Productivity Tools

The advantages of working remote are many which include: flexible work schedule, less costly for employee and employer, a boost in creativity and productivity, and the ability to spend more time with family and friends. So let's just focus on just one of these: productivity.

To be productive, accountable, and motivated we must use a variety of great apps, web apps, and cloud storage solutions. Here are just a few to get you started.

Collaborating with the Team

  • Glip is fully searchable, real-time group chat & video chat, task management, file sharing and more, in one easy-to-use app.

  • Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams..

  • Skype and stay in touch with family and friends for free. Get international calling, free online calls and Skype for Business on desktop and mobile.

  • Go To Meeting Work can happen any time, anywhere. GoToMeeting with HD video conferencing is a simple yet powerful way to collaborate in real time.

  • Google Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices.

Project Management

  • Trello is infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It's free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.

  • Asana Is free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. Sign up for free today.

  • Github Online project hosting using Git. Includes source-code browser, in-line editing, wikis, and ticketing. Free for public open-source code.

  • Basecamp is the leading web-based project management and collaboration tool. To-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones.

  • Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.

Time Management

  • Toggl is the best time tracking system for a small business. A simple online timer with a powerful timesheet calculator. Syncs with iOS & Android app.

  • OneNote app for free for your tablet, phone, and computer, so you can capture your ideas and to-do lists in one place wherever you are.

  • RescueTime is a personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive.

Cloud Storage

  • box is changing how you share and manage content across your business from simple file sharing to building custom apps for your business.

  • Dropbox simplifies the way you create, share and collaborate. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.

  • OneDrive Get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device. Share and work together with anyone in your work and life.

  • Apple iCloud securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more — and keeps them updated across all your devices.

  • Google Drive Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.

To conclude, working remote can be a very rewarding, creative, and productive process given the right tools. Many of these tools are free and/or quite inexpensive and can help to keep you connected and boost your productivity.