The recent increase in home-based workers due to coronavirus has made it a necessity to use tools that allow workers to work remotely. Fortunately, there are many tools to facilitate remote work without feeling isolated.
Here is a list of collaboration tools for remote workers. There are tools for project management, real-time communication, cloud storage, collaboration and design, team productivity and even hiring additional staff. Almost all tools have free plans for small teams.
Zoom is a video and audio communication platform for your team, whether you are running one-on-one calls or the entire company (100 video participants standard). Even in low bandwidth environments, Zoom delivers HD video and audio. Price: Free plan for up to 100 video participants and 40-minute group meetings. Paid plans start at $ 14.99 per month.
Slack is a collaboration hub that unites communication and productivity tools. Create channels for each project, topic or team. With access to the same information, everyone in the channel can work in lock steps and new members have full context as they join. As you work in channels, your conversations and files become a searchable archive that becomes more useful over time. Over 2,000 integrations, including Google Drive and Office 365. Price: Free for up to 10,000 messages and 10 integrations. Premium plans start at $ 6.67 per month.
asana is a work management tool for teams to stay focused on goals, projects and daily tasks, whether the team members are together or working remotely. Use boards to organize your team's work visually and use the timeline to create a team's plan and track the work as things change. Share details and assign details. Comment on the details to clarify instructions or ask questions. Use conversations to share messages with your team and ask questions in a project. Get inbox notifications about the projects, tasks and discussions you are following. Use automation for routine tasks. Price: Free base plan for up to 15 users. Paid plans start at $ 10.99 per month.
Trello is a collaborative app for organizing and prioritizing projects through note cards, lists and boards. Add comments, attachments, due dates and more directly to Trello cards to get projects done with your team. Integrate with other platforms and turn Trello cards into live applications. Price: Free for up to 10 team boards. Premium plans start at $ 9.99 per month.
Doodle is an online scheduling tool for coordinating meetings – in person or remotely. Provide a clear visual snapshot of your availability and schedule the meeting quickly. A first come, first served open block for meetings lets guests see and respond to your changing availability. Integrates with Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zapier and more. Price: Plans start at $ 4.49 per month.
Todoist is a to-do list app for tasks and projects. For remote teams, Todoist is a simple solution for team task management. Plan projects and assign responsibilities. Share files and discuss the details. Track progress and time. Price: Free for up to five people per project. Paid plans start at $ 3 per month.
ProofHub is a project management tool for team collaboration. Assign tasks to multiple team members. Use Gantt charts and Kanban boards to plan and visualize the pieces and progress of your project. Start one-on-one or group chats. Place all your team and customer discussions in one place. Get notifications for missed deadlines and overdue tasks. Keep up to date on your schedule with recurring tasks, automatic reminders and multiple calendar views. Price: Plans start at $ 45 per month for 40 projects, 50 users and 15 GB of storage.
Google Drive is Google's file hotel service. Find, open, share and even edit files from the web, mobile or desktop via Drive File Stream. Drive comes with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for real-time shared collaboration. Drive is compatible with over 100 file types, including Microsoft Office, so you can store, share and work together on any document. Invite others to see, download and collaborate – no email attachment needed. Price: Free for 15 GB of storage. Pricing on the business plan starts at $ 6 per month.
Concept Board is a common whiteboard for brainstorming, creating content and discussing ideas. Draw, add shapes and stickers and select text. Add pictures, documents and screenshots to illustrate your score. Follow actions on boards, screen shares and video chat directly from Conceptboard. Price: Free plan gives readable access to guests. Paid plans start at $ 6 per month.
Evernote is an app for storing everything from personal moments to business projects. Write notes, add attachments, cut web pages or record memos – all in one place. Manage projects, take notes, set reminders and edit documents. Use notebooks, tags, or site search to quickly find everything you need. Invite anyone to collaborate. Price: Basic account is free. Premium plans start at $ 7.99 per month.
Toggl is a time tracking app that helps you do things. Start a new time record or continue tracking a previous task with one click. Compare project progress with estimated time with Project Dashboard. See how much time each member tracks and whether they take too much or too little work. Assign billable prices to your information and ensure that you have been paid fairly for all your work. The Toggl Button and Toggl Desktop Apps remind you if you are not tracking. Toggl detects sleep time and lets you decide what to do with it. Price: The floor plan is free. Paid plans start at $ 9 per month.
Feasible is an online platform for finding employment. From artificial intelligence-driven search and advertising to a single click job and 200-plus job pages, Workable helps you meet enough qualified people to choose the best person for the job. Use evaluation tests, interview rates and scorecards to help recruit teams. Functional functions interview self-planning, calendar integration, automated approval processes and auto-generated reports. Price: $ 99 per job per month. For employment on a scale, contact for pricing.
InVision is a platform for collaborating on product design – connect work design for product design. Explore your team's best ideas on a digital whiteboard. Collect and present patterns and communicate and collect feedback. Jump straight into the screen design process with InVision Studio's intuitive vector-based drawing features, with flexible layers and "endless" cloth. Use Design System Manager to manage and synchronize assets and documentation, including all of your brand and user experience components. Price: Free for a prototype. Paid plans start at $ 15 per month for three prototypes.
Monday.com is a virtual work hub with customizable project boards for managing projects, workflows and daily tasks. Use templates and drag-and-drop building blocks to visualize projects, teams and processes. Track time and progress. See in real time who can take on more work. Add code-free automation to your boards. Price: The plans start at $ 39 per month.
Microsoft teams helps remote teams collaborate and produce. Chat privately or in groups and communicate with the entire team through dedicated channels. Search your chats and team calls to quickly find what you need. Go directly from group chat to video conference. Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365, so you can access, share and edit Word documents, PowerPoint and Excel files in real time. Manage your team's project with file editing and sharing. Price: Office 365 plans start at $ 8.25 per user per month.
Base camp is an original cloud-based project management and collaboration platform that was started in 2004. Divide your work into separate projects. Each project contains the tools that all teams need to work together – message boards, tasks, schedules, documents, file storage, real-time group chat and auto check-in questions. Rename tools and turn off the ones you don't need. Integrates with many third-party platforms. Price: The business plan is $ 99 per month for unlimited projects and users. Free 30-day trial.
Dash Lane is a password manager to simplify your online security. Dashlane fills in all your passwords, payments and personal information wherever you need them, online, on any device. Store an unlimited number of passwords and access them anywhere. Price: Free up to 50 passwords. Premium account is $ 4.99 per month.