Written by Lori Thiessen

When you are working either for yourself or others, one of the big keys to success is resources. You need that computer, pen and paper as well as a computer whiz handy. I’m lucky because I’m married to a computer geek so my tech services are almost always nearby. If you’re not so blessed to have your own computer guru close by, then you are at the mercy of computer support companies.

The next couple of challenges that face the java commuter are supplies and IT support. If you are an independent java commuter you need to sort out your own stuff regarding these. But if you are an employed java commuter (someone whose company has agreed to have you out of the office may 1 or more days a week), then you will need to ensure that your company has you covered on those bases.

Office Supplies

If you are an independent java commuter, getting supplies might be as easy as going to your local well-stocked loonie store. You might want to consider doing what lawyers do and charge your client for the supplies you use on their project or just build the supplies cost into your overall fee.

As an employed java commuter for a company, you need to make sure that if you are going to be out of the office a lot, then the company needs to either cover your office supplies expense or you need to be reimbursed for your office supplies purchases.

Same goes for photocopying, faxing and printing. You may want to designate a particular day during the week to be your office day so you can make use of these handy-dandy office machines.

A co-working space maybe the answer to your basic office needs, if you are on the road or out of town a lot.

IT Support

As an independent java commuter, you either become savvy at computer stuff or you find somebody who is. There are plenty of companies out there who do nothing but help you with those frustrating problems that happen, usually when you are on deadline.

A teleworking agreement between you and your employer should include provision for IT support. Depending on how often you are out of or away from the office, the agreement could include access to the company’s IT support department or company. Does the IT guy come out to you wherever you go, or do you expense your IT bills on a monthly basis?

It’s important to have a plan in place to cover these critical items.

Q: How do you cover your office machine and IT support needs?

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