12 Must-Have Apps for Telecommuters During the COVID19 Pandemic

laptop lifestyle

For nearly three years now, I’ve been living a “laptop lifestyle”.  I literally work anywhere I want as long as I have my laptop 👩‍💻 and WiFi.

What I’ve learned is that many people are curious about how entrepreneurial digital nomads live and work in an untethered lifestyle.

Then, there’s the other extreme—people who have created a fantasized version of what life is like when you can work from anywhere.

Truth be told, I was more like the latter group before I embarked on this fantastic journey.

The Corona Virus (COVID19) has been claimed as an international pandemic. It has created mandatory shutdowns of governments, schools, and cities around the world.

In the state of Maryland, where I live, the Governor has announced precautionary measures that are being implemented as I write this.

In the coming days and weeks, many businesses will be encouraging people to work from home.  

I personally believe that there will be a national quarantine for a period of two weeks minimum.

More importantly, this will force companies, schools, churches, government agencies, and more to evaluate if they are truly able to step into the 21st-century ability to use technology at it’s finest.

It will also give many people the opportunity to live the life that they’ve secretly been dreaming about… the work in PJs, bedhead, no make-up, laptop lifestyle.

So, here’s your guide to many of the apps that my peers and I use to live the laptop lifestyle every day. They can help make your life easier and untethered too. My favorites are marked with this 🙌🏽 emoji.

Communications  & Project Management

Slack. 🙌🏽

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place for small businesses and large enterprises.

So, use Slack to organize conversation based on topic, importance, projects and anything else that pertains to you and your team.

Users are able to customize their notifications and utilize the app’s central knowledge base to access previous conversations with team members.

Team members are able to message and call one another at any point as well as share and edit documents even while telecommuting during a COVID19 quarantine.

Trello. 🙌🏽

Manage any team project or task with Trello’s boards’ cards and checklists for free. This is a visual tool that is easily customizable and flexible to each individual user’s needs.

Whether that ranges from planning a wedding to keeping your daily to-dos in order.

Add checklists, labels, and due dates to project boards, lists, and/or cards. Users are able to access information on the go when using Trello.

Trello is fully accessible offline allowing users to add information to their boards that will be automatically saved for the next time you need it. 

SIDE NOTE: This app offers both a desktop and app version which my team uses with team members in the Philippines. I would argue that this app is the MVP in running my business.

Asana.

Use Asana to capture tasks, to-do’s, reminders, and ideas at any time. Users are able to communicate with a coworker, manage the day to day tasks, comment on tasks, etc.

Organize projects with lists or boards through this app. Add due dates, assignees, details, and files to any tasks.

This application is entirely free with unlimited usage.

What’s App.

This is a simple tool to connect businesses to their customers to help grow your business.

Create a profile for your business to make it easier for customers to find valuable information such as your website, location, and contact information Users are able to register two separate numbers for Whats App business and What’s App Messenger on the same phone.

This is accessible both on your smartphone and on your web browser.

SIDE NOTE: I am currently using this app in a group with a client who has a team across the United States. Even before this COVID19 outbreak, we are able to share files, have phone and video meetings, as well as private conversations. It works wonderfully for us!

GoToConnect by Jive. 🙌🏽

GoToConnect Mobile is a simple and secure fully integrated VoIP (Voice Over Internet Phone), meetings, and messaging business solutions. With this VoIP works both with desktop and mobile.

You and your employees can use personal devices for video & audio communications without surrendering your private phone number.

Additionally, you can easily track metrics to gain insights into usage for each individual employee.

SIDE NOTE: This was the first app that I invested in for my business. It allowed me to set up a phone service for each department as well as numerous options for routing calls. Most of all, I can use it directly from my cell phone while on the go.

Video Conferencing

Zoom.

Zoom is a great way to stay connected on the go for free!

Utilize the screen sharing and cross-platform instant messaging features on this application.

And, users are able to invite up to 100 people into one meeting and connect with others on most any platform ranging from iPhones, iPads, Windows, Mac, telephones, SIP room systems, etc. 

Go to Meeting. 🙌🏽

This mobile app gives users accessibility and reliability to take work on the road. Users are able to host virtual meetings for free with no sign up necessary.

This app is compatible with Dropbox, Box, and Sharefile allowing uses to present any documents from their cloud storage.

Users are able to handoff presentation control to others within their meetings. to view presentations, mockups, and reports.

What I love most about this app is that you are also able to sync your calendar with this application. 

SIDE NOTE: Here’s my Ninja Tip! I use this app to record my videos for my YouTube channel

Document Management & Photo Sharing

Adobe Scan. 🙌🏽

My new favorite app!!! This free PDF scanner app allows users to scan any document into an Adobe PDF.

Use this app to turn your phone into a “powerful PDF scanner that recognizes text automatically”. Scan receipts, business cards, whiteboards, documents, photos, and notes into an Adobe PDF with text that can be used at any time.

Recycle content, save business cards to contacts, edit and quickly find any documents and photos saved on this app.

We Transfer. 🙌🏽

This internet-based service to send files around the world. This free application allows users to send files up to 2GB for free.

After uploading images, videos and links Users are able to use the visual boards to organize and share boards with others with no sign-up required.

With WeTransfer Pro users can send up to 20GB at a time as well as place password protection, 1TB storage, and profile page customization.

Meals

Postmates. 🙌🏽

Food delivery from your favorite restaurant at any time. Get what you’re craving when you want it, all you need to do is download the Postmates app to your mobile device and place your order.

Skip the line and delivery fees with this app. Use real-time order tracking to monitor your order’s progress when you order from Chipotle, Walgreens, Subway, IHOP, and hundreds more.

This app offers unlimited membership package, any orders over $12 come with no delivery fee. 

Fitness

Peloton. 

You’ve probably seen their great commercials for the stationary bike.

But, did you know that Peloton has an app that allows users to access thousands of on-demand workouts and live classes taught by world-class instructors? And, there’s no equipment required!

The offered workouts include strength, cycling, HIIT, meditation, etc. all accessible on your Apple devices. Following a 30-day free trial, you’re able to subscribe to the Digital Membership package at only $12.99 per month.

Use this app to amplify your workouts at home, the gym, or on the go and meet your fitness goals. 

12-Minute Athlete. 🙌🏽  

Looking for a more challenging workout?

This app focuses on providing high-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts that can be done in just 12 minutes with no gym and minimal equipment necessary.

With over 185 full-body HIIT workouts to “get in the best shape of your life in just 12 minutes a day”.

Access step-by-step instructions and demonstrations for every exercise and share your progress on Facebook and Twitter.

For $9.99/month users can elevate their workouts by joining the virtual 12 Minute Athlete gym and access even more features. 

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