WARNING: Telecommuting is a potentially dangerous activity and should be performed only by trained professionals. Do not try this at homeat least, not without the expert advice of the Underground Guide!
There's no place like home. Especially when your boss, your kid, and the neighbor's dog are all barking for your attention simultaneously. Working away from a corporate office, whether as a salaried employee, independent contractor, consultant, or freelancer, presents great (often unexpected) challenges and offers even greater rewards. Woody Leonhard takes on the toughest aspects of telecommuting and gives you the straight scoop on how to make it work for you. Whether you're a telecommuter, a telecommuter's boss, or just curious, The Underground Guide to Telecommuting will give you the tools and information to turn electricity and a phone line into major productivity.
- Set up your office right the first time, even if your budget bears more resemblance to your kid's allowance than to the boss's expense account. Woody offers no-nonsense advice on what hardware and software to buy, what hot new technology will pay for itself, and which gizmos are a waste of your time and money.
- Make the best use of e-mail and the Internet, and then decipher the alphabet soup of telecommunicationsfind out the difference between ISDN, ATM, and ESPN, and what's best for you (especially if you're not a hockey fan).
- Get valuable and occasionally devious tips on how to stay on the good side of the zoning board, the postal service, the IRS, and, most importantly, your neighbors.
- Learn about the hottest trend in telecommuting, the "virtualcorporation"groups of professionals who band together electronically for one project or several to complement each others' strengths and even out the work load.
Series Editor Woody Leonhard and Addison-Wesley are proud to bring you the Underground Guidesfun books for serious computer users.