We all dream of working remotely – or at least having the freedom to do so when life’s little surprises come about and change up our daily routine. Let’s say for instance your little one is feeling under the weather, and it’s your turn on the rotational schedule for the next baby shift. You have a big presentation at work coming up, and you need access to your business applications and files to prepare. How do you balance taking care of your sick child and staying on track with your work?

With the Cloud, working remotely is made easier than ever. With Cloud computing, as long as you have a secure Internet connection, you can get to work without being physically present in the office. That means you can prepare for that upcoming presentation from the comfort of your own home – all the while having the freedom and flexibility to care for your sick child. It’s a win-win situation!

Nowadays, companies are starting to see the true benefits of offering remote work capabilities. The American workforce is changing, especially with the increase in mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) policies being implemented by enterprises all over the world.

Research from management consulting company Gallup shows that telecommuting is on the rise, with nearly four times as many Americans working remotely than were 20 years ago.

But how do you know if you’re a good fit for working remotely? Admittedly, not everyone thrives as well in a remote setting as they do in a traditional office.

Here are a few tips to help you become a successful and productive remote worker:

Communication is Key

Just because you’re working from home or perhaps a tropical beach off the coast of some exotic country – doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected from the office. If you have questions or problems while working remotely, make sure you have access to your team members and are intentional about communicating your messages. Remember, it’s always better to over-communicate than to not communicate at all!

Make the Most of the Cloud

With the Cloud, you can stay connected to your business-critical applications and files from any device of your choosing. Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc., the Cloud enables you to work using any device of your choosing, from any location with a secure Internet connection. You’re able to edit, share, and send files with ease, and foster team collaboration even when you’re out of the office.

Stay Motivated

While working remotely, it’s easy to get distracted and lose your focus. Especially when you have other things going on that cause you to have to work remotely in the first place! Practice working on time management and setting priorities at the beginning of each day. By creating a schedule for yourself and sticking to it, you’re sure to stay productive even while you’re working from paradise.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cloud and how it can help you cultivate a productive and successful remote workforce – don’t hesitate to talk to the Hill Country Tech Guys.