Working from home introduces a number of challenges when it comes to being productive and getting work done. Apart from the issues relating to remote collaboration, you also have the challenges of staying on task (avoiding distractions), avoiding data leaks, and accessing the powerful tools you would normally use in an office.
Here are some of the best apps to help you solve those problems.
Google Drive (Android, iOS)
Not only is Google Drive a great app for storing your files on the cloud but with access to Google Docs you also get a full office suite for editing them on the go. This is really handy if you’re working on a spreadsheet remotely and you want people in the office to see the live changes.
Dropbox (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
Dropbox is a cloud sharing app that gives you lots of space and makes it very easy to access your files.
Splashtop Remote (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
Working on at home and find you left an important file in the office? Splashtop Remote is thankfully on hand and will allow you to access your desktop and stream it through your device. The framerate’s not always the best but if you’re not watching movies that’s hardly a problem. Another alternative is TeamViewer.
Mobile Office365 (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
When it comes to getting work done, few tools are more powerful than Microsoft Office. This is the industry standard when it comes to producing documents, spread sheets, presentations and more. It has lots of powerful features too, such as the ability to track changes which is crucial for collaboration.
Keep in mind that you can use Sharepoint in a similar manner to Google Docs, but with added workflow tools.
Zoom (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
Zoom is by far the most widely used video conferencing software. It is very quick to install (great for clients and business partners that don’t already have it), it syncs seamlessly with Google Calendar, and it has lots of features – such as the ability to record sessions.
Notion (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
Notion is a great note taking app that will let you capture your ideas then view them elsewhere. Notion’s true power is that it actually has the functionality of a full CMS, meaning you can also create tables, or even entire websites! This has the potential to become a “second brain.”
Asana (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
Asana is a project management tool that is extremely useful for juggling projects with lots of contributors.