- March 24, 2020
- by Kate Borucka
- 6 comments
In the face of the global health crisis, many companies had to switch to a remote work style. While for some people WFH (working from home) is nothing new, for others, it is a complete change that requires not only a physical but also a mental adjustment.
The Internet is filled with resources – articles, guides, lists of best tips… But it’s not always easy to choose from all the existing content. What’s more, not every article or blog has the right information or doesn’t touch the subject in the proper way. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of remote work resources, you’re in the right place. Every position on the list is verified and of high-quality.
Whether you begin to work remotely or are a WFH adept looking for interesting findings, there is something for you.
Make sure to check the list regularly for the latest updates and newest resources.
Here we go!
- Websites and Blogs
- Helpful and Insightful Articles
- Forums and Communities
- Remote Job
- Reports and Statistics
Websites and Blogs
Here are the websites and blogs where you can find helpful information:
• At TimeCamp, we know what it means to work remotely. Not only do we offer a solution for making remote teams productive but also tips on how to be efficient when working from home, while traveling, and more. Check our blog or type in ‘remote work’ into our blog search.
- Tomedes Blog – Tomedes is a language service provider that offers quality translation solutions since 2007. It has a blog section that aims to help freelancers, translators, and editors through informative language content. Also it gives resources and guides to managing remote work and work from home setups. Their blogs include productivity tips, finance management, healthy work balance, and start-up guides to freelancing and remote interpretation.
• SHRM’s Remote Work Resource Center – a section with resources for remote employees.
Also, on the website, you can find interesting information about the trends in work, news, analysis, as well as breaking news alerts.
• Forbes – Although Forbes covers nearly all topics on business, you can find interesting articles on how to lead a business, the best tips and advice from professionals. For specific articles just type in their search ‘remote work’ and you will see a list of all articles on teleworking.
• Inc. – Inc. is an American business magazine founded in 1979 and based in New York City. It publishes seven print issues annually, as well as daily online articles and videos. You can find numerous articles on Inc. about remote work, the right setup, helpful resources, you can reach out to the authors, and find out about the latest business trends and news to always stay on top.
• The Remote Work Summit – RWS is an online conference on remote work. Check their resources and blog for the helpful content on doing your job from any place in the world and digital nomading.
Also, make sure to join the conference (April 14-16, 2020) for free!
• Remote-work resources – comprehensive depository by GitLab with different resources
• Remote Work Resources by We Work Remotely with 8 categories: tool, education, co-working, gear, reading, events, remote hiring guide, and other career resources
• Art of Working Remotely – On this website, you can find everything you need to know about remote work; tips and hacks. The site was created by Scott Dawson who shares his experience of 21+ years of remote work.
• Doist Ambition & Balance blog – On the Doist blog, you can find articles from 4 categories: Productivity, Teamwork, Remote Work, Todoist, and Twist. Especially helpful for those who use Doist products.
• Life Hacker’s section on remote work with hacks and tricks on how to make your work (and life) better
• Miro blog about the future of distributed teamwork
• NODESK – A curated collection of resources for the digital nomad, remote worker and traveling professional
• remote.co – all things remote – blog, resources, companies, workers, and digital nomads, jobs
• Remote Leadership Institute – created by Kevin Eikenberry, The Remote Leadership Institute is a source of tools, resources, and ideas to help you as a leader of a remote team and as a member of a remote team
• The Remote Blog by OwlLabs – they created a 360° smart video conferencing camera so they know something about distributed teams
• Remote resources by Spring Works -A curated resource repository of articles, books, podcasts, tools, products and more you need to start, run or be part of a productive remote team. 300+ items to choose from.
• Yonder – all things remote. The website was established by Jeff Robbins is one of the world’s first web developers who in 1993, worked as part of the team that created the first commercial website.
• Remote-how – a platform powered by and for the community of leaders of distributed teams, includes Academy, Resources, Community, and Events
Helpful and Insightful Articles
If you need simple tips to help you set up the right environment, check out these articles:
• 180 Tips for Remote Working on FYI website. Best practices and tips people of all industries who operate remotely on a daily basis.
• 23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely by Lindsey Pollak and Eileen Coombes on Inc. There are many articles with tips and hacks on remote work but this post deserves special attention. The authors, who both have professional experience in working with remote teams, enumerate the most important and helpful pieces of advice for remote workers.
• The Future of Work is Distributed, But Not Easy. One Company Shares Their Playbook. – An article on how one of the most popular productivity apps, Zapier transformed into a fully remote company
• The Ultimate List of Resources for Remote Workers by Ariel Camus on Hackernoon – things you may find helpful in remote job
• 2 weeks in: what we’ve learned about remote work by Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 -an interesting insight from one of the giants – Microsoft Corporation
• The Ultimate List of Remote Work Resources by William Gant
• Working together when we’re not together by Veronica Gilrane People Analytics Manager at Google – an article on how remote work happens at Google
• The Remote Manifesto by GitLab
• The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work for Parents – How to Survive in a Home Office With Your Kids our post on how to take care of your kids when you are stuck in home office
- The Agile Family Meeting by Bruce Feiler
An interesting read on agile development in families. Make sure to check it out if you’re struggling with chaos at home these days.
Proper tools are crucial in effective operating from home to stay connected with other team members and clients. Here are 4 categories of the most important tools you should get:
1. Time tracking
- TimeCamp – for time tracking with comprehensive statistics and timesheets
- Hubstaff – best for remote teams
- Harvest – for simple employee timesheets
- MyHours – for tracking projects and tasks
- Clockify – free time tracking (👉Free Clockify alternatives)
- Everhour – team time tracking
2. Project and task management
- HeySpace – task management with chat
- iDoneThis – powerful to-do list
- Basecamp – team task management and communication
- Asana – complex project management
- Trello – simple task management with Kanban boars
- Zenkit – project visualization and organization
- Samepage – project, task and document management for teams with chat and video calling
3. Online communication and collaboration
- Slack – chat with extensive functionalities
- Skype – online meetings and chat
- Zoom – for online meetings – unified system for all team
- Google Hangouts – video conferencing and online meetings
4. File sharing
• Outside The Valley by Arc. In this podcast, you can hear the interviews with remote startup leaders, telework advocates and CEOs of distributed teams who thrive outside of Silicon Valley.
• Remote Work Podcast – A podcast about doing your job from anywhere, how to do that, what tools to use and more
• Inside Remote – dives deep into various topics of #remotework. Join us and learn about remote work and how other remoters and companies work remotely.
• The Rework Podcast by Basecamp. A podcast about a better way to work and run your business. The hosts bring you stories and unconventional wisdom from Basecamp’s co-founders and other business owners.
• Yonder Podcast – The Yonder Podcast features interviews with people thinking about distributed teams, remote work, and how to create happy, productive, free-range workers.
• The Remote Show – The Remote Show is an interview-style podcast devoted to all things remote work, entrepreneurship, business and much more. We dive into our guest’s personal journey, discuss tips, tools, management concepts and much more in order to help today’s remote worker be more productive and fulfilled in work and in life.
• Podcast: Distributed, with Matt Mullenweg – The co-founder 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.
• The Offbeat Life Podcast by Debbie Arcangeles – The Offbeat Life Podcast interviews fearless individuals who ditched the norm in order to become Location Independent. They discuss finding purpose, defining moments that led them to change their lives, overcoming setbacks, how they create income from their passions.
If you’re not sure how to switch to remote workstyle, here are some guides that can help you:
• Why Great Teams Embrace Remote Work – a guide to remote work by Trello
• The Remoter Guide – The Remoter Guide showcases 7 chapters of practical frameworks for remote team management. With approaches crafted by Alexander Torrenegra, Co-Founder of Voice123 and Bunny Studios, the Remoter Guide covers everything from hiring for remote-first startups to creating a supportive remote work culture.
• Zapier’s guide to working remotely – Zapier is a 100% distributed company with over 300 remote employees in 17 time zones and 28 countries. Thus, the guide contains proven and effective tactics and information on how to work with a distributed team
• How the coronavirus situation helped our team implement the remote work in two days by TimeCamp – we described how we made the full transition into remote work
Forums and Communities
When you work in your home office, you are cut off from the world. Forums and communities can help you stay connected, meet new people, get advice, find answers to difficult questions, and even land a job. Thousands of people exchange information and helpful tips on forums and communities. Such platforms are also one of the best resources for problematic subjects.
The best forums and communities for remote workers:
• Reddit; the most popular threads on teleworking:
- r/digital nomad
• StackExchange – the Stack Exchange network comprises 173 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers
• Quora – one of the most popular forums for Q&A
• Slack has channels dedicated to numerous topics:
If you’re looking for a more detailed resource on teleworking, you can reach for books. With the growth of awareness about workplace culture and remote work, books are becoming a necessary guide. Below, written by professionals with experience, you can find the best books on remote working that will guide you through the topic.
• The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
The authors’ “Three-O” Model refocuses leaders to think about outcomes, others, and ourselves–elements of leadership that remain unchanged, whether employees are down the hall or halfway around the world. Filled with exercises that ensure projects stay on track, keep productivity and morale high, and build lasting relationships, this book is the go-to guide for leading effectively, no matter where people work.
👉Make sure to check out #10 episode of our podcast where Kevin Eikenberry talks about long-distance leadership
• The Art of Working Remotely by Scott Dawson (mentioned above)
With the book, you will discover how to set up a quality workspace. Learn the behaviors and practices that contribute to success.
• Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers by Kirsten Janene-Nelson and Lisette Sutherland
Packed with hands-on materials and actionable advice for cultivating camaraderie, agility, and collaboration, the book is a thorough and inspiring must-have guide for anyone who wants to get ahead in today’s remote-working world.
• Working Remotely: Secrets to Success for Employees on Distributed Teams by Holly Gordon, Mike Webber, and Teresa Douglas
Authors Mike, Holly, and Teresa discuss how to ward off toxic levels of loneliness, how to get what you need from colleagues spread across the world, and how to network and grow in your career when you are sitting in an office of one, plus many other topics that will help you survive and thrive as a teleworker.
• Remote: Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Telework increases the talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens the real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages. As Fried and Hansson explain the challenges and unexpected benefits of this phenomenon, they show why—with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo–more businesses will want to promote this model of getting things done.
Drawn from 26+ years working in distributed organizations, this book gathers what did–and did not–work from the author’s hard-learned lessons, as well as learnings from company founders, hedge fund managers, software developers, data scientists, accountants, book publishers, economists, political organizers, recruiters, military personnel, executive assistants, therapists, and medical technicians.
• Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto by Bryan Miles
In the book, entrepreneur Bryan Miles champions the benefits of teleworking, which will save your company tons of money and create an atmosphere of trust between you and your employees.
Learn the psychological secrets of persuasion that influence your remote employees to do what you need them to do.Stop chasing down your employees to make sure that their work is being done.In “Influencing Virtual Teams” you’ll get step-by-step tactics that you can implement straight away with your team to improve your team’s engagement and commitment to doing their work.
• Plandotrack Workbook and Planner for Remote and Virtual Professionals by Jennifer J. Britton
PlanDoTrack takes you step-by-step through a series of reflective questions in the areas of business, remote and virtual leadership, teamwork fundamentals, your business ecosystem, and key elements for growing your business or team. These areas focus on supporting to you gain clarity and identify priorities, to undertake more consistent action.
Written for the new freelancer or remote employee, The Work at Home Success Guide will show you how to skip as much of the struggle as possible and be more successful being your own boss.
If your company had to close its operational activities for the time of quarantine and you are left with nothing to do but bills still need to be paid, here are the best websites with remote jobs that will help you survive:
• We Work Remotely – the largest remote jobs community in the world. With over 2.5M monthly visitors, WWR is the #1 destination to find and list incredible remote jobs.
• Working Nomads – jobs for digital nomads and not only
• Upwork – a popular platform with many gigs for beginners and experts
• Freelancer – one of the most popular platforms for freelancers – you will find here any type of a remote job
• Stack Overflow – remote jobs for developers
• Toptal – here, you can find all types of jobs
Reports and Statistics
If you need some data, numbers, graphs, and statistics, here it comes:
• State Of Remote Work by Buffer
• 2018 Survey of Remote Employees by TSheets
• 2019 survey of remote workers and their employers by TSheets
• State of the American Workplace by Gallup
- Pulse of Remote Work: Before & After COVID-19 – by Pipefy
• Udemy– a platform with courses on numerous topics
• edX– founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. Not only for students.
• Coursera – offers massive open online courses, specializations, and degrees
We all need to cheer up sometimes, especially during stressful situations or a long day at the home office.
• 50 things only remote workers understand gathered by InVision team
•A Video Conference Call in Real Life by Trip and Tyler (video)
•A Conference Call in Real Life by Trip and Tyler (video)
Did I miss something? Is there a resource you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments section below!
✍ Last updated November 2020