When you start working remotely, you know that the most important things you need to work from home are a laptop and a stable internet connection. Although these are the most basic tools, they alone are not enough. Having an internet connection and a laptop is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more that you’d need if you want your remote working career to go smoothly.
Fortunately, the internet is a vast universe on its own and contains almost every solution to every problem any person in the world might ever face. In your case, the solution is the existence of hundreds, if not thousands, of remote working tools that can make your remote working experience easy, smooth, and uncomplicated.
For your convenience and information, we have come up with a list of the most basic kinds of tools that you could use for the smooth running of your remote work. The following list of software can do wonders for your remote working endeavors.
- Remote Desktop Software
- Screen Recording and Sharing Software
- Video Conferencing Tools
- Online Office Suite
- Security and Automation Tools
- Cloud Storage Application
- Mind Mapping and WhiteBoard Software
- To-Do List and Writing Applications
- Project Management Tools
- Mobile Hotspots
Remote Desktop Software
This type of software allows you to get access to a computer or laptop set up at another location remotely. This means that you can easily access a computer located at your office premises through your private laptop while sitting on your couch drinking a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Examples of remote desktop software include Apple Remote Desktop, Microsoft Remote Desktop, and Chrome Remote Desktop, etc.
Screen Recording and Sharing Software
Unlike the physical office settings where you can easily ask a senior or colleague to take a look at your work to help you out in any problem you may be facing, you are totally on your own in a remote working environment unless you use a screen recording and sharing software.
Screen recording tool is perfect for helping someone out in going through any online procedure by performing all the steps on your laptop or computer with the screen recording tool running. A screen sharing software, on the other hand, helps you offer or receive help in real-time, where you share your screen with another person present at another location to get or give instructions about any procedure.
Video Conferencing Tool
Video conferencing is the remote version of an office staff meeting. Hence, if you are a remote worker, whether you like it or not, you will still have to communicate with your superiors, attend meetings, and have detailed conversations about your job, projects, or any other official matter. For this, you will need a suitable video conferencing tool, i.e., video conferencing software specifically designed for this purpose. Slack and Zoom are two of the best video conferencing tools available on the internet and used worldwide.
Online Office Suite
An online Office suite will provide you with all the Microsoft Office tools online and help you store all of your documents online. This will allow you to access every piece of information you ever worked on from anywhere in the world. Even if you had to go on an urgent trip to your home town, with a smartphone and a stable internet connection, you could easily access your office suite online and share any documents or work on them through your phone.
Security and Automation Tools
Security tools help you protect critical and confidential business information present in your phone, tablet, or laptop from being stolen, damaged, altered, or messed with in any other way. There are five critical security applications that you must have installed on your system before you even begin to work remotely, i.e., Online data backup, two-factor authentication (TFA), Password manager applications, disk and file encryption, and a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
An automation tool will help you carry out repetitive tasks as well as simpler tasks unworthy of your attention. These tools are designed to make your remote working experience better by assisting in any way they can. An example of this can be a grammar checking add-on that will correct any typing errors or highlight any grammatical mistakes you might have made while typing.
Cloud Storage Application
Cloud storage applications are used for keeping an online backup of your important business information. You can even share your stored information with your clients, colleagues, and superiors. The information saved on cloud storage can also be edited online. Google Drive is one such example of storing data online.
Mind Mapping and WhiteBoard Software
Mind mapping and whiteboard software are the virtual versions of a whiteboard used in a physical office for conducting a brainstorming session. These two pieces of software are used to create a virtual and online brainstorming environment for remote workers to brainstorm ideas both individually as well as collectively.
To-Do List and Writing Applications
To-do list applications as just as their names suggest, i.e., applications designed for creating to-do lists. Having a strict and clear schedule is very crucial to working remotely. Hence, the to-do list application. You must have this application to make a list of all the tasks you are required to complete within the day, week, or month, etc.
A writing application, on the other hand, is used for taking notes and writing down any special instructions your client or boss may have given. You also need a writing application to note down any ideas you might have brainstormed for a project as well as any issues you may be facing in any task which you should communicate with your superiors. One Note by Microsoft is an example of a writing or note-taking tool that you could use.
Project Management Tools
A normal to-do list application might only be able to help you plan your day-to-day tasks or activities related to smaller projects. However, if you a working on a long-term project with a huge number of tasks to be accomplished, then a simple to-do list maker won’t do. You will have to get yourself a separate project management tool that will help you schedule your entire project without an issue.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, you need a stable internet connection to work remotely. However, sometimes, we are faced with situations we normally wouldn’t face. For example, in a power outage, your internet wouldn’t work and if you are working remotely, there wouldn’t be anything you could do except for, maybe, turn on your mobile’s hotspot and connect it to your laptop.
If you don’t have a mobile hotspot, whether it’s a feature available in your mobile or an actual mobile hotspot device that can work anywhere with or without electricity, you will be stuck waiting for the power to come back. In this case, if you were running on a short deadline, that deadline would pass and seriously affect your reputation.
Hence, using the aforementioned kinds of remote working tools is not just something you should do. It is the need of the hour that you use almost every kind of remote working tool that applies to the nature of your work.
To understand better why becoming familiar with the different types of remote software and tools available, you can review the statistics of remote work and see its exponential growth over the years. Every type has multiple solutions online, which will be discussed in a separate post, but I hope this has helped you have a better overview of the different types of remote work tools used every day by remote workers.