The 9 Best Remote Work Apps Your Team Needs, That Are Not Named Slack

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The 9 Best Remote Work Apps Your Team Needs, That Are Not Named Slack

The marketplace of ideas, products, and applications for collaborative and remote teams is ever-growing. G.W.A, recently shared the fact that 4.3 million+ members of the workforce work from home, with numbers on the rise. This growth was accelerated by the pandemic, but the shift started well before it.

That statistic explains the recent proliferation of remote work apps meant to foster more virtual collaboration. A bubble of new remote collaboration tools and services has emerged to help ensure remote employees don't loss the value produced from in-person meetings.

As a 100% remote worker, I've tried plenty of the better known remote work tools like Slack, Trello, Zoom, Skype, Kanban, Asana, and Microsoft Teams, but there are plenty more tools catering to the collaborative market.

Here’s a quick look at our remote work “stack”: 9 Apps Your Team Should Try ASAP that you may not know about:

  1. RemoteHQ
  2. Twist
  3. Coda
  4. FYI
  5. Flow
  6. Jotform
  7. Missive
  8. Shift
  9. Superhuman


Real-Time Collaboration

For those familiar with the platform, it will come as no surprise that RemoteHQ is on this list, the product itself is incredibly useful. I'd say this whether I worked here or not.

More than just a screen-sharing application, our browser-based application makes virtual conferencing and collaboration easier than ever. With best in class co-browsing software, RemoteHQ is the next level of screen sharing and collaboration. We make it simple: click to connect, brand your own URL, change your layout in any way, and add apps to power collaboration. It's that easy. Since it’s in-browser, whether you’re on a Mac with Safari or on a PC with Chrome, you have access to your team’s RemoteHQ virtual workspace.

To make your life even easier, integrations of your favorite apps like Intercom, Salesforce, and Slack is finally as easy as it always should have been. What’s more, all of the communication apps you use store what we like to call “artifacts”, and those artifacts are tied to each call. RemoteHQ picks up those artifacts so you’ll never lose the notes, files, chat messages, or recordings from a call again. These days, when video conferencing begins every morning and video chats are as common as emails, keeping track of it all can be difficult, but RemoteHQ does the legwork for you.

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Messaging & Communication

Twist promises a 'distraction-free teamwork app'. Taking queues from Slack, but improving in the areas of clarity and prioritization.

Conversations stay organized & on-topic and information is easy to find & search. Twist's thread-based approach to messaging serves as a great medium between Slack & email. Ensuring your asynchronous communication is always: on topic, calm, and productive.

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Fans of Notion & AirTable rejoice! Coda promises “a new canvas that blends tables and text together”. Does it deliver? Absolutely.

Offering a workspace as unified as Slack, for everything that isn’t team communication. Every page is completely customizable, and templates exist to improve your workflow too. Coda is a great alternative, and potentially replacement, for traditional documentation.

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Search & Organization

If you think Slack's search is powerful, imagine if it pulled its data from everywhere. That's what FYI does.

Allowing access to your various accounts (Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, etc.) lets FYI curate and help you easily find any content. With a promise to "Find your documents in 3 clicks or less", FYI exceeds expectations 10x.

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Project & Task Management

"Workspaces" seem to be all-the-rage in nowadays, and Flow is no exception. Offering a dead-simple project-management tool, Flow differentiates with gorgeous UI (they just redesigned too!)

Flow makes it easy for your team to set personal, or team related goals and to track progress. You can easily rank, plan, and track projects and tasks from beginning to end.

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Forms & Data Collection

Jot is a little different than other apps on this list. Rather than being a collaborative workspace-type tool, Jot lets you gather data...easily.

Their tagline "Create online forms and publish them. Get an email for each response. Collect data.", highlights how simple the program is to use. Forms are customizable and you can integrate with the tools you use most as well.

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Email & Social Inbox Management

Missive serves the market in a few ways. Striving to solve the problems of team inbox management, and to help you manage your busy inboxes (even without a team).

What makes Missive interesting, is that they define "Inbox" as far more than Gmail and iCloud. They make any inbox collaborative, Facebook Messenger and Twitter included among others. Using Missive you can not only manage all of your inboxes from one place but also delegate tasks to other team members too.

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Inbox Management for Everything / Free

In a similar fashion to Missive, Shift aims to make managing your inboxes, easier - just a little differently.

The "desktop app for streamlining your accounts, apps, and workflows", is Shift's promise. By merging your inboxes (Messenger, Slack, Gmail) into one window - they make good on that promise. You'll never miss a message again if you're monitoring Shift.

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Email Redefined / Free

I haven’t had the pleasure of using Superhuman yet, but everyone I know who has loves it. Superhuman successfully combines a unique UI, speed, and traditional email inbox. What they’ve created not only makes email easier to answer but makes you feel…dare I say…Superhuman?

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