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.
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.
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.
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.