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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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84. Know Your Backup Options (Before a Crisis Occurs)

In deciding what equipment you need to support your telecommuting arrangement, you'll typically plan for ideal operating conditions (your computer functions properly, the fax machine just keeps humming, your printer is not hopelessly jammed, and your phone service is uninterrupted). Life being what it is at times, however, it's also useful to consider what backup options you may need to continue being productive even when your equipment fails you (because it will, you know!).

This is where having a “Chicken Little” mindset is not a bad idea. Imagine that the sky is falling … or worse—WHAT IF your computer crashes?

  • Do you have a spare computer easily accessible that you can switch to? Does ...

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