11 Apps And Remote Work Tools That Make Working From Anywhere Smooth and Simple

Ditching the traditional 9-to-5 job for a borderless remote one can make you pretty ecstatic. No more commute, no more dressing up, no more timed bathroom breaks. What a dream! However, this is only the visible tip of the iceberg. Underneath it are hours of preparation, planning and using the right remote work tools to communicate with clients and coworkers.

When I had my first remote freelance gig, I worked pretty traditionally. To the point that I found myself with an email notification every two minutes and a bunch of Microsoft Word documents that looked kinda like this:

Not that fun.

Luckily for me, and for all remote workers around the globe, technology has come a pretty long way. Digital nomads now have an array of apps and websites that make their workflow seamless and smooth. Whether you are in Hong Kong, Morocco or Barcelona, we’ve gathered our favorite apps and tools to make your work simpler, smarter and faster.

For Team Chat and Meetings

1.) Slack

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Slack

I personally use all my power to convince any team I work with to use Slack. It’s brilliantly simple and intuitive.

The conversations are organized in channels, which helps keep the chat flow organized. You can make these channels public or private and add the people you want to them, to keep them focused. A drag-and-drop document-sharing option is available, and creation of text files is possible within the app. Amongst the many other cool things you can do is make voice or video calls, and screen-share.

Now you know why even tech giants like Airbnb, Oracle and NASA use Slack.

Link: Slack

Cost: Free

2.) Zoom

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Zoom

Zoom is your new digital meeting room. It allows you to schedule online meetings andd webinars, and build collaboration-enabled conference rooms.

You can use it for an interview by using the audio and video conference basics, or to assist a customer with a technical issue by using the screen-share option, or to have a conference meeting, thanks to Zoom’s SDVC (Software Defined Video Conferencing) system.

Link: Zoom

Cost: Free for 1-hour meetings

3.) Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is the mandatory Google-related chat remote tool of the list. Is it better than Zoom or Slack? Not really. Are people more aware of its existence? Very likely. If your clients or partners aren’t tech-savvy, chances are they might find using Google Hangouts easier for them. They only need their email to make it work. No installation, no where-do-I-click issues. They can even access it from their Gmail. Remote work tools don’t get any simpler than that.

Link: Google Hangouts

Cost: Free