70% of professionals work remotely at least once/week and around 50% of small businesses are home-based. Businesses are moving further away from the full-time traditional office setting, increasing flexibility and making for a happier workforce.
However, less water cooler talk and access to the supply closet stocked with 4 different colors of post it notes might also mean less tools necessary to run your business. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re thinking about working while traveling abroad or even if you want to bring on a team of remote employees, there are tons of robust and affordable business tools that will help boost productivity and keep your operation running smoothly.
If you have a team or if you’re working with other professionals on a project, Basecamp helps you to keep everything on track, follow up on tasks and ensure projects are completed on time. You don’t even need a laptop to use it; the Basecamp app has all the functionality of the online version.
This tool is insanely easy to use and is a fantastic way to manage large tasks and to do’s. You can create labels, include checklists, assign tasks to team members and make comments on progress. The design is clean and it’s a straightforward method for keeping tabs on items in the pipeline.
Dropbox is an easy way to exchange large or small files with a client or team members. Maybe you need someone to sign a contract or approve a piece of content. Send someone a link to the document or invite them to a folder as a collaborator. It’s document exchange made easy.
Without the traditional office space, there is simply no need to have a landline. The Tresta virtual phone system allows you to work from any location without missing a single call.
Social media connects you to current and potential customers and helps you to market your business. With Sprout, you don’t even have to be near the internet to post to social media. Schedule your posts ahead of time and no one will even know you’re out of the office.
Set up video meetings with your team or even webinars with clients in seconds with Zoom. It’s super simple to use, makes you look more professional and the video collaboration enhances your business communication.
Keeping track of your schedule can be challenging when you’re not at the office. Sync your calendar with Calendly to easily manage your day. You can also integrate your calendar with other tools you’re using like Zoom.
When you’re on the go you aren’t able to have those quick face to face chats. Slack is the ultimate chat tool to collaborate in real time with your team (or any other Slack member). It’s free to start an account and it integrates with pretty much any tool you can think of.
It can be a difficult task to stay on top of your priorities when you don’t have an actual office. Luckily, business tools like these are affordable and allow you to be productive and stay in touch no matter where you set up your desk.