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Top 24 Remote Work Tools Teams Need to Get in 2024 (Free + Paid)

Top 24 Remote Work Tools Teams Need to Get in 2024 (Free + Paid)


Lawrence Haywood 20 Feb 2024 12 min read

Let’s not pretend remote work isn’t challenging.

In addition to it being pretty flipping lonely, it’s also hard to collaborate, hard to communicate and hard to motivate either yourself or your team. That’s why, you gonna need the right remote work tools.

The world’s still catching up to the reality of a work-from-home future, but you’re in it now – what can you do to make it easier?

Well, many great remote work tools have emerged in the last couple of years, all designed to simplify working, meeting, talking and hanging out with colleagues who are miles away from you.

You know about Slack, Zoom and Google Workspace, but here we’ve laid out 24 must-have remote work tools that boost your productivity and morale 2x better.

These are the real game changers 👇

Table of Contents

What is a Remote Working Tool?

A remote working tool is an application or software used to get your remote job done productively. It can be an online conferencing software to meet coworkers online, a work management platform to assign tasks effectively, or the entire ecosystem that operates a digital workplace.

Think of remote working tools as your new best buddies for getting stuff done from anywhere. They help you stay productive, connected, and even a little zen, all without leaving the comfort of your PJs (and your napping cat!).

Remote Work Tools for Meetings

Remote meetings are super important.

Why? They’re one of the few times in the working day when you communicate face-to-face with your crew.

Don’t treat them as time slots for you to turn off your camera and finish your crotcheting project; these are social, insightful and fun events in which a company really feels like a collective whole.

And if they’re not, you definitely need the tools below 👇

#1. AhaSlides

You and your colleagues are more than just a grid of faces over Zoom; you’re a group of individuals with your own opinions, preferences and natural aversions to meetings that feel like your boss reading from his dream diary.

AhaSlides changes that.

AhaSlides is interactive. If you’re running a meeting, this free software lets you ask questions to your audience and lets them respond in real time using their phones.

You can make a whole presentation of polls, word clouds, brainstorms, rating scales, get responses from your audience and show them back to them.

A remote work tool to help you create a collaborative word cloud`
Watch the responses fly in on a word cloud!Remote work tools

But there’s more to it than ice-breaking and gathering ideas and opinions. AhaSlides is also a Kahoot-like gaming platform and can help you create a great atmosphere in your remote meetings through fun quizzes and spin-wheel games.

You can also import entire presentations from PowerPoint and make them interactive, or take ready-made team-building games and other interactive stuff from the in-built template library 👇

Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 7 participants$7.95 per monthYes

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#2. Artsteps

A 3D presentation in a museum on Artsteps
Stroll wherever you feel in this 3D presentationRemote work tools

While we’re on the subject of out-of-the-box presentations, Artsteps takes your team so far out of the box that they won’t feel like they’re looking at a presentation.

Artsteps is a unique kit that lets you create a 3D exhibition that your colleagues can join and walk through.

This exhibition can show off the team’s great work or act as a presentation with images, audio, video and text that each team member can explore by walking freely through the gallery.

Naturally, it has a couple of problems, like excessive loading times, a restrictive upload allowance for media and the fact that, for some reason, you can’t make your exhibitions private.

Still, if you’ve got a bit of time to try it, Artsteps can really elevate your remote meetings.

Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?

#3. Appointlet

On the more logistical side of the remote meeting game, let me ask you this – how many times have you lost an invite to a Zoom meeting in your obscenely crowded inbox?

With Appointlet, you and you team can arrange, schedule and keep track of all meetings across any meeting software in one place.

It’s also great at setting meetings with people across multiple time zones and integrating seamlessly with your calendar.

It’s pretty simple software and is 100% free as long as you want to keep the fairly decent basic features.

Appointlet homepage - Remote work tools
Appointlet simplifies meeting arrangementsRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
Available$8 per user per monthYes

#4. Fellow

Fellow is the more advanced version of Appointlet. Things are a bit more collaborative over here.

You can add your whole organisation and use Fellow as a place to arrange your team meetings and 1-on-1s from a bunch of templates. During the meeting you can jot down notes and afterwards you can turn those notes into minutes and send out follow-up tasks and emails.

It’s also a Slack-like communication app with an ‘activity feed’, messaging, reactions and a tool for delivering effective feedback for other team members.

Naturally, with all the feature additions, it’s a little more confusing than Appointlet. It’s also more pricey if your team is more than 10 people.

Making minutes on Fellow
Make minutes and follow-up tasks with FellowRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
Up to 10 participants$6 per user per monthYes

Remote Work Tools for Collaboration

Do you know why so many CEOs, including Elon Musk and Tim Cook, oppose remote work?

Lack of collaboration. It’s harder for staff to work together when they’re miles apart.

That’s an undeniable drawback of remote work, but there are always ways to make collaboration as seamless as possible.

Here are four of them 👇

#5. Creately

When you’re behind a computer screen all day, a collaborative brainstorming session is your time to shine!

Creately is a nice piece of kit that facilitates any team idea session you could want. There are templates for flowcharts, mind maps, infographics and databases, all of it a joy to behold in colourful shapes, stickers and icons.

You can even set specific tasks for your team to complete on the board, though setting that up is a little needlessly complicated.

Creately is maybe one for the more advanced crowd, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how fitted it is to hybrid collaboration.

Creately interface
Less intimidating than Miro | Creately – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 up to 3 canvases$4.80 per month per userYes

#6. Excalidraw

Brainstorming on a virtual whiteboard is good, but nothing beats the look and feel of drawing on one.

That’s where Excalidraw comes in. It’s open-source software that offers collaboration without signup; all you have to do is send the link to your team and a whole world of virtual meeting games becomes immediately available.

Pens, shapes, colours, text and image imports lead to a fantastic work environment, with everyone contributing their creativity to an essentially limitless canvas.

For those who like their collaboration tools a little bit more Miro-y, there’s also Excalidraw+, which lets you save and arrange boards, assign collaboration roles and work in teams.

Drawing on Excalidraw
Limitless possibilities with ExcalidrawRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 100%$7 per user per month (Excalidraw+)Yes

#7. Jira

From creativity to cold, complex ergonomics. Jira is task management software that does pretty much everything regarding making tasks and arranging them in kanban boards.

It gets a lot of stick for being hard to use, which it can be, but that depends on how complicated you’re getting with the software. If you want to create tasks, put them together in ‘epic’ groups and apply them to a 1-week sprint, then you can do that simply enough.

If you feel like diving into the more advanced features, you can explore roadmaps, automation and in-depth reports to help improve your and your team’s workflow.

A kanban board on Jira
A smart board to track every task, both remote and in-officeRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 10 users$7.50 per user per monthYes

#8. ClickUp

Let me clear something up at this point…

You can’t beat Google Workspace for collaborative docs, sheets, presentations, forms, etc.

But you know about Google already. I’m committed to sharing the remote work tools you may not know about.

So here’s ClickUp, a bit of kit that it claims will ‘replace them all’.

There’s certainly a lot going on in ClickUp. It’s collaborative documents, task management, mind maps, whiteboards, forms and messaging all rolled into one package.

The interface is slick and the best part is that, if you’re like me and easily get overwhelmed with new tech, you can start with the ‘basic’ layout to get to grips with its most popular features before moving on to the more advanced stuff.

Despite the enormous range of possibilities on ClickUp, it’s got a light design and it’s easier to keep track of all your work than the often confusing Google Workspace.

Interactive whiteboards on ClickUp
An interactive whiteboard is one of many collaborative features on ClickUp – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 100MB of storage$5 per user per monthYes

Remote Work Tools for Communication

Considering we’ve been communicating wirelessly since long before the internet, who would have thought it would still be so hard to do so?

Calls falter, emails get lost and still no channel is as painless as a quick face-to-face conversation in the office.

As remote and hybrid work continues to become more popular in the future, that’s sure to change.

But right now, these are the best remote work tools in the game 👇

#9. Gather

The AhaSlides offioce on Gather
The AhaSlides office on Gather – Remote work tools

Zoom fatigue is real. Maybe you and your work crew found the concept of Zoom novel back in 2020, but years on, it’s become the bane of your lives.

Gather addresses Zoom fatigue head-on. It offers more fun, interactive and accessible online communication by giving each participant control over their 2D avatar in an 8-bit space that simulates the company office.

You can download space or create your own, with different areas for solo work, group work and company-wide meetings. Only when avatars enter the same space do their microphones and cameras turn on, giving them a healthy balance between privacy and collaboration.

We use Gather daily at the AhaSlides office, and it’s been a real game changer. It feels like a proper workspace in which our remote workers can actively participate in our hybrid team.

Free?Paid plans from…Is enterprise available?
 Up to 25 participants $7 per user per month (there’s 30% off for schools) No

#10. Loom

Remote work is lonely. You’ve gotta remind your colleagues constantly that you’re there and ready to contribute, otherwise, they may just forget.

Loom lets you get your face out there and be heard, instead of typing messages that get lost or trying to pipe up amidst the noise of a meeting.

You can use Loom to record yourself sending messages and screen recordings to colleagues instead of unnecessary meetings or convoluted text.

You can also add links throughout your video, and your viewers can send you motivation-boosting comments and reactions.

Loom prides itself on being as seamless as possible; with the Loom extension, you’re only one click away from recording your video, wherever you are on the web.

Making a video on Loom, one of the best remote work tools
Skip meetings, make a Loom instead – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Is enterprise available?
 Up to 50 basic accounts $8 per user per monthYes

#11. Threads

If you spend most of your remote working day scrolling through Reddit, Threads could be for you (Disclaimer: It’s not the Instagram mini-child Thread!)

Threads is a workplace forum in which topics are discussed in… threads.

The software encourages users to cancel that ‘meeting that could have been an email’ and embrace asynchronous discussion, which is a fancy way of saying ‘discussion in your own time’.

So, how is it different from Slack? Well, those threads help you keep discussions organised and on track. You have a lot more freedom and flexibility when creating a line compared to Slack and can see an overview of who’s seen and interacted with the content inside the thread.

Plus, all avatars on the creation page bob their head to classical Wii music. If that’s not worth a signup, I don’t know what is! 👇

Gandhi dancing on Threads
Never thought I’d see avatar Gandhi dancing to Wii music – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Is enterprise available?
 Up to 15 participants $10 per user per monthYes

Remote Work Tools for Games and Team Building

It may not seem like it, but games and team building tools might be the most important in this list.

Why? Because the biggest threat to remote workers is disconnection from their colleagues.

These tools are here to make working remotely even better!

#12. Donut

A delicious snack and an excellent Slack app – both types of doughnuts are just good at making us happy.

The Slack app Donut is a surprisingly simple way to build teams over some time. Essentially, every day, it asks casual but thought-provoking questions to your team on Slack, to which all workers write their hilarious answers.

Donut also celebrates anniversaries, introduces new members and facilitates finding a best friend at work, which is becoming increasingly important for happiness and productivity.

A messsage from Donut
Head-scratcher questions from Donut that can help you bond – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 25 participants $10 per user per monthYes

#13. Gartic Phone

Garlic Phone takes the prestigious title of ‘most hilarious game to come out of lockdown’. After one playthrough with your colleagues, you’ll see why.

The game is like an advanced, more collaborative Pictionary. The best part is that it’s free and requires no signup.

Its core game mode gets you to come up with prompts for others to draw and vice versa, but there are 15 game modes in total, each an absolute blast to play on a Friday after work.

Or during work – that’s your call.

people drawing the picture of a bird walking along the beach in gartic phone
Things can get a little hectic on Gartic Phone – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?

#14 – HeyTaco

Team appreciation is a big part of team building. It’s an effective way to stay in touch with your colleagues, be up to date with their achievements and be motivated in your role.

For the colleagues you appreciate, please give them a taco! HeyTaco is another Slack (and Microsoft Teams) app that allows staff to give out virtual tacos to say thanks.

Each member has five tacos to dish out daily and can buy rewards with the tacos they’ve been given.

You can also toggle a leaderboard that shows the members who have received the most tacos from their team!

Messages of thanks on HeyTaco
Messages delivered with HeyTacoRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 No $3 per user per monthYes

Honourable Mentions – More Remote Work Tools

Time Tracking and Productivity

  • #15. Hubstaff is a superb time tracking tool that seamlessly captures and organizes work hours, promoting efficiency and accountability with its intuitive interface and robust reporting features. Its versatile capabilities cater to diverse industries, fostering improved productivity and streamlined project management.”
  • #16. Harvest: A popular time tracking and invoicing tool for freelancers and teams, with features like project tracking, client billing, and reporting.
  • #17. Focus Keeper: A Pomodoro Technique timer that helps you stay focused in 25-minute intervals with short breaks in between, improving your productivity.

Information Storing

  • #18. Notion: A “second brain” knowledge base to centralise information. It features intuitive and easy-to-customise blocks to store documents, databases and more.
  • #19. Evernote: A note-taking app for capturing ideas, organising information, and managing projects, with features like web clipping, tagging, and sharing.
  • #20. Google Drive/Dropbox: Reliable file storage and sharing solution. Real-time co-authoring allows simultaneous work on documents.
  • #21. LastPass: A password manager that helps you securely store and manage your passwords for all your online accounts.

Mindfulness and Stress Management

  • #22. Headspace: Offers guided meditations, mindfulness exercises, and sleep stories to help you reduce stress, improve focus, and get better sleep.
  • #23. Spotify/Apple Podcast: Bring diverse and in-depth topics to your table that offer moments of relaxation through serene audio and channels of your choice.
  • #24. Insight Timer: A free meditation app with a vast library of guided meditations from different teachers and traditions, allowing you to find the perfect practice for your needs.
Remote working tools boost your productivity while maintaining mental wellness
Remote working tools boost your productivity while maintaining mental wellness

Next Stop – Connection!

The active remote worker is a force to be reckoned with.

If you feel like you’re lacking connection with your team, but you have the desire to change that, hopefully, one of these 24 tools will help you bridge the gap, work smarter and be happier in your online job.