Our top apps for remote workers make working online more efficient and effective for both individuals and teams.

8 of the Best Apps for Remote Workers


When we think of remote work apps, the big players like Slack, Trello, Basecamp, and Evernote come to mind. Applications like those have transformed the ways we work online and made it possible for remote workers and businesses to communicate seamlessly from anywhere in the world.

From finding reliable WiFi to signing documents online, this article will take a closer look at some of the simpler apps that make working remotely more efficient and effective.

  • WiFi Map
  • Gyazo
  • Shapr
  • Sign Request
  • MURAL
  • Zoom
  • World Time Buddy
  • Focus

Continue reading to learn more about app features, costs, and how these apps can improve the lives of those working from home or abroad.

1. WiFi Map

How WiFi Map Helps Remote Workers

As any remote worker can confirm, a reliable internet connection is essential to a productive workday. WiFi Map is a mobile app that saves you data roaming charges by showing you where you can access free WiFi, wherever you are.

WiFi Map Features

  • VPN Secure Connection
  • WiFi Network Scan to identify any intruders
  • Interactive maps
  • Offline Maps for Travelers
  • WiFi Speed Test

Cost of WiFi Map

WiFi Map is currently free to download for iOS and Android devices, with options for in-app purchases at an additional cost.

2. Gyazo

How Gyazo Helps Remote Workers

Gyazo is a collaboration tool that helps people who work online capture and share images. Take screenshots that you can share quickly and search for later. Through added text, arrows, and more, you can give quick feedback that’s visually clear. You can also capture and share screenshots of video to create custom gifs or to add further clarity in the feedback process.

Gyazo Features

  • Edit images with text, underlines, and arrows
  • Blur aspects for privacy
  • Add emojis and custom stickers
  • Capture Gifs
  • Available on mobile

Cost of Gyazo

A basic app is available for free on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. Gain unlimited captures and all features for $3.99 a month.

3. Shapr

How Shapr Helps Remote Workers

Shapr is a global networking tool that connects remote workers with like-minded professionals. Meet new people at your own pace, whether that’s one person per day or one per week. Shapr makes professional networking simple and efficient. Find a new job, a new employee, or a new friend quickly and easily.

Shapr Features

  • Available in English or French
  • Available on mobile
  • VIP community options

Cost of Shapr

Shapr is free to use, with paid options for VIP communities.

4. SignRequest

How SignRequest Helps Remote Workers

SignRequest enables remote workers to sign documents securely from anywhere in the world. Use SignRequest to sign tax forms, job offers, contracts, and more. What differentiates SignRequest from other online signing resources is that it’s available in multiple languages, a feature that’s extra valuable to remote workers and businesses.

SignRequest Features

  • Available in 13 languages
  • Store and manage documents
  • API
  • Smart document preparation
  • Customizable with logo and company name

Cost of SignRequest

SignRequest is free to use for individuals, with business options for added features beginning at 4€ a month.

5. MURAL

How MURAL Helps Remote Workers

Mural offers a secure, visual workspace that allows remote workers to collaborate in real-time on a project while not sharing a physical space. Think of it as an online whiteboard for ideation, design, project management, team collaboration, and more. As long as you have a WiFi connection, you can brainstorm with an entire boardroom whether it’s from the beach, a shared hostel, or a coffee shop.

MURAL Features

  • High contrast mode for the visually impaired
  • Recover deleted content
  • Slack integration
  • GitHub integration
  • Dropbox integration
  • Built-in timer to keep team members in sync

Cost of MURAL

Mural has a free 30-day trial, with a starter package at $12 per month, or a Plus package for $20 per month.

6. Zoom

How Zoom Helps Remote Workers

Zoom enables remote workers and remote teams to meet anywhere with HD video and audio. Similar to Skype, but with more features, join a meeting, conference call, or training session from any device.

Zoom Features

  • HD audio and video call
  • Video conferencing
  • Auto-generated, searchable transcripts
  • End-to-end encryption
  • File sharing
  • Host up to 1000 participants

Cost of Zoom

Zoom has a free basic package with unlimited meetings and more advanced packages ranging from $14.99 a month to $19.99 a month.

7. World Time Buddy

How World Time Buddy Helps Remote Workers

Remote working comes with its set of challenges, one of them being that you often work in different timezones than your clients or remote teammates. What might be breakfast for you could be end of day for them. World Time Buddy is a world clock, time zone converter, and online meeting scheduler.

World Time Buddy Features

  • Overlay Google Calendar
  • Mark home location
  • Select time ranges
  • DST warnings
  • Weekend highlighting

Cost of World Time Buddy

World Time Buddy is a completely free online resource for up to 4 time zones. If you need more, you can purchase an ad-free account for 20 locations at $2.99 per month or unlimited locations for $5.99 a month.

Focus

How Focus Helps Remote Workers

Remote workers must rely on themselves to stay on task. This can be difficult when you’re interrupted by a Facebook notification every few minutes letting you know your great aunt shared another photo of her cat. Focus blocks distracting websites so this doesn’t happen. Block any website or application that may cause distractions so you can stay productive from anywhere in the world.

Focus Features

  • Automatic and customizable inspirational quotes to get you back on task
  • Setup and enforce daily, weekly, or weekend schedules
  • A built-in Pomodoro timer to divide up your work
  • Track progress with productivity statistics

Cost of Focus

Download a free trial complete with all Focus features or purchase starting at $19 (one-time cost).

We may be a little biased about this last one. That’s because Focus was built with a passion for productive online work. Focus aims to improve people’s lives by inspiring focus, creativity, and productivity for anyone who works online. Thanks for supporting indie development. 💗

As the global remote workforce grows, more and more tools are being created to make working remotely as efficient and effective as possible. We want to hear from you: what remote work apps do you use and love?

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Posted on May 15, 2019


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