Best tech to participate in workshops and conferences remotely

Hello, I apologize if this is not the right venue for this question – I would appreciate a redirect if necessary.

I am a PhD student who is attending a school hours away from me. I travel in for my classes, but often have to miss interesting seminars and workshops because I can’t travel in for them. Is there any portable technology that I could use to make remote participation more effective? I have colleagues who are willing to help “skype” me in, but the video/audio is not great. Any hardware suggestions that I could make available for them to use that would be better remote eyes/ears for me?

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Your Compensation for Remote Employment

Washington Post Article

I was reading this article because I was curious about office space tax deductions and the like. The Article delivered some bad news that some of you who were telecommuting in 2018 may want to know, but that’s not exactly the topic here…

At the end of the article the author suggests asking your employer to cover certain expenses as a way to recoup some of your lost deductions. I suppose for things like paying rent and utilities, which got me thinking, “I’ve been a remote employee for 3 years taking a simple wage with health benefits. Have I been doing this wrong?”

My questions to the community are these:

  • What are some reasonable requests I can make of my employer while negotiating an employment agreement?
  • Has anyone here ever received benefits beyond the usual health, dental, 401k, or etc offerings?
  • Was this compensation something offered or was it something you had to ask for?

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Does anyone here have any experience with VarsityTutor or QKids?

Good Afternoon r/telecommuting,

I’m a graduate college student looking for a flexible job that allows me to work remotely while pursuing my studies. I’ve heard about VarsityTutor and QKids and was wondering if anyone here had any experience with them? Both would let me earn between $15-$20/hr and have the flexibility I desire but honestly, they seem too good to be true.

On an unrelated note, does anyone here have any experience with working remotely in a technical writing role? I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and would prefer to use my engineering skills in a professional capacity while working my way through grad school. How difficult is it to break into the industry? What should I do to prepare? How can I make myself a more competitive candidate?

Thank you!

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