Remote working can throw anyone for a loop when they’re used to the brick-and-mortar setting of a traditional office. However, with the right tools in place, you can create the same atmosphere you usually get at an office in the comfort of your own home.

Team Collaboration Software: Sucoco

Working from home may have sounded like a pretty okay idea at the start but it can quickly rub off on you in a bad way. It can be difficult to schedule meetings, keep other team members informed and updated on current events and share urgent information with others while working remotely. Luckily, software like Sucoco can make remote team collaboration feel similar to in-person interactions.

Sucoco simulates a virtual office-space with a laid-out blueprint of your “office”, which allows you to see who’s clocked in and who hasn’t yet. Employees can change their status according to their availability, instant message each other using the integrated Slack app and also effortlessly conduct spontaneous meetings just by “showing up” in one virtual room and then simply enabling their microphones. You can even receive notifications when someone enters or exits your office.

You’ll be reaping the benefits of in-person interactions even though you’re all miles apart.

Video Conferencing Software: Cisco Webex Meetings

We’ve discussed having a virtual office where you and your team can be in the same place at the same time, but what about hosting video conferences with those from outside your workforce? When you’re trying got maintain the trust of vendors and clients, the last thing you need is lag and connectivity issues during your video call.

Great software to get you started is Cisco Webex Meetings, which is easy to set up and manage. You can join meetings and schedule them easily without entering long codes or notifying others of the meeting through other communication apps.

You can professionally send invites to meetings, chat with other team members within the software itself, share documents or applications during meetings and even integrate it with other apps like Trello or Google Drive for a more productive and seamless workflow.

Time Tracking Software: TSheets and BigTime

One obvious problem of working from home is not being able to see who’s doing what and when. It can be tedious to follow up with other team members or employees on an individual basis rather than doing it all in one place.

TSheets and BigTime allow you to see exactly how much time each employee is spending on a particular task or project, create invoice templates, track your budget, share work schedules and even allows you to assign tasks to employees with just a few clicks. The apps also provide progress reports that show you which tasks your employees are spending most of their time on, discrepancies in workflow and what needs to be done to fix that.

Content Collaboration: Google Drive and Dropbox

Keep your files in one, safe place and accessible anytime. Dropbox and Google Drive are two classic content collaboration software that never fails to deliver.

You can both share files internally and externally using these two software and grant access to specific users to certain files on the cloud. You can also access these files from any device you want. These two applications allow your staff to share, create, synchronize, upload and download files in real-time while also sharing work with people outside of your organization.