Cool Tools for Remote Workers and Home Based Businesses
Driven by technology, flexible working is probably the single greatest change that has taken place in the working environment in the past decade. Technology has shunted the trend into this millennium. Getting local home internet service is now required and connections and software are better equipped and operate faster.
Now providers are rising to the comprehensive and constantly evolving challenge of meeting the needs of flexible working practices in order for businesses to deliver suitable services to its remote employees.
Remote Employment Registration
This new online recruitment site specialising in home based and remote working with professional positions full time and part time vacancies is thriving and is a necessary tool for home based workers. The concept of home working has been around for some time, but there hasn't been a recruitment service to connect reputable companies and individuals so this unique service is a first stop on remote working shopping list. It is fast becoming popular with both employers and job seekers. Register your CV here and receive alerts for any new work from home positions.
Remote Worker from Voice4IP
Remote Worker, from Voice 4IP is the complete home worker package, incorporating broadband with a VPN as an option, a telephony system that mimics a corporate environment regardless of where the call is made from, 30 hours worth of inclusive calls even a business conferencing system. It enables workers to transform their standard phone into a fully featured business phone system via the use of the Voice4IP remote worker web portal. No special equipment is required, just a working landline or mobile phone. Simply hi-jack any phone in the world with a DDI and it will work. There is no need to port numbers, change telco, or move to a CPS provider. Browse www.remote-worker.com for more information.
Toshiba Portégé R500 Series
The Portégé R500 is designed for people looking for the ultimate in no-compromise portability or who travel and work on the move. Weighing less than a kilogram and only 19.5mm thick the Portégé R500 sets the standard in thin and light laptops. The battery can last for up to 8.5 hours on one charge and the transflective LCD screen gives you great picture quality both indoors and out. Remote Workers want portability and power and the R500 delivers just that! Toshiba EasyGuard features such as shock protected casing and a 100cc spill resistant keyboard are also included. Going for £899 on www.toshiba.co.uk/computers
Sennheiser BW 900 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone Headset
This is one of the most exciting products to have been introduced in years. It is an ear-mounted wireless Bluetooth microphone which includes a highly accurate and noise cancelling microphone. It communicates via Bluetooth with your PC, with a base station which can connect either to your telephone or PC and is also capable of connecting to your Bluetooth equipped mobile phone. Unlike most ear-mounted Bluetooth microphones, the BW 900 has a full length boom and places it's noise cancelling microphone adjacent to your mouth. Lightweight, comfortable with includes lots of unique features, the BW 900 is a must at £240 on www.sennheiser.co.uk.
Skype Away Sennheiser PC146 USB Headset
Sign up for a Skype account which allows free calls over the web. However, you'll need a decent headset such as this with a built-in microphone. Its noise-cancelling technology helps you make clearer calls. This can be found onwww.sennheiser.co.uk for £80.
This robust, quad-band TyTN II comes with all the Microsoft® Office Mobile applications you need to keep on top of business, whenever you need to, wherever you find yourself. The TyTN II guarantees that you can stay in touch anywhere in the world, without service stalls, and its internet connection (via 3.5G HSDPA) is nine times faster than 3G, making downloading files and surfing the web super-fast and efficient. IT also allows you to get ahead of the game by working on charts, documents, emails and presentations on the go, thanks to applications such as Outlook® Mobile, Word Mobile, Excel® Mobile, Adobe reader LE and PowerPoint® Mobile. TyTN II has a built in GPS to help you find your way, wherever you are. A Micro SD card slots means you can supplement the generous 256MB internal memory by up to 4GB, so you'll have plenty of room for documents, photos and music. Retails at £473 or contact your nearest Orange dealer for a contract price. www.business.orange.co.uk
The first mobile handset to be specifically designed for Skype. It is also capable of making ordinary calls, but there is a dedicated Skype button which enables people to send and receive free Skype messages and calls whilst on the move without any charges. Calls can be connected to other Skype phones as well as computers that are equipped with Skype headsets. This means that callers can make local national and international calls for free. These handsets are exclusively available from 3 and can either be purchased for free with contract price plans, or cost £49.99 when purchased with £10 worth of credit on a pay as you go basis. Alternatively, people can purchase two of the phones together for £69.99. The pay as you go handsets need to be topped up with at least £10 of credit each month in order to maintain Skype usage, other than that the Skype aspect itself is completely free. This is highly practical for remote workers with international contacts. For more details check out www.three.co.uk
ZTE Mobile Broadband Modem
The ZTE can be connected to both PCs and laptops to provide high speed internet access in almost any location. There's no need to be in a Wi-Fi hotspot and it doesn't require any wires as it simply connects to the computer via the USB port and the internet can be up and running within seconds. 3 provide a variety of mobile broadband modems, including the basic Huawai E220 model, the ZTE and the Huawei E169G which is actually a USB stick that's been designed with two receptors to improve the strength of the signal that the modem picks up, as it connects to the internet via the mobile network.
They all come with SIM cards and have dedicated mobile phone numbers that enable people to send and receive text messages in addition to emails. All of 3's mobile broadband modems are compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista operating systems and Mac OS and reach speeds of up to 2.8Mbps on 3's turbo network. 1GB data allowance with a £10 Add-on from 3 gives remote workers 30 hours web surfing, 650 emails, 60 downloaded music tracks, 30 downloaded videos. 3 GB gets you 100 hours web surfing, 2000 emails, 200 downloaded music tracks and 100 downloaded videos. USB Modems available for just £69.99 from www.three.co.uk.
Cordless Mogo Mouse x54 pro
This flat laptop mouse works wirelessly by Bluetooth and, when you're done, it folds up and stores away inside the 54 express-card expansion slot of newer laptops. It also acts as a multimedia remote that can control a PowerPoint presentation. Try one at www.newtonperipherals.com for £65.
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