Working from home has its unique positives and downsides. Your office you commute to may have all the essentials you need to get the job done, but your home office may lack the computer applications, or even computing power that you’re used to. 

We’ve compiled some of the best computer applications that you may need for your new Spacemaker home office, whether its cloud computing solutions, remote access to other computers or general productivity-based applications.

Google Docs Editors

Google has been a frontrunner in cloud-based computing for many years now. According to Google themselves, nearly 800 million people, use Google Drive daily, with that number approaching 1 billion incredibly rapidly.

As a part of Google’s ‘Google Docs Editors’ package, you get a whole range of programs for absolutely free.

These include:

Google Docs – A word processor, essentially like Microsoft Word.

Google Slides – A presentation program, essentially like Microsoft PowerPoint.

Google Sheets – A spreadsheet editor, essentially like Microsoft Excel.

Google Drawings – A program that lets you create diagrams and visual aids like flowcharts and more.

Google Forms – A survey administration application that lets you create surveys for people to fill out.

Google Sites – A web-creation tool that allows you to create wiki and web pages.

Google Keep – A note-taking tool, that lets you take notes in many different forms.

All of these programs allow you to save their contents onto Google Drive for free and allow collaborative efforts from other people with Google accounts.

Check out Google Doc Editors here.

Parsec

Developed for streaming video games from your computer to another device in mind, Parsec can also be used as a tool for remote access files and use software on your work computer.

For instance, maybe you use Adobe Premiere Pro on your work computer, but your computer isn’t powerful enough to run the software or you’ve run out of licenses to use with the software itself. Parsec will allow you to use that software from your home computer over the web.

Parsec on an individual basis is free to download and use, but if you want more features, that include multi monitor support and drawing tablet support, then you’ll have to pay around £6 a month.

Check out Parsec here.

Trello

Trello is a list-making/collaborative tool that organises your work into boards.

Similar to programs and applications such as Slack and Discord in ways, Trello allows you to communicate with your peers and expand the way you think with your work.

The application also allows you to integrate features from other programs such as Microsoft Teams, Slack and Dropbox to make life much easier for yourself when dealing with collaborative projects.

Trello is absolutely free, but has premium paid tiers that increase file upload size, security features and data exportation features.

Check Trello out here.

Shadow

Your work PC just not up to scratch when doing your important tasks? Enter Shadow, a VM (virtual machine) service that allows you to stream a powerful PC over the internet to your computer.

With the equivalent of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 12GBs of RAM and a 4 core/8 thread processor, you should be able to take on any task, pretty easily.

A good internet connection is needed to have a stable experience, but this service is a life-changer if you’re looking to level up your working environment.

There is currently a waiting list for Shadow, but subscriptions start from £29.99 a month.

You can check Shadow out here. 

Wave

This last entry is for all you accountants out there. If you run a small business, then this is definitely for you.

Wave is accounting software, which in the grand scheme of things, is actually totally free. To an extent.

Features such as income and expense tracking, connecting unlimited bank and credit cards to your company, generating reports, tracking sales tax and organising income and expenses into tax categories is all free.

Wave’s invoicing software is also totally free.

The paid part of Wave comes its online payments, where you’ll have to pay a 1.4% fee of any amount plus 20 pence.

It’s a great way of keeping the books, for as little money as possible.

The best thing is, it’s all done on the cloud so you have that sense of security compared to accounting on other applications.

You can check out Wave here.