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What Are the Differences Between the Various Working from Home Apps?

Posted on March 9, 2022 in Remote working

COVID-19 certainly changed the way many of us work. Whilst for some it has largely returned to normal, there are still lots of us working from home and pushing our home broadband to the limit. Video calls, presentations, and connectivity have been fully maximised during this time. How though, do you know if you and your team are using the best working from home apps?

Let’s take at look at some of the best around and see how they can help you work remotely.

Best work from home app for communication

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft have always been at the forefront of computer tech. Leading the way in both office and recreational computing has meant that a huge 70% of computers are fitted with their operating system. Collectively, Apple’s iOS and macOS only hold 18% of the global market. So why is Microsoft Teams so good compared to its rivals?

Not only does Teams allow video calling, but it also offers a host of other valuable tools.

  • Full Skype integration
  • Meeting scheduling
  • Built-in and custom
  • Full integration with other Microsoft products
  • Ability to hold 300 participants per meeting

Best work from home app for project management

Trello

Trello and it’s simple layout and easy to understand tools make managing a project so simple. You can monitor the stages of each project, share notes with colleagues, and manage your team all from the comfort of the sofa. Available in both a free and paid format, Trello users benefit from a vast array of tools to help monitor and develop all projects. Some of the best features include:

  • 2-factor authentication
  • Activity logs
  • API availability
  • Project date reminders
  • Unlimited storage

Best work from home app for time management

Hubstaff

You would never want your team to feel that they are being spied on. It hardly creates a harmonious working environment. Hubstaff fuses together the ability to monitor the progress of individuals and the completion of projects.

Not only does Hubstaff allow you to discover strengths and weaknesses within the team, it allows you to observe your own deadlines so you know if you are keeping up with the workload.

Some of the key features of HubStaff include:

  • Calendar management
  • Employee management
  • Budget control
  • Time tracking
  • Paypal integration

Pricing for work from home apps

Most WFH apps offer a free trial. Which, once expired, puts you onto a monthly or annual payment plan. They average in cost at around £5 per month and increase in cost depending on the number of extra features you add on. In some cases, however, the extra cost is associated with the number of users rather than the features. Some apps are completely free if the user number doesn’t go above a certain threshold.

But all work and no rest can make the productivity slip, so what other home working apps have been introduced that may be worth you and your team getting involved with?

The best free work from home apps

You have been in front of your screen since 9am, it’s now 4pm and you think lunch can wait. Wrong! We all know that the best performing teams are the ones that look after themselves. So, let’s find some apps that give you the break you need or just tone down the atmosphere when things are getting a little chaotic.

Krisp

A work call can be important but when the dog is begging for a walk or the baby is crying, it’s the people on the other end of the call you feel sorry for. Well, with Krisp, they won’t know you have a canine catastrophe or a bawling baby! Krisp blocks out all background noise through high-end AI. They won’t even be able to hear you typing or pouring a drink. You get 240 mins a week free-which to be honest, is plenty. Or you can upgrade for a total background noise blackout.

Stretchly

Has the screen turned to a blur yet? Have you written 1,000 words only to find 800 of them are all in caps? Perhaps you need Stretchly!

Every 15 minutes it blocks your screen so you can have a 20 second break. Every hour it gives you 15 mins to relac. How? It basically puts a virtual sheet over your screen. The time intervals can be set to what you like so you decide how frequent you should rest. Whilst it sounds a bit odd, you’ll be glad of those breaks when you submit your gleaming report to your boss.

So, there are our 5 WFH apps to consider. All have their benefits, so which are you choosing?

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