February 7, 2022
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BY:
Alexandra Wyllie

The Best Productivity Apps & Tools in 2022

The tools you need for remote and hybrid teams that will boost productivity and collaboration 

The Best Productivity Apps & Tools for online & web in 2022

  • Slack
  • Hubspot
  • Clockify
  • Asana
  • Monday.com
  • Microsoft 365
  • Trello
  • Harvest
  • Zoom
  • Fin

Having the right productivity tools can make or break, not just your workday, but your whole project. Miscommunication, misplaced files, and vague deadlines could lead your otherwise well-thought-out and brilliant project down the wrong path. We know this, 37% of managers agree that keeping the team on track to achieve goals is the most important part of their role. It feels like every day there is an app, extension, or piece of software that promises to make your work life easier and your team more productive. Today we cut through the noise to bring you the top 10 productivity tools that will keep you and your team on track. 

1- Slack

When an email feels too formal, instant messaging is the online version of popping into someone’s office for a “quick chat” but not all instant messaging software is built equal. Slack allows you to have all the right people in the right place, with the ability to create “channels” that keep you focused, perform audio and video calls and collaborate with people outside of your company securely, it has everything you need to keep your team as productive as possible. Slack is easy and straightforward to set up and navigate, allowing you to stay focused on what’s really important; getting to work (or, finding out what everyone is having for lunch).

Category

Remote meeting tool/IM software. 

Price

Begin with a free trial and then $8 for a month for Pro and $15 per month for Business+

Best for

Keeping all ideas and information securely in one place. 

2- Hubspot

Founded in 2006 an inbound marketing and sales software and is both powerful and easy to use. Not only does Hubspot have endless courses in how to use their own software, as well as anything else you can think of when it comes to marketing and sales, they offer various “hubs” so you know you’re investing in the right software for your team. For example, there is a marketing hub that includes SEO features and social media management, while the sales hub covers document management and tracking, as well as contact management and customer profiles. Plans and bundles can be tweaked and customized to fit you and your business needs.

Category

CRM platform. 

Price

Starts at $35 a month for the starter SRM Suite 

Best for

Turning leads into customers with all tools in one place. 

3- Clockify

Clockify is a smarter way to track team productivity, attendance, and billable hours. Using a simple time tracker and timesheet, Clockify allows you to track hours using a timer as well as manage time in a calendar. You can visualize time breakdown and export that information as a PDF, CSV, or Excel spreadsheet. Managers can also use Clockify to schedule work and shifts, as well as track expenses and invoices. Time tracking enables teams to manage their hours better, as they begin to understand specif jobs will take and create a workflow that works.  

Category

Time tracking software. 

Price

The basic software is free forever, however, you can upgrade to standard ($5.49), pro ($7.99), and enterprise ($11.99) for added features. 

Best for

Boosting productivity, billing clients, managing teams, and analyzing your company’s efficiency. 

4- Fin 

‍As more and more teams begin working from home and remotely, having software that allows for easy insight analysis of workflows is crucial. Even for teams that continue to work within the office, understanding user workflows allows operations teams to improve team engagement, productivity, and the customer experience. That is where Fin comes in. Fin is a Work Insights Platform that enables customer operations teams to achieve more with less. Using an easy-to-install browser plugin, Fin integrates with hundreds of other software, even those you built yourself. 

Category

Work Insights Platform.  

Price

$20 per user per month + $10 for optional screen & audio recording with cloud storage. 

Best for

Providing visibility into how people are working across SaaS applications. 

5-Asana

It’s time to ditch the pen and paper to-do list for something a little more 2021, although Asana is much more than a to-do list. Their “list view” allows team members to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done, what is a priority, and when it’s due, while the “timeline” feature allows you to manage overlapping tasks. As well as all that, Asana allows you to automate your work routine with forms, templates, and approval software, keeping your team more on task and productive rather than being bogged down with repetitive tasks. 

Asana also integrates with over 100 different platforms, from Google Drive to Zoom, meaning your workflow continues to be streamlined, effortless, and most importantly, productive. 

Category

Organizer/To-do list. 

Price

Free for the basics, then $10.99 per user per month for Asana Business and $24.99

per user, per month for Business.

Best for

Keeping your team on task and managing workflows. 

6- Monday.com

Monday.com is a must-have platform for teams who are remote working. With collaborative docs, real-time data insights, the ability to visualize project milestones and automate tasks, Monday.com is looking to become your one-stop-shop for online workspaces. Monday.com has been used by companies like Hulu and Coca Cola so you know it’s able to handle any size of project or team you want to throw at it. The software is easy to use and understand, leaving no room for error when it comes to keeping your team on task and on deadline. 

Category

Workspace / Work OS

Price

Free for individuals (up to two people), $8 per person per month for Standard and $16 per person per month for Pro 

Best for

Creating transparency within teams and workflows. 

7- Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 has been the backbone of businesses for years, offering easy-to-use document creation, spreadsheet, and presentation software, as well as email, IM and video conferencing, and OneDrive for storage. Microsoft 365 enables teams to work collaboratively in real-time as well as offering hundreds of pre-made templates for documents and presentations. 

Category

Price

For business, prices state at $5 per person and go up to $20 per person for business premium. 

Best for

Creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations and working collaboratively. 

8- Trello

Trello aims to make collaboration between teams easier by using boards, lists, and cards to organize workflows. By using boards to show “to do” lists, as well as “doing” and “done” for example, Trello enables teams to have more transparency about what they are working on, what still needs to be done, and what is already finished. Trello is used by companies like Google and Squarespace and integrates with other tools such as Dropbox and Slack. 

Category

List-making application

Price

Free for individuals, $5 for standard, $10 for premium, and $17.50 per user for enterprise 

Best for

Creating transparency within teams and workflows and keeping teams on track. 

9- Harvest

Launched by Iridesco LLC in 2006, Harvest is a web-based time tracking solution that promises to improve profitability with less effort. As well as time tracking, Harvest enables users to report and analyze data, get paid with native invoicing, and integrate with tools such as Slack and Zendesk. You can plan and estimate projects with real data, as well as manage team capacity workflow, allowing your team to make data-based decisions that will improve productivity. 

Category

Time tracking software. 

Price

Start with a 30-day free trial, and then upgrade to $12 a month per seat fo their pro version. 

Best for

Easy time tracking, seamless invoice and payments and insights into your projects and teams. 

10- Zoom

If we could give our 2019 selves any advice, it would be to invest in Zoom. Due to the global COVD-19 pandemic, Zoom has become a key asset for companies and organizations. However, even as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, many companies and employees are looking to work remotely, or at least in a hybrid fashion, and Zoom closes the gap between real-life meetings and emails. Zoom meetings are easy to set up and run, you can screen share and message privately, making it the all-around tool for video conferencing in 2022. 

Category

Video conferencing and cloud phone 

Price

Zoom has various plans for Zoom Meetings, phone, events + webinars, and Zoom Rooms. For personal use, Zoom Meeting is free, then ranges between $120 to $200. 

Best for

Remote work meetings, video calls, and hosting webinars and events. 

Want to know about Fin? Get in touch with our team today.

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