In 2020, the working world was turned on its head, and most of us will have to learn quickly how best to Work From Home.
It seemed that working life was beginning to return to normal as lockdown eased, a long journey accompanied by a two-screen set up next to colleagues, as several companies steadily returned to the workplace.
But, with cases on the rise and the government asking us to work from home if we can, it seems that for the long term, we need to strap in tight. If you haven’t already downloaded them, here are 10 essential apps that will make going Work From Home full time again that much more organized…
If you’re self-employed, keeping on top of your invoicing can be a real pain. But no invoices means no money, so that’s not an option. Wavelets you create and send personalized invoices, check their payment status, and automatically send reminders when one is overdue. No need to send the boys round.
Collecting receipts for your expense claims is not only a hassle, it often ends up with a late night in the office submitting them. Expensify isn’t the first app to process receipts using your phone’s camera, but its automatic sorting, GPS mileage capture, and automated reimbursements make it easier than ever.
Otter is a voice recorder with a difference. Rather than spending whole meetings taking notes (and then promptly forgetting what half of them refer to), let the app record everything and it’ll use artificial intelligence to transcribe the conversation — it even splits the resulting text into different speakers.
Sick of getting CC’d into about 50 email chains a day? Slack is a bit like a work chatroom, complete with mentions and notifications, easy file sharing, and invite-only channels for any need-to-know business. Don’t worry, you can still send private messages, so virtual office gossip is still very much on the agenda.
While Wave is great for invoicing and Expensify does what it says on the tin, FreshBooks is more of an all-in-one accounting tool. It also handles invoices and expenses, but throws in task-tracking, communication with clients, and allows you to take credit card payments. It’s both simple and powerful — the perfect combination.
If words and numbers aren’t your things, regular note-taking apps won’t be either. With its wide range of drawing tools and canvas types, Flow by Moleskine Studio is ideal for everything from rough sketches to detailed designs, particularly when combined with Apple’s Pencil stylus, plus it backs everything up to the cloud.
Having to physically sign documents is a pain in the biro, particularly if you don’t own a printer, but SignEasy makes the process entirely digital. Import the document from your email or cloud storage, sign on your device’s screen with your finger, and send it back. No pen or paper is required.
There are loads of cloud storage services out there but Dropbox offers a whole host of collaborative features while remaining secure and user-friendly. It allows you to access files from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection, with generous storage space and support for plenty of different platforms.
With lots of people likely to be working remotely for the foreseeable future, managing a project can be pretty challenging. Restyaboard’s team and task management tools are ideal for making sure stuff gets done on time without too many late nights or last-minute panics.
10. PayPal Here
You’ve probably used PayPal when buying stuff off eBay, but if you run a business that takes payments in person, particularly with shoppers being urged to use plastic instead of cash, PayPal Here lets you charge cards using your phone. You can even add a card reader to speed things up.