If you want to access your PC remotely, you can use your browser to operate a PC from any browser-enabled machine. You can then edit documents, print, copy documents between the remote PC and the host and even run applications without being physically present at your office PC.

There are a variety of products on the market, but Symantec's PC Anywhere and GoToMyPC from Expertcity are among the leading players.

What we like about the current generation of these products is that you can try them for free, giving you 30 days to evaluate whether the service works for you.

You don't need to worry about your data being comprised as products offer secure identification, firewall access and password management features – so you can manage the small office from elsewhere.

These types of products range from around £29 for single-user licenses up to the thousands for larger corporate licenses. However, these products can now be 'rented' by paying monthly licenses to an ASP (or Application Service Provider). Shop around and take advantage of free use periods before you commit for good.

If you just want email from another location you can use Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) settings or a service such as Mail2web which lets you pick up your mail from any computer in the world.