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Your home office is set up, your kids are doing their homework, and you’re almost on a regular schedule—now what? It’s time to stock your toolbox with a few essential platforms that will help you and your team be as productive as possible.

Last week, we gave you a few of our remote working tips and we hope some of those helped improve your workday. This week, we want to stay on the same topic, but shift our course just a little by giving you some tools to help with your remote productivity. 

Whether you’re looking for a new way to keep up collaboration while observing social distancing or you need a new way to track the progress of a project, these platforms will give you the means to keep your business up and running.

SlackSlack logo

Remember the days of MSN Instant Messenger and AIM? Slack brings those days back with a bit of a professional twist. This instant messaging software is one of our favorites. It provides seamless communication for the entire company via private channels, direct messaging, and company-wide channels (we have both work-related and random ones for more fun conversations). Slack also features video and audio calls. We use it all day, every day and love it for company communications. 

Google Drive

One of the best tools for remote work is Google Drive. You can easily share documents, spreadsheets or presentations with the people on your team so you can all brainstorm, edit or create together. It’s an incredibly powerful tool for remote workers and is also incredibly helpful when you’re in the same office. 

Zoom

In the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard about Zoom on social media via the Brady Bunchesque screenshots of chat rooms from your friends. This platform keeps face-to-face meetings alive. It’s also easy to use—simply send the invite and they can join on their phone or computer without having to download an app or any using any other hardware. 

Zoom also adds a little bit of fun to your video calls with fun virtual backgrounds you can play with. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Calendly

If you’re looking for a quick way to schedule meetings with customers or coworkers while working from home, try Calendly. With this program, you can send clients a list of times you’re available for them to pick the slot that works best for both of you. It automatically connects to both your calendars and sends email or text reminders before the meeting.

GoToMeeting

Similar to Zoom, GoToMeeting is used for audio and video calling, desktop sharing, and much more. This is a great platform for remote workers who have to do conference calls but don’t want to give out their personal phone numbers. GoToMeeting assigns your meeting a phone number and access code to get you connected quickly. However, unlike many of the other programs we’ll discuss, this isn’t a free platform and plans start at $12 per month. 

Trello

To keep track of workflow for remote teams, Trello is a great option. You and your team create a project, create lists of tasks, and can move them around as you please. Not only can you set deadlines, but you can also prioritize tasks that need to be completed or you’d like to complete if there is room in the timeline. Trello boards give you a great visual checklist for everyone on your team to see and collaborate on. 

Dropbox

Many email programs have attachment size limits, making it sometimes frustrating to share larger files. With Dropbox, all you have to do is share a link and the other person can access the files wherever they need. 

Trello

To keep track of workflow for remote teams, Trello is a great option. You and your team create a project, create lists of tasks, and can move them around as you please. Not only can you set deadlines, but you can also prioritize tasks that need to be completed or you’d like to complete if there is room in the timeline. Trello boards give you a great visual checklist for everyone on your team to see and collaborate on. 

 

 

After some trial and error, we consider ourselves to be the remote work experts. We hope that with our tips and tricks on your side—and now these handy-dandy programs—you’re starting to feel like one. The best part about these platforms is you can use them even when the world goes back to normal and we’re all in our offices again. Give them a try and let us know what you think. If your business has a program they like, tell us about in the comments! 

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