5 Tools to Make Remote Working Easy

Programs That Will Keep You In Touch and On Track

tools for remote workingWhile remote working has several benefits, without the right tools it can also have several drawbacks, including isolation, a lag in communication and a lack of knowledge about what other people are working on. So for smaller companies that don’t yet have the scope or resources to create a VPN, it’s crucial to find the right tools to stay in touch with the rest of the team. The search can be overwhelming, however, so here’s a list that can help you get started. From project management to videochatting, these five tools can make remote working much easier.

Google Drive

Using Google Drive, a team can view and edit documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms and even maps. Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage, although larger storage options available at a cost. Conveniently, documents created in Google Drive (as opposed to files that are uploaded) don’t count toward your total storage quota. This makes it an easy and economical solution for smaller teams.

Asana

This project management tool was created to eliminate email from the collaboration process. With Asana, users can track task completion, leave each other comments and share documents with one another. Integrations with Box, DropBox and Google Drive add to Asana’s convenience factor; users can attach files from each. Users may also grant access to external parties like contractors, vendors and clients for free.

Sqwiggle

Remote working can be isolating, but using Sqwiggle can help. Launch the software, and it will take screenshots of you throughout the day. The screenshot will be one of several in a grid displaying your other teammates, so you can see your colleagues and vice versa. If you’d like to chat with one of them, just click on their screenshot to start a one-on-one chat. Supporting 10 users in a group video chat, Sqwiggle is best for small companies or smaller teams.

HipChat

HipChat is an instant messaging software that allows you to send links and files to your coworkers within seconds. You can create chatrooms for different groups to facilitate collaboration. You can even share your screen with other users so that they see what you see. Whether you’re using a Mac, PC, Android, iPhone or Linux, there are apps for different operating systems, as well as a web version of HipChat.

iDoneThis

The concept behind this tool is very simple: Every day, you get an email asking what you accomplished that day. Enter your list and hit “Reply” to the email, and iDoneThis will send you and your team a digest of what everyone has accomplished. You can even reply to a colleague’s list with questions or comments. . The software also archives the digests so that you can review them after a week, month or year has passed.

We’re now in an age where remote working is easy, thanks to the many different tools that make communicating a breeze. The trick is to find the right ones for your team. If your company uses a program that isn’t on this list, what is it, and what does it do?

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