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10 essential remote working tools for small businesses

Remote working has now become a necessity for SMEs and larger businesses across the globe. Working from home can present a number of challenges, but one in particular is keeping in regular contact with your employees and customers.

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10 essential remote working tools for small businesses

Remote working has now become a necessity for SMEs and larger businesses across the globe. Working from home can present a number of challenges, but one in particular is keeping in regular contact with your employees and customers.

BCU Advantage has compiled a list of amazing remote working tools for small businesses, all of which are either free or have options available at an affordable price.


1).        Microsoft Teams

One of the most popular pieces of remote working software, Microsoft Teams offers a one-stop shop for businesses of any size.

Not only does it provide high-quality video conferences, you can also create channels for certain projects, teams for various departments, and share and edit files.

2).        Zoom

Zoom makes video conferencing easy. Share your screen to showcase documents and projects to colleagues, record important sessions to watch again and create ‘Zoom rooms’ to enjoy a meeting room atmosphere online.

Zoom has become one of the top remote working tools thanks to the amount of participants it can house in one call, its HD video and screen sharing options.

3).        Join.Me

Perfect for small businesses and freelancers, Join.Me enables you to create an individual virtual presence. You can personalise your URL for meeting links, customise your meeting background and share your screen with just one click of the mouse.

4).        Krisp

Remote working can sometimes be a noisy affair. Whether it be the dog barking, the kids arguing or the neighbour powering up their lawnmower, you might find yourself permanently muting yourself on conference calls.

Krisp is a free noise-cancelling installation that can be used for any app, able to support microphones, headphones and speakers.

5).        Xtensio

A particularly vital remote working tool for small businesses would be one that harbours collaboration. Xtensio has all of this in spades.

This powerful software enables you to create sales sheets, reports, case studies and agendas, all adhered to your company’s style. You can then collaborate with colleagues and edit these docs, which are then automatically saved and synced across all devices.

6).        Envanto Elements

Video conferencing tools are great, but what if you need to create a presentation to share to your team? Envanto Elements provides professional presentation templates, as well as a bank of essential assets including sound effects, graphic templates and fonts.

7).        Todoist

Your checklist may have grown considerably while you deal with the pressures of remote working. Clear your head by using Todoist, a task management system that can divide your objectives into multiple categories, pin favourite projects and provide recurring due dates.

8).        Slack  

Slack has become one of the world’s most popular professional chatting programmes. However, it’s more than just a place to have a conversation.

Slack brings all of your work communication into one place by creating different channels for different objectives. You can also engage with colleagues and share files via the messaging function.

9).        Wooboard

Keeping employees happy and motivated is essential for SMEs and large organisations alike. With face-to-face meetings out of the window, Wooboard is the next best thing.

This employee engagement tool keeps things fun, enabling you to give your staff points that they can trade in for gift cards. Your employees can then celebrate their success and chat to others through Wooboard’s social engagement features.

10).      Chimp or Champ

Working in isolation can impact your employees’ mental health, so there’s no better time to keep checking in on their morale.

One of the top remote working tools for this is Chimp or Champ, the ‘employee happiness meter’.

Every Thursday, your team will receive an email to complete regarding how they’ve felt and to provide actionable feedback. They only have 24 hours to complete this, though, as the next day you’ll receive a comprehensive report to gauge your team’s mood.

Not only is it free, Chimp or Champ also allows your staff to complete the form anonymously.


Looking for further support during these uncertain times? Our COVID-19 business support measures have a range of guidance for Birmingham businesses.

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