5 Best Apps for Work From Home
I bet you have been working from home for a good part of the last six months. Work is not only the ‘new normal’ but also the future. But, it is not always easy working from home. You have to adapt to online meetings, file sharing and team interaction. But, if you have the right tools then it is much easier. You may have all the right tools on your laptop/PC but it’s best to have apps handy on your smartphone for flexibility. Here are the 5 best work from home apps to make your life easier.
5 Best Apps for Work From Home
Scanners are biting the dust in rusty corners of your office. No need to install a scanner at home. All you need is Tiny Scanner. It works as a portable PDF scanner. It uses your phone’s camera to scan documents, contracts, receipts and anything else you want. Save the documents on your phone or upload them to the cloud server. Share them with your teammates or your computer/laptop/PC via WiFi. Scanned documents can be saved as PDFs or images. Scan in colour, grayscale, or black and white. Bye-bye scanner! Hello Tiny Scanner, one of the best work from home apps.
Communication is a tricky part of work from home. That is why need Slack, the ideal chat app for teams and groups. It has a simple interface that lets you create separate channels for different teams. You can chat and share documents on different channels. Within channels, you can organize your conversations by topics and projects. Search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files. Place conference calls. Utilise the chatbots. Get more done with third-party integrations such as Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk and more. Slack is surely one of the best work from home apps.
Typing your thoughts and ideas is tedious. Use Speechnotes, the best speech-to-text app, to turn your spoken thoughts and ideas into text. Then share this text with your teammates using Slack or any other communication medium. Most speech-to-text apps for Android require you to speak out punctuation marks to add them to the text. Not Speechnotes. It lets you add punctuation marks using the in-app keyboard. The keyboard also saves oft-used phrases such as greetings as well as your name and signature. Another standout feature is Continous Recording that lets you record even if you take long pauses. The app also has Bluetooth support, instant dictation via home screen widget and offline note-taking. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to use and it is only 4MB in size.
Note-taking is an important aspect of work-life. Evernote is one of the oldest note-taking apps. Register with your email and create notes in various formats like text, attachments, handwriting, photos and audio among others. Protect the notes using the fingerprint lock feature. You can also set reminders, make checklists, plan events and even save notes on the home screen for quick access. The app syncs your notes across different devices. This means you can access your smartphone notes on your PC. The free version lets you sync two devices max.
We have to include Zoom in the list of best apps for work from home. The pandemic shot Zoom to the limelight as it enabled effortless group video calling. Its user-friendly interface makes it the ideal team video calling app for beginners. Its free plan lets you host video calls for up to 100 participants with a 40-minute limit per call. It has three other plans for business users that bump the participant limit to 500 and provide features such as social media streaming, cloud recording transcripts, company branding, dedicated customer success manager and meeting transcriptions.
Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography 📷 and traveling 🚂.