working from home apps

Apps You Need to Make Working From Home Easier

26 May 2020 onlineconsulting

With the rise of COVID-19, most people’s way of life has changed in one way or another. Businesses have been forced to adapt to this change, and it’s uncertain when things will go back to normal. 

For those who have no choice but to work from home, there are many options available to you, to maximize productivity and ease of working from home. It may take a bit of getting used to, but it will certainly help out one way or another. Here is some of our advice on how to prepare to work remotely.


It’s an amazing feeling, being able to sleep in an hour longer than usual, not having to sit through traffic and being around the family while working. But with this comfort comes additional distractions that could hinder your productivity. Lucky for you, there is a vast amount of work from home productivity apps aimed to help you out.

For example, Trello is a free app that allows you to set up tasks and goals to finish within a certain time frame. This is presented in an agile style and can even be used collaboratively with other staff. It also shows you what has been finished as a sort of motivation to continue with the rest of your tasks.

If you can’t take yourself away from social media and Tiktok, there are apps available for your phone that can prevent you from using specific apps for a given time frame. Take a look around the Google Play Store or App Store under the “Productivity” section.

Accessing workplace files

If you’re the head of the office, there are a variety of options available that you can employ for your staff to continue working from home (if it’s a feasible business option). If you have the know-how, you can set up remote desktop connections for your staff so they can access their windows work computers from home through a direct connection. 

Your staff can seamlessly access their work computers, but it’s not the most secure connection on its own. You should set up security measures such as RDPGuard when using this to protect both sides. For a proper setup, there are many IT Support services on the Northern Beaches and the city, ready to assist you with a wealth of knowledge.

While this is a convenient solution for Windows machines as it’s built in, Apple does not have this. If you can’t/don’t want or need to go down the remote access route, you can also try Google Suite (G Suite) services

G Suite essentially combines all the cloud document apps for your business to access. Members of your business can work on the same file at the same time and auto saves to the cloud. You can set permissions, emails and so much more. It’s very flexible and only requires a device with a browser to use, so you could even work from your phone if necessary. If you already have an IT support provider, they can offer you G Suite support and guidance to take full advantage of their services.

With an IT support provider behind your back, you can rest assured that your IT needs are met to the highest standard. They can help with general computer repairs and cloud solutions to keep your team online and working the same as the office.