Working Remotely? Try THE BEST APPS for Remote Work & Freelancing!


Top 10 (Plus One) Apps for Remote Work

Congratulations! Your business is growing and you’re adding employees! However, not all of your new hires need to report to the office – and some kind of jobs, such as regional sales – pretty much require field work. Telecommuting is becoming more desirable for employers as well as employees for such reasons as greatly reduced overhead.

According to The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report, companies see an average of $11,000 annual savings per telecommuting employee. The report was produced by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, focusing on full-time employees who work from home at least half of the time.

As one of the major findings from the report is that the number of people telecommuting in the United States increased a whopping 115 percent in the last 10 years, you may be taking a serious look at which of the vast array of apps for remote work are best suited for your business and the way you want your team members to collaborate.

Whether your remote team consists of full-time, part-time or freelancers – or any mix thereof – Virtual Stacks Systems has rounded up the apps for remote work that consistently top the experts’ lists, so you don’t have to! Thanks to HubSpot, Inc., Skillcrush and eServe.

We also reached out to owners of home-based businesses, who provided their valuable input.

The Best Apps for Remote Work & Freelancing!

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools1 -  Asana Project management app that allows you to create and delegate tasks; organize tasks into shared projects, chat with team members within each task; and add attachments from Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. It also includes calendar features, project dashboards and to-do lists.

 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 2 - Box Enterprise-friendly tool provides secure file sharing, storage and collaboration, while offering solutions for a wide variety of business needs.

 
 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 3 - Dropbox Ideal for exchanging files that are too large to send via email; collaborative work and backups; allows easy access and sharing of folders. Especially useful for organizing freelancer work.

 
 

 4 - Evernote Popular notebook and productivity program that functions as a paperless office; integrates very well with many other productivity apps.

 
 
“I recently started using Evernote for saving various formats of work in one place,” says Jinal Shah, founder of If I Were Marketing, a branding and marketing strategy consultancy. Along with Dropbox, she finds it useful for organizing her business and its diverse client base. “They are among my favorite go-to tools for my work.” 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 5- GoToMeeting Easy, intuitive connectivity for video conferencing.

 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 6 - GitHub Powerful tool for web developers to build software with remote teams. Features include code review and management for open source and private projects. GitHub Wiki allows you to share your work with the rest of the GitHub community. Employers can also use it as a company resource for employee onboarding that organizes information for new hires.

 
 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 7 - iDoneThis Team progress tracking software that provides easy daily check-ins and powerful progress reports to run more effective and productive teams. Compiles individual responses into a digest and distributes it to all team members.

 
 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 8 - Signal – Open-source, free encryption software that allows you to communicate instantly while avoiding SMS and MMS fees; create groups so that you can chat in real time with all team members at once; and share media or attachments – all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.

 
 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 9 - Slack Allows real-time, on-on-one communication with everyone on your team. Chats can be organized by subject, and integrates activity from GitHub, Trello and other applications. Allows communication to be defined by client or team, so that only those in a specific group will be included in conversations.

 
 
“Think of Slack like the professional version of WhatsApp,” says by Monica Mizzi, Content Director at Compose.ly, a freelance content platform that helps businesses tell their brand story. “Slack makes communication easy by pooling essential tasks like messaging, video chat and file sharing in one. You can even integrate your Trello board to it, so you get updates directly to Slack.”

Another fan of Slack is John Jonas, owner of Onlinejobs.ph, a website that helps business owners who want to outsource to Philipino virtual assistants.

 

“The thing we like about Slack is how organized it is,” Jonas says. “Different departments are placed in different rooms. Topics are easy to search, and attaching documents is a breeze.”

 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 10 - Trello Elegant in its simplicity, this project management tool is based on a system of cards and project boards for making notes on what needs to be done and who should be assigned to the task. Has been described as a team post-it-note board on steroids.

 

“My favorite tool for staying organized is Trello,” says Mizzi. “It is a practical visual organizer that allows you to segment all of your different projects into different cards and boards. It is truly a lifesaver for any freelancer who wants to stay on top of all of their tasks!”

 

Best Tools for Remote Working, Freelancing Tools, Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration Software, Business Team Collaboration Tools 11 - Wunderlist A tracking and scheduling program for personal to-do lists and client work. Allows task management from a smartphone, tablet, computer or smartwatch.

Conclusion

One parting thought: According to The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report, telecommuting exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice in more than half of the top U.S. metro areas – growing far faster than any other commute mode. Finding the tools that deliver the best results for your remote workforce is now more essential than ever to achieving success!

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Do You Recognize The 10 Most Successful Mobile App Companies?

Do You Recognize The 10 Most Successful Mobile App Companies?

You probably have heard of Angry Birds even if you haven't played it before. Candy Crush, Minion Rush, Words with Friends, Evernote and other apps are a few of the other popular applications out there, but what companies are app-publishing machines and making millions of dollars from your $1 purchases? App Annie recently ranked the top 25 app publishers from 2013. Many of these companies are churning out applications every other month, which is allowing them to maintain a high revenue stream. The most successful applications started out on just simple servers, but now they are massive online empires. The companies below are the top 10 most successful. However, numbers are solely based on the global revenue from the Apple app store and Google Play just for 2013. When you consider that #10 on this list has made over $300 million, succe

10. Gameloft  Reported Revenue in 2013: $318 million Gameloft recently grew in popularity because of its most popular game based on the movie Despicable Me. Despicable Me: Minion Rush is a fast-paced game where you play minions racing through different maze-like levels to earn points and complete different objectives. The company has developed more than just Minion Rush, however. Gameloft has a total of 300 apps on the market right now, and they recently announced a ton of new games planned at the E3 event including Spider-Man Unlimited, Dungeon Gems and Asphalt Overdrive. More than 80% of Gameloft's revenues come from smartphones and the sale of virtual items or advertising.

9. Kabam  Reported Revenue in 2013: $360 million If you have ever played Kingdoms of Camelot or The Fast and Furious 6: The Game, Kabam is the company behind these million-dollar app games. The company is worth around $700 million and is planning for an IPO in 2014.

Reported Revenue in 2013: $1.7 billion (not all mobile app revenue) You may not have  heard of DeNA if you live in the US, but if you're in Japan, you know this powerhouse app developer. DeNA has 500 apps including games like Battle of God, Blood Brothers and Peko. They don't just have gaming apps, however. One of their apps is like Snapchat and it's called 5sec, and it's other app is an Instagram alternative called Cycle.

7. Cj Group Reported Revenue in 2013: $500 million+ CJ Group is based in South Korea and has everythin g from apps to desktop products. Its main app is for a movie theater, but it also has apps ranging from food to education genres. The CGV app is most popular and allows you to book movie tickets as well as look up information about different movies.

6. GREE  Reported Revenue in 2013: $370.9 million in one quarter GREE is an incredible gaming app developer that has made most of its money through intelligent payment models. GREE's apps allow you to build profiles, compare scores and earn virtual currency or buy it. GREE has one app called Knights & Dragons that made $5 million in 30 days.

5. Electronic ArtReported Revenue in 2013: $914 million in one quarter Most gamers know EA or Electronic Arts. The gaming tech company creates games for all platforms, so it comes as no surprise that EA is a successful mobile game app developer with more than 1,000 mobile games. Some of the most  popular EA game apps include Bop It!, Battleship and Boggle.

4. LINE
Reported Revenue in 2013: $338 million and $143 million in first quarter of 2014 LINE is a popular game publisher from Japan. Its known for a messaging app, but it also has a lot of different mobile games like Cookie Run, Dragon Flight and Bubble!. LINE has grown incredibly popular from various apps and will likely make more than $1 billion in revenue for 2014.

3. King
Reported Revenue in 2013: $1.9 billion Sweet! Delicious! Sugar crush! Candy Crush is one of the legendary mobile app games that gained considerable fame (or infamy?) in 2013. King went publish in 2013, but hasn't done well on the stock market. The company has also been accused of stealing Candy Crush from an indie game developer who created the game CandySwipe in 2010, two years before Candy Crush. However, King hasn't let that stop them. They have released a few more apps like Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga. These apps are pretty much the same as Candy Crush just with different sound effects and icons. 

2. Supercell Reported Revenue in 2013: $892 million Supercell is a Finnish mobile game publish that's worth, oh, $3 billion. Its most popular game is called Clash of Clans. Supercell has a few other popular games like Hay Day and Boom Beach. These games are also on the top highest grossing iPhone and iPad games of all time. The games are focused on creating virtual worlds and strategy, whether it's a simple farm or battlefield.

1. GungHo Online Reported Revenue in 2013: $1.4 billion ($650 million from Apple, $775 million from Google Play) from just Puzzles & Dragons GungHo is another Japanese publisher with a few different popular apps like Dokuro, Divine Gate, Freak Tower, Summons Board and Puzzles & Dragons.  GungHo has a bevy of apps that bring down hundreds of millions in revenue each quarter.

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