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10 must-have free tools for remote working in 2021

September 29, 2021
BETTER BIZ

Working from home is a dream come true for millions of employees around the world — and yet, many find it hard to be productive. Working remotely is an ideal opportunity to focus on what's truly important. However, staying productive isn't as easy as just sitting down in front of a screen. It can take a toll on you, especially if you're used to a more traditional setting. There's no better way to combat that strain than with proper tools for remote work — simple ones, well-designed ones, and yes, even fun ones.

We thought we might try to help you by suggesting 10 must-have, fundamental, you-cannot-work-remote-without-these-tools list for you to check out and let go of the headache.

Slite - All documentation in one place

Slite gives your team one place to share ideas, collect knowledge and stay in tune across time and space. Easily spread your documents across your team, catch up on what your team's been working on and give feedback to move your projects forward.

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Price: Slite's basic plan offers a limited amount of 50 documents although unlimited members and integrations completely free. To add some functionalities you can opt for their Standard or Premium plan starting at $8/user/month.

Figma - Cloud based design platform for collaboration

Figma is a design platform for teams who build products together. It's great for remote teams who want to collaborate in real time. People have used it to quickly create mockups, wireframes, and prototypes.

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Price: Figma's starter plan is completely free and can be used to create 1 team project, have unlimited cloud storage and files in draft. To add some functionalities you can opt for their Professional or Organization plans starting at $12/user/month. The professional plan is free for students and educators.

Vaam - Video communication with customers and colleagues

Vaam (video as a message) is a video communication tool that lets users record their face and screen, and immediately share their recordings to any platform. You can use Vaam to make your sales pitches and customer communication more engaging and personal.

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Price: Vaam is built on a freemium model where the majority of all functions are free. You can also opt for their Pro function to add custom branding, unlimited storage and longer recordings for €10/user/month. The pro plan is free for students and NGOs.

Slack - Chat with your team

Slack is a fast, secure and organized way to chat and stay up to date with your team. There are countless of integration with other apps, shared channels and direct messages, while also providing a seamless experience.

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Price: Slack offers a free version of its product with a limit of 10 000 searchable messages, 10 integrations and video calls. To add some functionalities you can opt for their Pro, Business+ or Enterprise plans starting at $8/user/month. The professional plan is free for students and educators.

Dropbox - All files easily accessible online

Dropbox is a file hosting service where you can store all of your files easily and accessibly with your team online. Backup all of your documents, photos, and files and sync them across devices.

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Price: Dropbox offers 2GB storage for one individual for free. However, they offer different pricing depending on whether you're an individual or a business.

Linear - A tool to plan your projects

Linear is made for high-performance teams who are building and managing software projects. Other teams and companies use Linear to streamline their projects, sprints, tasks, and bug tracking.

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Price: Linear is completely free to use with a cap of 250 issues. To add some functionalities you can opt for their Standard and Plus plans starting at $10/user/month. The professional plan is free for students and educators.

Teemyco - A virtual office

With the rise of the pandemic and people having to work from home, there has been an increased demand to stay connected. Teemyco has created a service where the physical office has been moved online.

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Price: Teemyco supports a virtual office for up to 25 teammates for free, else it costs $7/user/month and supports up to 250 teammates.

Reclaim.ai - A smart calendar assistant

Reclaim is a smart calendar assistant that takes care of your calendar. Whether it's about answering emails for 8 hours or build a pitch deck for 30 minutes, Reclaim will automatically find the best times to get your work done. It can save up to 40% of your workweeks!

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Price: All Reclaim's plans are completely free throughout 2021!

Miro - Online whiteboard for visual collaboration

Miro is an online whiteboard and can be used for everything between meetings and workshops, ideation and brainstorming, research and design, etc.

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Price: With Miro free, unlimited team members can be in the same board, but it is limited to 3 editable boards. To add some functionalities you can opt for their Team, Business and Enterprise plans starting at $8/user/month. The professional plan is free for students and educators.

Butter - Video conferencing tool to host online workshops

Butter is a more modern take on video conferencing where you can do everything from setting a timed agenda, create reusable breakout rooms, have polls and reactions and host up to 100 people in a session.

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Price: Butter is currently completely free.

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