March 31, 2020

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20 Best applications for work from home

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Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, several countries have been put to lockdown which has created inconvenience for every industry including the medical sector, tourism sector, corporate sector. People are practicing social distancing and self-quarantining themselves to be safe from this pandemic. Due to this, several private companies including big tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft have opted for work from home culture. Remote working is not as easy as it seems. People have to struggle with staying productive in their home and have to face difficulties in communicating with their clients or team members. To make this less difficult, technology has provided you with some tools and applications for work from home. We are sharing some best applications for work from home to make your quarantine period easy and more productive.

Top 20 applications for work from home

A. For Communication

Communication is the most common problem that remote workers face. Most of the company employees’ official e-mail accounts belong to Google G Suite or Microsoft 365. So, they mostly work on Gmail or Microsoft outlook and both of these have their own chat applications but they require some additional payments which need to be taken care of by your company. Due to coronavirus impact, Google and Microsoft have granted free subscriptions to Hangout meet and team for a limited period of time.

The following applications will help you in communicating easily with your clients or team members –

#1: Google Hangouts

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Google hangouts is a good and well-performing option to conduct audio or video meetings.

Have a look at some of the amazing features that google hangouts offer-

•             Instant messaging

•             Voice calls

•             HD video calls

•             HD video conferences

•             Custom control of admins

•             Recording meetings

•             Built-in screen sharing

#2: Slack

Slack is the most popular work from home application. Its users will prefer any other religion than substituting slack.

Key features of Slack are –

•             Instant messaging

•             Voice&video calls

•             Screen sharing

•             File transfer

•             Task status

#3: Zoom

If you are working in huge teams and want to connect with a large number of team members then Zoom app is the best choice for you.

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Salient features of Zoom are –

•             Video calls and meetings

•             Messaging

•             Host webinars

•             Voice calls

•             File sharing

#4: Join.me

Join.me is another alternative to help you communicate with your team while working from home.

It also offers a variety of features such as-

•             Conference call up to 250 participants

•             Messaging

•             File transfer

•             Record meetings

•             Audio/Video calls

•             Screen  sharing

#5: Zoho

Zoho is another tool to connect with your colleagues or clients and it has offered free services till July 1 due to coronavirus outbreak.

Key features of Zoho are –

•             Video calls

•             Voice calls

•             Messaging

•             Real-time collaboration

B. For Document Management

Another problem that remote workers face is Document Management. While working in teams you need to have a place to store data so that other team members can find it, read it and edit it. Gracefully, we have several applications for this to make your work from home easier.

#6: Google Drive

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Google Drive is the most used and popular tool to manage and share documents. Store and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, excel files and much more with Google Drive app.

Salient features of Google Drive –

•             Data storage of 15GB

•             Data security with SSL encryption

•             Real-time collaboration

#7: Dropbox

Dropbox is another application which helps in document management while working from home.

Key features of Dropbox-

•             File Storage

•             File sharing

•             Link sharing via email, text, WhatsApp

•             Backup and File recovery

•             Document security

#8: Quip

Quip is another app for document management and the main feature of quip is that it addresses one shortcoming of Google drive. Quip allows team members to collaborate; you can discuss documents, leave a comment, accept or reject versions.

Salient features of Quip –

•             Document sharing and security

•             Chat functionality

•             Task planning

•             Document review

•             Company admin portal

•             Real-time collaboration

#9: Box

The Box is another option to Google Drive or Dropbox to share your documents with the team securely. It also allows you to connect with Office 365, Google Apps and Slack.

Some features of Box are –

•             Document sharing

•             Data Protection

•             Integration with other application

•             Cloud storage

C. For Project Management

Either you are working in a distributed team or you are a freelancer who works with clients, you need an application to manage your projects. There are plenty of project management apps available but you have to test them to see what is best for you and your company.

#10: Trello

Trello is one of the best work from home applications available on iOS, Android, and Microsoft. It allows you to keep track of ongoing projects and work done by your team members. You can sort down your to-do list by team members with different boards for the different projects where all team members can track work done and give reviews.

#11: Asana

Asana is a project management tool created by the co-founder of Facebook Dustin Moskovitz and it is available as a mobile app only in Android and iOS mobile phones. The free version of Asana lets only 15 members collaborate on a task with to-do lists and project boards. If you opt for its paid version then you get features like timeline, schedules, advanced reporting, etc.

#12: Basecamp

Basecamp is another application to help you in project management which is available for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows users. It is generally designed for small scale projects with free features like the messaging board, chat room, and file transfer. To get more features and to collaborate with large teams, you need to purchase this app subscription.

D. For Time Tracking

Either you are employed or working as a freelancer, you need to keep track of your time to have proof of what you are doing and how long does it takes. Thankfully, there are various applications to keep track of your time.

#13: Time Doctor

Time Doctor is one of my favorite time tracking app as it also helps you to be productive.

Key features of Time Doctor-

•             Time Tracking

•             Avoid Distractions

•             Website and Application monitoring

•             Private and Secure

•             Client Login

#14: My Hours

My Hours is a free time tracking software that helps you in project management, track time and share your reports with clients or team members.

Features of My Hour are –

•             Time tracking

•             Tasks and Project tracking

•             Team management

•             Report sharing with clients

#15:  Toggl

Toggl is one of the most popular apps used for time tracking which is specially designed for remote workers so that their clients or employers have a proper record of their time.

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Salient features of Toggl are –

•             Track your time

•             Create proper reports

•             Team management

•             Integration with Asana, Basecamp, Github, and Freshbooks

#16: Hubstaff

If you are one of those persons who cannot complete tasks without pressure on their head then Hubstaff is for you. It takes a periodic screenshot of what you are doing.

Features of Hubstaff –

•             Hourly Employee Tracking

•             Take periodic screenshots

•             Advanced Reporting

•             Headache free payroll

•             Team scheduling

E. For Productivity

With a lot of distractions in your home, it is hard to stay productive while working. This is one of the biggest struggles that remote workers face. To help you to be more productive there are a variety of applications for work from home.

#17:  TomatoTimer

Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? According to this, after working continuously for 25 min you should take a 3-5 min break to relax your body and mind.

TomatoTimer app split your tasks into 25 min sprints and reminds you after every 25 min to take a break for 3-5 minutes. In this way, this app helps you to be more productive.

#18:  RescueTime

Do you know how much time you spend on apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram?

RescueTime keeps a track of the time you spend on each app and you can analyze your productivity with this. It also allows you to set a limited time for a particular app to increase your productivity.

#19:  Perdoo

Have you ever wondered which system is used by Google, Uber or Intel?

These companies have been using Perdoo. It allows you to set, update and analyze your own or company goals. You can also integrate Perdoo with Slack, Google Analytics, Asana, Salesforce, and many more apps.

#20: Focuslist

Focuslist is another alternative to TomatoTimer if you want to use a Pomodoro timer. Not only this, Focuslist also helps monitor your ongoing tasks.

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