There are so many things that you can do from home nowadays. It is spectacular that software and a range of platforms dedicated to mobile working have changed the possibilities on a global scale. There are some tools that it is worth having available no matter what you do. From photographer to accounting. Here is a short list of the tools that can make your remote working life so much more productive.
You are going to need to be reachable a lot during your projects. One of the easiest methods to use is Slack. It offers real-time messaging, which can be done one-on-one or for teams. There is also a range of useful features:
- The ability to call – both voice and video
- Team channels
- File sharing
- Some app integrations
- Archive message features
- Edit message feature
This one has a lot of use and really can be the workhorse of your file-sharing. It will be used for a team or all of the people who need to contribute to projects. You can share formatted word documents, excel files, and full presentations. Plus, you can set who can see or edit any files that you are putting in there. It also has the capability to have folders so work can be placed in the correct place and well organized.
Not everyone loves Google products, so you can look at an alternative like Office 365. Office 365 comes with a few different pricing plans and 1TB of cloud storage plus a further 50Gb of email storage. Like Google Drive, file sharing is super easy, and you can integrate your OneDrive with your windows operating system too. If you like the idea of being able to communicate quickly without using different systems, then Skype and Office 365 are ideal for you.
It is often the case that you will need to hire a virtual assistant to help you manage your workload. Which is great, because it means you are reaching a level of success. However, you will need to make security a priority, and LastPass can help you do that. The system will allow your assistants or team to access some of your accounts or shared accounts without having a direct password.
This can work for you individually or in a team. You can set up a range of projects, cards, and boards. A few great features are:
- Sync Trello across all of your devices
- Upload various file types
- Invite new people
- Collaborate with a team via the cloud
- Drag and Drop functionality
- Assign tasks, deadlines, cleared and add comments
- Integrated apps
There is a lot to be said for tools like Trello and Asana. Keeping a visual representation of workflow and the project is beneficial for all involved.
Working remotely takes a bit of time to adjust to; you will need to manage your workload, your team, or other freelancers, deliver on time, and manage your business. Once you find the right tools to help you, you will improve your productivity no end.