Course How To

How to Work from a Houseboat Office,
using Computers, Internet, Fax, Email

Setting up your own houseboat office is easy and very popular nowadays. So whether you live aboard, or often like to spend your weekends or the holidays on your boat, you can now work and connect with the outside world using computers, the Internet, and some very simple accessories.

Do you want to setup, or work from your houseboat office?
Here are some of the tools and tips to help you get started!

You will see how, where, and what you need to get started, and we'll look at the Types of Work, Hardware, Software, Internet, and the Accessories.

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Do I work from the office on the boat?

I have been living and working from the houseboat for years, and I use both Windows and Apple Mac computers and laptops to earn a living. Now to be honest, I am likely the biggest "geek" on our boat, as I like to test, play with, and try just about any new office or computer technology.

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Work, Jobs, or Income from your Boat Office?

Are you already employed, and need to securely connect to your office?
Or are you looking for a new source of income to do from a houseboat?
Either way, there's plenty of easy solutions to get you up and running.

Houseboat Office - computer work, jobs, income for house boats
Houseboat Office - computer work or income jobs for house boats

Connect to your Work Office:
If you need to securely connect to your boat office to your work office, you will have to access the Internet, and use a secure VPN connection.

Types of Houseboat Incomes available:
If you're looking for a new, or second source of income to generate from your houseboat, there are many work opportunites available to you.

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Computer Hardware for a House Boat Office?

When it comes to the necessary computer hardware or equipment to connect to the outside world from your house boat, you would need:

The Computer Choices Are?
Hardware or computer equipment like a desktop computer, portable laptop, notebook, or a small netbook. Each of them have Pros & Cons.

Desktops Computers
The big advantage to desktops is that they can easily be upgraded at anytime, and generally have more powerful components installed.

Laptops & Notebooks
The big advantage to laptops and notebooks are the portable and freedom aspect. You can use full size keyboards and monitors to mimic a desktop.
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Small Netbooks
The advantage to netbooks are the small size, low-cost, and portability, yet often provide poor performance, limited functionality, expandability.

Extra Hardware
In your office you will likely want a printer, fax, scanner, external hard drive, LCD monitor, router, speakers, webcam, and the list just grows :)

Where to Shop for Deals?
We tend to shop and buy our stuff at places like HP, Toshiba, Dell, eBay, TigerDirect, and Newegg.

Houseboat Office - computer hardware for house boats
Houseboat Office - typical computer hardware useful on house boats.

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Computer Software for your Floating Office?

Computers need an operating system to run, and they also need program software to complete tasks and projects like emails, graphics, documents, spreadsheets etc...

Some of the most popular computer O/S (operating systems) that are being used are Microsoft Windows OS's like XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc.
Another growing OS would be Apple's Mac OS X, and for techies Linux.

You likely want to run programs like the Microsoft Officeicon package which has Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, or on the Mac Apple side of things, programs like iLife or iWork for Mac OS X.

Make free or cheap Telephone Calls?
You likely want to use MSN Messenger to chat with family and friends, or use Skype for free or cheap telephone calls to family, friends, or clients.

Do you use a Fax Machine?
If you need to send and receive faxes from your boat office, you will want to read these Tips on How to Fax from your Houseboat Office.

You will also need some additional software programs like Anti-Virus, Photo, Video, Graphic, Data Backup, PDF, Browser, eMail, Fax and others.

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Typical computer software found on house boats.

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Connecting to the Internet from a Houseboat?

Just in the last decade alone the Internet has grown by leaps and bounds, and so have the different methods for you to connect and exchange with the world's largest network of office computers, servers, and web sites. We've assembled a simple houseboat Internet guide to help you decide.

Secure VPN Connections:
A quick overview of what a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection is, try and imagine that you have some VPN software on your computer, and that you basically connect to your work server, however your connection (tunnel) is first routed through a secure server which encrypts your data.

Houseboat internet options

Cellular, DSL, Cable, WiFi, VPN, Satellite, iPhone Smartphones, Modem

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Computer Accessories to Improve your Office?

Now that you have your computer hardware, and acquired some program software, you will find that there are some additional accessories, extras, and tools that make life or work from a boat even more enjoyable and productive. Lets look at some of the basic necessities:

Backing up your valuable data, wireless routers, external hard drives, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, desks, printers, scanners, webcams, USB, UPS, GPS, BlueTooth, Marine NAV, and the list is endless...

Where to shop for some great deals?
Since we all work hard for our money, and always enjoy getting a great deal, we tend to shop and buy our stuff at TigerDirect, Newegg, or eBay.

Houseboat Office - computer accessories for house boats
Houseboat Office - some computer accessories useful on house boats.

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Try eBay for your Computer Office needs.

When it comes to the size and power of eBay, you won't find a wider selection of items available, nor can you beat some of the low prices. When it comes to computers, laptops, or accessory needs, eBay has it all. It's easy to search and find just about anything computer related on eBay.
Do you have a specific item in mind?

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