Working (or Not Working) from Home? Updated 30 March
Toolfarm is a small company. We may have a large web presence but there are less than 12 of us spread across the United States. Yes, we’re used to working remotely. It’s the norm. However, we normally don’t have to deal with bored kids that can’t go out.
Working from home definitely has it’s perks. The relaxed dress code, the proximity of your own bathroom, working with your pets on your lap. There are definitely downsides though.
- You’re ALWAYS at work.
- Second, distractions!
- Third, lack of social interaction (which is great if you’re an introvert)
- Four, you’re your own IT person.
We will be updating this article during the week to give you our recommendations on how to successfully work from home, because right now, you probably don’t have a choice. Here are some things you can do to help your career. In addition, we’ll share some tips on making sure your kids are also productive during this time. Right now though, we’ll share a list of articles and other resources to help you get through this quarantine.
We have heard about people losing their jobs in the sports media since the seasons are all shut down. We’ve learned that a lot of people are picking up jobs setting up remote video streaming for meetings, church services and more. Let us know what’s happening out there!
Working Remotely Roundup
Working from Home
10 Practical Tips for Effective At Home Teamwork. This is a huge infographic from Altergaze.
SUCCEEDING FROM HOME: Here’s exactly how to thrive as a remote worker in the days of coronavirus
Ideas for editors and post-production people while in isolation or quarantine. Scott Simmons has some great ideas for you over at ProVideo Coalition.
VES Technology Committee WFH best practices and tips & tricks – information on how to work remotely with Foundry tools, Houdini, secure desktop solutions, and more.
Stay Home and Stay Productive: Tips From a Fully Remote Company – Greyscalegorilla has lots of great tips for you.
Tips for small businesses
A Quick Guide to Business Continuity for Video Professionals. Free PDF from HubSpot
Special Quarantine Offers, Free & Discounted Licenses. This page is kept updated with deals from Toolfarm and extended licenses and trials of products that we sell.
What to do if you are out of work
Here’s a short list of good options if you have nothing but time. Be productive! Make good use of this downtime.
- Work on your demo reel (See: In Depth: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Great Demo Reel)
- Update and polish your branding
- Work on personal projects that you’ve been putting off
- Learn new skills or sharpen your existing skills. Below, a list of resources.
- NewLinkedIn has a list of over 40,000 remote jobs.
Online Events and Webinars
- New Maxon’s C4DLive for NAB 2020 Going Fully Virtual
- New The Adobe Summit 2020, Free Access to Entire Event
- New NAB Show Express – an online event in April!
LinkedIn Learning and other training
Learn all sorts of software, storyboarding, screenwriting and more at LinkedIn Learning.
Note: Check your Library’s Website. My library has free access to LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com. There’s a link through the website and I have to log in with my library card. Check your library’s website. The link on my library’s site is pretty hidden and I stumbled across it one day accidentally.
Video Copilot – Learn about creating VFX, compositing, and more.
Pluralsight for 3D and VFX Skills
The Artist’s Notebook
Richard Harrington is launching 3 weeks of free training and inspiration for creatives (photo/design/video). He says:
I am so amazed at the great folks who’ve stepped up and volunteered their time. We’ll be creating content for all the artists (and even teens) who are stuck on lockdown or out of work due to COVID-19.
But we need your help.
Could you help us out please?
1. We need Breakout room hosts. Meets 4-5:30 pm ET daily. You can do one day or multiple days. Just share a project and let people watch you work and ask questions (think of it like Twitch.tv).
If you can help send me a message… no need to go super fancy.. just share your workflow and chat with folks.
2. Please spread the word. These are bleak times and I’d like to keep the creative spark going. Please join this group and share it FAR and WIDE.
Everything we’re doing is 100% free… no strings… no hitches.
The Notebook Project
Setting up your office space
You’re probably already working at home at the kitchen table. If you’re lucky, you have an office that is quiet and distraction free. This quarantine is going to be a bit longer than we’d like so there are some things worth considering.
Make sure you’re in a comfortable position to work or you can really damage your neck, back, and even give yourself some carpal tunnel.
- Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide. The Mayo Clinic has some tips on the height of your monitor, desk and chair for the best comfort and safety.
- 5 ways to make your office desk more ergonomic
- My Top Five Ergonomic Workstation Accessories – postPerspective
- Kim from Toolfarm recommends the Evolent mouse, too. It’s vertical!
You can’t get the kids to stay quiet all of the time! Here are some ideas to help with noise. It’s probably easiest to sound proof the room where the kids hang out instead of your office.
Other online learning for you and your kids
If you’d like to learn something outside of our industry, or your kids need something else to do, here are some great links for you.
Free online cooking classes – they’ve made them free during the quarantine
Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings: Amazing Educational
Virtual Field Trips to zoos and other places
Animorphs books are all online for free. Okay, this one is for your kids but it could keep them busy so you can get some work done.
Exercise & Mental Health
With gyms closed, how can you blow off the stress? Getting exercise will help everyone mentally and physically. There are loads of exercise videos on YouTube – everything from yoga to HIIT to Irish dance steps and Just Dance Videos. My yoga studio has moved to online classes at the schedule with Zoom.
Featured Image Credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters
Posted by Michele Yamazaki