The top work trend now in businesses is to hire remote employees to work for your company. Surveys and studies report that remote companies have already lessened their costs more so increased their productivity while doing so. As a business owner, this is what you always want to happen. But how can you bring together a team with members from different corners of the earth? Let us show you the 5 best software tools for remote companies and you can choose what you need and make it work for you and your team. 

1. Asana

Asana is a project management tool that is geared to productivity and collaboration within the company. This tool is much loved by the online community. It is a flexible and visual tool that is easy to use. 

It is also focused on team collaboration and project monitoring for smaller teams or the whole company. Asana excels at task management which also helps in assessing your workload management (includes task count and hours spent). App integrations with  Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other tools help Asana users work seamlessly. 

The user interface is clean and simple, making it easier to use without confusing new users. There is a free experience for teams of up to 15 users and fees can be customized depending on how many users you have. 

2. Slack

Slack is a powerful team communication tool with a collection of settings and options. Slack is a leader in the industry because it is a highly efficient way to collaborate with the team. It also is easy for any new user to use Slack, if they can type a message, then they can use Slack. 

Slack helps the team reduce the number of emails. It is a text messaging app that enables the user to share files. You can do one-on-one direct messages or talk to a smaller team or to the whole company. It also uses mentions and hashtags to help you communicate with a specific teammate or to talk about topics. Easy to use and can onboard any new user right away.

Slack offers a free and paid plan. 

3. TeamGantt

TeamGantt is very easy to use and can be synchronized with apps like Trello, Google Calendar, Slack, or iCal. This Gantt Chart tool is reasonably priced with many Gantt Chart templates.

A Gantt Chart is a powerful tool in any project management because it provides a macro view of the timeline and schedule of the project. It also includes the progress of each team member and the assigned task to that person. 

It offers free plans for teams of three or less and paid plans depending on the number of users. 

4. Trello

Trello is a well-loved project management solution. One of its positive points for remote companies is that it is cloud-based. You can also use Trello on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or on your smartphone. Both Windows and Mac are supported and available on both Android and iOS devices too. 

In Trello, you can make to-do lists, customize workflows, delegate tasks to team members, attach files, comment on items, and organize everything you are working on. 

Trello offers a free plan and a Business Class. The paid tier, Business Class, can support attachments up to 250MB and other additional features. 

5. Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that is highly regarded by work from home (WFH) and online communities. It offers clear video with several business-oriented features like cloud recording, online support, and user management. With the COVID-19 crisis happening in 2020, Zoom exploded to be the top-of-mind tool for meetings and paid discussions. 

With high regard for security, Zoom provides small and large businesses with a convenient, easy-to-use, and reliable way of managing secured remote meetings.

It offers a free plan that can support 40-minute meetings with up to 100 participants and unlimited one-on-one meetings. The three paid plans for businesses depend on the number of hosts and the duration of the meeting. 

More about Software Tools for Remote Companies

While you are at it, don’t forget to try using the different Google products like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Meet, and the other useful tools that they have. 

If you are still trying to test all our recommended tools for use, please note that there are other tools that you can use for free or for a limited fee. By signing on and using it for a few days, you will then get to see and experience it for yourself. Use it extensively and go through the tool’s many features so you can decide if it will work with your team and that the tool will best serve your needs.

Talk to us and see how Rivermate can help you with working with remote teams from around the world.