A recent survey by Gartner showed that 82% of the responding companies intend to allow their employees to work remotely for some of the time beyond COVID-19.
But working remotely has its own set of challenges that can often be quickly resolved in a more typical face-to-face working style.
Here are 5 free tools (and some alternatives) you can use to help make your remote team’s operations smooth.
5 Essential Free Tools for Remote Teams:
1. Cloud Storage
Even before COVID-19 struck, the use of cloud storage has been on the rise. In 2019, the market value of cloud storage was US$ 46.12 billion with projected annual growth rate was as high as 21.9%.
However, many companies faced issues going remote during lockdown due to their more traditional data storage setup.
Cloud storage ensures everyone in your business is working off 1 single set of files and information, helping the collaborative process.
Our Choice – Google Drive
We use Google Drive extensively at Uplers and highly recommend it. The Google brand is more often than not a clear stamp of quality and we believe Google Drive is a fantastic option for businesses going remote.
Everyone with a Gmail account gets 15 GB of storage space free. This free cloud storage space has incredible features to facilitate seamless online collaboration between individuals, and small teams.
Strong search features – a given on a platform powered by Google.
Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Spreadsheets make online writing, editing, and making presentations a rewarding experience.
Google Forms facilitates conducting online surveys and gets the results calculated in the form of spreadsheets.
Google Drawings are for creating diagrams and flowcharts, which you can easily embed in Google Docs and Presentations.
Google Photos help you edit your photos with professional expertise. You can access animation also.
Automatic backup of all your stored items in the built-in Chromebook.
You can always search for more apps in Google’s webs store and access them at a cost.
If you need more than 15 GB storage space, you can upgrade to the Google One paid plans, giving you up to 100 or 200 GB of cloud storage space.
Through use and research, the only potential issues with Google Drive is that you will need to have a Gmail account to access this platform, and secondly, before you can work offline on your Google drive, you need an internet connection to open it.
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