The Best Tools to Work from Home (or Anywhere in the World)

Darren Boyd-Annells

Darren Boyd-Annells is the CEO and co-founder at Joosr, a digital publisher helping busy people find the time to read with 20-minute summaries of leading non-fiction books.

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Digital innovation has changed the way we do business. Now, organizations collaborate on a global scale, and many individuals have opted to take the freelance route, enabling them to work from home, or wherever else they like. But sometimes it’s impossible to find a place to work that allows you to concentrate, (and that has reliable Wi-Fi), and with diverse teams of employees that are no longer confined to one office space, keeping everyone on track can become tricky.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of tools that can improve communication, better organize workloads and find you work-friendly spaces, enabling you and you colleagues to be as productive as possible—wherever in the world you may find yourself.

Work Hard Anywhere

This clever app helps you find laptop-friendly cafés and bars, where you can work uninterruptedly for hours on end. Whether you’re in a new city or are just away from the office for the day, consult WHA for advice on the best spots local to you—all you only have to worry about is getting a coffee.

Remoter VNC

Connect two remote computers from anywhere in the world, so you can see each other’s screens and work together on projects. The only choice you’ll need to make is whether you’ll work at home or from the beach!

Mailchimp

Design bulletproof emails and manage your mailing list with this handy marketing tool that helps to keep your business at the front of people’s minds. Schedule campaigns and send personalized emails: your clients will appreciate you looking after their needs, and you’ll form much closer bonds with them while closing more sales.

Wunderlist

Manage your to-do lists, plan events and share or assign tasks among your colleagues. Never again will you miss a deadline or be unsure of your current responsibilities—although you might be twiddling your thumbs after having completed everything early.

Dropbox

Keep your documents safe and easily shareable with this popular cloud storage service. Dropbox is convenient, easy to use and shows the power of smooth collaboration and record-breaking productivity.


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Trello

Check this handy board-like management tool that helps you to track and manage multiple projects at once. With helpful reminders on what needs doing, there is simply no chance a task will ever slip off your radar again.

Evernote

Have a go at capturing your ideas on a large canvas where you can annotate them, and record online research you’ve been doing for extra peace of mind. If your brain is a jumble of thoughts and concepts, then this is the respectable manager that calls them into order.

ScheduleOnce

If you spend a lot of time traveling, use this tool to schedule business calls and virtual meetings. It allows you to set meeting times with your clients, meaning everyone is in the loop, and syncs with your online calendar. Grab their attention and get them involved, but adjust time zones if they live far away.

Rainmaker

Create powerful websites that look incredible and load quickly to better represent your business. It features the use of helpful analytics and takes the guesswork out of your online campaigns. Just make sure you’re ready for the possible storm of new customers to please.

Talky

Call any computer globally for zero cost with Talky. It’s very useful for staying in touch and discussing ideas, or for coaching and consulting when you have new members or clients that need to be filled in. There’s also no hiding when it comes to video calls, so this is a plus on the teamwork front.

Wi-Fi Finder

This app does exactly as advertised. Use it to easily find free public Wi-Fi connections while working in unfamiliar locations away from home, so that you’re never stuck without connectivity again.

Zapier

Combine two pieces of software and use the data elsewhere, so you can turn customers from Amazon into Mailchimp subscribers or auto-populate Trello tasks in Google Calendar. Put it to good use and fire up your next work project, or blow your colleagues away with your tech-savvy awesomeness.

Waste No Time

This is a Chrome extension that lets you set a time you want to work, then blocks distracting websites during this period. Boost your focus and efficiency so that you can get more done and easily avoid procrastination, as you’ll simply be unable to check your Facebook messages.

Solo

If there were a Swiss-army knife of apps, this would be it. Welcome Solo into your life and you’ll wonder how you ever managed to get work done without it. This nifty app helps you to complete work, track your performance and manage expenses or clients. Is there anything that it can’t do?!

It’s clear that technology is moving quickly to keep up with the demands of workers in this digital era. These tools will help you work effectively from anywhere in the world, leaving you to focus better on the task at hand. Plan your day wisely, structure a workload, reduce stress and make your life that little bit easier.

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