Telecommuting to work is a big trend: It’s the cheaper, greener, and affords workers more time at home with families, instead of in a car or on a train. Whether you are part of a company that is based across the country or if you’re just more comfortable working from home, there are tons of web-tools that can make your virtual work experience as efficient as if you were really there. Fast Company clued us in to some tools for a seamless virtual workday.
Skype: You can either use Skype as an instant message client, or as a video chat tool. You could even leave it open all day if you wanted to be an ever-present fixture in the base office. Talking “face to face” can be a lot easier than trying to communicate via instant message.
iChat: If you’re trying to show a coworker something on your computer, you can use iChat‘s screen-share function. You can share your screen with them, or vice versa, and you can type, point, and click on each other’s computers. Skype also has a screen-sharing tool.
Campfire: Using Skype to chat is great if you want to talk to the base office when you aren’t there, but what if there is no base office? Campfire is a chat room that you can invite team members to. It has a permanent URL for easy access, and you can search the transcripts.
Google Docs: Collaborating on a document is easy with Google Docs. You can see edits in (basically) real time, and you can use the sidebar chat to talk about what you’re editing.
Tiny Chat: If you and your coworkers want to have a group discussion but you are all long distance, try Tiny Chat. It’s a video chat room that allows you to see everyone, talk, and type. You can create and save rooms, as well as use your Twitter names to access it.
via Fast Company