The number of people working from home, either full-time or part-time, has been on the rise and this trend is only expected to continue. For telecommuters—or really any time we work outside the office—we need to pay attention to the kinds of tools we use, the ease of setting up, and how we access them wherever we are.
If you’re thinking about working from home, doing some kind of freelance project on the side (i.e., without the support of an IT department!), or just want to be more organized in your work and life, you’ll find this episode useful.
For this episode, I’m joined by Customer Research Consultant, Karyn Kelbaugh, who shared her career story in this previous episode.
Karyn works 100% from home. She’s got two sons under her charge, so whatever she uses to operate her business needs to have the trifecta: easy to set up, easy to use, and won’t break the bank.
She and I both share the tools we use and how we use them! We talk tools for:
- Data collection (think ‘not-your-father’s-database’)
- Everyday planning and organization
- Meetings and interviews
- Note taking
You can find the list of tools we mentioned, and the appropriate links, below.
One Other Tool You Won’t Hear in the Episode:
Karyn also uses a tool called Dedoose specifically to manage her research work. If you typically collect a large amount of data that you need to analyze, this tool may just hit the sweet spot.
There are tons of software applications like SPSS and others that are really good for analytics and qualitative research but Dedoose is perfect for collaborating. For example, SPSS will cost you thousands of dollars own. And if you want to work with somebody else, they have to also pay multiple thousands of dollars. So that limits who you can share and collaborate with. Dedoose is wonderful. It’s like $14 a month and it has all the capabilities of storing multimedia, coding things, all sorts of stuff. I love it a lot. —Karyn Kelbaugh
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