Real People with Real Wireless Offices - Barbara Payne

Real People with Real Wireless Offices - Barbara Payne
This week's featured person with a wireless office is Barbara Payne, a full time technical writer who has over twenty years of experience.

1. Why did you decide to go wireless?
It was an easy decision. Not only were the wires on my desk threatening
to take over my office, but I was blogging with a bunch of people who
could hardly shut up about wireless. What could I do? But seriously, I
needed a part-time assistant to help in my office and realized I would
need to set up a network in order to have two computers that could
access the same information. Wireless was the logical pick for that
since heaven knows I didn't need anymore wires. And then I thought how
nice it might be to be able to take my laptop and work somewhere fun.

And it really is, by the way. Nice.

2. How has having a wireless office improved your productivity?
My assistant comes in and takes over the main computer while I just keep
working away in the other room. Plus, when I can get out of the office,
sometimes I get a whole lot more work done on a project because I don't
even turn on the email or other programs that often distract me.

3. Have you had any major problems?
Nothing major--except when my laptop hard drive crashed while I was out
working wirelessly. Probably had nothing at all to do with my
wirelessness--maybe more to do with either Dell's product or Microsoft's
vulnerability to viruses. I don't even want to think about either one of

4. How do you have your office set up?
Two computers. A desktop in my office, a laptop out in the living area
(so I can work while my pet rabbit Angelina is out running around).

5. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for people who are
planning to set up a wireless office?
Hire an expert--and trust him or her. Let the expert tell you what to
order and how to use it. Don't waste your time trying to do it
yourself--unless IT is your business.

Barbara's Biography:

Barbara's writing talent, she says, is a gift. What she accomplishes for
her clients with that gift is the result of years of learning from smart
businesspeople, finding what works, and honing her skill at answering
WIIFM (what's in it for me?) for members of her clients' target

For more than 20 years Barbara has been helping companies communicate in
print and online to make sales goals, increase market share, and improve
customer service. From powerful website copy to blogs to white papers,
in industries from manufacturing to high-tech and bioscience to legal.

Read about Barbara's book co-authored with business gurus Brian Tracy,
Mark Victor Hansen and others entitled "Create the Business Breakthrough
You Want: Secrets and Strategies from The World's Greatest Mentors"-
endorsed by well-known business giants like Ken Blanchard (One-Minute
Manager) and Dr. Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
and available mid-2004. You can reach her at

For more information on Barbara Payne, visit her website at

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