5 ESSENTIAL REMOTE WORKING APPS
Working from home, from a coworking space, or from multiple locations is becoming increasingly desirable. Known as smartworking, our Work Trends Study found that 92% of people who had tried it were interested in experimenting with work flexibility. One of the factors that made smartworking possible
was recent advancements in technology. Thanks to laptops, tablets and Wi Fi, it is easy to work remotely and stay connected with colleagues, managers and clients.
However, smartworking can be difficult to adjusfactors that made smartworking possiblet to if you aren’t well prepared for problems that may arise. Working remotely can mean there are complications with communication, managing work load, time management and other issues. But where technology enabled the change, technology can also have the solution to difficulties that may arise due to smartworking. Make sure you’re prepared for smartworking with these five essential remote working apps.
1. FILE SHARING
Unless you’re dragging a PC around with you wherever you make your desk, the chances are you have limited storage space while smartworking. File sharing software not only gives you more remote storage space, but it allows you to share files with colleagues and clients easily. This makes collaborating on projects much simpler, as files will sync with one another as you edit and update them. There are multiple options when it comes to file sharing, but the most popular include Dropbox and Google Drive. Make sure you know how to use them!
2. REMOTE CONFERENCING
Meetings in the office may still happen from time to time, but most of your meetings will likely use technology rather than board rooms once you start smartworking. As most laptops and tablets come with an inbuilt camera now, Skype will become one of your most valued tools. Make free calls and include multiple people at the same time. Just remember not to disturb others if you’re using a coworking space.
3. INSTANT MESSAGING
The last time you heard such a phrase may have been during the heydays of MSN Messenger, but using an instant chat tool can be very handy for smartworkers too. If your query is a quick one that doesn’t require a carefully considered email, using an instant messenger instead can save everyone time. Google Hangouts is useful, and Skype also has a chat option. They’re both more professional than using Facebook’s messenger.
Carting around note books and scrap paper can be counter-productive when you’re working from multiple locations. Use an app instead to keep all of your thoughts, ideas and to-do lists in one well organised location. Evernote, ColorNote and Do It (Tomorrow) will all help you to prioritise, plan and be more productive.
5. SOCIAL SCHEDULING
If you manage social profiles professionally, want to create a great brand image for yourself, or work in social recruiting, your social presence is of utmost importance. Keep your followers interested with scheduled tweets, so there’s no need for you to be constantly updating your Twitter and Facebook feeds while you could be working. Hootsuite and Buffer are both great social scheduling apps.