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11 of the Best Remote Work Software Options

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen remote work ramp up as companies encourage their teams to work from home and limit the spread of COVID-19.

However, even before this pandemic, remote work was rising in popularity. A survey of 2,500 remote workers found that 99% want to work remotely for the rest of their careers.

When you’re managing a remote team, whether just temporarily or for the foreseeable future, technology can either be a time-saver or a burden. Even if your team already uses digital tools, you’ll likely still need to seek out new software that can streamline the remote work process.

With so many things to oversee — from tracking your team’s progress to making sure that everyone is happy at work — doing everything manually is simply ineffective.

Having a proper set of remote work software affords several benefits for your team, from saving precious time to constantly performing at a high level.

With the best technology for working remotely in your arsenal, you can help unlock your team’s potential. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the 11 best technology solutions for remote workers that will effectively support your vital business functions.

Hubstaff dashboard for productivity time tracking
When you’re first transitioning to remote work, you’ll want an app that can keep track of work hours and progress as easily as it’s done in an office. That’s Hubstaff.

Built by a remote team for remote teams, Hubstaff is a time tracking and work management app built to help teams make the most out of their time, build trust, and provide accountability.

From the lightweight desktop app for Mac, Windows, or Linux (there are web and mobile versions, too), your team can start and stop working with one click as needed throughout the day.

This is especially important as people adjust to remote work and in consideration of the current global mindset. Teams may be more distracted or need to stop working to take care of other issues, and Hubstaff makes it easy to do that.

Hubstaff will automatically record the hours teams work, with accountability features such as app and URL tracking, optional screenshots per user, and idle time reminders for when a team member forgets to stop the timer.

Hubstaff eliminates the need to manually compute for the total time worked by your team, which is a time-consuming and highly unproductive task.

From the dashboard, you can see:

How active your team is at work with keyboard and mouse activity rates
Where work hours are spent per project and task
Your team’s progress over time with random screenshot capturing once, twice, or three times per ten minutes (or turned off altogether)
These productivity features are customizable and can be turned off for each employee. Read our guide on how to implement remote worker monitoring in your company.

How to Use LinkedIn Ads to Reach Your Target Audience

Are you reaching the right audience on LinkedIn? Wondering how to better target prospects and leads with LinkedIn ads?

In this article, you’ll discover how to target your ideal audience with LinkedIn advertising.

#1: Use LinkedIn Audience Attributes to Describe Your Ideal Customer
We know that LinkedIn is the number-one social media platform for B2B but how do you know if you’re reaching the right target audience? And will advertising on LinkedIn help?

Whatever marketing channel you choose, when you’re marketing to everyone, you’re marketing to no one. Reaching the right people, at the right time, with the right message, in the right place is an old marketing mantra that I believe will always ring true but you need to know what’s right to begin with.

Targeting the right people is fundamental. On LinkedIn, you can reach business professionals who are seeking to advance their careers, build their networks, and promote their skills and knowledge by using the following options:

Company—connections, followers, industry, and company name and size
Demographics—age and gender
Education—degrees, fields of study, and specific schools
Job Experience—job functions, job seniority, job titles, member skills, and years of experience
Interests and Traits—member interests and groups
Can you describe your ideal customer using these attributes? You might need to do some research by diving into LinkedIn profiles to look for information and perhaps speak to relevant people to find out some more details.

Why is this so important? A well-defined customer persona (also often referred to as an avatar) allows you to personalize your marketing messages. When you use personalization in your messaging, and ensure that it’s highly relevant to people’s needs, they’re more likely to value you and your business. This focused effort means you’ll also be able to maximize your return on investment (ROI).

To define your audience, first use the list of targeting options above to describe your ideal customer. Then make a list of your top customers and review their LinkedIn profiles against the list. Does it match?

If the answer is no, you need to ask why this might be, and consider what actions you might need to take within your business.

If yes, great; read on to find out how you can find more of the same types of people on LinkedIn.

#2: Build a Basic LinkedIn Target Audience From Scratch
LinkedIn offers a range of useful advertising options and the ability to target messages to niche audiences. The platform supports a range of display, text, video, carousel, and dynamic advertising formats, plus you can integrate lead generation forms into your campaigns.

You can choose from three advertising formats on LinkedIn:

Text ads are pay-per-click (CPC) or cost-per-impression (CPM) ads that appear down the right-hand side of your LinkedIn home page on desktop. They’re available in four formats: square, tall, horizontal, and long.
Sponsored content is advertising that appears directly in the LinkedIn feeds of professionals you want to reach. Single-image ads, carousel ads, and video ads can be displayed on desktop and mobile.
Message ads (previously known as sponsored InMail) let you deliver personalized content through LinkedIn Messenger. You purchase them on a cost-per-send basis, which means you only pay for each message that gets delivered on desktop and mobile.
Note: Dynamic ads, which can uniquely target an individual to include their photo and name, can only be deployed by speaking directly to a LinkedIn representative.

To get started with LinkedIn advertising, log into Campaign Manager, LinkedIn’s self-service platform for ad management. Then click Create Campaign.

You’ll be prompted to select an objective for your LinkedIn campaign.

What Type of Employee Are You in the Workplace?

The workplace is full of many things — staplers, mostly-full coffee cups, sticky notes that people sort-of use — but it is not full of robots. Employees come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has their own style and flair that they bring to work and that impacts how they want to be treated.

To be an effective manager, it’s important to know the different work personality types in your organization. Just like knowing your own Meyers-Briggs type or Enneagram number, it will help you understand how your team members work best with others and what enables them to be the most productive. Each type requires a unique approach when it comes to leading and managing.

Types of employee personalities in the workplace
1. The analyst
This is the type of person who thinks practically and makes logical decisions. In the workplace, even if they have limited experience, they know how to problem-solve even the most complex issues and get the results your team needs with limited effort. They’re not perfect and make mistakes like anyone, but the analyst is really good at learning when they fail and surpassing expectations the next time around.

To best manage an analyst, it’s a good idea to give them space as they work but to make sure you’re challenging them as they go along. It’s easy for analysts to become bored at work, so making sure you’re keeping them busy is essential. Analysts also make great managers and can even advance up the ladder as they grow.

Recommended roles: Accounts, quality control, businesses analyst

2. The cheerleader
We all know a cheerleader. They’re the first to volunteer, last to speak, and the most active person on the random company Slack threads. While they appear to be a bit over-enthusiastic and opinionated on the surface, they never fail to be consistent, reliable, positive, and organized. They turn in work before it’s due and represent your company the way you wish everyone else did.

They’re the model student of the business. This is why they often turn out to be great leaders. Their energetic and contagious attitude towards every part of life seeps into everything they do. If you take the time to get to know them, odds are, they will end up being one of your closest friends.

To best manage a cheerleader, just be sure to supervise them enough — at a distance, though. They don’t need a lot of management, but you may have to step in from time to time to let them know they’re going a bit too far.

Recommended roles: Operations manager, marketing manager, sales

3. The silent tornado
Sometimes, the best ideas come from the quietest of people. The silent tornado is just that — a force of nature often overlooked in a professional atmosphere because of their quiet demeanor. Their insecurity is their biggest hurdle, as it causes them to second guess everything they do.

But, if you give them the extra encouragement they need, the silent tornado won’t fail to excel at whatever they do. Frequently, they just need to be given their moment of the spotlight to voice their ideas and know they have the time and space to process information the way they need to.

To best manage a silent tornado, ensure they have a safe, quiet space for them to work. Give them enough freedom to work at their own pace and encourage them to share their ideas whenever possible.

Recommended roles: Creative team member, field researcher, HR

The Definitive Guide to Managing a Remote Team

I decided to write this book for several reasons. First, it’s my passion. Online and remote business has been my life for over 15 years now. I’ve built several businesses to several million annually, and in order to do that, you simply can’t do it all yourself.

So I realized very quickly that I needed help if I was going to remain sane.

But there are several problems that arise once you get “help.”

In many cases, it’s actually the beginning of the downfall of the business.

This book is going to help you avoid that, by teaching you exactly what you need to do to successfully manage a remote team.

Why I chose remote and never looked back
I’ll never have an office again and I am proud of it. I can absolutely do everything virtually that a company can do in an office.

That includes running a leaner business that is more profitable, and enjoying my life more without an “office.”

Hubstaff is not alone in this. According to a workplace survey, only 30% of those surveyed rely completely on local talent.

The remaining companies surveyed rely on virtual and remote talent to get more done. This is a good indicator of the productivity benefits of remote teams.

Since starting my first remote business, I’ve developed a ton of systems and processes for managing teams online and increasing productivity. This book is going to share them with you, and the theories behind them. I’m going to outline a step-by-step process that will not always be easy to follow, but it will save your business from many tough situations.

There are several times in this book, that you will probably disagree with me. There are several times where I’ll probably sound too harsh or uncaring, but what you are getting is my raw, uncut experiences.

Welcome to the world of outsourcing and virtual teams. Prepare to toughen up… This is not an easy gig. No excuses. That goes for everyone on the team.

Log cabins

Lugarde is known as the garden house specialist. Our employees are ready for you every working day. In addition, we can provide advice on the construction of a log cabin, but also on the type of garden house that suits you best and how you can design your house.

In addition to our specialists, there is also a styling specialist available so that you can always choose the right house that fits your garden. Buying a garden house requires a lot of orientation, but the employees of Lugarde will assist you throughout the ride.

Buy a garden house at Lugarde

Do you want to buy a garden house today? We at Lugarde love quality and beautiful garden houses. That way we only offer the best accessories at our garden houses. For example, we have our own paint machine that delivers the best paint stain and can already offer your garden house protection up to 12 years!

Even when it comes to roofing, we have access to the best material, such as top quality EPDM, roof shingles of home quality and roof tile profile plates, we only deliver in HPS coating. We believe that you should get value for your money and we only deliver products that we ourselves would like to see in our own garden.

Log cabins

Wooden gazebos

If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden and are looking for something to occupy that space, then why not consider installing a gazebo? Elegant and relaxing, a gazebo is something many homeowners dream about for their garden. Installing a gazebo can be easier than you think and will deliver incredible benefits to your family.

This garden structure can improve the backyard, create the ideal place to relax, and increase the value of your home. It can be as practical as it is charming.

Often built as a standalone outdoor structure in a yard, a gazebo consists of a platform with a roof over top. There is often railing around part of the structure. Most gazebo designs are octagon or hexagon in shape, although some are based on a rectangle or square. They can be installed near the flower beds as a viewing spot or by the poolside for a lounge area.

Main Benefits

Low Maintenance: keeping a gazebo clean and in top condition is straightforward. Simply mix some detergent and water together, grab a sponge or a very soft brush and give the fabric a quick once over.

Social Boost: when you’ve got the comfort of fantastic cover all year round, you can afford to entertain friends and family more often, without having to worry about the weather conditions.

Visually Pleasing: modern design ensures that gazebos stylishly complements the look of any home or outdoor area. Whether you’re using it by the pool or to provide some protection for the kids while they play in the backyard, you can be sure that your gazebo will function reliably, while looking fantastic.

Good for the Kids: having a gazebo in the backyard can give your kids a suitable place to play that protects them from the elements.

Wooden gazebos