THE ADVENTURES OF SETTING UP FOR A HOME BUSINESS AMIDST COVID-19
A PHOTOSHOOT TO 'LIGHT UP OUR CHRISTMAS'
SO, CORONAVIRUS, EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT. WHETHER THAT BE ON THE NEWS, SOMEBODY IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD OR IN OUR CASE, SOMEONE VIA A GOOGLE HANGOUT CONFERENCE CALL!
Because of the government guidance to work from home (if at all possible), Liquid were forced to become a home business whilst ensuring business was kept as usual, as much as possible during the transformation.
This is when myself and the Digital team were called into action. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Liquid had never needed to rely on a full team working remotely. People could occasionally, if circumstances arose, but generally, all of the team were always in the studio. There was never a thought or plan in place to allow for 100% remote working – until now!
We began sending home batches of the team across staggered intervals to ensure there was always someone in the studio, just in case accessing files on our server from home wasn’t playing ball. Before the outbreak, our server was only set up to work internally, so replicating this to a cloud-based server and ensuring that it held all of our files – which could be accessed from anywhere – was both our biggest digital challenge and the biggest priority in order to remain a flexible business. This needed actioning and actioning fast.
Whilst testing the server, we also needed a solution for the team to catchup just as simply as walking over to their desk in the studio. This is where Slack and Google Hangouts came into play… with the two programs talking to each other, all of the team can now catch-up, arrange internal and client meetings and share work in progress with the simple click of a button.
Working from home isn’t ideal for everyone, even more-so when it’s been a forced transition in such a small space of time. But with technology readily available, it certainly makes it possible for thousands of business around the UK and around the world.
I believe that after this lockdown this will change the way many businesses work going forward, maybe even decide not to return to a desk-based office. It will be a challenging time for landlords and property owners alike, yet a prosperous time for cloud-based digital solutions.
The key question is - can our workforce become much more mobile and flexible and yet still remain efficient? From our personal experience I think it certainly can.
With the help of technology, we’re able to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.