In the last month, the coronavirus has changed the way work is being done. It is now essential more than ever to understand how to use remote working tools so that you can keep getting paid for your job and support your household. When times are tough, I have to give it over to God to allow Him to work in my life. I pray in the morning and at night to God to care for my business. God has used my business to bless and teach me how to write and speak to my target audience that needs to hear about breaking free from low-self-worth, insecurity, toxic love relationships, and having a bad relationship with food. Everyone has stories of how we’ve struggled and overcome issues in life to let others know you are going to get through the difficulties of life. Instead of working in an office, employees are working from home. A Bible verse that I apply in my business is Psalm 5:3. By learning how to use remote working tools, you can effectively communicate, manage, and collaborate with your place of work.
The types of remote working tools are communication, scheduling, project management, and file sharing. Slack is an instant messaging platform. Slack offers a free tier, which includes access to 10,000 recent messages and one-on-one voice and video calls. Zoom features online meetings, video meetings, cross-platform messaging, and file sharing. With Zoom, you can have groups of three or more and can have virtual sessions that last 40 minutes at a time. Zoom supports Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Microsoft Teams allow for workplace chat, video conferencing, cloud storage, and app integration. Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams are remote working communications tools.
Remote scheduling tools are HubSpot meetings and Setmore. HubSpot allows you to sync your Google Calendar or Office 365 calendar to set your availability. The tool enables saving contact information and sends out a link by email.
Setmore is an appointment scheduling tool that manages calendar dates, customer lists, booking page, and staff profiles. Setmore has a free basic plan, which includes four staff logins and schedules, automated alerts and notifications, book appointments, integrates with Facebook, Mailchimp, Zendesk, and Zapier.
Remote project management tools are Basecamp and Asana. Basecamp is a management tool that gets things done all in one place. It does message boards, to-do lists, file storage, real-time group chat, and integrates TaskClone, Zapier, Project Buddy, and Zoho Flow.
Asana is a project task management tool that helps your team organize, track, and manage their work. It reduces bottlenecks, streamlines approvals, converts standard projects into custom templates, and saves you time updating project schedules. The basic plan features 15 team members calendar and list views, allows you to assign tasks and due dates, integrates Jira Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud, Gmail, and Slack.
Remote file sharing/cloud storage tools are Dropbox and Google Drive. Dropbox is a file-sharing service and allows access to cloud files and sharing photos and documents from any device and recovers files. Dropbox Basic is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android operating systems. Google Drive stores, sync, share, and access files (Stowers 2020). Google Drive offers downloads for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. These remote working tools will have you on your way to working efficiently with your place of work and communicating, managing, and collaborating with one another.
Written by: Allistar Banks
Stowers, Joshua. "The Best Free Remote Work Tools." Business News Daily, 2 Apr. 2020, www.businessnewsdaily.com/15670-free-remote-working-tools.html.