Recently at Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC we shifted to a work-from-home setup. Everybody is working at home. When we were setting up the work-from-home systems, we had several goals:
- a recurring cost of zero for the work-from-home systems
- a very small up-front cost for the work-from-home systems
- replicating at home the functions and systems from the office
Good luck smiled on us. We managed to get our office phones working at home without having to spend any money up front or incur any recurring cost (blog article). We managed to set up VPN access to all of the office resources with no recurring cost and an up-front cost of only about $82 per home location (blog article). These happy results were mostly due to our employees being smart and resilient, along with generous helpings of good luck.
One office function remained, however, to be implemented. We needed to have a setup by which anybody in the office could remotely print a document onto a printer located in the home of anybody else in the office. (So much for our saying that we run a paperless office!) To give one example, if an accounts-receivable person generates a bill to be reviewed by an attorney, what we hope for is that the AR person could with one or two mouse clicks print that draft bill on a printer at the home of that attorney.
Of course what we would hope is that implementation of this function would be cost-free just like the previous two implementations. We would hope to incur no up-front cost beyond the cost of the printer itself (typically about $90 per home for a nice duplex-printing monochrome laser printer), and no recurring cost.
Here’s what turned out to work for us. Continue reading