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Working (or Not Working) from Home? Updated 16 April

Working (or Not Working) from Home? Advice from a Seasoned Remote Worker
Updated! 16 April 2020:  We have a new Working at Home infographic link, Nerf Wars video, and info about our “Work from Home” remote office contest.  Look for New.

We’re several weeks into this Stay at Home order in a lot of places. How are you holding up? Is working remotely working better for you than you thought it would?

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

“Show Us Your Remote Workspace” Social Media Contest New

A majority of us are sheltering in place and working from home remotely. Sometimes it’s tough to set up a space that is conducive to getting work done. Whether you’re sharing an office with your spouse (like me!) or you’re working in your kitchen, show us your remote workspace on social media. This is your chance to win a $100 coupon for the Toolfarm store! You don’t even have to be in the photo if you are camera shy.

More information


Remote workflows


Virtual Meetings

How to improve your Video Calls in 5 minutes

You’re likely doing a lot more video meetings than you used to. Here’s a quick tutorial on improving your calls. She goes into lots of alternatives to Zoom.

How is Maxon/Red Giant handling the lockdown? Nerf Wars!


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.

Ergonomics

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.

Noise

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.


Tips for small businesses


Free Software

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.

Other information


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.

Online Events and Webinars

Check our webinars schedule for updates.

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.


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.


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