The beauty of being self-employed is I don’t have to leave my house and if I don’t want to. I consider my computer in my pajamas and slippers with a cup of coffee on its little warming plate with my hair all disheveled and no one cares. Thus is the beauty of working from home. That said however…
Be Careful What You Ask For
Web conferencing has made it possible to have meetings with people around the world, face-to-face, over the Internet. This is an awesome opportunity for someone to work out of their home and still be able to carry on business on an international level. And as preferable as it is to be face to face with a client or business partner you have to remember that should you show up for your video conference dressed in a manner that I described above it may not move go over as well as it used to when you simply spoke over the phone. They can see you now–and you can see them. Presentation is, as they say, everything; so keep that in mind as you prepare for your video conference.
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The Lazy Boy Recliner Or The Home Office?
Another thing to keep in mind as well as your own personal appearance is the appearance of your surroundings. Having a video conference from your recliner is an appealing thought, but your laptop camera doesn’t just see your face; it sees your face and what is behind you. A professional setting, or at the very least a faux professional setting in the background, is far preferable to the cat coming across the top of your chair or the sound of the football game from the big screen TV in the living room. That’s right, background noises will be picked up as well as what is viewable in your background. This means that if your kids are yelling or the dogs are barking in the background you probably should find a separate room in which to do your conference.
Is having a web meeting from the comforts of your home a positive advancement in business and social technology? Yes it is. As with most things you simply have to be careful how you use it.
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