Cutting the Cord

Harel TurkelBy Harel Turkel
Chair, Technology Division
THE ASSOCIATED’s Business & Professionals Group

Technology has advanced so much these days that it makes working from virtually anywhere  feasible.  The days of having to drive into the office during bad weather or cutting a vacation short due to an increasing workload have ceased to exist.  There are a number of tools at your disposal to make working remotely easy and effective. 

  • Having a fax line that emails you your faxes is easily done through efax.
  • Setting up video/phone conference calls can be done through Skype, GoToMeeting, or LiveMeeting.
  • Accessing your computer desktop from anywhere in the world is managed through windows remote desktop, or
  • Having a local phone number that rings to an international phone is handled through Ring Central.

If this were 10 years ago, Internet connections would not have been fast enough to warrant this behavior, but now with wifi available throughout hotels, airports and restaurants, finding a high-speed connection isn’t the challenge it once was.  Toting around a wireless hotspot or usb 3g/4g card is also an option with speeds nearing that of most wireless networks. 

This virtual revolution has changed the way that business owners operate their firms and manage their workflow whilst traveling the world.  I personally ran my firm for three weeks while in Israel using VOIP iphone apps, remote desktop, efax, and GoToMeeting on several occasions!  This world has become a very small place indeed and the virtual office should be part of every business owner’s milieu.

Do you want to share best practices? Join us at one of our Tech Happy Hours or other events. Just subscribe to THE ASSOCIATED’s emails or visit the Community Calendar for Business & Professionals.

Harel Turkel is the CEO of SOS Tech Group.


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  1. Cloud computing is another important step in collaborating across distance — for example with expanding tools available through Google Docs, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations can be generated in real time with multiple people working on them virtually simultaneously, and potentially reducing errors due to multiple versions that occur when documents are emailed back and forth. This is a common practice for me, since I live in Maryland, and work remotely for Rutgers University, in New Jersey.

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