I’ve been working from home for going on 10 years now (wow!!) I absolutely love it and am so thankful that I’m blessed to get to work remotely. In the past, I’ve shared my journey throughout those years and all the different ways I’ve worked remotely.
Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tools in case you’re working remotely, too!
Through my different remote jobs, I’ve had a mix of flat-rate work, and also hourly jobs. Currently, I am in all “on the clock” positions.
If you or your team also work “on the clock” remotely, then using a tool like Buddy Punch is a great option for you. Punching in & out is intuitive for you or your employees & easy for management to view & export time. Employees can clock in using a browser or an app. Management can view who’s working, their GPS position or even limit where they can punch. It also has a facial recognition feature that allows employees to punch in and out, or login in and out by just looking into a camera. Very cool!
Quick Communication – Slack
When you work remotely it’s not easy to just pop your head into your bosses office for a quick question. You also miss out on the typical morning chat around the coffee pot. Email is still a great way to communicate, but not for quick questions or conversations. That’s why so many of the teams I work with love Slack. Set up like a messenger, you can divide your team into channels or send DMs. It’s fast, easy, and great to use from your desktop or the app.
Face-to-Face Time – Zoom
When you’re working remotely face-to-face time is critical. Thanks to video chat options this is easy and affordable. My favorite tool is Zoom. It’s reliable so it doesn’t drop or glitch often. It’s great for Face-to-Face, screen sharing, and recording and you can use it from two people to an entire team. I use it with one of my bosses multiple times a week.
Time Zone Helper – World Time Buddy
For one of my jobs, I handle complex scheduling. My boss is a co-founder who continually meets with other CEOs and founders of huge corporations. Often these are phone calls taking place with people across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, or even China! This free tool makes coordinating time zones a breeze and has been a lifesaver for me many times.
Task Management – Basecamp
When you’re handling multiple projects for multiple clients staying organized is key. I’ve used a few different task management software programs. Different ones are great fits depending on your business. I’ve personally loved Basecamp the most, though. It’s super intuitive and I love that you can create things based on teams or specific projects. It gives you a place for discussions, to-do lists, links, and files.
Team Collaboration – Google Suite
I’ve raved about how much I love the GSuite before but it really is just amazing! It’s the one tool I’ve used with every single remote job I’ve had for the past 9 years. Google Sheet & Google Docs are my two favorites, but they have a great calendar system as well.
There are my personal favorites! What tools do you love and swear by for working remotely? Leave me a comment! I’m always looking for ways to work smarter, not harder!