Four useful business apps for remote workers

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Tech products and software tools have made so much of the world more accessible – including the world of work for mothers. Working remote is not for everyone, but there are many useful business apps that make the process easier, especially for mothers who have so much going on.

Some tools can help mothers who work remote keep track of time or tasks, while others can help you bring a professional edge to billing and communication. The following four tools address a range of needs, but they all come highly rated by users.

Time Doctor: Taking Time Management to the Next Level

Score: 8.5 out of 10 on TrustRadius

With a home office (or couch) it can be difficult to stay on task. Time Doctor addresses this challenge, helping users get the most out of their work day. Users note that the app is particularly useful for tracking remote teams, and superior to the time tracking offered on some freelance platforms. To benefit freelancers, the app can be used as a productivity tool by restricting access to distractions. With this combination, the time tracking app is a great fit for work-from-home mothers managing a remote team.

FreshBooks: Stay on Top of Clients & Billing

Score: 8.2 out of 10 on TrustRadius

FreshBooks was designed with small businesses and freelancers in mind. The accounting tool simplifies the creation and management of invoices, time tracking and payment collection. Users enjoy the easy-to-use interface and mobile functionality – or, as one user puts it, “I can create invoices in seconds and send to clients”. Many mothers who work remotely need a time tracker that translates seamlessly into an invoice, which is precisely what FreshBooks provides. All in all it can save remote workers valuable time.

TeamViewer: Add Flexibility to Your Work With a Remote Desktop

Score: 8.3 out of 10 on TrustRadius

Remote work doesn’t always mean you are a freelancer working from a coffee shop – many remote workers still have an office or computer at the office. If that’s the case, a remote desktop tool like TeamViewer can help you keep everything organised across multiple PCs and spaces.

One user calls it “your remote office and support agent, wherever you are”. Users tend to enjoy the easy access to the software, as well as its teamwork functions like screen sharing and video calls.

Trello: Organise Your Tasks and Projects Visually

Score: 8.3 out of 10 on TrustRadius

One of the hardest parts of having multiple clients is staying organised across projects – and this is where Trello comes in. The app doubles as both a task management and collaboration tools, designed with both individuals and remote teams in mind. Remote workers can use the app to organise projects using the Kanban card system. Cards can be organised with due dates, reminders, to do lists, descriptions, Google Doc links and more. Many usersenjoy the personalisation of the app: “Trello is very effective at allowing a user to organise ideas in a personal fashion.” The app offers a visual way for remote workers to get organised.
Each of these apps have their own set of benefits and potential drawbacks. You can click on the individual scores above to see reviews that will help you get a better idea of which tools will work best for you.

*Brooklin Nash writes about the latest tools and small business trends for TrustRadius, a community of professionals sharing software reviews and best practices. When he’s not writing, you can find him reading YA dystopian fiction (with guilty pleasure) and cooking.

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