14 of the Best Remote Work Software in 2022

It can be challenging to stay connected in the digital age. Learn what remote work software can help your team grow and succeed this year.

It’s been over two years since COVID-19 first sent us home and challenged us to develop new ways to work, connect, and communicate. While many companies have reintroduced in-office work, some have fully embraced the benefits of remote work. Whether your team is working in person, from home, or some variation of the two, use this guide to discover the remote work tools you need to start using today. 

14 of the best remote work software to try in 2022

1Fellow

Features:

We may be biased, but we believe that Fellow is your one-way ticket to delightful meetings. High-performing teams across the globe are using the app to level up their meeting habits, build collaborative agendas, record decisions, and keep each other accountable. With Fellow, you can explore and use a variety of ready-to-use templates, organize your ideas in Streams to inspire productivity, give and receive feedback to encourage continuous improvement, enable important one-on-one conversations across your company, and so much more!

Pricing:

  • Free – $0 CAD/month (for teams of up to 10 people)
  • Pro – $6 CAD/month (per user for teams of up to 50 people)
  • Business – custom pricing (for organizations that need a hub for all of their meetings)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing (for companies looking to implement a holistic management system)

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2Google Drive

Features:

If you’re working remotely, you know how important it is to backup your files. Google Drive is a cloud-based storage solution that you can use to save files online and access them at any time from any digital device. Drive makes it easy to share files with others for collaborative purposes and has an array of built-in integrations with Google’s existing suite of products and services.

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month (15 GB of storage)
  • Basic – $2.79/month or $27.99/year (100 GB of storage)
  • Standard – $3.99/month or $39.99/year (200 GB of storage)
  • Premium – $13.99/month or $139.99/year (2 TB of storage)

3Microsoft Teams

Features:

Microsoft Teams is an app meant to keep hybrid and remote teams connected, organized, and informed. You can use Teams to message your colleagues, schedule and host virtual meetings, share files and apps, and leverage other useful tools for business communications. Think of this app as your company’s hub for collaboration. It’s similar to the popular communication software Slack and the video-conferencing tool Zoom, but with far more features. 

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month
  • Microsoft Teams Essentials – $5.10 CAD/month (per user with annual subscription)
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basics – $7.10 CAD/month (per user with annual subscription)
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard – $16.00 CAD/month (per user with annual subscription)

4Gitlab

Features:

Calling all engineers and coders! Gitlab can help you automate the integration, build, and verification of your code. The tool provides a central server that manages Git repositories and is used to simplify administrative tasks. Gitlab can help increase software quality and enable development activities by removing toolchain complexity and accelerating DevOps adoption so you and your team can achieve faster development cycles.

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month
  • Premium – $19 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Ultimate – $99 USD/month (per user, billed annually)

5Slack

Features:

As one of the world’s most popular apps for asynchronous communication, it’s already the preferred messaging tool for millions of remote and hybrid teams. Slack lets you have real-time conversations with the members of your team, create channels for different purposes, and create threads within your messages to organize chat topics. You can also use Slack to conduct audio and video calls and share important files.

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month 
  • Pro – $6.67 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Business+ – $12.50 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Enterprise Grid – custom pricing 

6Trello

Features:

Trello is the tool for all things productivity and product management. Using the app, you can customize workflows for any project or task. You can create boards, lists, and cards in one place so each workday has an outlined plan and you can remember important details. It uses the Kanban approach to project management, making it easy to organize activities and further create sub-tasks within each task column. It’s an especially effective tool for managing remote teams because it details the stages for different tasks, making it easier to communicate about details and check to-dos off asynchronously. 

Pricing:

  • Free $0/month 
  • Standard – $5 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Premium – $10 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Enterprise – $17.50 USD/month (per user, billed annually)

7Asana

Features:

If you’re managing a lot of tasks with many moving parts at any given time, Asana may be the tool for you. The platform can help you manage tasks and people by allowing you to easily organize and prioritize projects, collaborate with your team, and track progress. Whenever you want to see how a project is advancing, you can head to the platform and see in real-time what tasks are being worked on. Using Asana, you can manage any project from start to finish in one location.

Pricing:

  • Basic – $0/month
  • Premium – $10.99 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Business – $24.99 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing 

8Clickup

Features:

Clickup aims to centralize your workflow and replace your existing tools like Monday, Asana, and Slack. You can view all of your work—including your tasks, docs, chats, and goals—in one spot. You can also assign comments and assignments to individuals or groups of team members. If you’re not prepared to replace all your digital tools, Clickup encourages you to integrate your messaging apps, cloud storage, and calendars with the platform. 

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month
  • Unlimited – $5 USD/month (per user)
  • Business – $12 USD/ month (per user)
  • Business Plus – $19 USD/ month (per user)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing

9Zoom

Features:

It’s the virtual meeting software you either love or love to hate. Whether you’re team Zoom or not (anyone else suffering from Zoom fatigue?), you have to admit that the tool has become an inescapable part of these past few years. Zoom is a high-quality video conferencing tool that you can use to host one-on-ones, large group meetings, breakout “Zoom rooms,” webinars, and other virtual events. You can record a call if needed and log onto your upcoming calls from anywhere. The platform has been a key player in many organizations’ digital transformations, and it doesn’t seem like it’s leaving our remote workspaces anytime soon. 

Pricing:

  • Basic – free
  • Pro – $200 CAD/year (per user)
  • Business – $270 CAD/year (per user)
  • Business Plus – $280 CAD/year (per user)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing

10Loom 

Features:

Instead of having to explain the same topic to multiple teammates in different time zones, you can create and distribute a video recording that others can use and rewatch as needed. Loom is the go-to app for recording video walkthroughs. Record, clear, effortless, and quick videos of your screen and camera using the desktop version or Chrome extension that your recipients can watch via a shared link. The best part: you can skip that meeting and keep the conversation going by having recipients respond to your video using time-stamped comments, and other interactive features. 

Pricing:

  • Starter – free
  • Business – $8.00 USD/per month (per creator, billed annually)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing 

11Time Doctor

Features:

Not sure where your team is excelling or how to improve your overall performance? Use Time Doctor! The automatic time tracking tool can provide productivity insights and employee-friendly time tracking so you and your colleagues can do your best work. Managers can use the tool to recognize strong performers and analyze how their team is spending their time. Employees can benefit because time tracking can provide valuable insight into each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Pricing:

  • Free – 14-day trial for $0
  • Basic – $7/month (per user)
  • Standard – $10/month (per user)
  • Premium – $20/month (per user)

12Firstbase 

Features:

Firstbase is a tool designed to help organizations empower remote workers by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. Firstbase’s mission is to help founders and entrepreneurs launch, manage, and grow businesses online. They do so by equipping businesses with equipment (including physical equipment), expense management, and a variety of other resources. 

Pricing:

  • Start – $399 USD one-time fee (incorporate your LLC or C-Corporation)
  • Mailroom – $35 USD/month (get an address and virtual mailbox for your business)
  • Agent (required for Start) – $99 USD/year (have one home for all your compliance documents)

13Hubstaff

Features:

Track progress and work hours as if you were in a physical office space with Hubstaff. With this platform you can track your day, monitor your employees’ productivity, view detailed reports to uncover where time is spent (or wasted), automate your payroll, and keep employee timesheets in one location. The idea is simple: when your team tracks their time, everyone will be more aware of how they’re working and prioritizing tasks.

Pricing:

  • Desk Free – $0 USD/month (one user only)
  • Desk Starter – $5.83 USD/month (per user)
  • Desk Pro – $8.33 USD/month (per user)
  • Enterprise – custom pricing

14Todoist

Features:

Todoist is a great tool to use if you’re looking to keep all your to-dos in one place. As one of the world’s most popular task manager and to-do list apps, Todoist can help you stay organized in your day-to-day work life. Set reminders and create sub-tasks that will show you your trends each day or week. If you use a virtual assistant, you can add tasks to your list as they come up with your Alexa or Google Home. 

Pricing:

  • Free – $0/month
  • Pro – $4 USD/month (per user, billed annually)
  • Business – $6 USD/month (per user, billed annually)

Parting advice 

The past few years have been an adjustment period for everyone. During this time, you’ve likely had to navigate the remote work life, alongside many unfamiliar virtual tools. As the world shifts back to some semblance of normalcy, don’t stop using tools that optimize, digitize, and automate your workflow. By learning to use a new tool or two now, you’ll be prepared to navigate any and all future work environments, in 2022 and beyond.


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About the author

Brier Cook

Brier is a communications professional and freelance content writer based in Ottawa. She currently works as an Engagement Strategy Advisor for Carleton University. She is passionate about using creative marketing to solve business challenges. In her spare time, she’s either reading fiction, trying out a new fitness class, playing guitar, or cooking a recipe from TikTok.

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