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New to Working from Home? Free Resources for Remote Workers


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Have you suddenly found yourself needing to adapt to working from home due to the coronavirus scare? While some can thrive on working at home, many people around the world have been thrown into a new work environment that has a steep learning curve.

We want to help take out the complication of working from home. Here are free or reduced-cost resources to make your transition into the remote lifestyle a lot easier.

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Career-Focused Resources

The following resources are ideal for setting up the same functions of a traditional office in the comfort of your home.

Hourly Tracker

When you need to track your billable hours for employer or clients, we recommend Clockify. This software is free, and it allows you to effortlessly keep track of your hours in convenient daily, weekly, monthly, and annual spreadsheets.

Accounting Software

Online accounting software is far more user-friendly than traditional programs like QuickBooks. Depending on your budget, we have two recommendations that allow you to easily create invoices, track expenses, and much more.

Handdy Invoice is free software that lets you create basic invoices and keep track of payments. It’s great for freelancers or small businesses.

FreshBooks has a free option, but if you want more features and better aesthetics, we recommend going with the payable option. They have a great deal going on right now because of COVID-19.

Focus and Concentration

There has been a spike in research showing how different types of instrumental music can help improve focus and concentration. If you find that your attention is waning while working from home, Focus at Will might be able to help.

According to the website, the music can increase productivity and enhance focus and attention. There is currently a one-week free for new members and all plans are priced at half off the normal price. [1]

Conference Calls and Meetings

Meetings are an unavoidable part of business. Thankfully, you can have your conference calls and meetings online.

Skype is the most popular free option, allowing you to have face-to-face video calls or phone calls with team members or your boss.

However, if you want a higher quality software with more options, we recommend Zoom. It starts out as a free service, but if your business relies on meetings, we suggest paying for the upgrade.

E-mail and Project Organization

Have you ever had to search through a 50-e-mail thread to find one piece of information? It’s frustrating and it wastes time. Thankfully, Slack is a superior alternative to traditional e-mail.

Slack uses channels to separate projects and include those who need to be involved. There is a ton of additional features that will skyrocket productivity. We use Slack every day and we love it.

Diet and Exercise

Gyms and training studios are closed, but the following resources can help you get back into a normal diet and exercise routine.

Diet and Meal Planning

Want to try new recipes and get into the habit of meal prep? Check out Tasty, a great resource for free recipes and cooking classes. All videos are beginner-friendly and broken down step-by-step.

Exercise

YouTube has hundreds of free workouts that focus on bodyweight exercises, which means you don’t need equipment! Depending on your goals, here are some free online workouts to consider:

Fat loss
Muscle building
Muscle strength

Recovery and Injury Reduction

Do you find yourself sitting or standing more due to working at home? We highly recommend making compression socks a part of your daily routine.

Compression socks have been shown to improve blood flow, which is important for avoiding the development of varicose veins or clots. They also boost performance and recovery when you’re working out at home.

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Pick Up a New Hobby

Quarantine doesn’t have to be all about work. It can also be a great time to pick up a new hobby. Here are a few incredible deals:

Guitar Lessons

Right now, Fender is offering three months of free guitar lessons. It’s never been a better time to pick up that acoustic or electric guitar.

Meditation

Feeling stressed during these crazy times? Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety while improving focus. Headspace is a meditation app that teaches you everything you need to know. Right now, they are offering two weeks free. [2]

Draw and Paint

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw or paint? Now is your chance. Drawspace will get you on your way with guided lessons. Best of all, you can sign up and start for free.


References

1. Mossbridge, Julia. (2016). The Influence of Streamlined Music on Cognition and Mood.
2. Chen KW, Berger CC, Manheimer E, et al. Meditative therapies for reducing anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Depression and Anxiety. 2012;29(7):545–562.

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