TOOLS FOR REMOTE WORKERS

A SUPERLIST OF TOOLS & APPS TO HELP YOU WORK BETTER REMOTELY

Over the years, Collaboration Superpowers has compiled a list of useful tools and apps for remote teams. We hope these tools help you work better remotely.

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COLLABORATION

Brainstorming and Planning

  • Aww. “A touch-friendly online whiteboard app that makes drawing, collaboration, and sharing easy.” (https://awwapp.com)
  • Batterii. “Instead of working across many one-dimensional tools like Pinterest, Dropbox, dscout, and Powerpoint, Batterii brings everything together in one place.” (https://batterii.com)
  • Bird Eats Bug. “A screen recording tool for Chrome that record your screens, auto-captures important technical data (console logs, network errors, browser information, etc), and pushes directly to your issue tracker.” (https://birdeatsbug.com/)
  • Boardle. “Find the best template for your next remote workshop.” (https://www.boardle.io/)
  • Cardboard. “Add cards and organize them into story maps. Once you’ve added some cards, you can start thinking about where you want to take your customers. Framing customer journeys through a story map helps you visualize user experiences, workflows, or test paths.” (https://cardboardit.com)
  • Coggle. “Produce beautiful notes quickly and easily. Share them with friends and colleagues to work on your ideas together.” (https://coggle.it)
  • Conceptboard. “Visual online collaboration for creative and remote teams — getting projects from initial idea to final approval.” (https://conceptboard.com)
  • ConsentStorm©. “Offers agile teams a simple post-it board. Post-Its are shared through the browsers of the participants. It’s easy to use and free from tracking, obligations or other drawbacks that other solutions have.” (https://consent-storm.de/consentstorm-free-online-post-it-board-for-selforganizing-distributed-teams/)
  • Creately. “An easy to use diagram and flowchart software built for team collaboration. Supports over 40+ diagram types and has 1000’s of professionally drawn templates.” (https://creately.com/)
  • Draft.io. “Flexible and visual document universe for discovery, collaboration, and visual management.” (https://draft.io/)
  • Dropbox Paper. “A new type of doc where teams can create together in a single space.” (https://www.dropbox.com/paper)
  • Graphic. “Graphic is the old-new way to remote whiteboard with your colleagues. Share your pen and paper doodles in real-time with just your phone.” (https://www.grapic.co)
  • Groupboard. “A free collaborative online whiteboard app that can be easily embedded into your website.” (http://www.groupboard.com/products)
  • GroupMap. Customisable brainstorming templates for meetings and workshops that help your team think better together. Prioritise and create action items that matter. (https://www.groupmap.com)
  • Holyu. “Free Online Whiteboard for Teams of all Sizes.” (https://www.hoylu.com/)
  • IdeaBoardz. “Brainstorm, retrospect, collaborate.” (http://www.ideaboardz.com)
  • IdeaBuddy. IdeaBuddy is an innovative business planning and modelling tool that helps aspiring entrepreneurs to create a business model, develop their ideas, validate the concept, and get a beautiful business plan. All of this comes with a step-by-step guide and relevant examples. (https://ideabuddy.com/)
  • iObeya. “Collaborate visually anywhere in real-time from your computer, tablet, or touch display.” (http://www.iobeya.com)
  • JamBoard. “Google product included with G-Suite.” (https://jamboard.google.com/)
  • Koan. “Koan is the simple, collaborative way to manage goals and OKRs across any organization. A SaaS-based platform, Koan empowers remote teams to strengthen strategic processes and continuously deliver on objectives.” (https://www.koan.co/)
  • Kumu.  “Makes it easy to organize complex data into relationship maps that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use.” (https://kumu.io/)
  • Limnu. “Sketch, share, and collaborate with your team like never before.” (https://limnu.com)
  • Lino. “Free sticky and canvas services that require nothing but a web browser.” (http://en.linoit.com)
  • Member Stream. “All-in-one live streaming membership portal. Build an online asset to engage with existing and new clients / members for the long-term.” (https://memberstream.com.au)
  • Microsoft Whiteboard. “Digital online whiteboard app from Microsoft integrated with MS Teams and Surface Hub.”. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-whiteboard/digital-whiteboard-app)
  • Milanote. “Milanote is a tool for organizing creative projects into beautiful visual boards. By design, it feels a lot like working on the wall in a creative studio – visual, tactile and sometimes a bit messy.” (https://milanote.com/)
  • Miro. “Your company-wide normalization layer for notes, media, data, and other inputs—all from different sources and in different formats.” (https://miro.com/)
  • Mixed. “Real-time whiteboard for distributed teams.” (https://mixed.io)
  • Mural. “Think and collaborate visually. Anywhere, anytime.” (https://mural.co)
  • NoteApp. “Bring sticky notes to your team, in real-time.” (https://noteapp.com)
  • OrgVitals. “People analytics to assess performance in the context of collaboration and culture. OrgVitals helps remote teams understand employee connectedness.” (https://orgvitals.com)
  • Padlet. “Simple online sticky note board.” (https://padlet.com/)
  • Placeit. “Placeit is a design template website where you can create your logo, brand all your social media campaign assets and make videos with original soundtracks for your everyday stories. They have the largest template library online made by professional designers.” (https://placeit.net/)
  • Planable. “A platform that allows agencies and social media marketers to collaborate with their clients.” (https://planable.io/)
  • Popplet. “A tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize your ideas.” (http://www.popplet.com)
  • Post-it Plus App. “Simply capture your notes, organize, and then share with everyone.” (https://www.post-it.com/3M/en_US/post-it/ideas/plus-app)
  • Scribblar. “Online whiteboard and collaboration.” (https://scribblar.com)
  • Scribble. “Your whiteboard companion to any call.” (https://scribbletogether.com)
  • Shuffleboard. “An opinionated remote whiteboard for retros, meetings, and workshops.” (https://getshuffleboard.com/)
  • Stormboard. “An online sticky note whiteboard that makes meetings, brainstorms, and creative projects more productive and effective.” (https://stormboard.com)
  • Stormz. A facilitation Software for Online & In-Person Meetings Design to facilitate any kind of collaborative workshops: retrospectives, brainstorming, design thinking and many others. In-person or remotely. With small or large groups. (https://stormz.me/en)
  • Teamhood. “Kanban Board for Professional Teams.” (https://teamhood.com/)
  • TeamUp Labs. “Example Mapping is an engaging way for teams to create a shared understanding for every story. Be sure to use TeamUp Labs Example Mapping tool for every kickoff.” (https://www.teamuplabs.com)
  • Twiddla. “Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start drawing on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your students or make that remote tutoring session more productive than ever. ” (https://www.twiddla.com)
  • Web Whiteboard. “The simplest way to instantly draw and write together online. Nothing to install or learn. Passwords and accounts are entirely optional. Just create an online whiteboard with one click, and share it live by sending the link to people..” (https://webwhiteboard.com)
  • Whiteboard Fox. “Share a virtual whiteboard in real-time using any modern web browser.” (https://whiteboardfox.com)
  • Workpuls. “Workpuls is a workforce productivity and analytics software on a mission to help companies improve the benchmark performance, productivity, and efficiency of their employees – no matter where they are located.” (www.workpuls.com)
  • Ziteboard. “A zoomable online whiteboard with realtime collaboration and simple team working to visualize your ideas, enhance your meetings, improve your tutoring sessions and design together.” (https://ziteboard.com)
  • zipboard. “Lets teams create visual reviews using annotation and screenshot tools and add the feedback to the task management for internal teams.” (https://zipboard.co)

Collaborative Touchscreens

Decision Making

  • Acceptify. “Fast and sustainable decisions can be made by finding the solution with the least resistance and the highest acceptance of the whole group.” (https://acceptify.at/en/start)
  • Bizy. “Smart and easy group decision making.” (https://www.bizy.com/)
  • Cloverpop for Slack. “The way to keep track of decisions in Slack, free! Decide faster with polls, announcements and approvals.” (https://www.cloverpop.com/slack)
  • Conceptboard. “Visual online collaboration for creative and remote teams—getting projects from initial idea to final approval.” (https://conceptboard.com)
  • Conteneo. Looks at classes of problems that are collaborative in nature and then designs games to help groups collaboratively solve those problems. See my interview with founder and CEO Luke Hohmann. (https://conteneo.co)
  • The Decider. “Answer a few simple questions to explore better ways to make group decisions.” (https://thedecider.app)
  • Delegation Poker. “Enables management to clarify delegation and to foster empowerment for both management and workers” (https://management30.com/practice/delegation-board)
  • Fellow. “Fellow is where teams gather to build collaborative meeting agendas, record decisions, and keep each other accountable.” (https://fellow.app/)
  • Ideaflip. “Makes it easy for your team to quickly turn thoughts into ideas, then share and refine them.… It’s a beautifully simple web app that’s perfect for group brainstorms and individual ideas.” (https://ideaflip.com)
  • Ideation360. “Collect ideas from anyone, at any time, anywhere.” (https://ideation360.com)
  • Kialo. “Debate platform powered by reason.” (https://www.kialo.com)
  • Loomio. “A safe place to have considered discussions and make decisions away from social media.” (https://www.loomio.org)
  • Mindiply. “Quickly poll your teammates to make a transparent decision.” (https://mindiply.com/products/decido/)
  • Picker Wheel. “a very handy online random decision tool that can spin the wheel and pick a choice from a bunch of inputs.” (https://pickerwheel.com/)
  • Random Generator. “Providing a wide range of random generators…Yes or No generator, Animal generator, Truth table generator, Minecraft circle generator, and more.” (https://freerandomgenerator.com/)
  • Synthetron. “We help engage crowds to get answers to your important questions.” (http://www.synthetron.com)
  • WE THINQ. Idea management software to help companies create an open culture of feedback and innovation. See my interview with director Christian Kreutz. (https://www.wethinq.com)
  • XLeap. “A professional facilitation software with an emphasis on Group Decision Support. Anonymity lets people share honestly what they think and know. Sophisticated Rating on one or several criteria are key to rapid informed decision making.” (https://www.xleap.net)
  • Yabbu. “Enables teams to make decisions, monitor progress, and discuss topics without having a face-to-face meeting.” (https://www.yabbu.com)
  • Wheel Decide. “If you can’t decide, all you need to do is touch the wheel, let go, and let the Wheel Decide.” (https://wheeldecide.com/)
  • Wheel-Decide. “Design your own wheel and then spin it to make the fun-filled choices!” (https://wheel-decide.com)

Document Editing and Wikis

  • Chameleon. “Drive product success by highlighting product changes to users, and getting their real-time feedback.” (https://www.trychameleon.com/)
  • Confluence. “Content collaboration software that changes how modern teams work.” (https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence)
  • ContractAwesome. “The best-in-class contract management solution for businesses of all sizes. Create, sign and store all your legal documents digitally from one, safe place.” (https://contractawesome.com)
  • Draft. “When you share your document using Draft, any changes your collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make.” (http://docs.withdraft.com)
  • Deon. “Infinite canvas for collaboration, editing files with O365 and Enterprise level security.” (Deon.de)
  • Etherpad. “A highly customizable open-source online editor providing collaborative editing in real-time.” (http://etherpad.org)
  • Google Docs. “Create a new document and edit with others at the same time—from your computer, phone, or tablet. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files. Free from Google.” (https://www.google.com/docs/about)
  • Guru. “Capture an answer [in Slack] the first time it’s asked by using an emoji reaction. Guru will prompt you to create and save that content to a card that can be reused by the whole team.” (https://www.getguru.com/solutions/slack)
  • Kipwise. “Team wiki solution with powerful integrations & search. Integrated with Slack, Google Drive, Chrome, Trello and more.” (https://kipwise.com/)
  • Knowmax. “A well updated and extensive knowledge management system for agents helps in easy findability & actionability while resolving tickets.” (https://knowmax.ai/use-cases/remote-working/work-from-home/)
  • Nuclino. “The easy knowledge base for teams.” (https://www.nuclino.com)
  • LeadQuizzes. “Get more qualified leads with Lead Quizzes – create, promote, and analyze your quizzes & surveys with one simple tool.” (https://www.leadquizzes.com/)
  • Octopus.do. “Visual Sitemap Builder. Build your website structure in real-time and rapidly share it to collaborate with your team or clients.” (https://octopus.do)
  • Office Timeline. “Easy-to-use timeline software that helps professionals turn project data into clear, eye-catching visuals directly in PowerPoint and add a “wow” factor to high-level meetings.”(https://www.officetimeline.com/)
  • Project generation/proposal generation. “Create a proposal, build a project, make it legally binding, run it, sign off the deliverables, send invoices (in one workflow).” (www.6prog.com)
  • Quip. “Combines documents, spreadsheets, checklists, and team chat in one place.” (https://quip.com)
  • ReviewStudio. “Intuitive online proofing tool to mark up, comment, and approve imagery, video, web content, and PDFs. Keep all your content-specific feedback in one centralized space – and in context.” (https://www.reviewstudio.com/)
  • Simuldocs. “Simuldocs is a version control & collaboration tool for Microsoft Word that makes it easy for multiple people to collaborate on Word documents, Compare documents and see what was changed between them.” (https://www.simuldocs.com/tools/compare-microsoft-word-documents)
  • Slite. “A super simple app for teams to write notes, create their wiki and work on docs together.” (https://slite.com)
  • SMASHDOCs. “Create, review, and produce professional documents with other people through your own web browser.” (https://www.smashdocs.net)
  • Sourceful. “A place for organizing your Google docs.” (https://sourceful.us)
  • StoryXpress Recorder. “Webcam and screen recorder extension for chrome which enables you to analyze, record, edit and share sales, demo and business videos to your customers.” (https://storyxpress.co/recorder)
  • Tettra. “A company wiki that helps Slack teams manage and share organizational knowledge.” (https://tettra.co)
  • Typestudio. “A text-based video that lets you edit your video by just editing the transcribed text.” (https://typestudio.co/)
  • Xtensio. “The easiest way for teams to create and share beautiful living documents.” (https://xtensio.com/)

Mind Mapping

  • Avion.  “User story mapping for agile teams. Plan and prioritize work collaboratively, from the customer’s perspective, then integrate with Jira, Trello, Azure DevOps and more!” (https://www.avion.io)
  • Bannersnack. “Our creative management and collaboration platform helps marketing and design teams collaborate in any design project.” (https://www.bannersnack.com)
  • Canva. A free, ready-made templates and simple, drag and drop design tools that help you create a perfect mind map in minutes. (https://www.canva.com/graphs/ecomap/)
  • Deskle. “Check this amazing and free tool for team’s visual collaboration: whiteboard, mind map, brainstorm, research and many others, and it’s very fast!” (https://deskle.com/)
  • Edraw Max. “An all-in-one diagram software, which can simplify the creation of over 200 types of diagrams such as business presentations, building plans, mind maps, science illustration, fashion designs, UML diagrams, workflows, wireframes, electrical diagrams, p&id diagram, directional maps, database diagrams, and more.” (https://www.edrawsoft.com/download-edrawmax.php
  • Featuremap. “A user story mapping tool – simple & effective realtime collaboration and collective intelligence tool.” (https://www.featuremap.co/en)
  • GetCommit. “Knowledge transfer software that connects people to each other and to knowledge.” (https://getcommit.com)
  • MindMeister. “Online mind-mapping tool that lets you capture, develop, and share ideas visually (https://www.mindmeister.com)
  • MindMup. “Easy to use Mind mapping tool that you can save files to google drive at no cost”. (https://www.mindmup.com/)
  • Mindomo. Mindomo is an awesome software that lets you collaborate online. (https://www.mindomo.com/c/mind-map-examples/)
  • MindNode. “Visualize your ideas. Start with a central thought and then brainstorm, organize, and share your mind maps.” (https://mindnode.com)
  • Perspective. “Highly visual Mind map based online collaboration platform to connect suppliers, clients and teams.” (https://www.io.land/)
  • Scapple. “Ever scribbled ideas on a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts? Then you already know what Scapple does. It’s a virtual sheet of paper that lets you make notes anywhere and connect them using lines or arrows.” (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/overview)
  • Timbo. “All-in-one collaboration platform for conducting remote Agile events (Retrospectives, Daily Stand-ups, Sprint Palnning) with focus on interactivity.” (https://timboretro.com/)
  • Venngage. “Mind Maps make data and processes accessible and memorable. Choose from free custom-designed mind map templates on Venngage that are beginner-friendly and easy to use.” (https://venngage.com/features/mind-map-maker/)
  • Visme. A content creation platform that allows users with any level of graphic design experience to create beautiful infographics, presentations, marketing graphics, documents and more. (https://visme.co)
  • XMind. “Mind mapping and brainstorming software.” (http://www.xmind.net)

COMMUNICATION

Group Chat

  • Blink. “A comprehensive employee app and portal solution designed to improve communication and increase productivity by keeping mobile employees up-to-date with relevant information.” (https://joinblink.com/)
  • Chanty. “A simple and fast team chat app that helps teams in all business segments communicate effectively and get the most out of collaboration.” (https://www.chanty.com/)
  • Glip. “Team messaging, file sharing, and video that you’ll fall in love with.” (https://glip.com)
  • Fleep. “A flexible messenger that integrates with email and lets you store and share files easily.” (https://fleep.io)
  • Front. “The shared in-box for teams. All your emails, apps, and teammates in one collaborative workspace.” (https://frontapp.com)
  • Holopod. “Automatic Slack status updates to supercharge your remote team.” (holopod.com)
  • Hopin. “The first all-in-one live online events platform where attendees can learn, interact, and connect with people from anywhere in the world.” (https://hopin.to/)
  • Hubgets. “Hubgets is a unified communication platform available as a service or in a private cloud that enables users to communicate internally with their team, as well as externally with clients/customers or third parties. (https://www.hubgets.com/product/tour)
  • Mailtrim. “Mailtrim is a smart and intuitive email client that helps business professionals to seamlessly exchange office emails.” (https://www.mailtrim.com/)
  • Mattermost. “A flexible, open-source messaging platform that enables secure team collaboration.” (https://mattermost.com/)
  • Mibo. “A video chat app made for informal meetings, remote drinks, social mixers, networking events, or just hanging around.” (https://getmibo.com/)
  • Microsoft Teams. “Microsoft’s solution for chat, online meetings and collaboration.” (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software)
  • Mio. “Connects you with the people you work with on Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex Teams.” (https://m.io/)
  • MyChat. Secured instant messaging system with own server. (https://nsoft-s.com/en/aboutmychat.html
  • Nod. Get real-time reactions from team members on Google Meet | Product Hunt. (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/nod-7)
  • Orbital. “Audio-first communication for teams. Customise your virtual office, talk to people close to you, have breakaway chats, and broadcast your screens all at one link.” (https://www.orbital.chat/)
  • Papermind. Papermind Slack App is a collaborative wiki and knowledge management system for Slack. (https://www.papermind.co/)
  • Saba. “Collaboration and social tools to help employees work with real-time information and continuous conversations, no matter where they are located.” (https://www.saba.com/products/engagement/workplace-collaboration)
  • Slack. Team conversations in open or private channels. (https://slack.com)
  • Teampus. “The local social network for temporary, log free shares.” (https://teampus.com)
  • Troop Messenger. “The Unified Business Communication Platform.” (https://www.troopmessenger.com/)
  • Twist. “Keeps your conversations on-topic and in one place.” (https://twist.com/)
  • Zulip. “Zulip provides the benefits of real-time chat, while also being great at asynchronous communication.” (https://zulipchat.com/)

Telepresence

Video Conferences & Events

 

  •   Digitell Inc. “Your virtual event & live streaming experts”. (https://digitellinc.com)
  • Guestboard. “The most flexible and user-friendly platform to get all of your attendees on the same page. Create your in-person or virtual event board in under 2 minutes.” (https://guestboard.co/)
  • iVent. “A flexible and cost-efficient way to build more connections.” (https://www.ivent-uk.com/)
  • Networkapp. “The all-in-one event and community app, on a mission to connect knowledge (online, hybride or live event).”  (https://networkapp.com/en/)
  • OVICE. “A virtual space based on voice chat to help event organizers to enhance their events. Even though guests are joining remotely, in OVICE, they can communicate effortlessly just like they are in a real-life event, simply by approaching each other.” (https://ovice.in/index.html)
  • SpatialChat. “Your virtual party for up to 50 guests.” (https://spatial.chat/)
  • Townscript Live. “An integrated virtual events platform that will help you manage event registrations, payments and even live stream all in one place.” (https://www.townscript.com/organize/virtual-events-platform)
  • VFairs. “Host Online Conferences, Virtual Career Fairs, Online Trade Shows & more. Connect audiences globally using chat tools, live webinars & digital content, backed by unbeatable 24/7 customer support.” (https://www.vfairs.com/)

Video Conferencing

Check out the ultimate remote video cheatsheet AND Doist’s article The Pyramid of Remote Team Communication Tools for the best remote communication tools!

  • Meeting Owl. Intelligent 360-degree all-in-one video conferencing device. (https://www.owllabs.com/meeting-owl)
  • Neat. “Makes it simple to collaborate with your team – in or out of the office. Try a Neat Bar in your home office for the ultimate work from home experience.” (https://neat.no/)
  • Odro. One-click online video meetings. (http://www.odro.co.uk)
  • OpenSlides. “OpenSlides is the all-in-one solution for running your plenary meetings and conferences. Show the current presentation on the main screen, while you show the agenda, motions, list of speakers on others. Working on elections and documents in parallel with all participants. Web-based and always up-to-date.” (https://openslides.com/)
  • Pepxip. “Empower your organization with face-to-face collaboration, no matter the location or technology.” (https://www.pexip.com/)
  • Portal from Facebook. “Portal feels less like a video call and more like you’re in the same room — even when you’re miles apart.” (https://portal.facebook.com)
  • Remo. “Cafe style video conference where you can “see” multiple breakout groups and quickly shift between groups” (https://remo.co/)
  • Screencastify. “The #1 screen recorder for Chrome.” (https://www.screencastify.com)
  • Shindig. Large-scale video chat events that allow you to present to an online audience of up to one thousand people. You can also take questions from the audience, provide audience with chat, and stream to YouTube or Facebook Live. (https://www.shindig.com)
  • StarLeaf. “StarLeaf keeps you connected and collaborating wherever you are so you can stay productive from the office, at home, or on the move.” (https://www.starleaf.com/)
  • Swivel. “Audio chat for remote teams with office-like acoustic interactions.” (https://swivel.is/)
  • Toasty. “Toasty is a video meeting platform that drives collaborations and discussions among your remote team in minutes with our ready-made templates and powerful toolbar.” (www.toasty.ai)
  • VideoFacilitator. “high levels of participant mobility, as well as intuitive and nonintrusive facilitator controls.”(https://www.videofacilitator.com/help/feature-overview)
  • trember Spaces. “A free video group chat and virtual conference tool for larger groups, providing a very engaging and social way of virtual collaborations.” (https://app.trember.com)
  • Video Window. “The world’s first always-on immersive video conferencing portal.” (https://www.remote.tools/product/video-window)
  • Whereby. An easy, instant way to have a shared-screen video call. Someone creates a link to a room and sends it to others. No registration needed. (https://whereby.com/)
  • Wonder. “A space where people choose their conversation partners/groups by approaching others – just like in real life.” (https://www.wonder.me/)
  • YAC. Talk with your team, no meetings or scheduling needed. Listen on your own time & stay in sync. (https://www.yac.chat/)
  • Yuzu. “Video conferencing application that emulates how teams chat and interact in an open office floor plan.” (https://yuzuconnect.com/)
  • Zoom. Enterprise video conferencing and web conferencing. (https://zoom.us)

Virtual Office

Working with colleagues in a virtual office can create a surprisingly strong sense of community and connection.

  • Bisner. “We empower coworking spaces around the globe to communicate and interact better with their community.”(https://www.bisner.com)
  • Complice. “Find people to work with. If there’s nobody else in a room, you can still go in it and invite your friends to join.” (https://complice.co/rooms)
  • CYBEROffice. “CyberHorizon’s CYBEROffice is a secure video-based office platform that serves as a virtual office for teams to collaborate seamlessly using various in-built tools.” (https://www.cyberhorizon.com/#/)
  • Friyay. “The virtual workspace that connects your team – everyone and everything is one click away – create an action plan, take notes, start a video chat, set timeline, see progress – simple yet very powerful.” (www.friyay.io)
  • Filo. “A customizable virtual workspace for teams, workshops and collaborative events. With dedicated rooms for teams or topics; branded spaces; seamless movement between breakout rooms or conversations; chat functionality and more. (https://www.filo.co/)
  • Gather Town. “Spend time with your friends, coworkers, and communities like you would in real life.” (https://gather.town/)
  • InfinCE. “InfinCE integrates the top features of all the remote working tools to one single platform. This gives the users the ease of handling technology and eliminates the struggles of switching between apps.” (https://www.infince.com)
  • Knock. “Your place to collaborate and hang out with your remote teammates.” (https://knockhq.co)
  • Kosy. “Work side-by-side, regardless of where you and your teams are. See, talk, share and socialize with your team in your virtual office.” (Kosyoffice.com)
  • Kumospace. “Free immersive video chat built for groups.” (https://www.kumospace.com/)
  • Loop Team. “Virtual Office that brings the best parts of working in an office to distributed teams to help them communicate faster, capture and disseminate face-to-face discussions, and stay more connected than ever.” (https://loopteam.co/)
  • Myworkhive. “A social enterprise for parents, carers and anyone looking for a more flexible career that fits their life. (https://www.myworkhive.com/)
  • My Digital Office. “A complete online digital workplace, with desks, rooms, and even an office phone. You get all of the benefits of having a brick-and-mortar office, without needing one.” (https://www.mydigitaloffice.io/)
  • Notion. “Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized. Notion is all you need — in one tool.” (https://www.notion.so/)
  • Pragli. “View the conversations in your office. Feel connected with your teammates with live avatars, periodic photos, or both.” (https://pragli.com/)
  • PukkaTeam. “Bring your remote team together, get real team presence with automated selfie photos, and see their status throughout the day.” (https://pukkateam.com)
  • qube. “A virtual office that enables you to work remotely. See who’s chatting with coworkers, out of the office, or stepped out for lunch.” (https://seeq12.github.io/qube/)
  • Remo. “Online office space for remote teams.” (https://remo.co/)
  • RemoteHQ. “Real-time collaboration for distributed teams” (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/remotehq)
  • Sococo. Sococo offers a virtual office with a customizable floor plan. All logged-in workers’ avatars are visible, so everyone knows who is working. Includes options for group discussion rooms with video and screen sharing, a virtual water cooler chatting area, and a Do Not Disturb Room. See my interview with some of the Sococo team. (https://www.sococo.com)
  • Tandem. Re-discover the flow of working together in‑person. See, talk to, and collaborate with your team in one click.
    (https://tandem.chat/)
  • TeamSatus. “Empower you and your teammates to bring work and life into harmony—to be able to stay connected and collaborative no matter where in the world you’re located.”  (https://teamstatus.net/#/)
  • VirBELA. “The Future of Work.  One world, achieving together.  VirBELA enables next-generation, remote collaboration.” (https://www.virbela.com/)
  • Walkabout Workplace. “An award-winning online workplace connecting remote teams—seamlessly.” (https://www.walkaboutco.com)
  • Welo Space.  “As the world’s first online work experience, Welo has been designed to capture the intangibles of the office environment.” (https://www.welo.space/)
  • With. “A virtual office for your remote team.” (https://with.so/pricing)
  • Wurkr. “A video platform that replicates your physical office – online! You can communicate and work with your distributed or remote colleagues visibly and in real-time wherever they may be.! (https://wurkr.io/)

Virtual Reality

Voice Conferencing

  • Discord. “All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.” (https://discordapp.com)
  • Nextiva.  “A business phone system featuring conference calling, call recording and forwarding, and an app that takes your business to the cloud.” (https://www.nextiva.com/)
  • VAIL. “Voice + email.” (http://danariely.com/resources/vail-voice-email)
  • Voxer. “Walkie talkie app for high-performance teams. Your team has secure, real-time communication in one powerful push-to-talk.” (https://voxer.com)

MEETINGS

Online Meeting Managers and Accessories

  • Howspace. An AI-powered digital collaboration tool that brings social learning to the forefront of your process and development initiatives.” (https://www.howspace.com/)
  • Kiryl’s Facilitation Toolkit. “An extensive set of templates for different kinds of facilitated online sessions supported with guides and examples.” (https://baranoshnik.com)
  • Klaxoon. “The meeting revolution”.  (https://klaxoon.com/)
  • krisp.ai“Mute the background noise during your calls.” (https://krisp.ai)
  • Lean Coffee Table. “Lean Coffee Table helps distributed teams to run effective ‘agenda-less’ Lean Coffee meetings. Lean Coffee is a wonderfully simple idea developed by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith.” (http://leancoffeetable.com)
  • Lucid Meetings. “Smart software for great meetings.” Helps you schedule times, send calendar reminders, agree on an agenda, log action items, gather user feedback, and use or create your own meeting templates. (https://www.lucidmeetings.com)
  • MeetingPro. “With MeetingPro, facilitators have their own platform on which they can profile themselves and a community where they can exchange knowledge and experience.” (https://www.meetingpro.nl/default.aspx)
  • Vidrio. “Vidrio makes screen sharing effortlessly engaging. It makes screencasts or remote presentations more personal and expressive by allowing your audience to see not only your screen but yourself..” (https://vidr.io/)

Standup Meetings/Status Updates

  • Geekbot. “Join thousands of teams that use Geekbot to automate standups, surveys, and daily reports.” (https://geekbot.com/)
  • iDoneThis. “Daily check-ins and powerful progress reports.” (https://home.idonethis.com)
  • Jackfruit. “Always-on video rooms for your Slack channels.” (https://jackfruit.live/)
  • Olaph. “A Slack bot that facilitates daily standups for your team inside of Slack.” (https://olaph.io/)
  • Stand-Bot. “Run asynchronous stand-up meetings in Slack. Keep your team up to date.” (https://softwaredevtools.com/stand-bot)
  • Standup Bot. “Standup Bot collects information from your team, organizes it, and posts it in one easy-to-find place. It keeps teams accountable, allows them to track goals, and removes roadblocks by getting your team back in sync.” (https://standupbot.com)
  • Standuply. “Run asynchronous standup meetings via text and audio/video, and track team performance.” (https://standuply.com)
  • Standups. “Supercharged video standups for teams.” (https://standups.io/)
  • Weekdone. “Set structured goals to align activities throughout your organization. Track weekly progress, provide feedback, and move everyone in a unified direction.” (https://weekdone.com)

Video Broadcasting

  • Be Live. “Engage your audience on Facebook Live with an amazing live broadcast.” (https://belive.tv)
  • Crowdcast. “Live video Q&As, interviews, summits, webinars, and more.” (https://www.crowdcast.io)
  • Designs.ai.  “A sophisticated end-to-end video creation tool that transforms inputted scripts into seamlessly-edited videos.” (https://designs.ai/videomaker)
  • Video Speed Controller. “Helps you optimize your video viewing by allowing you to make quick playback speed adjustments, as well as rewind the video to hear the last few second one more time.” (google.chrome.com)

Virtual Icebreakers

  • WorkStyle. “An online tool that measures employee personality and then generates profiles for each employee, and the team as a whole.” (https://www.workstyle.io)

NITTY-GRITTY/LOGISTICS

Access

  • Cloudbric Remote Access Solution. “Cloud-based remote access solution that allows any business or organization to gain secure access without the use of a traditional VPN.” (https://v2.cloudbric.com/remote-access)
  • Horbito. “Enables you to work with your files online from anywhere and any computer without having to sync, download or install anything.” (https://www.horbito.com)
  • Webjets. “The creative desktop for all things that matter.” (http://webjets.io)

Password Management

  • Bitwarden. The easiest and safest way for individuals, teams, and business organizations to store, share, and sync sensitive data. (https://bitwarden.com/)
  • Dashlane. “Never forget another password. Manage important account passwords intelligently and automatically.” (https://www.dashlane.com)
  • GoCRM.  The only customer relationship management solution that takes on a full-funnel approach by combining powerful marketing and sales features. (https://gocrm.io/)
  • LastPass. “Remembers all your passwords, so you don’t have to.” (https://www.lastpass.com)
  • LessPass. “Remember one master password to access your passwords, anywhere, anytime.” (https://lesspass.com)
  • 1Password. “Remembers all [your passwords] for you. Save your passwords and log in to sites with a single click.” (https://1password.com)
  • RoboForm. “You’ll never need to remember or type your passwords again.” (https://www.roboform.com)
  • Zoho Vault. “Online password manager for teams.” (https://www.zoho.eu/vault)

Task and Project Management

Note: There are too many tasks and project management tools to list. Check out these comparisons of project management software on Wikipedia and Cloudwards.

  • Actioned.  “A Team Productivity Tool to supercharge your results.” (https://www.actioned.com/)
  • Aha! “Roadmap software to manage your products [and] connect strategy to execution.” (https://www.aha.io)
  • Basecamp. “Basecamp puts everything you need to get work done in one place. It’s the calm, organized way to manage projects, work with clients, and communicate company-wide.” (https://basecamp.com)
  • Cage. “Project management and collaborative software tool for designers, agencies, and teams to share their creative work.” (https://cageapp.com/)
  • CLARO. “No distractions, just your workweek with things to do at a glance.” (http://claro.today/)
  • Clio. “All you need to run a law practice from intake to invoice, with powerful tools to manage cases, clients, documents, bills, calendars, time tracking, reporting, and accounting.” (https://www.clio.com)
  • Clockwise. “A smart calendar assistant that frees up your time so you can focus on what matters.” (https://www.getclockwise.com/)
  • Complish. “Makes it easy to build good remote habits by making work visible, connected to objectives and promoting focused discussions.” (https://www.complish.app/)

Time Tracking

  • Apploye. Apploye is a simple time tracking, employee monitoring and scheduling software. It helps to get a clear view of your time, what your employees are up to, and where your productive time is used. (https://apploye.com/)
  • DueFocus. “A comprehensive time tracking software that fully analyzes your workflow and how you are focused on work in real-time.” (https://duefocus.com/)
  • Clockspot. “Track employee time from anywhere.” (https://www.clockspot.com)
  • Clockify.  “Clockify is the only truly free time tracking software. It’s a simple time tracker and timesheet app that lets you and your team track work hours across projects. Unlimited users, free forever.” (https://clockify.me/)
  • ezClocker. “An easy to use and affordable time tracking and scheduling software built for small businesses.” (https://ezclocker.com/)
  • Harvest. “Time tracking and reporting that let you operate with insight.” (https://www.getharvest.com)
  • OfficeClip. “A free time tracking software for small businesses and freelancers. It also includes Project and Task Management.” (https://www.officeclip.com/web/timesheet/free.html)
  • Pendulums. “A free time tracking tool which helps you to manage your time in a better manner with an easy to use interface and useful statistics.” (https://pendulums.io/)
  • RescueTime. “Helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.” (https://www.rescuetime.com)
  • SlimTimer. Create tasks and time how long you spend on them. (http://slimtimer.com)
  • Time Doctor. “Employee time-tracking software that helps you and your team get a lot more done each day.” (https://www.timedoctor.com)
  • TimeCamp. Good for both teams and freelancers. Automatic time tracking software that helps you to fill your timesheets in a few clicks, to track the employee attendance. (https://www.timecamp.com)
  • Timeero. “Timeero is an employee management tool that lets you track time, mileage, and location all in one place.” (https://timeero.com)
  • TimeTrack. TimeTrack is a time tracking software that helps companies keep track of their working hours, manage their teams, and stay ahead of projects. (https://www.timetrackapp.com/en/)
  • Toggl. “Simple time tracking. Powerful reporting.” (www.toggl.com)
  • Trackingtime. “Set and forget time tracker, automatic timesheets.” (https://trackingtime.co)

Time Zones

Virtual Assistants

  • Time etc. “Gives you a U.S-based Virtual Assistant who’ll take care of your to-do list for a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive assistant.” (https://web.timeetc.com)
  • 20four7VA. “Save up to 77% on staffing costs with our customizable and scalable solution to hiring virtual staff.” (https://20four7va.com/)
  • VirtualEmployee. “From simple tasks like updating your database to complex ones like VBA Coding, our VAs [Virtual Assistants] can cover every task.” (https://www.virtualemployee.com)
  • Wishup.co. “One of the top virtual assistant providers for entrepreneurs. Featured in many sites such as Hubspot, Startup.com etc, It will be an honor to be in this list.” (https://www.wishup.co/)
  • Zirtual. “Virtual assistants for entrepreneurs, professionals, and small teams.” (https://www.zirtual.com)

Workflow and Process Automation

  • Asana. “Create a better workflow for your team.” (https://asana.com/uses/workflow-management)
  • Cloobot. “Increase revenue and save cost through automation.” (https://www.cloobot.ai/)
  • Dojo. “A Progressive Framework for Modern Web Apps.” (https://dojo.io)
  • FloWave. “A workflow tool and business process automation workflow management software to automate your workflow process.” (https://par3software.com)
  • frevvo. “Digitize business forms and automate day-to-day business processes using intuitive low-code development platform to accelerate productivity and enhance efficiency of the business” (https://www.frevvo.com/business-process-automation)
  • Glass. “Manage all your scheduling, data, content, workflow, communications, and publishing from a single platform.” (https://glass.gavurin.com/)
  • KiSSFLOW. “A workflow tool and business process workflow management software to automate your workflow process.” (https://kissflow.com)
  • iAuditor by SafetyCulture. “An environmental, health, safety, and quality inspection and corrective/preventive action solution anyone can learn in minutes so you can manage your team from wherever you are.” (https://safetyculture.com/iauditor/)
  • Integrify. “Improve productivity, efficiency, and customer experience with workflow automation.” (https://www.integrify.com/workflow-automation)
  • Nifty. “An all in one collaboration tool that helps teams excel by keeping milestones, tasks, docs, and files on track and in one central location.” (https://niftypm.com/)
  • Nintex. “Compete more effectively in today’s digital world with workflows and automated document generation. Use real-time workflow analytics for operational visibility and improve business results.” (https://www.nintex.com/workflow-automation)
  • Pabbly Connect. “Pabbly Connect is the only platform that automates all your workflows without any restrictions on calls and premium app integration.” (https://www.pabbly.com/connect/)
  • Pipefy. “We help teams to create and run efficient processes in our fast, intuitive and powerful platform.” (https://www.pipefy.com)
  • PlanITpoker. “Pure & Simple Planning. Make Estimating Agile Projects Accurate & Fun.” (https://www.planitpoker.com/)
  • ProcessMaker. “An intuitive, drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for business analysts to model approval-based workflows.” (https://www.processmaker.com)
  • Roby. “Refreshingly simple alternative to complex ticketing systems. Turn any request into a trackable ticket without leaving Slack or Microsoft Teams.” (https://www.tellroby.com/)
  • Skore. “A cross-team knowledge platform that ties into your workflow and boosts results fast.” (http://skore.io)
  • Sprintbase. “Helps remote teams confidently apply design thinking, embed innovation skills, and get results.” (https://sprintbase.io/)
  • 10to8. “More than just scheduling software. 10to8 is for businesses that want a powerful tool to coordinate with external clients and internal teams.” (https://10to8.com/)
  • Tweek. “Minimal Shared To-Do Calendar. This simple to-do list gives you, your family or your team a weekly view of tasks.” (https://tweek.so)
  • Viadest. “Social Intranet to easily work together, share news, documents, thoughts and find “head knowledge”.” (https://viadesk.com)
  • WebProof. “Workflow software & proofing tools. You upload and share – your clients comment and approve. Its easy to save time.” (http://www.webproof.com)
  • Zapier. “Connect your apps and automate workflows.” (https://zapier.com)
  • Zoho Creator. “Design custom workflows that streamline communication and automate routine tasks to efficiently manage your daily work.” (https://www.zoho.com/creator/workflow-automation.html)

TEAM BUILDING

Appreciation

  • Blueboard. “Experiential employee rewards for the modern workplace.” (https://www.blueboard.com)
  • Bonusly. “The easiest way to recognize and reward employees.” (https://bonus.ly)
  • Cobudget. “Makes it easy for organizations and groups to allocate funds collaboratively and transparently.” (https://cobudget.co)
  • Copper Cow Coffee Remote Office Program. “We mail out pour-over coffee kits to employees to help with the feeling of isolation caused by working remotely, and show the team that their wellbeing is still a huge priority to you. Each kit contains 5 coffee pouches packed in their own biodegradable filter, 5 creamers (dairy or non-dairy), and a special note from the employer can be included as well!” (https://coppercowcoffee.com/)
  • Ellacard. “Build employee appreciation and camaraderie with collaborative group ecards and videos that are fun and simple to use.” (https://ellacard.com/start)
  • Fond. “Field recotnition and rewards programs, gain access to the best corporate discounts and measure changes in engagement over time.” (https://fond.co)
  • Gifted. “Automated gifting solution.” (https://gifted.co/)
  • Group Card. “Our Free Group cards provide a simple way for the whole team to sign the card without distracting notifications.” (http://sendwishonline.com/)
  • GroupGreeting. “Create group eCards in sixty seconds, add photos, and invite others to sign. Then watch as you make someone’s day!” (http://www.groupgreeting.com)
  • HeyTaco! “HeyTaco! sparks conversations and builds stronger relationships with its fun and unique kindness currency … tacos!” (https://www.heytaco.chat)
  • Kudoboard. “Celebrate someone with an online group card filled with messages, GIFs, photos, & videos!” (https://www.kudoboard.com/)
  • Kudobox.co. “An easy way to share your thanks.” (http://kudobox.co)
  • Kudos on LinkedIn. “LinkedIn members who are connected to each other can give kudos to each other.” (https://www.linkedjetpack.com/linkedin-secrets/linkedin-kudos/)
  • Merit Money. “360-degree peer-to-peer recognition.” (https://management30.com/practice/merit-money)
  • Mo. “A fresh approach to employee recognition that improves employee engagement with a focus on social and peer-to-peer activity.” (https://mo.work/)
  • Tinggly. “The world’s best experiences in one gift box.” (https://www.tinggly.com)
  • VidHug. “Our purpose is to help people connect in a meaningful way over long distances and that’s why remote teams have gravitated towards us.” (https://vidhug.com/)
  • Kazoo. “Real-time, meaningful recognition. Personalized, powerful rewards. Insights and analytics.” (https://www.kazoohr.com/)

Feedback

  • Beekast. “A dynamic presentation software integrating a space for real discussions and activities, generating ideas and facilitating decision-making.” (https://www.beekast.com/)
  • CultureMonkey. “Employee engagement platform that lets leaders listen to their employees, analyse their feedback and act on them.” (https://www.culturemonkey.io/)
  • Elin. “Elin finds development areas for the team and proposes action steps for the employees and managers to improve.” (https://elin.ai/about/)
  • 15Five. “Makes continuous employee feedback simple to drive high performing cultures.” (https://www.15five.com)
  • Lessonly. “Onboarding and training a remote workforce isn’t easy. Frontline teams use Lessonly to enable reps, practice skills, and receive effective feedback so they can do better work.” (https://www.lessonly.com/remote-work/)
  • Officevibe. “Equips you with honest feedback from your team to help you proactively turn issues into conversations, and conversations into solutions before problems can form.” (https://www.officevibe.com)
  • Peoplebox. “Peoplebox is the world’s first all-in-one engagement & performance management platform for remote & distributed teams.”  (https://www.peoplebox.ai/)
  • Perflo. “A better way to measure performance and increase productivity in teams.” (https://www.perflo.co/)
  • Selleo Merit Money Service. “A 360-degree peer-to-peer feedback management responsive web application that enables employees to reward their coworkers with kudos (reward points that may convert to bonuses) as a token of appreciation for their colleagues’ efforts, performance, demeanor, and other aspects they deem worth rewarding.” (https://selleo.com/portfolios/merit-money-service/?pnt=6067)
  • Team Canvas. “The business model canvas for teamwork.” (http://theteamcanvas.com)
  • TeamMood. “Tool aiming to help managers to get a better understanding of what’s going on in their team, and to gauge the team morale on a daily basis.” (https://www.teammood.com/)
  • Typeform. “Create an online test that engages your colleagues, pupils, or friends—get started in minutes.”
    (https://www.typeform.com/test-maker/)
  • Videoask. A ridiculously simple way to get feedback. (https://www.videoask.it)

Retrospectives

  • Agile Retrospectives for Confluence. “Run retrospective sessions in an interactive and engaging way within Confluence.” (https://softwaredevtools.com/retrospectives)
  • Agile Retrospectives for Jira. “Total transparency and visibility of the sessions, results in increased team accountability. Get on your way to Continuous improvement, now!” (https://softwaredevtools.com/retrospectives/jira)
  • FunRetro. “Collaborate with your remote team and get better in what you do with a simple, intuitive and beautiful tool.” (https://funretro.io/)
  • Fingerprint. “Helps you improve your team dynamics and create an awesome team environment.
    It’s the ultimate tool to reveal the hidden talents and blind spots inside yourself and your team.” (https://www.fingerprintforsuccess.com/)
  • goReflect. “Continuous retrospectives for everyday improvement.” (https://www.goreflect.com/)
  • Metro Retro. “A real-time collaborative retrospective whiteboard, with innovative templates you can fully customise. Probably the most fun my team had in a retro.” (metroretro.io)
  • Mindful Team. “Run health checks and Retrospectives that help your team measure, track, and take action on their productivity and morale.” See my interview with cofounders Emma Joy Obanye and Irene Francis. (https://mindful.team)
  • Neatro. “Simple retrospective tool for Agile teams.” (https://www.neatro.io/)
  • Online Scrums. “Systemized daily Scrums & sprint Retrospectives integrated with powerful sprint and team reporting.” (https://www.onlinescrums.com)
  • Parabol. A retrospective app is designed to put in-person and remote participants on equal footing. (https://www.parabol.co)
  • Purpose Cards. “This Toolkit facilitates reflection and important conversations by helping individuals and teams identify which values are most important to them in an intuitive and playful way.” (https://purpose.cards/en/products/purpose-cards-edition-1-values-digital)
  • Remoteretro. “Elevate your remote team members to first-class citizens and hold better, more productive Agile Retrospective meetings … remotely!” (https://remoteretro.io)
  • Retrium. “Vote on the best ideas. Prioritize your discussion. Keep your team engaged.” (See my interview with founder and CEO David Horowitz. (https://www.retrium.com/welcome/lisette-sutherland)
  • Retromat. “Start with a random plan, change it to fit the team’s situation, print it and share the URL.” (https://retromat.org/en/)
  • Retro Rabbit. “One of the only tools that solves ALL the common retrospective issues, unlocking the ability for your team to reach its true potential.” (https://retrorabbit.io/)
  • Retro Tool. Remote Retrospectives. (https://retrotool.io)
  • Retrospectives Wiki. A resource for sharing retrospective plans, tips & tricks, tools and ideas to help us get the most out of our retrospectives. (http://retrospectivewiki.org/index.php?title=Agile_Retrospective_Resource_Wiki)
  • Retros.work. “An online retrospective tool for remote teams. Express how you feel. Add feedback with scores, emoji or text. Analyse trends and track moods.” (https://retros.work)
  • Scatterspoke. “Retrospectives with the tools you need to improve beyond the last two weeks.” See my interview with cofounder Colleen Johnson. (https://www.scatterspoke.com)
  • Sprint Boards. “Create an online retrospective board in seconds and start collaborating with your team, no matter where they are.” (https://sprintboards.io/)
  • SociomappingSociomapping tool instantly visualizes the intensity and quality of team-members’ interaction. It provides insights into collaboration effectiveness on team and individual level.  (www.sociomapping.com)
  • TeamRetro. “Safe, simple, engaging and action focussed retrospectives with customisable templates.” (https://www.teamretro.com)
  • Teamworki. “A free tool that helps teams build alignment and improve employee morale through feedback surveys, retrospectives, and one-on-one meetings. The dashboard uses sentiment analysis to measure team health and identify trends based on employee feedback. It’s fully integrated with Slack and Microsoft Teams.” (https://www.teamworki.com/)
  • TeleRetro. “Brings the best retro experience to distributed team, it empowers honest and effective discussion to help teams discover issue that matter, make action plan and continuously improve.” (https://www.teleretro.com)
  • Trivia. “A team that plays together, bonds better! With Trivia’s suite of interactive quizzes, you can bring Social & Fun back to your workspace right inside Slack. It is fun, easy to launch, and provides a quick 5-minute break to your remote team’s workday.” (https://springworks.in/trivia)

Retreats

BOOKS & GUIDES

For Individuals

For Teams & Managers

On Working with Other Cultures

  • MyLifeElsewhere. “A collaborative site that allows you to compare and contrast the country you live in with other countries around the world, [offering] various statistics that differentiate your country from others, including cost of living, geographic size, and more. If you had been born in another country, what would your life have been like?” (http://www.mylifeelsewhere.com)
  • IfItWereMyHome.com. Similar to the above entry, this site notes it is a “gateway to understanding life outside your home,” and offers statistical comparisons between your country and others. You can also use their visualization tool to help understand the impact of a disaster. Each week they feature a different country. (http://www.ifitweremyhome.com)
  • Cultural Intelligence: A Guide to Working with People from Other Cultures by Brooks Peterson. (Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Intelligence-Working-People-Cultures/dp/1931930007)
  • Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process by Andy Molinsky. The author’s site offers a free eBook “Cheat Sheet to 10 Cultural Codes from Around the World,” namely: Asia (China, India, Japan, Korea), Europe (France, Germany, Great Britain), and the Americas (Brazil, Mexico, USA). (www.andymolinsky.com)
  • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries by Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway. (Simon & Schuster / http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Kiss-Bow-Or-Shake-Hands/Terri-Morrison/Kiss-Bow-or-Shake-Hands/9781593373689)
  • Working Across Cultures by John Hooker. (Stanford University Press/ https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=4505)

Further Reading/Listening/Consultation

Note: following the more general resources are those sorted by category, listed alphabetically.

MISCELLANEOUS HANDY GADGETS

CONSULTANTS

 

Academic Life Coaching

  • Gretchen Wegner is an internationally recognized academic life coach who inspires students to uncover their true identities as capable, clever, and creative learners in school and life. She does this with her Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying, her unique system for time management, organization, and studying. (https://gretchenwegner.com)

 

Agile Coaching

  • Ben Linders is a trainer, coach, and advisor based in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He cowrote—remotely—Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises with Luis Gonçalves. (https://www.benlinders.com)
  • Jesse Fewell, a writer, coach, and trainer in innovation and Agile methods, is the founder and principal coach at Fewell Innovation in Washington, D.C., USA. He also founded the PMI Agile Community of Practice and cocreated the PMI ACP Agile certification. He wrote a MiniBük called Can You Hear Me Now? … Working with Global, Distributed, Virtual Teams. (http://jessefewell.com)
  • Johanna Rothman is a management consultant for software managers and leaders. She is also the author of many books, most recently Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. (http://www.jrothman.com)
  • Luis Gonçalves is a management consultant, author, speaker, and blogger based in Munich, Germany. He is also founder of Evolution4All, a management consulting firm that helps executives of medium-sized companies become more effective, efficient, and rewarded. Luis cowrote—remotely—Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises with Ben Linders. (http://lmsgoncalves.com)
  • Mario Lucero is an Agile coach and experienced Scrum Master based in Santiago, Chile, with extensive experience with team leadership, continuous integration, architecture, and automation tools. He develops high-level solutions for companies in the technology, billing, and financial sectors. (https://cl.linkedin.com/in/luceromet)
  • Mark Kilby is a management consultant, mentor, community builder, distributed agile guide, and co-author of the book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver.  (https://www.markkilby.com)
  • Nagesh SharmaNagesh is an Enterprise Agile Coach I SAFe Trainer I PST @ Scrum.org I Management3.0 Trainer I ICAgile Agile HR Trainer I Intelligent Leadership Master Exec. Cert. Coach by John Mattone I ROI Cert. Expert I EduScrum Trainer. Nagesh’s mission drives him in increasing the joy and accomplishment people feel with agile ways of working. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nageshsharma08/)
  • PeopleStorming. “Provides virtual workshop and meeting facilitation. With a focus on healthy, happy, high-performing teams as a framework for development.”(www.peoplestorming.com/facilitation)
  • Ralph van Roosmalen Is CEO of both Agile Strides and Management 3.0. He has experience simultaneously managing teams in the Netherlands, Romania, and the United States. (https://agilestrides.com)
  • Yves Hanoulle is a creative collaboration agent at PairCoaching.net in Gent, Belgium. He is also the author of Who Is Agile? A Book of Personal Reflections on the Journeys of People who Stumbled on Agile. (http://www.hanoulle.be)

 

Consultancy Search

  • UdyamGyan. “The website systematically lists consultants across activities and sectors through proper bifurcation in various categories. Users can reach out to consultants as per their requirements.” (https://www.udyamgyan.com/)

 

Communication

  • Danielle Krage, the founder of The Remote Speaker Coach, will work with you breaking down your fears into manageable chunks of tips, rationale, techniques and practical advice that actually make you relish the opportunity to try them all out, rather than dreading your next public speaking slot. (https://remotespeakercoach.com/)
  • Jessie Shternshus is the founder of Improv Effect and the coauthor of CTRL Shift: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today, a book with fifty original improv games tailored to the kind of ****ing day you’re having. She also uses improv (virtually and in person) to help software teams with onboarding, communication, and team building. Improv is a great tool for learning about and accepting each other’s uniqueness, thinking on the spot, and being self-aware. It can also help teams find similarities with each other and solve problems creatively. (http://www.improveffect.com)
  • Judy Rees, a former journalist and media executive based in London, U.K., Judy is now known worldwide as a practical implementer of the inquiry methodology Clean Language. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling book on the topic, Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds. She works as an online facilitator, trainer, and coach and is an Agile enthusiast. (http://judyrees.co.uk)

 

Outsourcing

  • Bart Van Loon is an offshore staffing specialist at Zeropoint, which brings together businesses from Europe, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. One of Zeropoint’s secrets to success is offering remote team management training to both the client and to the employees being hired. (https://zeropoint.it)
  • Brandon Brown calls himself the Swiss Army Knife kind of virtual assistant. His goal is to make his clients forget what they’re stressed about. (https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~0170815817e346823a)
  • Dave Hecker, a cofounder at SourceSeek, is a seasoned tech executive, speaker, and author with an exclusive focus on distributed team software delivery. He emphasizes the importance of spending time with potential clients to ensure they’ll have a successful long-term relationship. (http://www.sourceseek.com)
  • Dirk-Jan Padmos is an HR interim manager/HR consultant with special expertise in the technical wholesale, ICT, and health care branches. He advises owner-managed businesses on how to structure and implement HR policies. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dirkjanpadmos)
  • Hugo Messer is a distributed Agile expert with more than ten years’ expertise acting as an intermediary between companies in the Netherlands and employees in the Ukraine and India. He is the founder of Bridge Global, an IT solutions provider, and Ekipa, an Agile training and coaching agency. He has co-authored six books on “lessons learned in offshoring and nearshoring.” The most recent, Book 6 of the Art of Managing Remote Teams series, is How to Manage People in Your Remote Team. (http://www.bridge-global.com www.ekipa.co)
  • Invedus Outsourcing. “A remote staffing company in India. At Invedus you can hire virtual assistants and remote employees in all domains. If you are looking to hire virtual employees than you can hire from Invedus Outsourcing, here you can save up to 80%.” (https://invedus.com/)
  • Peter Wilson is managing director of Kinetic Innovative Staffing, a company that connects Australian businesses with talent in the Philippines. (http://www.kistaffing.com)
  • Xobin. “An Online Assessment Platform enabling organizations to conduct Skills tests, Psychometric, and Coding Tests. Used by over 400+ teams for recruitment and training activities, Xobin serves as the world’s largest white-collar skills testing platform.” (https://www.xobin.com/)

 

 Podcasting

  • Nick Jaworski shares: “My eclectic background as a trained musician, licensed teacher, military band member, nonprofit leader, and audio producer means that I offer unique expertise to help you communicate your ideas to the public.” (http://www.podcastmonster.com)

 

Personal Development/Reputation

  • Per Frykman is a reputation advisor at Your Professional Reputation in Stockholm, Sweden. He helps people discover their potential so they can find jobs they love. (https://perfrykman.com)
  • Stephan Dohrn helps high-performing entrepreneurs unlock the full potential of remote work and lead a free and self-determined life. With his support, clients become emotionally fit, learn to organize their lives, and experience greater well-being—while keeping their professional edge. (www.sdohrn.com)

 

Taxes

 

Transitioning

  • Storyals. “A modern, subscription-based adoption service that provides users with the essential “know-how” of how to effectively use Microsoft 365 (Office 365). Through expert guidance and video-based storytelling, showing real-life scenarios, Storyals accelerates change by INSPIRINGMOTIVATING, and EDUCATING users.” (https://storyals.com/)
  • Telecommuters Talk. “Boutique consulting firm on a mission to enable remote work and create inclusive workplaces for working parents and individuals with caring commitments.” (https://telecommuterstalk.com/)
  • Virtual not Distant. “At Virtual not Distant, we help managers and leaders of colocated teams make the transition to a remote set-up, so that team members can work from where they work best. We also help organizations introduce ‘Agile working.’” (https://www.virtualnotdistant.com)
  • Work Well Wherever. “Work Well Wherever provides one-on-one coaching, training and customized tools to help you succeed while working remotely.” (https://www.workwellwherever.com/)

COMMUNITIES

  • Agile in the Ether. A remote agile meet-up bringing together people from any location to discuss all things agile, lean, people, teams and delivery. (https://agileintheether.co.uk/)
  • Coaching Agile Journeys. A virtual meetup community offering monthly speakers and lean coffee events around the learning journey we take as agile coaches, scrum masters, and change agents.” (https://www.coachingagilejourneys.com/)
  • Digital Nomad Girls. “Digital Nomad Girls is an online community of location independent women”. (https://digitalnomadgirls.com/)
  • Digital Nomads Meetup. “Find out what’s happening in Digital Nomads Meetup groups around the world and start meeting up with the ones near you”. (https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/topics/digital-nomads/)
  • Digital Nomads Portugal. “Digital Nomads Portugal is a community and social network for digital nomads, location independent freelancers and online entrepreneurs based in Portugal”. (https://digitalnomads.pt/)
  • Digital Nomads – Quora. “A place to share knowledge and better understand the world” (https://www.quora.com/topic/Digital-Nomads/)
  • Dynamite Circle. “The Dynamite Circle is a paid membership, private community exclusively for location independent entrepreneurs with established businesses. Membership is available through application only.” (https://www.tropicalmba.com/dc/)
  • FlyerTalk. FlyerTalk features discussions and chat boards that covers the most up-to-date traveler information. (https://www.flyertalk.com/)
  • Freelancers Union. This free-to-join group is “open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers to contractors to entrepreneurs to moonlighters.” Freelancers Union offers benefits such as health insurance, local freelance hubs in nearly twenty-five major cities, access to resources, and advocacy for policy change, such as the Freelance Isn’t Free campaign to pass city laws mandating timely payment of freelancer invoices. (https://www.freelancersunion.org)
  • Global Digital Nomad Network. Join the Global Digital Nomad Network on Facebook to connect with digital nomads around the world, learn from them and meet up in the amazing destinations.(https://www.facebook.com/groups/1428340887415620/)
  • Hello Remotely. “A social networking for remote working professionals where they can socialize and search for full-time remote jobs from all over the world. Employers can also use the platform to search for remote working talents.” (www.helloremotely.com)
  • Nomad Projects. “A platform for digital nomads who want to start a side project. Connect with other nomads so ideas don’t stay ideas, but grow into a side project with diverse expertise”. (https://nomadprojects.io/)
  • Reddit – Digital Nomad. “Reddit connects people across the world through authentic conversations, collaboration, & community”. (https://www.reddit.com/r/digitalnomad/)
  • Remote-How. “A virtual coworking space full of ambitious remote professionals that will help you think bigger, work smarter, and get sh*t done.” (https://remote-how.com/community)
  • Remote Workers. “Connecting creativity, propelling productivity.” (https://www.theremoteworkers.com/)
  • Remotive. “The community of remote workers. Where 700+ ‘cool kids’ in remote work hang out!” (https://remotive.io/community)
  • Virtual Team Talk. “A Slack group of people talking about remote teams and experimenting with new tools and ideas together. We virtually cowork together in a virtual office, plan online conferences, and play a lot. Join us!” (Note: I am a proud member of this community.) (https://virtualteamtalk.com)
  • We Are Async. “The first community for people who are proud advocates of asynchronous communication and all of its positive benefits, both inside and outside of work.” (https://www.weareasync.com/)
  • Werking remote community. “Connect and network with other remote workers in the Werkington work from home community.” (https://www.werkington.com/register)

COWORKING

  • Breather. “Breather creates modern workspaces you can keep for hours, days or months — all to yourself.” (https://breather.com)
  • CoWorking.Coffee. “The best workplaces with coffee and Wi-Fi, curated by the community, all around the world.” (https://www.coworking.coffee)
  • Croissant. “Croissant is a platform that helps connects entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote teams to over 700 coworking spaces worldwide with one monthly pass.” (https://www.getcroissant.com/)
  • Desk Surfing. “Desksurfing is coworking—at any given place. Find your favorite workspot. And change it whenever the surf feels right. Offer a desk at your office. And share your spot with creative professionals.” (http://www.desksurfing.net)
  • FocusMate. “Distraction-free productivity. Focusmate virtual coworking helps you get things done.” (https://www.focusmate.com)
  • Global Coworking Map. A map of coworking spaces around the world. (https://coworkingmap.org)
  • Hoffice. “Come and work at someone’s home.” (http://hoffice.nu)
  • Kitchin Table. “Create a co-working space at home.” (https://www.kitchintable.com)
  • Momentify. “Find people to work next to anytime, anywhere, for free.” (https://momentify.app)
  • ShareDesk. “On-demand workspace, when you need it. Book a coworking space, business center, or shared office space nearby. Discover spaces to rent by the hour, day, or month.” (https://www.sharedesk.net)
  • Upflex. “Our global network of workspaces allows your employees to cut the commute, have a place to work between meetings or while traveling, be inspired & connect to innovation.” (https://upflex.com)
  • Workfrom. “The world’s largest recommendations community for trusted spaces [for working] remotely. Use Workfrom to find and share local places to work, meet, and study in every city. Get hard-to-find insights about coffee shops, cafés, coworking spaces, and other non-traditional workspaces.” (https://workfrom.co)

HR Concerns

Freelancer Resources

  • FeeBee. “Helps business freelancers and consultants find out what their peers charged for similar projects, and guides companies on how to budget for projects in a specific skill area.” (https://www.flexingit.com/feebee)
  • Needrr. “A freelancing platform connecting customers with freelance professionals.” (https://needrr.com/home)
  • PairPro. “PairPro lets interviewers evaluate problem-solving, coding, and communication skills of developers with remote real-time pair programming interviews.” (https://www.adaface.com/pair-pro)
  • Payoneer. “Payoneer empowers you to scale your business globally and domestically with payments and working capital platform designed for today’s entrepreneur.” (https://www.payoneer.com/)
  • Spectroomz. “Hire Exceptional Autistic Freelancers. Work with innovative, productive, and reliable freelancers who master their trade, and help solve the autistic unemployment gap.” (https://www.spectroomz.com/)
  • Ubihrm. Make your company work like a well-oiled machine. (https://www.ubihrm.com/index.php)

Payroll and Insurance (Health, Disability, Life, etc) for Remote Teams

  • Benify. “Our cloud-based portal visualizes your total employee offer worldwide, illustrates your values and culture, and inspires active participation in all aspects of work life—all while helping you manage administration, costs, and risks.” (https://www.benify.com)
  • Boundless. “We make it easy to grow your remote team: handle multi-country payroll, and comply with local tax and employment laws.” (https://www.boundlesshq.com)
  • Lumity. “Your benefits consultant in-a-box.” (https://lumity.com)
  • New Horizons. “An integrated cloud software solution for better and easier workforce management that simplifies international working and project management.” (https://nhglobalpartners.com/services/payroll-hr-software/)
  • Safety Wing. “Building a global social safety net for nomads and remote companies worldwide.
    Remote Health – A fully equipped health insurance for remote companies worldwide.” (https://safetywing.com)
  • Shield GEO. “We’ll handle all the local requirements for payroll, tax and compliance, and leave you to do what you do best – manage your remote employees.” (https://shieldgeo.com/)
  • TriNet. “HR solutions for small and midsized businesses.” (https://www.trinet.com)
  • Zenefits. “Efficiently manage your HR solutions from anywhere in the world, wherever work takes you.” (https://www.zenefits.com)

Remote Working Policies

Online Work Sites

PODCASTS

  • 21st Century Work life. “The world of work is changing. Our attitudes to work are changing. The 21st Century Work Life podcast with Pilar Orti looks at different ways of earning a living, of using technology at work, and of managing teams.” (https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts)
  • Collaboration Superpowers. “Lisette Sutherland is interviewing people and companies doing great things … remotely! These interviews are packed with stories and tips for those whose business models depend upon successfully bridging distance to accomplish knowledge work.” (https://www.collaborationsuperpowers.com/podcasts)
  • Distributed.blog. “The cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own 900-person company with no offices and employees scattered across 68 countries, Mullenweg examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.” (https://distributed.blog/podcast/)
  • The Future of Work Podcast. “A weekly show where Jacob [Morgan] has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work.” (https://thefutureorganization.com/future-work-podcast/)
  • Nomad + Spice. “A podcast for location independent women. Long-term digital nomads Kit Whelan + Viv Egan cover everything from sexism, money, and privilege to hobbies, accessorizing, and pop culture.” (https://www.nomadandspice.com/blog)
  • Podcast From a Distance. “…the unabridged and extended version of the book From A Distance.” (https://valentinathoerner.com/podcast-from-a-distance/)
  • The Remote Podcast. “For anyone looking to become a digital nomad and join the location independent movement. The podcast features in-depth and unfiltered one-on-one interviews with digital nomads. It gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what a location-independent lifestyle is really like.” (http://theremotelifestyle.com/category/podcast)
  • The Remote Show.  “The Remote Show is an interview style podcast devoted to all things remote work. We discuss tips, applications, tools, management concepts and much more in order to help today’s remote worker be more productive and fulfilled in work and in life.” (https://weworkremotely.com/the-remote-show-podcast)
  • Remote Work Podcast. “.” (https://www.remoteworkpodcast.com)
  • Remote Works. “A bi-weekly podcast discussing the opportunity, culture, experience, and community surrounding remote work with featured discussions and interviews. Hosted by Jonathan Sharp.” (https://remote.works)
  • Virtual Frontier. “A podcast about virtual teams created by a virtual team.” (https://virtualfrontier.simplecast.fm)
  • Yonder. “Yonder advocates for remote work and we’re building a movement to create more distributed companies and change the future of work.” (https://www.yonder.io)

REMOTE WORK CONFERENCES

  • Remote Forever Summit. “World-class experts in agile, leadership, and remote work share their best strategies and techniques to help you sharpen your agile coaching skills, become a better leader, and get equipped to improve your remote teams and distributed organizations.” (https://remoteforeversummit.com)
  • Remote Future Summit. “The biggest online conference about remote work, where 50 top experts and influencers will share their best practices on how to effectively tackle the remote revolution.” (https://remote-future.com)
  • Running Remote. “World’s largest remote work event.” (https://runningremote.com)
  • The Remote Work Summit. “World’s largest remote work conference” (https://www.theremoteworksummit.com/)
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