Working from home? So are we. And so are millions of people across the world forced indoors by the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
But if you have access to the Internet, you are doing better than many because of a variety of free tools available to assist you in working from home.
There are several free tools available for helping you to communicate with your colleagues.
Tools like Slack, Workplace by Facebook, Basecamp, Discord and Microsoft Teamsare the names you should be acquainted with.
Most of these are on offer with paid plans, but they grant basic free packages with some limitations (that should not pose any problems to users).
For instance, there is a guide to Slack’s free versus paid-for services.
For work lists and projects management
Making a to-do list of tasks is the foremost way of keeping track of work to be done and tasks completed.
There are several tools which help carry out this function. Take, for instance, Trello and Google Keep.
Tools like Trello give us the opportunity to handle projects, keep a track of work done, add comments or collaborate on these.
Google Keep allows us to do similar things like making lists, taking notes (with a feature that allows for attaching pictures or audio clips), and sharing them with co-workers.
Apps like Zoho, Asana and Paymo can also be used for these functions.
To collaborate on documents, worksheets and presentations, the most widely used tools are those comprised in the Google Suite.
Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides facilitate work on documents, worksheets or spreadsheets and presentations respectively.
Files are usually saved on Google’s cloud platform – Google Drive – though they can also be saved in the offline mode. An alternative is Zoho Docs.
Working from home can be productive if you want it to be. So do not hesitate to be adaptive. We suggest you try out these free tools and recommend them to colleagues as well. And if you are looking for more suggestions, do read our upcoming blog. Best, Sprout Road
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