IT departments and heavy software that most employees have no idea how to use.

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WiFi, Cloud Storage and the myriad affordable devices now available - including information ready $99 Apple iPhone 5Cs- allow us all to work from home and coffee shops the world over. Furthermore, online tools have facilitated workflow management and collaboration for businesses. Not a day goes by where the team at Siasto does not use Skype or the plethora of services Google offers.

Having an organised team and efficient operations allows businesses to focus on the important stuff - progress, development and growth. Siasto does this for you by allowing teams to manage projects, share tasks and run their business through an affordable and elegant interface. Colleagues are kept up to date wherever they are working and everyone remains on the same page.

The traditional office is becoming redundant - so much so one wonders whether series such as Mad Men were commissioned by some clandestine corporate guild to champion office toil in one final, and savvy, roll of the dice.

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We are in an epoch where, above all, fixed costs must be kept to a minimum and remote working not only solves this but makes for a happier workforce. Of course, in vivo interaction and collaborations are essential - as Yahoo tirelessly reminds us - so it is interesting to note the development of hybrids over the years. Co-working spaces, hot desks and private clubs have all been spawned to fill the medium by offering affordable office environments, in various shapes and sizes, by pooling workers and teams into one space.

As we wave goodbye to India's Telegram service - the Victorian pre-cursor to email - and with superfast 4G coverage waiting in the wings...Siasto can safely say 'Remote working is dead! Long live remote working!'

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