With the outbreak of a global pandemic, COVID-19, countries have been locked down, businesses are shut and people are homebound. Hence, many organizations and business houses have now enabled their employees to work from home.
Working from home surely has several benefits but it is also not everyone’s cup of tea but it does not mean you can’t adapt to this new way of working.
In this article, we are going to share some apps and online platforms that can help you Work from Home more effectively and efficiently.
Communication, whether you are working from home or working at the office, plays a crucial role in getting things done. But efficient communication is more important when working from home to ensure everyone in the team is on the same page. For this, many software and platforms are available today that make team communication as smooth as possible.
1. Zoom (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, and Browser Extensions)
Group video meetings and voice calls are made easy with Zoom. It is one of the most popular services for video conferencing & webinars and offers several important features to hold online meetings with your team members.
Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $15/host/month.
2. Google Hangouts Meet (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, and Google Chrome)
Google Hangouts Meet allows you to conduct video conference calls with teams of at most 250 members and share your screen to present documents and presentations.
Pricing: Part of Paid G Suite plans
- Slack (iOS, macOS, watchOS, Android, Windows, and the Web)
Another alternative for having effective communication with your team is Slack that offers voice & video calls. With this platform you no longer will have to depend on other software for your virtual meetings, making it easier to work and saving you time.
Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $3.20/user/month.
3. Flock (iOS, macOS, watchOS, Android, Windows, and the Web)
Flock is another communication tool that is very similar to Slack in most ways, including the ability to make video calls and share your screen.
Platforms: Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $6/user/month.
When working remotely, you don’t get to work together with your colleagues like you would in your workspace. But today we have many apps to help you collaborate with your teammates and get more work done together.
1. Trello (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, and the Web)
With Trello’s boards, lists and cards you can organize and prioritize your projects, break them down into different “cards” and assign them to specific teammates. And once a task is done, you can simply move the card into the next column representing the next phase of the project.
Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $10/user/month.
2. Spark (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and Android.)
Spark enables you to draft and collaborate on an email with your team members, discuss an email internally using comments, assign and delegate emails to your teammates and even set deadlines for them.
Pricing: Free for Personal use and basic Teams, optional paid plans for advanced team features starting $6.39/user/month.
Managing projects often become tedious and this is more difficult when you are working remotely from home. So, here is a project management tool that is surely going to make your job easier!
Asana makes use of all the great features found in different project management programs. You can set to-do lists, assign them to teammates with specified deadlines; you can easily communicate with everyone in-app; you can create project timelines and see which tasks need to be done by when and by whom. It also includes reporting tools, file attachments, calendars, and more!
Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $13.49/user/month.
CLOUD STORAGE AND FILE SHARING
“All the work documents and files are making my laptop slow” is the story of every employer and employee’s life. To tackle this, we have one of the most amazing inventions, the cloud storage!
1. Google Drive (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, and the Web)
Google Drive is pretty much the most useful online storage and file sharing application that comes with at least 15GB of free storage which you can always upgrade to a higher storage tier for as low as $0.99/month.
Pricing: Free, with optional Paid plans starting $2/month for 100GB.
2. Dropbox (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, and the Web)
Another alternative to oh so popular Google Drive is Dropbox but has recently switched its focus on businesses by discontinuing its free plan.
Pricing: $10/month onwards
How many of them have you used or are using?
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Article by Trishna Shakya