Remote Working and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the fear of this being just another blog about working from home, smart working, “top 5 things” etc. we’re going to try and keep this clear and to the point.  With coronavirus developing quickly, many businesses will be reviewing their work-from-home policies and procedures.

Before Goldstar I had to personally write many Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) and believe in today’s world we should all be looking to go ‘cloud first’ where possible.  This allows for a truly mobile workforce and with that, gives the business much more flexibility.

What is a cloud first strategy? A cloud first strategy allows businesses to save money on software, platforms, and infrastructure. Instead of building their own tech stack, they subscribe to a service provider who can provide premium services at a cheaper cost. The service provider takes advantage of the economics of scale, and businesses get access to high-end services at a reduced costs.

Not another ‘fad’ suite of products”….. I hear you say!

Amid the growing concerns of COVID-19 Zoho have made the decision that ALL worldwide 8000 staff have the ability to work remotely. The software they use is, and always has been their own, which is why they’ve decided to offer a new package called Zoho Remotely.

Zoho remotely enables you and your business to alleviate the concerns of being in the office, whilst allowing for a more collaborative approach remotely.  Aimed at the professional services sector and administration staff that have the opportunity of remote working, Zoho is the perfect package to assist you in achieving your goals.  If you sign-up you’ll get 11 products within the package which allows you to do the following:

  • Remote access of computers
  • Messaging between your work colleagues and clients, if you invite them to use the product
  • Online meetings
  • Ability to share training materials in an online setting alongside interaction with your viewers
  • Online folders shareable to your entire business
  • Project management in an agile or waterfall basis with reporting built in
  • Timesheets
  • A document writer
  • A datasheet editor
  • Presentation creator and presenter available anywhere

How much does all this cost?

Zoho have offered this for FREE until 1st July 2020 1st September for up to 10 users.  This will allow you and your business to continue to collaborate with your customers where needed and gives them a platform to be able to reference catch-ups, meetings, updates on work completion and more.

To coincide with this Goldstar are offering a one-time set-up fee of £1500 + VAT for up to 10 users (£50 + VAT per additional user).  This includes setup, configuration and online training.  Let us know if you’d like a demo or sign up for free here and check out the products yourself! If you’re already a Zoho customer or need help  Contact us.

We hope this information finds you well, is helpful and we offer our continued support to our staff, clients and the wider community.


Paul Goldsmith





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