Best work-from-home software solutions for small businesses

January 4, 2023

Gone are the days when working from home was considered a luxury, so if you are wondering why there is a need for work-from-home software, let us tell you. After the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic working from home became a health necessity for many companies. And now that the "genie is out of the bottle," plenty of employees will not return to the office.

So not only is working from home not considered a luxury, but people are actively looking for companies that let them work remotely. According to a recent study by business professors at Columbia and New York University, the value of U.S. office buildings could plunge 39 percent, or $454 billion, in the coming years. It is much cheaper to have an excellent work-from-home software solution than to maintain an office building, especially if no real productivity is lost.

This is why we have compacted a list of great free and paid remote work software ranked by amazingness!

Table of Content:

1. Youbelee

2. Motivosity

3. Awardco

4. Swivle

5. Mural

Work From Home Software List:

1. Youbelee

youbelee logo and qr code

The best overall is Youbelee, especially regarding value for money. Youbelee has the most comprehensive set of features of our entire list here. One of Youbelees star features is its leave management system, a must-have for any work-from-home software. You can sign in anywhere using your geo-location or a QR code. Your time off is also automatically calculated so that you have the right amount of time off. Having your work automatically calculated, your HR doesn't need to go over every little login and logout, and it will eliminate any errors that might occur. Regarding software, Youbelee has a mobile app, but it is also entirely cloud-based. So as long as you have a browser and internet access device, you can use it. 

The best part is that if your company is just starting, Youbelee is here to help you. If you have a team of 5 people or less, the whole 1st year is free of charge!

Things we love:

  • Great overall Hr system
  • Simple and Clean UI
  • Cloud-Based
  • Affordable
  • Free 1-year plan if you are starting out
  • Unique overview calendar for absent employees
  • Excellent leave tracking
  • Hr letter documentation generation
  • Excellent asset management
  • Free Trial

Things we didn't love:

Nothing, but we may be biased.

2. Motivosity

work-from-home software motivosity logo

Like its name says, Motivosity is a tremendous motivational software you can implement in any size company. Motivosity is a peer-to-peer recognition platform connecting in person with remote teams. Plus, it is easy to use, with fantastic customer support. Motivosity brings both energy and efficiency when it comes to tracking individual objectives. 

Things we love:

  • Great UI design
  • Customizable
  • Free trial
  • Free basic plan
  • Great employee survey tools, excellent for measuring employee engagement

Things we didn't love:

  • Not a good utility for tracking long and short-term individual goals
  • It would help if you looked at it frequently to best utilize it
  • Picture management could be better

3. Awardco

work-from-home software awardco

Need a great way to celebrate your team's successes and achieved goals? Then look no further than Awardco. Awardco has a wide variety of reward options and is easy to use by anyone. Want to make an engaging and work-positive culture? Then use Awardco to provide your employees with an easy-to-use tool to reward their colleagues. 

Things we love:

  • Great tool for awarding your colleagues
  • Easy to use
  • Great for motivativation
  • Linked with Amazon, which makes it even better to use
  • The price is reasonable, as they offer a ton of different plans

Things we didn't love:

  • Despite being linked with Amazon, it doesn't list all the products there
  • Can't attach custom gifs and emojis to rewards
  • Sometimes recognition E-mails go to the SPAM folder

4. Swivle

work-from-home software swivle logo

Need software that excels in file collaboration? Then Swivel is just the right software for you. You can manage your assets from the cloud with unlimited amounts of storage. In addition, Swivle offers intuitive file management that is made just for interpersonal collaboration in mind. It is also straightforward to use with a clean and simple interface. Also, uploading and downloading any file is intuitive and incredibly easy to use with their patented "Check Out" feature and their Swivle browser. 

Things we love:

  • Easy to use
  • Storage amount compared to competitors
  • Free trial
  • Ability to integrate a lot of other systems
  • Digital asset management

Things we didn't love:

  • No ability to add custom metadata
  • Robust built-in fields without customization
  • Their browser version is not mobile friendly 

5. Mural

work-from-home software mural logo

This is the perfect brainstorming software that is both captivating and visually gorgeous for your entire remote team. Mural offers a ton of beautiful templates for brainstorming and different meeting types. All the things we miss by communicating online are the great visual cues Mural has. Waving hands, whiteboard sketches, and, to top that off, a lot of sticky notes on everything. You don't need a better workplace, and virtual meetings don't have to be dull.

Things we love:

  • It truly has an amazing interface
  • Good design thinking tools
  • Post it's for everything is an excellent approach for brainstorming
  • Great for whiteboard and remote brainstorming
  • Price
  • Free Trial

Things we didn't love:

  • Post it can randomly disappear
  • No ability to track mouses 
  • Formatting can be a bit clunky

Conclusion

Remote work is here to stay, so you and your company will be better off embracing it to the fullest. Whether you need a specific thing or an overall work-from-home software solution, you will go right with all the companies from our list and their services.  

On a related topic check out our article on the main types of leave available!

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