Working (or Not Working) from Home? Updated 13 July
We are no longer updating this article. We’ve had a LOT of inquiries about adding links but, sorry, we will not be adding any new links to the article. We figure everyone is pretty used to working from home at this point. Thanks for understanding.
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 its 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.
- Remote Work Advocates Warn Companies About COVID-19 Work-From-Home Strategies from Forbes
- SUCCEEDING FROM HOME: Here’s exactly how to thrive as a remote worker in the days of coronavirus
- How to Work From Home – INFOGRAPHIC
- 7 Tips For Productively Working From Home For The First Time
32 Proven Tips For Working From Home
- How to work from home with kids (without losing it)
- How to Work From Home If You Have Kids – 9 Pro Tips
- Remote, Virtualized, Cloud—Huh?! Making Sense of Remote Solutions for Media Production
- Frame.IO has a new series about building remote video workflows
- Best Practices for Adopting a Remote Post-Production Workflow – Frame.io
- 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.
- Talking remote editing with the expert Michael Kammes
- Stay Home and Stay Productive: Tips From a Fully Remote Company – Greyscalegorilla has lots of great tips for you.
- 4 Tips to Prepare for a Virtual Meeting
- How to Record a Zoom Meeting in High Quality for Video Editing
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!
— Red Giant (@RedGiantNews) April 15, 2020
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 soundproof the room where the kids hang out instead of your office.
- 10 Ideas on How to Soundproof a Room Cheaply – or Even for free.
- The cheapest way to soundproof a room
- 3 techniques for working in an untreated room
Tips for small businesses
- Tips for small businesses to stay connected, afloat during coronavirus shutdown
- A Quick Guide to Business Continuity for Video Professionals. Free PDF from HubSpot
More Free Software
- Free tools and services for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis
- Get CG software for free during the coronavirus outbreak
What to do if you are out of work
Here’s a shortlist 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.
- LinkedIn has a list of over 40,000 remote jobs.
Online Events and Webinars
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.
- Free Visual Effects Courses at Skill Share
- Pluralsight for 3D and VFX Skills
- Action VFX
- Free SketchUp learning resources
- The Artist’s Notebook Project – Richard Harrington is launching 3 weeks of free training and inspiration for creatives (photo/design/video).
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.
- 50 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
- 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
- Learn to draw
- Google Arts & Culture
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings: Amazing Educational
- Virtual Field Trips to zoos and other places
- Khan Academy
- 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.
- All Digital Academy – Learning and resources for school kids and adults. There are video software options, language learning, and more.
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.
- Exercise for Free During Quarantine With These Apps
- How We’re Staying Fit Through A Quarantine
- Yoga with Adrien
- Irish Dancing
- The family lockdown guide: how to emotionally prepare for coronavirus quarantine
- How You Can Help During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Life Pro Tip Advice on managing extended periods away from the World
Featured Image Credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters
Posted by Michele Yamazaki