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it makes sense empowering the workforce to work at home. A company I know just pivoted their business model from "workshops on location for optimal team performance" to the online training of teams to work together online. How do you set-up conference calls, manage the agenda, have effective meetings etc...
 

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@Kak since everyone is working from home – maybe some type of cloud-based computing system that allows you to access your work computer from anywhere? Jeez, somebody really should invent that!!
Amazon workspaces does exactly that. You login through an app and you are inside your Windows computer running in the cloud.

now, teaching companies how to use this mechanism to save on hardware costs and let people working from their own computers at home can be an interesting tech consulting field.
 

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Amazon workspaces does exactly that. You login through an app and you are inside your Windows computer running in the cloud.

now, teaching companies how to use this mechanism to save on hardware costs and let people working from their own computers at home can be an interesting tech consulting field.
Is this a way I can hire a beefier virtual machine to process videos?

My PC is good enough for some hardcore Excel, and some light video editing. I don’t want to spend money on more hardware if I want to process videos faster. How do I access better computing power?
 

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Tire guys are literally out in front of my house.....changing my tires. Love this new found sense of customer service. I guess all of this brick and mortar overhead wasn't as necessary as everyone thought it was.
 

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Is this a way I can hire a beefier virtual machine to process videos?

My PC is good enough for some hardcore Excel, and some light video editing. I don’t want to spend money on more hardware if I want to process videos faster. How do I access better computing power?
That would have been an automatic no nswer not too long ago mainly due to lag from the storage to the person editing. I also would not run SQL server on a virtual platform until 5 or 6 years ago.

Now there have been improvements all along the way.
Here are a few options from 2018:

I personally run CyberLink PowerDirector 365. It's pretty powerful and it runs locally, but it does not use the resources something like Adobe Premier.

I suspect Adobe has an online option that reduces local hardware needs, too.
 

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Is this a way I can hire a beefier virtual machine to process videos?

My PC is good enough for some hardcore Excel, and some light video editing. I don’t want to spend money on more hardware if I want to process videos faster. How do I access better computing power?
I have not checked what is the max cpu power you can get but in principle yes. When you choose your hardware there are different options. The business model is pay for what you use.

This concept is called “Desktop as a service”.
 

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Folks, I want to give you another idea. We need to reinvent the desk chairs for remote workers such as developers. Those ergonomic chairs are expensive and not very comfortable. I was thinking about an comfortable armchair with some sort of computer table attached to it. In this way you can stay in a comfortable position between a bed and a sofa and still focused on your work. I am a remote tech manager, I have a ergonomic chair but I feel most focused and productive when laying on the couch with my Mac on the legs. Think about it..
 

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Folks, I want to give you another idea. We need to reinvent the desk chairs for remote workers such as developers. Those ergonomic chairs are expensive and not very comfortable. I was thinking about an comfortable armchair with some sort of computer table attached to it. In this way you can stay in a comfortable position between a bed and a sofa and still focused on your work. I am a remote tech manager, I have a ergonomic chair but I feel most focused and productive when laying on the couch with my Mac on the legs. Think about it..
Bean-bags with monitor and keyboard mounts? Hmmm... I think it could catch on.
 

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Folks, I want to give you another idea. We need to reinvent the desk chairs for remote workers such as developers. Those ergonomic chairs are expensive and not very comfortable. I was thinking about an comfortable armchair with some sort of computer table attached to it. In this way you can stay in a comfortable position between a bed and a sofa and still focused on your work. I am a remote tech manager, I have a ergonomic chair but I feel most focused and productive when laying on the couch with my Mac on the legs. Think about it..
View: https://youtu.be/Hwkbj26BQxM
 

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Meanwhile, on the *national* website for the local big box computer store:

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How about literally starting a work from home consultancy agency, guiding companies to building an infrastructure which allows employees to work anywhere, not just for this pandemic but for the future. You'd be surprised how many companies still don't understand the cloud, remote access or team collaboration software.
 

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Great thread.
Been thinking all about this. Specifically about the elderly/senior market quite a bit.

This might help a couple people get on the right track: " Who Are You Helping?"
 

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Home cleaning?

Home office pods?

Agreed about mental health @biggeemac. Lots of people are suffering from lack of exercise and social interaction.

Home telephone systems? My wife has a wee dongle on her ear and the rest of her team needed set up and shown how to use them.

@Lex DeVille ‘s freelancing courses are going to sell like hot cakes I suspect.

Udemy? Upwork? Fiverr? Are they getting an increase in demand?

YouTube consumption. As well as Netflix and other streaming services.

Cheap tablets and laptops?

For the elderly in particular they may not want to get out for quite a few months. Mobile chiropodists, hairdressers, masseurs, physios? Personal alarms? Networks of delivery drivers? Prescriptions being delivered by pharmacies?
 

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Virtual Reality.
Yes! Valve (the video game company) just released a VR title, and I know that thousands of people have bought a VR headset for it. Those people had the money for a VR headset, and they definitely want to make use of it. Same goes for the other thousands of people who already owned one.

It doesn't have to be videogame related, although I personally think that's the easiest market to get into for VR.
 

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@Lex DeVille ‘s freelancing courses are going to sell like hot cakes I suspect.
My sales are up from last month, but not significantly. Not in the way I expected at least. I've seen increases in demand in certain freelance skills and also in the number of proposals being submitted to gigs on Upwork. But I suspect many people are frozen (mentally) due to the sudden change to their lifestyle. Others aren't looking to learn new skills or start new ventures. I suspect that, in the U.S. at least, many are just waiting on those govt. checks to roll in.
 

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Online tutors for kids in the United States since schools are shut down?

I feel like the home-services business aren’t going anywhere. I’m taking a Udemy digital marketing course, maybe I can market that skill towards blue collar businesses? Plumbers, electricians, etc.

What’s the best way to make an app? Can I just take a Udemy course on app development you think? The other day I had to go to 4 different grocery stores to find eggs... never found them. An app that shows what grocery stores are out of out, their estimated wait times, etc.

An app that shows hospital urgent care wait times.

I don’t know. I get so distracted and caught up in thinking of ideas that I end up action-faking... or not doing anything at all. I should probably just finish this digital marketing course and go from there.

I get ahead of myself trying to figure out a way to help people sooner rather later but I don’t really have any skills. Go figure! An economics degree and 2 years working at a clothing store and I feel absolutely useless.
 

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Online tutors for kids in the United States since schools are shut down?

I feel like the home-services business aren’t going anywhere. I’m taking a Udemy digital marketing course, maybe I can market that skill towards blue collar businesses? Plumbers, electricians, etc.

What’s the best way to make an app? Can I just take a Udemy course on app development you think? The other day I had to go to 4 different grocery stores to find eggs... never found them. An app that shows what grocery stores are out of out, their estimated wait times, etc.

An app that shows hospital urgent care wait times.

I don’t know. I get so distracted and caught up in thinking of ideas that I end up action-faking... or not doing anything at all. I should probably just finish this digital marketing course and go from there.

I get ahead of myself trying to figure out a way to help people sooner rather later but I don’t really have any skills. Go figure! An economics degree and 2 years working at a clothing store and I feel absolutely useless.
There are tools to make apps without knowing any programming, just google it.
 

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Yep. I can't give Maths grinds in person so will have to record videos instead. I'll put them on Facebook and YouTube too of course.
 

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I get so distracted and caught up in thinking of ideas that I end up action-faking... or not doing anything at all. I should probably just finish this digital marketing course and go from there.

I get ahead of myself trying to figure out a way to help people sooner rather later but I don’t really have any skills. Go figure! An economics degree and 2 years working at a clothing store and I feel absolutely useless.
This might help:
> HOT TOPIC - Who have you helped?
 

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I loved that recording @Andy Black

The hard part is becoming qualified to answer the questions that help people without any real skills. Economics major + clothing store salesperson = useless.
Of course you have skills.

You passed some exams. Could you help anyone else pass exams?

You’ve got a job. Could you help anyone else get a job?

You have a job selling in a store. Could you help others do the same, or sell in general?
 

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Of course you have skills.

You passed some exams. Could you help anyone else pass exams?

You’ve got a job. Could you help anyone else get a job?

You have a job selling in a store. Could you help others do the same, or sell in general?
the points of view on this forum really help me thinking out of the box, thanks andy!
 

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What can you do right here, right now, that will help people and where you can get paid?

Delivery driver? Seems like lots of businesses want to deliver products now, and delivery dates are getting pushed back for businesses that already deliver.

Fit safety screens in grocery stores and pharmacies to protect staff from the steady stream of customers?

Tutor kids online who are panicking (or who’s parents are panicking) about summer exams?

Help panicking businesses with their digital marketing and/or moving services online?
 

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