One of the many advantages of remote work has is being able to work whenever you want and from wherever you want. Freedom to schedule your own projects and tasks and productivity, as not having to work in an office seems to enhance one’s productivity – this is what makes working remotely one of the best things digital nomads do nowadays, working from the comfort of their own homes or one exotic beach in the Caribbean.
Remote work is possible thanks to modern technologies, internet access and high-speed connections. Do you imagine yourself working from home back in 1995, with a dial-up connection and some Excel 95 files? Definitely not! It’s clear enough that remote work could not be performed as it does nowadays if it weren’t for all the commodities and advantages technology offers us. Working in a team with people from all over the world can be really challenging if the right tools aren’t being used and the communication isn’t thorough and clear.
Thanks to the digital nomads featured on the interviews section of our website, we put together a list of remote tools that are used by both freelancers and people working in distributed teams. It’s only one of the many conclusions and articles we will be able to produce in the following weeks thanks to them, so keep an eye on our website as great things are to come in 2017!
Working remotely isn’t all laptop-on-a-beach-in-the-Carribean, it takes planning and, most of all, it requires you organization and using a specific set of tools that will help you communicate with your remote team, organize your tasks and projects better and, in the end, enjoy the remote work life with all the pros and cons it has. Here are the 85 remote work tools remoters all over the world use!
The icing on the cake, the remote tool used by 56% of the digital nomads we have interviewed in 2016: Skype is the best communication tool, providing chat, video and voice call services. It’s great especially for small teams, where you don’t need to cram lots of people in a video call – as the connection is not that good when there are many people involved. The audio quality is clear and if you also need to record any of the voice calls and don’t want to pay for other communication tool, you can use an add-on, like ecamm’s call recorder.
Slack is more than a communication tools used for chatting, for big remote teams is great as it offers the possibility to have it all in one place: send messages, archives, organize the teams and conferences by topics. Anything you need to do in terms of team communication is probably possible thanks to Slack. That’s why 46% of the remoters use it! Check out our review of the tool here!
Trello is the ideal tool for productivity and project management. You only need an email in order to use it and, thanks to its visual interface, it’s very easy to use! This is one of the many reasons 31% of the digital nomads use this remote work tool. Our Trello’s review here!
Chosen by 21% of the remote workers we have interviewed, Google Hangouts is the default choice for video meetings. Photos, emojis and free group video calls, these are only some of the features that digital nomads love and that’s why they use this tool provided by the one and only Google.
5. Google Drive
While some of us use Google Apps for work, which integrate most of the products and features Google has developed during the last years for different publics, others only use Google Drive. 17%, to be more exactly. It’s a collaboration app you can use for project management and file sharing. If 15 GB of free storage to use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos is good for you, than you can definitely choose it!
Sync and share your files easily with Dropbox, one of the best remote work tools. It allows you to easily access your files from any of your devices by syncing them or share your files with others by only sending them the link to the Dropbox place you saved them to. Used by 15% of the remote workers on our website, Dropbox is such a good productivity tool!
Mentioned by 12,5% of the remote workers we have interviewed, Gmail is probably such well integrated into our working routine that we don’t even realize that it’s a third-party tool we use! Part of the Google ecosystem tools, Gmail lets you sync your contacts and send emails, but the truth is that it’s hard to be productive when using it, as, unless you organize and tag each one of the emails very well, it’ll be hard to identify something when needed.
10,5% of digital nomads use Asana, as it’s a project management and productivity remote tool you can use from the very start of a project to the end. It’s really to use and you can use it for tracking your team’s work and manage any kind of project.
Basecamp is also used by 10,5% of the remoters on our website and it’s a web-based project management and collaboration tool. You can use it for to-dos, file sharing, sending messages or scheduling tasks and projects.
10. Google Docs
Google Docs is a Word processor, you can use it directly in the cloud, this way you’ll make sure you never lose information you will later need.
Email is part of our remote work ecosystem and we can hardly believe that it’s being used by only 10% of the digital nomads, but that’s probably because of the fact we assume it’s something we can’t live without so we don’t really see it as a tool.
Many of the remote workers we have interviewed work in digital marketing, so Twitter had to have its place in this ranking of the best remote work tools.
Used by some of the remote teams as a communication tool, Whatsapp was mentioned by 8,33% of the people we’ve interviewed, although the communication features it offers are limited compared to other remote tools. We can’t imagine ourselves using it in our day-to-day working routine, but hey, if someone uses it, that means it can be done!
Used by 6,25% of our respondents, Evernote is one amazing productivity tool if you want to have all your projects synchronized across all your devices.
Facebook’s chat function is also used by remote workers although, under our opinion, it’s not really a tool you can use for remote teams as its functionalities and features are limited. For one-to-one chats we see it, but for bigger teams there are better communication tools. Haven’t tried yet Facebook’s ultimate tool, Workplace, but we bet that’s cool!
16. Google Apps
Although we’ve mentioned already Gmail, Google Drive and Google Docs, remote workers sometimes use other tools provided by Google, like Google Forms, Google Calendar or Google Slides. You can get Gmail, Docs, Drive, and Calendar for business, for example, for just 5$ per user per month, with the new Gsuite by Google cloud.
Gotomeeting offers HD video conferencing, this is why is considered one of the best communication tools for remote workers and digital nomads all over the world.
Another communication tool is Hipchat, offering group chat and video chat for teams. Screen sharing and file sharing are only some of the features it offers.
Some of the digital nomads featured on our website are developers, so a tool they use had to be mentioned here too! Used by 6,25% of remote workers we have interviewed to develop software, Jira is the solution you have to plan and track software development.
If you were to choose only one tool to work with…I bet you wouldn’t choose the laptop! But, indeed, it’s the most important tool, as none of the tools we’ve mentioned before could work without this tool we take for granted, the computer in all its forms. Check this post with The best laptops for digital nomads to travel and work remotely.
Want to easily set up an account on a free conference call tool? On Uberconference you can sign in with your Google or LinkedIn account, in order to use a simple, free and visual conferencing tool.
The ultimate HD video conferencing tool, Zoom is also used by 6,25% of the remote workers on our website. We’ve recently wrote about it here, check out our review!
These are only 22 of the remote tools digital nomads use, but there are plenty of them mentioned on the interviews on our website, like Discourse, Github, Hootsuite, join.me, Paymo, WordPress… do you use any of them? If you have any secret weapon you would like to share with us, let us know and we will be more than happy to feature you on our website!