27+ Tools Remote Workers Love: Time and Cost Saving Solutions

Remote workers are the new norm. Gone are the days of being tied to a desk at work. In this blog post, we've compiled 27 tools that will help you save time and money as a remote worker!
by Billy Stone » Remote Work Nerd » 
last updated on November 13th
We are all living in the digital age, and with tools like Slack, Skype, Google Docs, Trello and more at our fingertips while we work remotely, there is no excuse for not taking advantage of these tools. As a remote worker myself I have found it to be both time-saving and cost-effective! Whether you're running an online business or just looking to save some money on office space by working from home – these tools can help you out!

What are remote work tools?

Remote work tools are are used by remote workers, also called digital nomads or some people just say: "people who work from home". Whether you're running an online business – or work remotely for a company, you'll need to have some tools at your arsenal. Those tools range from tools that help with communication, productivity or efficiency.

What equipment do I need to work remotely?

As a remote worker myself I have found a lot of tools to be mandatory. Those tools level up your remote worker skills alot. Some tools I consider to be more optional, but they're still tools that will make your life easier. So it really depends on what are your requirements for tools to work remotely.

For instance, if you're an online business owner you'll probably need a laptop and some type of internet connection – be it WiFi or cellular data plan. If you live in an area where the Internet is slow there are tools that can help with this too! I have found tools like Google Drive to be very helpful as it allows me to work on files from my computer or phone – anywhere.

If you're a remote employee for a company – tools will probably be provided, but make sure they are the tools that actually help your productivity and not get in the way of it! For example, if I was working remotely at a bank I'd need tools like QuickBooks or another financial software to help me with my work.

What equipment do remote workers need?

As a remote worker, tools like Slack and Google Docs would be great to have. These tools help with communication among your team or clients – especially if you're working for an online business that has people in different locations around the world!

Slack is another tool I use personally as it allows me to chat and share files easily while messaging people on my team. It's a great way to stay up-to-date and communicate with your employees without the need for everyone to be in one physical location!

You can find tools like Trello, Zoom (for video calls) as well as Asana or Google Docs – depending on what tools your business already uses.

Here are the top 27+ tools for working remotely

  1. The first tool is Zoom which allows you to have video calls with groups of people. This is great for team meetings or having conference call while talking about an important project.
  2. The next tools are Google Drive and Gmail/Inbox by Gmail, which allow you to work on files no matter where your computer might be! I also recommend tools like Dropbox (to share large files) and Slack (communication tool).
  3. Another tool that is great for your team – but not necessary, would be tools like Asana, Wrike or Trello. These tools help with project management and organization of tasks among your employees/team members. You can also use tools like Google Calendar if you need to schedule events!
  4. Google Docs is also a great tools for remote workers to use, especially if you work in an office with other people. It's easy to create docs and spreadsheets from your phone or laptop – no matter where that might be!
  5. If you want tools for your business – tools like Salesforce, QuickBooks and Slack would be great too. Tools from this category include invoicing software as well as tools to help with finance management or communication among employees.
  6. Also, for communicating while working remotely I found tools like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber to be helpful tools. These chat tools help with communication between employees or clients which is important if you're working for an online business!
  7. Instagantt is another tool that I find to be helpful with having tools like task management and communication. It's great for remote teams!
  8. For time tracking tools, tools like Toggl or Harvest can help you track the amount of time you're spending on each project. These tools are great for productivity and efficiency while working remotely!
  9. Another cool tool I use all the time is Basecamp. It allows you to have tools like task management, group chat and file sharing in one place!
  10. Tools to help with task management would be Wunderlist (or any other app out there that helps remind you what needs to get done!)
  11. ProofHub is another tool that I found to be helpful when working with a team. It allows you to have tools like task management, time tracking and communication tools in one place!
  12. Troop Messenger is also another great tools that allows you to do things like video chat, share files and stay up-to-date with everything on your team.
  13. ToDoIst is great tools for task management. It allows you to have tools like reminders, files and projects!
  14. Trello is another tools that I personally use and find helpful when working remotely. It allows you to have tools like task management, file sharing and communication tools in one place.
  15. Todoist is a great little tool for task management!
  16. Another great tools that I personally use is Hypercontext. It allows tools like task management, video chat and file sharing.
  17. Chimp or Champ is a tool that I also use to keep track of everything going on with my projects or clients. It allows tools like task management, group chat and file sharing!
  18. Hubstaff allows tools like time tracking and communication tools all in one place. It's a great tool for remote workers who want tools to help with both time management and communication!
  19. I also use Kickidler and recommend for remote workers. It allows tools like task management, reminder tools and file sharing.
  20. CloudTalk is a tool that also allows tools like task management and video chat (in addition to communication tools).
  21. Time Doctor is a interesting tool that allows track time management and communication tools all in one place!
  22. timezone.io is helpful for all the time zones you and your team members might be in. A great tool for remote workers!
  23. Teamwork is task management and team chat in one place. It's great for remote teams!
  24. Nextiva tools for remote workers, tools like video chat and file sharing in one place! If this are what you're looking for, tools like project management tools or chat tools would be great!
  25. Tigera is a security tool and project management tool all in one!
  26. Appear.in tools for remote workers, tools like video chat and file sharing all in one place.
  27. Google Hangouts can help you to keep in touch with one person or a group.
  28. Last but not least: Evernote, a real classic! It is an organizer for your notes. It's there to organize your personal life but also pinning stuff from the web into notes.

What is the best software for working at home?

There is not one easy answer to this question. It's different for everyone depending on your preferences and tools that you like to work with!

There is no way I can list them all, but some of the tools I personally use are: Instagantt (for task management), Chimp or Champ (for time tracking), Google Hangouts (for chat tools), Skype or Zoom.us (for video chat).

What tools can be used to communicate while working remotely?

There is no way I can list them all. But if you need some tools to communicate better, I recommend starting with the following ones:

I personally use: Instagantt (for task management), Chimp or Champ (for time tracking), Google Hangouts (for chat tools), Skype or Zoom.us (for video chat).

How can I monitor employees that work remotely?

There are some really good project management tools out there. One great tools for remote workers is called Teamwork. It allows tools like time tracking and communication tools all in one place! Another tools that I personally use is Hypercontext. It allows tools like task management, video chat and file sharing!

For monitoring tools for remote workers: time doctor or teamwatch are great tools for this!

To find a tool with all the features you need in one place will be hard to find… so keep looking until you have found what works for you!

How do I prepare for remote work?

Getting tools like project management tools or chat tools would be great! If you're not sure what tools to use, I recommend starting with the following ones: Teamwork (for managing projects and communication), Hyperactivity (for time tracking) or Asana (a tool for task management).

Conclusion:

As you've learned, there are tools for remote workers that are very helpful tools. Whether it's tools to help with time management or communication, there are tools out there for you!

I hope this blog post helped you with picking the right tools to work remotely! 🙂