Empower your small business with remote work

As businesses adapt to the increased need to have people work remotely and connect with their customers virtually, this site is updated with the latest how-to information, tips, resources, and guidance on remote work for businesses using Microsoft 365.

Tip

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Remote work for your small business (video)

Transitioning to a remote workforce

In light of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, many business owners are finding themselves with a completely remote work staff. Here's what you can do to make a transition to remote work safe, secure, and productive.

For more information, see Get started with Microsoft Teams in your small business.

Already have a subscription but need to get set up? See Microsoft 365 small business training.

Connect with employees and customers

You can still connect with employees, customers, clients, and partners, even if you can’t meet face to face. Use Microsoft Teams to continue doing business and connecting with your customers. 

Meet up in Teams

Host audio, video, and web meetings with employees, customers, or partners through Microsoft Teams.

For more information, see Host online meetings and Chat with employees and customers.

Store and share files

Put your business documents in the cloud and share them securely, both internally and externally.

For more information, see this Overview of sharing business files and Upload and share files.

Collaborate with customers

Invite employees and customers to a team so you can work directly with them to coordinate and collaborate all in one place.

For more information, see Create a team and Enable guest access.

Manage and secure your business to run remotely

Just a few steps can help you keep your business secure, even with remote employees and guest users.

Secure your users

Use multi-factor authentication to protect your data and devices.

For more information, see Turn on multi-factor authentication.

Secure your devices

Remotely manage PCs and phones​ and ensure that they are protected and up-to-date. Requires Microsoft 365 Business.

For more information, see Manage devices.

More for admins and partners

Technical documentation hub for Microsoft 365 Business is updated with new secure remote work guidance.

For details, see Microsoft 365 Business resources.

Need to ask a question?

Ask in the Teams forum or the Office Admins forum.

Note

Most of the tasks in this article and video can be accomplished with a subscription to Microsoft 365 Business Basic (formerly Office 365 Business Essentials), but some require a premium subscription.