As A Workshifter, What’s Your Backup Plan?Posted by Tracy Baker on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments
If you work for somebody else, or for a corporation, you tend to rely on them for certain elements and the provision of certain services in order for you to be able to do your work. For example, you may rely on them to provide the infrastructure necessary to equip your office. Primarily, they will provide those computers, the printers, fax machines (at least up until the time that they become completely extinct) and methods of communication. If something goes wrong, they are responsible for fixing it, or by and large you and others within your working environment may not be able to achieve productivity.
If you’re self-employed then the situation is, of course, completely different. You are responsible for everything and must be aware of potential issues and problems and have a contingency plan. Now, if you’re telecommuting or workshifting your nevertheless have to have some kind of contingency plan or “plan B,” as well.
Telecommuting or working from home may well have been a dream for you over all these years. You might’ve had to work quite hard to convince the boss that telecommuting is a viable option and if you have been successful in doing so, what kind of contingency do you have in place to ensure that you can keep selling the dream?
For example, in your new, home-based office, you may still be responsible for certain projects or for completing work according to certain schedules. Depending on how far away you are from the main office, you may have to deal with a variety of potential risks and challenges that may not be evident at that other location. For example, a local weather event may result in a power outage, or the loss of your Internet connection. Do you know what to do if this should happen? Will you be able to go to another location nearby, especially if your main office is a long-distance away? How long will your Internet connection be unavailable? Unless you are using browser-based software you may find that you only actually need an Internet connection when you need to physically transmit e-mails back and forth, or to download specific files or folders. In these cases maybe you could still complete the work and then use a nearby Internet café for deliverability.
Computer failure is one of the biggest threats facing any of us, especially in this kind of environment. You absolutely must back up your work, ideally to a cloud resource and should consider services that automatically do this for you on a very regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a backup computer at hand just in case and it’s great to see that laptop computers these days are becoming much more affordable while still retaining powerful capabilities.
If you have a contingency plan in place for each and every eventuality you are just confirming your professional approach and will be able to assuage the worries of any employer who may be thinking twice about a workshifting proposal.
Are you a workshifter, how does it work for you?