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Chris Garrett; @chrisgarrett; an online business consultant 3. Tools to work remotely. Small-business owners plan to work remotely an average of 18 days this summer, according to a Cisco (CSCO - Get Report) WebEx survey. After questioning 500 small business owners, the survey found that 15% intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Nearly half of the respondents plan to work remotely for at least two weeks before the summer is out, the survey showed. While some of the numbers might seem large, today's technology allows business owners to stay connected even when they're out of the office. "The results demonstrate the extent to which telephone and video conferencing have become ingrained in the work habits of small business owners, since nearly half of the survey respondents say traditional, in-person meetings are becoming less relevant," said Glenn Bray, Cisco's senior director of its cloud collaboration applications technology group. "[W]e've given them the tools to not only meet, but also easily and efficiently manage content relevant for those meetings wherever they happen to be." Cisco's WebEx Meetings now offers a free version that supports up to three attendees in a meeting. Users can use new features allowing them to set meeting agendas, send invites, upload presentations, videos, record meetings, be able to collaborate on files across all time zones and be able to review previous meetings. WebEx also offers two premium plans, both of which feature full HD video, range in price from $19-$45 a month, and can accommodate eight to 25 attendees. WebEx Meetings runs on most popular computing devices, including Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) Android mobile phones and tablets. The survey was conducted for Cisco by Wakefield Research between June 6 and June 14, involving the owners of businesses with 100 or fewer employees. -- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. To contact Laurie Kulikowski, send an email to: Laurie.Kulikowski@thestreet.com. To follow Laurie Kulikowski on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/#!/LKulikowski >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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