Team Teleport lives and breathes remote work. With employees in different locations around the world, we know the challenges this arrangement can involve. Luckily, it can be made a lot easier with the right tools.
Working remotely offers a great degree of freedom and flexibility, but not having everyone in the same place also requires a special set of tools. Communication has to be more thorough and clear, online collaboration (both written and visual) becomes a lot more important and tracking needs to be more detailed.
We help people find their best place to live and work and encourage location independence. To help you out with finding the perfect tools for seamless remote work, we put together a list of 99 tools that you can check out for your distributed team as well as freelancing.
PS: keep an eye out for tools with a little heart next to them – those are the ones we use at team Teleport and like a lot!
Table of contents
Communication (video and chats)
Task/project management and productivity
Social media scheduling
Communication (video and chats)
Fleep combines team chat and email into one messenger for hassle-free communications.
Slack brings all your communication together in one place – it’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for teams.
HipChat is hosted group chat and video chat built for teams. Enhance real-time collaboration with chat rooms, file sharing, and screen sharing.
Yammer is a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations, and business apps.
Flowdock is a chat, inbox and team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web.
PukkaTeam lets you see the faces of the people you work with throughout the day, giving you real presence, improving company culture and team building.
Jell offers one central place where team members can share daily plans, accomplishments, challenges and long-term goals.
An application that provides video, chat and voice call services.
Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and free group video calls. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices.
Collaborate instantly with free screen sharing, unlimited audio, and simple video conferencing.
GoToMeeting with HD video conferencing is a simple yet powerful way to collaborate in real time.
WebEx is great for online meetings and presentations, webinars, town halls, online courses and training, and online presentations.
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.
Too many chat apps? Sameroom helps connect chatrooms (even when they’re running on completely different services).
Task/project management and productivity
With tasks, projects, conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.
Trello gives your team perspective on all projects- from HR, to marketing, to IT and beyond.
Wunderlist is an easy way to get stuff done, whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects.
Basecamp is a web-based project management and collaboration tool for to-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones.
Podio gets your teams working in sync with content, conversations, and processes structured and together on one tool.
Sandglaz helps to easily manage agile projects with your team.
Taskworld empowers your enterprise to finish projects on time, share ideas and accomplish great results.
Glip is fully searchable, real-time group chat & video chat, task management, file sharing and more, in one easy-to-use app.
Online project management app that helps deliver projects on budget and on time, by eliminating bottlenecks through accurate tracking and reporting.
FunctionFox helps manage online timesheets, simplify project management, track estimates, control costs and pull valuable reports.
Get an overview of your remote team’s locations, time zones and working hours.
World Time Buddy is a convenient world clock, time zone converter, and online meeting scheduler.
Never warp your brain with time zone math again.
Find current time, weather, sun, moon and much more for cities worldwide.
A visually stimulating chrome extension to solve your time zone pain.
Deekit is an online whiteboard for you and your team to draw, write, edit and add other content.
A word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite.
Take collaborative notes, share data and files, and use comments to share your thoughts in real-time or asynchronously.
Create, document, discuss, and organize the stuff that your team works on.
Organize your work, create documents, and discuss everything in one place.
Write better – easy version control and collaboration to improve your writing.
A presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life.
Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.
Work together like you’re at the same desk: screen sharing for collaboration in teams.
Share images, videos, music, documents, code snippets, markdown files directly from Photoshop, Sketch and dozens of other apps.
Jing is a service that lets you capture basic video, animation, and still images, and share them on the web.
RealtimeBoard is an online whiteboard created as a team collaboration and brainstorming tool for agile teams.
Write better with a simple markdown editor, version control and easy collaboration tools.
Team collaboration & project management software for enterprises and governments.
Easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others.
Get everybody’s feedback in the team in a very simple manner, comment on ideas and improve them.
Online project hosting using Git – includes source-code browser, in-line editing, wikis, and ticketing.
Distributed version control system that makes it easy for you to collaborate with your team.
Rapidly release code with confidence on CircleCI’s modern continuous integration and delivery platform.
Automate your team’s software development processes, from testing through to delivery.
Rollbar collects errors that happen in your application, notifies you, and analyzes them so you can debug and fix them.
JIRA offers flexible issue and project tracking with best-in-class agile tooling for software teams.
Assembla is a set of cloud-based task and code management tools for software developers.
A lightweight, agile project management tool for software teams.
A productivity app that keeps your projects, ideas, and inspiration handy across all your digital devices.
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.
Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.
Onehub helps businesses securely share and control files in the cloud.
Box simplifies online file storage, replaces FTP and connects teams in online workspaces.
LastPass Enterprise solves the password problem for teams, providing centralized, cost-effective password management and cloud SSO.
Gives you full control over who has access to your team’s most important information.
Meldium enables your team to share access to apps without sharing passwords.
Time tracking software with screenshots, activity levels, and in-depth reports.
A simple online timer with a powerful timesheet calculator.
Simple time tracking, fast online invoicing, and powerful reporting software for simplifying employee timesheets and billing.
I Done This gives helps you track your own progress, and understand what your team is working on, too.
Timely lets you schedule and log hours, simultaneously. By planning your hours in advance, time tracking will be automatically accounted for.
An easy way to track time, invoice, and generate reports. Works great for teams of any size.
Weekdone is a quick team dashboard with weekly e-mail reports for every manager or team leader.
Time tracking software with screenshots, activity levels and productivity reports.
Social media scheduling
Social media management for marketers and agencies.
Manage multiple networks and profiles and measure your social media performance.
Transform your web & mobile designs into clickable, interactive prototypes and mockups and share and collaborate on them with others.
Professional digital design for Mac.
Collaboration app for UI designers and frontend developers.
Canva for Work makes it easy to create beautiful on-brand marketing materials,presentations and social media graphics for every organisation.
Your entire business – social media, analytics, marketing, sales, support, infrastructure – all in one place.
Heap automatically captures every user action in your web or iOS app and lets you measure it all after the fact.
Get stronger results across all your sites, apps and offline channels.
Learn how people use your app with advanced mobile & web analytics.
A time-management web application and mobile app created by Google.
Online appointment scheduling by TimeTrade is used by businesses to create new sales prospects and accelerate the sales and service process.
Simplifies the process of scheduling events, meetings, appointments, etc.
Online email marketing solution to manage subscribers, send emails, and track results.
Mandrill is a transactional email platform from MailChimp.
Create newsletters from the best links on the web.
Collaborate on all your customer emails, social media posts, chats and calls together in one helpdesk.
A cloud-based customer support software.
A way to keep track of the people, conversations, and tasks that are the lifelines of your business.
Customer service and support ticket software.
A way for every teams in an internet business to see and talk to customers, with products for live chat, marketing, feedback, and support.
Build more meaningful and lasting relationships and connect with your customers across sales, customer service, marketing, communities, apps and analytics.
Live chat to answer customers immediately on your website.
Discover, budget and book your next meeting in a heartbeat.
The best places in a city to work remotely, based on recommendations by actual remote workers.
Plan your team’s budget and compare costs in your current location to other cities. Consider moving your office to extend your runway.
Best answers to your travel questions. Explore new places, ask questions, share your knowledge.
Human-powered flight search – build a trip and get insanely low airfares and highly personalized itineraries, travel tips and deals.
A free software that warms up your computer display at night, to match your indoor lighting.
Get the office space, community, and services that will unlock your tech business.
And that’s it for the tools we use and the ones we’ve heard good stuff about. Did we miss anything awesome? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it in!