Essential Tools for Remote Working

Remote working has become a regular part of life for many of us, especially if you run your own business. I've been lucky to have been working remotely since 2015, way before the pandemic so rest assured my advice comes from much experience

A Fast Computer with Reliable Internet

The very basics are a good working computer and a reliable internet connection. A PC gives you a bigger screen and more power, but a laptop gives you the option of working on the go. Your regular household Wi-Fi is probably enough for remote working, but you may also look at your usage and consider adding more bandwidth. I typically work from a company issued Laptop, fast enough to get the job done. As far as my freelance design work goes, I have an old school iMac (2009 don't judge) for working at my desk and a Macbook Air 2020 for coding on the go.

Communication Tools

Remote working requires some kind of communication tool beyond email to talk to your colleagues and clients. Email gets clunky and hard to manage. Messages pile up on threads. It’s especially inconvenient when you have a team of people talking together. A chat platform like Slack or Skype is a much better option. You can talk throughout the day as if you were together at the office.

Video Conferencing

It’s highly likely that you’ll sometimes have to attend meetings. For this, you’ll need a video conferencing software. With a program like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, you can have virtual meetings where you can see everyone and take advantage of features like screen share and presentations.

Project Management

If you’re collaborating on projects with other people, you’ll need a project management program like Asana, Jira, or Basecamp. These programs allow you to see and edit the progress of projects, share and edit documents, and communicate together as you work.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage allows you to store files in the cloud rather than on a physical device. The advantage is that you can access these files anywhere. It also gives you more storage in addition to what your computer can handle. The simplest and most popular are Google Drive and Dropbox.

Pocket Wi-Fi

If you’re going to be taking your work on the road, you may want to buy a pocket Wi-Fi. This is a small device that gives you your own hotspot. It allows you to use Wi-Fi anywhere and not have to rely on unsecure public networks. You can also use it as a backup at home if your Wi-Fi goes out.

Organizational Tools

Finally, there is a wide selection of tools that help you get and stay organized. When working remotely without a boss or office, this can be quite helpful for staying on top of things. These tools include online calendars, time management tools, automated to-do lists, and time trackers that help you audit how you spend your time at work.

Many of these options can be found for free and are very easy to use. They make work easier and more efficient for remote workers.

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