On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization made an announcement in which they characterized the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) as a pandemic. Following the announcement, countries were placed on lockdown and people were forced to practice social distancing. This is done to curb the virus spread.
Due to social distancing, people are forced to work from home and embrace a remote working lifestyle. While some of us are lucky to have the option to work remotely, others don’t. Infact, many people are bound to lose their jobs because companies are going to find it harder to make profit in such times. In the coming quarter, businesses are going to experience a slow down.
While there is much to worry about, there is a lot to be hopeful for.
They say, where there is darkness, there is light!
As a response to COVID-19, many companies are offering some of their premium services for free but for a limited period. Some of the tools were a massive help for us at BlogVault as we struggled to switch to remote. And so we thought others many also benefit from using such tools.
Therefore, we are listing down all those who we found are offering premium services for free for a limited period of time. Hopefully, that’ll assist your team to make a switch to remote without incurring additional cost.
Onwards and upwards!
Note: As we are learning about more free tools and resources, we are adding them to this article. Moreover, if you are aware of any other tools and resources or if you are offering any tools and resources for free, we’d love to add them to this list. You can inform us by filling up this form.
i. Communication Tools
Google is offering advanced features on its video-conferencing tool, Hangouts Meet and the distance learning tool, Google Classroom to all their G Suite users. Primarily designed for remote-working employees, teachers, and students, using these tools you can have 250 participants in a single call and live streaming to 100,000 viewers.
You can get a free trial of the G-Suite here.
Microsoft is offering a free six-months trial of their collaboration software, Microsoft Teams to allow remote workers to schedule video calls and conferences. users.
The Microsoft Team tool is being offered as part of the Office 365 E1 trial pack.
Zoom is offering free accounts of their video conferencing tool for both schools and businesses in virus-affected areas, including the U.S., China, and Italy. The company has eliminated time limits for video chats with their free accounts. Students who only have access to a smartphone can now easily join a video call.
Students (or educators) have to fill up an online form with the school’s official email address and domain address.
4. Breezy HR
In the current circumstance, office-based (or on-site) recruitment has become a challenge for most hiring companies. Breezy HR has made tools like live video interviewing and video-based assessments free of charge for all businesses for a minimum of 60 days.
Sign up on their website or app page for a free account.
Brosix has announced team communication support for remote workers and users in affected areas. This includes the offer for free private team networks for three months.
Employees, who are currently working from home, can sign up here for a free Brosix team network.
LogMeIn has announced that their Emergency Remote Work Kits is available for 3 months for free. This kit includes free use of the GoToMeeting tool for three months along with other LogMeIn products for video conferencing, virtual events, and IT support for remote devices. The emergency kit is available for health care workers, educational firms, and non-profit organizations.
To avail of this free kit, contact the company here.
7. Cisco Webex
Cisco Webex has decided to support remote workers by offering Cisco Webex for free for 2 months. Some of the features that you can use include unlimited usage and support for up to 100 participants. (This offer is currently available for businesses who are not using the Webex tool.)
For information on how to avail of this offer, visit this page.
Accelo provides cloud-based tools and solutions that enable customers to grow their professional services. They are offer Service Operations (or ServOps) platform that’ll enable better collaboration among remote workers.
You can avail the service from here.
The tool offers a cloud-based phone system to its global customers which are said to be very easy to set up. Aircall is offering “App Marketplace” through which you can integrate the Aircall tool with over 50 other existing tools, including AI & Transcription, CRM, eCommerce, and HR & Recruiting.
Learn more details about the Aircall App Marketplace on this page.
Wish to communicate with your remote-working colleagues or share across files safely? Skype is the preferred tool globally, and it’s completely free to use. This tool facilitates voice-based calls or even video chats across multiple devices, including desktop, smartphones, and tablets.
You can download the Skype tool for either desktop or your mobile phone from this download page.
Slack is an online messaging tool for any enterprise that enables both group and direct messaging between team members. This free tool is suited for small teams looking for a messaging tool for an unlimited time. Some of its tool features include one-to-one video and voice calls, storage and access of around 10,000 recent messages, and integration with other popular apps like Google Drive and Office 365.
This messaging tool is supported on Windows, Linux, Apple iOS and Android, and also on Apple Watch. You can download Slack on your Windows system from this page.
12. Workplace From Facebook
Owned by Facebook, Workplace is a free instant messaging tool that can facilitate work collaborations among colleagues. The free-to-download tool is packed with features like group video calls (for up to 20 users), ample file storage, workplace chat, and live video streaming.
You can download the free version of the Workplace from the Facebook app from this link.
ii. Free Student Programs
Scholastic has launched the “Learn At Home” program to facilitate students who are unable to attend school due to the outbreak. This program is designed for students from pre-kindergarten until the sixth grade (or higher). This free program provides around 3 hours of daily learning, including writing projects, virtual field trips, and geographical challenges.
You can sign up for this program on this page.
iii. Free Book on Remote Work
To promote remote work, Basecamp is offering a full refund to anyone who is purchasing their book on remote work – called ‘REMOTE: Office Not Required.’ For a full refund, you need to tweet a picture of yourself holding the book and a receipt that it was purchased after on 3/10/20 or later.
To apply for a refund check out Jason Fried’s Twitter account.
They’re flying in! Using Basecamp to keep track of them. We’ll check them off once we’ve sent the refund. The little note icon after a to-do leads to a picture of their receipt. pic.twitter.com/6Z2uqtppro
— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) March 11, 2020
iv. Marketing Tools
1. Digital Marketer
DM lab is a membership community of over 10,000 marketers and founders, plus all the checklists, templates, and training you need to get marketing done. They are offering complete access to DM Lab for free to help those impacted by COVID-19.
You can access DM Lab access from here.
v. File Hosting Tool
Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting company and they are offering free subscriptions for their Dropbox Business tool to NGOs and non-profit organizations that are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sign up for the COVID-19 Donation Program by registering here.
vi. Team Management Tool
Monday.com provides a team management platform that connects remote employees to work processes and tools. They are offering free access to their platform for any non-profit organization currently fighting the Coronavirus outbreak. The company is also providing free support to help quickly configure the tool.
You need to fill up and submit this online form.
Asana is a free SaaS tool that lets you manage your work more efficiently. Some of its main features include customizable dashboards, assignment of subtasks, customizable calendar, and activity feeds.
If you are an Android user, you can download and install the free Asana for Android app from the Google Play Store.
3. World Time Buddy
World Time Buddy (or WTB) is a world clock that also shows time zones (across the world) and can schedule online meetings.
vii. Business Management Tool
PayMo is an online work management platform that enables project delivery by offering task management, time tracking, project management, and other tasks. To facilitate students and university professors whose daily work and study have been affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, the company is offering them free access to their platform for one year.
Sign up for this free service by entering your official school email address.
Operating as a SaaS company, Scoro Software offers a suite of business management tools for both professionals and creative agencies. Some of the software tools developed by the company include functions like project management, team management, professional services, and sales & billing.
To facilitate remote workers, the company is offering a 14-day free trial period of their platform, along with an 8-step guide on how to leverage the most from this free trial.
Read this step-by-step guide by Liis Milk by clicking this link.
Wrike is a SaaS-based tool that enables online project management through features like organized file management, easy time tracking, resources management, task management, and much more.
Available for a team of 5 users, you can sign-up for the free version of the Wrike tool here.
Podio enables web-based project management and is being used by realtors and real estate brokers as a useful CRM tool. Some of the in-built features of this tool include automated workflows, scheduling of meetings, data visualization, task management, and much more.
Available for a group of five employees, you can sign up for the free version of this tool on this page.
5. Basecamp Personal
The Basecamp tool is positioned as a project management and communication tool for work-from-home employees. Basecamp Personal is a completely 100% free plan suited for freelancers, students, and family members. This free tool can be used for three projects, up to 20 users, and includes 1GB of free storage space.
You can sign-up for the Basecamp Personal tool from this page.
viii. Collaboration Tool
Used by over 83,000 brands, Smartsheet offers a Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS) platform that can be used for activities like task assignment, project tracking, document sharing, and calendars. The platform serves as an effective web-based collaboration tool for remote workers and organizations. Smartsheet is offering free templates that can help organizations build their Coronavirus preparedness dashboard.
You can access the Coronavirus preparedness templates here.
Airtable offers cloud-based collaboration using spreadsheets as a tool. They are offering their Airtable Pro plan for free to any humanitarian organization working on providing relief in Coronavirus-affected areas. The plan can be used for free for the next three months.
You need to fill this online form with your details.
TeamViewer is a free collaboration tool used for quality teamwork and even for private use. Used by 2 billion connected devices, the tool is a good fit for conducting online meetings, web conferencing, and much more. This free-to-download tool is supported on multiple platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and Apple iOS.
You can download TeamViewer for Windows tool on this page.
RingCentral Glip is an online collaboration tool that allows team messaging along with other facilities like file sharing, task managing, and screen sharing. Other features provided by this free tool include video meetings and integration with Google Drive and Jira.
You can start with the free version of this tool that offers unlimited chat and storage facilities along with 500 minutes of video conferencing and screen sharing. Sign-up for the free plan here.
Confluence enables teams to collaborate and efficiently share knowledge. The tool can be used for various work-related functions like capturing project requirements, assigning user-specific tasks, and using a team calendar.
Depending on your collaboration requirements, you can opt for the right free plan from this page. Each of these free plans includes support for ten users (or 3 agents), 2GB of free storage, and free community support.
ix. Web Application Integration Tool
The tool allows users to integrate web applications like Gmail, Slack, and Mailchimp without knowing how to code. Zapier is offering free access to its automation and communication tools to groups who are actively engaged in fighting the spread of the Coronavirus. This includes hospitals, public health officials, and any non-government humanitarian organization.
You can get access to the starter kit of Zapier by filling this online form.
x. Productivity Tool
Toggl is the best time-tracking app that lets you track your daily activities and improve your productivity. Some of its best features include a one-click timer, time tracking reminders, and integrations with over 100 other apps.
Sign up for this free tool on this page.
Noisli provides a mix of different background sounds that can improve your focus and overall productivity. This tool packs in features such as curated playlists, text editor, and a timer function.
Sign up for a free version of this tool (supporting one user) that includes 16 background sounds, one curated playlist, and 1.5 hours of daily streaming.
3. Focus Booster
Focus Booster is primarily a productivity tool for any business looking to improve employee productivity and manage freelancers and consultants. A few of these tool features include the use of the effective Pomodoro technique, instant timesheets, easy reporting, and dashboard visibility.
For a free tool version, opt for the Starter monthly plan that includes 20 Pomodoro sessions, a Pomodoro timer, time tracking, and productivity reporting. Sign-up for the starter plan here.
Evernote is a popular tool that has been designed for preparing personal (or professional) notes and managing daily tasks. With the Windows version of this tool, you can create and update notes and clips from your desktop computer. Among its key features, you can sync these notes from various devices on a single cloud-based account.
Windows users, along with Android and Apple users, can download this free tool from this page.
xi. Articles on Remote Work
a. Articles For Employer
- Work From Anywhere: Does It Actually Work?
- 6 Tips For Managing Remote Employees: How To Maintain Productivity And Engagement
- 4 Reasons Why A Remote Workforce Is Better For Business
- 7 Benefits Of Working From Home For Employers
- 7 Reasons Employers Like Work-From-Home Arrangements
- 11 Essential Tips For Managing Remote Employees
- Best Practices: The Top 13 Ways To Manage Remote Employees
- Can Working From Home Increase Employee Productivity?
- Close Your Office. Now. How Operate Your StartUp Under Lock-Down
- How Companies Benefit When Employees Work Remotely
- How To Create An Effective Work-From-Home Policy
- How To Enable Remote Work At Your Company Topics: Remote Work
- How To Explain The Benefits Of Working Remotely To Your Employer
- How To Transition To Remote Work In A Hurry
- How Working From Home Benefits The Employee And The Employer
- If Employees Want To Work From Home, Why Not Let Them? | Gene Marks
- Is It Time To Let Employees Work From Anywhere?
- Research Shows That Working From Home Benefits Both Employees And The Employer
- Slack On Slack: Adapting The Way We Work When Offices Need To Close – Several People Are Typing
- State Of Remote Work 2019
- The Benefits Of Working From Home
- National #WFHweek: Your Future At Work Could Be From Home
- The Positive Benefits Of Working Remotely For Employees
- The Virtual Work Space: What Are The Benefits And Risks?
- These Are The Top Four Benefits Of Working At Home
- Useful Tips For Effective Remote Team Working
b. Articles For Employee
- 4 Productivity Tips For Remote Workers | Career Advice
- 5 Tips For Staying Productive And Mentally Healthy While You’re Working From Home
- 7 Effective Remote Work Tips And Best Practices
- 7 Tips For Remote Workers To Make You More Productive And Less Stressed
- 8 Best Practices For Successful Remote Workers
- 8 Remote Working Tips For Beginners
- 8 Remote Working Tips For Beginners
- 8 Tips To Set Up Your Home Office For Serious Productivity
- 9 Productivity Tips For Effective Remote Working
- 9 Reasons Why You Should Work From Home
- 9 Working From Home Best Practices To Boost Productivity
- 10 Hacks To Improve Your Home Office Productivity
- 10 Tips To Help You Be More Efficient Working From Home
- 10 Ways To Stay Ultra-Productive When You Work From Home
- 10+ Best Remote Working Tips For Instant Productivity Boost
- 11 Best Practices For Working Remotely
- 11 Work From Home Tips If You’re Remote
- 13 Best Practices For Working From Home
- 14 Work-At-Home Tips To Increase Productivity & Avoid Distractions
- 15 Working From Home Productivity Statistics To Know In 2020
- 16 Home Office Setup Ideas
- 32 Working From Home Tips That Actually Work (Updated)
- 30 Remote Working Tips
- A New Study Reveals Why Working From Home Makes Employees More Productive
- Be Prepared To Work From Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak
- Experts Weigh-In: Tips & Best Practices To Working Remote
- Five Tips For Becoming A Successful Remote Worker, According To 450 Remote Professionals [New Data]
- Get Organized: 20 Tips For Working From Home
- Getting More Done When You Work From Home
- Here’s How To Stay Productive — And Connected — When You Work From Home
- Working Remotely: The Pros And Cons Of Working From Home
- How To Design The Ideal Home Office
- How To Keep Productive And Motivated While Working From Home
- How To Make Working From Home As Great As It Sounds (And Actually Get The Work Done)
- How To Set Up A Workable Home Office
- How To Work From Home Even If You Don’t Have Coronavirus
- How To Work From Home And Stay Ultra-Productive
- How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind (What A Fulltime Job, 3 Kids, 1 Dog And A Hamster Have Taught Me)
- How To Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully
- Remote Work: Tips & Tools For Working Remotely And Still Being The Best
- I Tested 5 Of The Best Remote Working Tips To Find Out If You Can Really Trust Them
- If You Work From Home, Use These 12 Crucial Tips Every Day
- Is Working From Home The Future Of Productivity?
- Productivity, Retention And Cost Savings: Why Working From Home Benefits Employees And Employers
- Staying Focused When You’re Working From Home: Deal With Distractions To Get Everything Done
- Staying Productive While Working Remotely With Microsoft Teams
- The Benefits Of Remote Work—For Both Employees And Managers
- The Essential Guide To Setting Up A Home Office
- The Future Of Remote Work
- The Greatest Battle: Working From Home Vs Working From An Office (Which Option Is Right For You)
That’s it for now. We’ll expand the list as we learn about more companies giving away tools in response to Coronavirus.
Everyone struggles with sudden, unprecedented change. It’s great to see companies trying to do their bit in facilitating connectivity. You too can do your part taking the following steps –
- Bookmark this article so that you can return to it when you need.
- Share it with your team members, and other business owners.
- Grab a cup of coffee and start working.
If you know of more companies that are offering free tools and resources to combat COVID-19, reach out to us.