Real talk: not all who work from home have a control over their time. I am among those who work at home with on a scheduled working hour. I have to be online Mondays through Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM US Eastern time (that’s 9 PM to 5 am PH time during daylight savings and 10 PM to 6 AM during standard time).
Here’s what happened yesterday: it rained hard around 4:30 to 5:30 PM, just a few minutes after we went home from the grocery store. Yay, bed weather is coming! We were all happy for the rain since it was too hot yesterday. Everything was great until we had a brownout. Apparently, it’s a transformer issue that’s causing the power outage. Our neighbors called the people in charge to have it fixed but they were told the outage could take 4-6 hours.
I woke up at 8:30 PM, 30 minutes before my log-in time and there was still no electricity. So, with a candle in hand, I went to my work table and prepared to go to work. I had a backup ready so I was still able to work despite the power outage. How did I do it? These are the things that saved my day at work:
1. My cell phone that’s LTE capable for the internet connection. It has a dual sim functionality. I have a Globe 3G sim in it in case my Globe LTE wifi subscription fails and I have a Smart LTE 4G sim in case there’s a problem with Globe in our area.
2. My Asus 10, 050 mah power bank. It was not fully charged but it can recharge my phone twice while I use it for my internet connection.
3. My laptop with the battery fully charged. My laptop is almost 3 years old but it’s still working well. The notification prompted the battery could last for an hour and 45 mins. That’s really not enough to cover my 8-hour shift but that is enough while I wait for the power to be back.
4. Dane’s laptop. Thankfully, Dane sent the laptop that he bought in KSA. I was planning on using it last night in case my laptop’s battery drains and there’s still no electricity. Thankfully though, the power came back at around 10:04 PM.
What’s the difference between working at home and working in the office? You rejoice when there’s a technical issue in the office while you end up scratching your head when there’s a technical difficulty while working at home. To have a backup is essential for WAHMs like me and work at home folks in general.
Backups are a great help during unforeseen circumstances such as power outages. If you are taking calls, have at least two working headsets. I only had one headset before and it was always frustrating when the headset stops working. If you are not taking calls, have a backup of everything that you need at work such as your internet connection, computer, mouse, etc.
Do you work from home? What is your backup?