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32 Free Remote Work Tools to Help You Work from Home

Tech companies respond to COVID-19 with a plethora of free offers

Kristin Wilson
Mar 16 · 7 min read
Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

One of the defining (and encouraging) traits of humanity is the generosity people display during times of crisis. The global reaction to COVID-19 has been no different, with people quick to donate time, resources, and help one another.

Regardless, millions are struggling to cope in the wake of schools and businesses closing overnight. To help soften the blow, many tech companies are offering free versions of their software, tools, and apps through the summer of 2020. Read on for a list of all the freebies I could find, in alphabetical order.

At the end of this article, I’ve also included a selection of free “remote work kits” and resources I recommend to help you adjust to the world of working from home.


8x8 Video Conferencing

Meet for Free at 8x8.com

8x8 is a cloud platform offering an expansion of their free, unlimited web-based video meetings product as of March 12, 2020. No contract or installation required. Check out their press release for all the details or to sign up.

Atlassian

Atlassian’s suite of cloud products is now free for remote teams of up to ten people. Offerings include Jira Software, Confluence, Service Desk, and Core. The company also announced that it will be gifting one-year Trello Business Class subscriptions to schools and universities. Get more details at Atlassian.com/free and check out their newly launched remote work hub at Atlassian.com/remote.

Box

On March 12, Box CEO Aaron Levie announced that the content collaboration and storage company would be offering a 90-day free trial for Box Business. Features include unlimited storage, 50,000 API calls per month, Data Loss Prevention, and more. Sign up at Box.com. Read more about their COVID-19 response here.

Calendly

Through June 2020, the scheduling app, Calendly, is offering Zoom and GoToMeeting integrations free of charge. More details on the Calendly Blog.

CENTURY

Century.Tech

CENTURY is an AI tool that supports online learning. Schools and teachers who have been impacted by coronavirus may qualify for free support and access to thousands of CENTURY resources. Apply here.

Cisco Webex

Effective March 6, Cisco has expanded the features and capabilities of its free Webex offer, which includes an unlimited number of meetings with up to 100 participants. To check availability in your country, visit Webex.com.

Bonus: The Webex team also put together a Work-From-Home Spotify Playlist. 🎵

Cloudflare

This IT and cloud security company is making enterprise-level features available to small businesses for free — waiving the price of Cloudflare for Teams through September 1, 2020. The program also includes a free, optional onboarding session to help you get started.

GanttPRO

GanttPRO has made their Gantt chart-based online project management solution free for hospitals, teachers, and non-profit organizations through August 15, 2020. Submit your application her.

G-Suite

Photo by Lauren Edvalson on Unsplash

Shortly before sending 100,000 employees home to work remotely, Google announced that they would offer premium features of Hangouts Meet to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020. Features include:

  • Meeting capacity for up to 250 participants
  • Local live streaming for up to 100K viewers
  • The ability to record and save meetings to Google Drive

Google is also increasing resources to support increased demand for related services, such as YouTube Live.

Learn how to access Hangouts Meet here and find out more about how the company is responding to coronavirus on the Google Blog.

Microsoft

Microsoft is making Microsoft Teams available for free for anyone with a 365 subscription.

The company is also offering a special Office 365 E1 Trial to help employees and companies adjust to working from home. E1 includes Web-based Office apps and business services such as email, file sharing and storage, meeting and conferencing capabilities, data location controls, instant messaging, and more— all with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime. Organizations that haven’t previously activated a trial are eligible. Find out more here.

Loom

You talk 6x faster than you type, per Loom.

Backed by the founders of Instagram, Loom makes communication faster and easier by integrating voice, screen, and video. Valid through July 1, 2020, Loom is offering the following perks to business users:

  • Unlimited videos and recordings on Loom Basic
  • Loom Pro trial doubled from 14 to 30 days
  • Purchase Loom Pro at 50% off ($5/month instead of $10/month)

For the education sector, Loom Pro has been made free forever for:

  • Students and teachers
  • Administrative staff
  • K-12 schools, universities, and other educational institutions

Learn more about Loom’s features and the company’s free offer below:

“We wanted to do everything we can to make Loom more accessible to those that are being impacted by this situation.” — Loom Co-Founder, Joe Thomas

Get Loom for free here.

LuxLock

For those affected in the retail sector, the LuxLock shopping platform is currently waiving license fees to help stores continue selling online and avoid lay-offs. Contact CEO, Casey Golden, for details.

Splashtop

Remote desktop and access tool, Splashtop, is offering two free months of services in red COVID-19 zones while discounting other products by up to 50% off.

Tandem

After struggling to work remotely on a crypto startup, the founders of Tandem decided to solve their own problems by building a virtual office platform. Tandem is now available for free “for the next few months,” to help support newly remote teams. Join with your Slack or Google account at Tandem.chat.

Video: How Tandem, a YC company, is “building the future of work.”

TechSmith

TechSmith, a suite of products with more than 65 million users, is offering free and expanded access to their screen capture, recording, and collaborative feedback tools through June 30, 2020. Apply for access here.

Toggl

Toggl is an online time-tracking tool that offers a free plan option for up to fiveusers. Sign up at Toggle.com.

YAC

Short for “Yelling Across Cubicles,” YAC is an innovative, audio-first collaboration platform for remote teams. According to CEO, Justin Mitchell, YAC will be offering its Pro Plans for free to K-12 schools and universities. Inquire at Yac.com.

Zoho

Zoho is offering its new remote work suite — Zoho Remotely — for free until July 1, 2020.

Zoom

On March 12, Zoom became the first business app ever to crack the top 3 most apps in the App Store (behind TikTok and Google), with more than 343,000 downloads. The popular video conferencing platform is temporarily lifting time limits on Basic accounts for educational users. Apply for expanded access here.


Free Remote Work Guides & Toolkits

Photo: Kristin Wilson

Once you’ve downloaded or signed up for your remote work tools of choice, you’ll need to learn how to use them. Here are some of the free guides and toolkits I recommend from remote-first companies and thought leaders:

Organizers of Running Remote, the world’s largest remote work conference, are holding a free online charity mastermind to benefit new remote workers. Called Remote AID, the event will take place from 11am-7pm PST on April 20th. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross COVID-19 Response Appeal.

Register to attend Remote AID 2020 for free.

If you have any questions about adjusting to remote work, let me know in the comments.

Alternatively, if your company has a free offer to help new remote teams, share with your fellow readers below!

If you have remote work expertise to share with those in need, consider volunteering as an advocate with the Remote Work Association.


Kristin Wilson is a remote work advocate, content creator, consultant, and the host of two podcasts: Badass Digital Nomads and Digital Nomad News.

Kristin Wilson

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Content Creator and Host of Badass Digital Nomads Podcast & Digital Nomad News. Get travel advice & remote work tips at: www.youtube.com/travelingwithkristin

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