Whether you are a small business owner or work for a large agency there are a range of tools out there to keep your team focused whilst working remotely. From taking connectivity to the next level with Facebook’s accessible business tools to igniting team creativity with Sketchboard’s online whiteboard. Stay connected and conquer organisation all from the comfort of your home office with AM+A’s guide to the best remote working apps.
Apps like Skype, Google Hangouts and the increasingly popular Zoom are the usual suspects for video conference calls. But take your team connectivity to the next level with tools such as Slack and Facebook Workplace allowing you to create message boards, integrate apps and more. Facebook Workplace offers a range of simple and accessible tools to help businesses stay connected and increase engagement, from multi-company groups to video posts and live video. To keep conversations focused, Slack offers an alternative to email with the creation of dedicated channels to organise everything related to a project, topic or team.
Keep productivity levels high by creating a virtual workspace, where you can brainstorm ideas, build resources and keep projects running smoothly. Get those creative juices flowing with Sketchboard, the online whiteboard where teams can share ideas collaboratively by creating virtual mind maps. For the ultimate organisational tool Google Drive enables files to be instantly stored and reached from any smartphone, tablet or computer - no wifi connection? No problem, make your documents available offline and you can work remotely whatever the internet situation. Pimp your Drive with over 100 apps including Google Docs and Google Hangouts, perfect for customising your virtual workspace to suit your team.
When working from home it’s important to know how you and your colleagues are progressing with your various projects. Asana and Trello are both excellent project management tools, allowing users to establish workflows, create projects, assign colleagues tasks, set deadlines and attach relevant documents. Notifications on the status of tasks – and looming deadlines – are sent to a user’s inbox.
Canva is an easy-to-use graphic design platform that helps users create professional social media posts, presentations, posters and other image-led content. With a built-in photo editor and drag-and-drop functionality, Canva is great for making your social media content more eye-catching. If you’re looking to edit images, VSCO is a free editing app, similar to Instagram but with a more professional range of filters and tools. If you looking to expand your image library, Unsplash provides a wide selection of free photos that can be downloaded and used for any project.
Even if you’ve got every productivity tool you could possibly need, it can sometimes still be challenging to concentrate in the home environment. This is when websites such as coffitivity.com and noisli.com come into their own - the former fills your home with the sounds of a bustling cafe, while the latter plays anything from rainfall and thunderstorms to the sound of a crackling fire. Perfect for when your Friday Motivation playlist isn’t helping you get that important press release written.