5 Tools That Make Working from Home Better Than Ever

These days, a ton of people are working from home. With new programs being developed every day, the process is now easier and more productive than it’s ever been. Here at OneClick.chat, we have team members across the East Coast, so we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite programs that we use to collaborate and stay on track.

1. Trello

Trello is perfect for collaborating to complete tasks. Sort of like a real-time to do list, teams can keep track of what needs done, who's doing it, and when it's completed. Plus, it’s great for individual work if you just need a better way to manage your time.

2. OneClick.chat

We can’t say it enough: Video chat is the best possible way to communicate with your team. Even if you’re a freelancer and work alone, you need to have the most effective modes of communicating with clients. And since you’re using video chat while working at home--no ifs, you are--you need to be sure to have the very best platform. It’s time to ditch bulky, confusing, and old fashioned video chat systems like Skype.

OneClick.chat is web-based, requires no downloads, and anyone can join from any device, anywhere in the world. Plus, you’ll get your own personalized link that never changes--just click on the link, and your meeting starts. No hassle. Click here to create a free meeting room.

3. Google Docs

If you’re working from home, odds are you’re already familiar with Google Docs, but maybe only as a free alternative to other word processors like Microsoft Word. If you aren’t already, you should really be using Google Docs for its collaborative abilities; work in real time with teammates on any sort of writing or document-based project--there’s even a chat box to make things as seamless as possible.

4. Slack

Slack is a collaboration tool with features like instant messaging, document sharing, and more. You can connect your whole team, and then organize conversations in searchable channels that keep your inbox clutter free. You can even integrate other tools like Google Docs and Dropbox.

5. Glip

Glip is sort of like the non-free version of a lot of the above tools shoved into one program. Teams can instant message one another, share and collaborate on files, create and keep track of tasks, keep a team calendar, or do all of the above from Glip’s mobile app.

So those are our recommendations! Keep in mind that it’s also important to establish some communication guidelines when working in a team, from home. Choose whatever makes sense for your team, but some easy rules of thumb are:

- For quick messages and updates

Try Slack or--if you’re team prefers to do so--email.

- For conversations and meetings

Use web-based video chat platforms like OneClick.chat. In today’s world, almost every smartphone or computer is equipped with a camera and microphone, so there’s really no excuse for remote teams to rely on outdated video chat technology or phone calls.

Of course, some teams like to incorporate phone calls, project management tools, texting, and other methods into their communication plan. Like anything else, be sure to find the tools and strategies that work best for your unique team.