For the remote worker, whether U.S.-based or abroad, it’s vital to have the right apps to remain productive and effective, no matter where you are. Business owners who manage these remote employees also need to know about these apps, to best implement them. To help you and your remote workers keep as productive and effective as possible, along with maintaining great lines of communication, these seven apps are must-haves.

1. Flyp


Keeping in touch by telephone is often vital to business, but when your workers are overseas, that can be expensive. That’s no longer an issue with Flyp as you can get second phone number for your mobile device, free for a limited time. Flyp numbers are real and reliable, and you get free texting and calling to any other Flyp phone numbers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States!

Download Flyp for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

2. Slack


Slack centralizes communication into one sole channel so you do not have to use multiple apps to get things done, no matter where your team members are around the globe. Slack offers real one-on-one and group messaging; integrates other tools in its system such as Asana, Dropbox, Google Hangouts, Twitter and Zendesk; and provides powerful search and archiving wherever you go.

It also syncs across devices and notifications can be reconfigured to fit your preferences, making your jobs more pleasant while driving you to be more productive.

Download for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

3. OneHive


To-do lists are essential to ensure all tasks are delivered within deadlines and this powerful little tool can now be made global through OneHive. This app makes your team’s checklists shareable, allowing you to assign accountabilities, review (or assign reviewers for) project status, and track each team member’s progress.

With OneHive, you can create as many checklists as you need in your computer or mobile device and with Dropbox integration, attach files with them. Transparency and accountability can be ultra-simple, with OneHive.

Download for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

4. PDF Expert 5


If you are handling PDFs for your official documentation on your iPads or iPhones, this app is a must-have. With PDF Expert 5, you can mark important items, fill out forms, add comments to text, write handwritten notes, create a table of contents and sign digital signatures. Managing and editing PDF files was never this easy before!

Download for $9.99 on the App Store.

5. Box


Box is an excellent ally for teams who are constantly in need of storing, sharing and editing files, photos and documents in the cloud. Through this app, your files are easily synced and accessible via iPhone or iPad, thereby allowing you to securely and easily share files, take notes, capture ideas, review projects and leave feedback for your colleagues even when on the go.

It also offers 10GB of free cloud storage, sharing huge files via link, real time search, security controls and is integrated with other apps which can let you annotate, e-sign, edit and more.

Download for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

6. Fantastical 2


A calendar and a reminder app rolled into one for your organization needs, Fantastical 2 look great, and the apps are reliable and makes managing schedules better. With the apps, you can easily set reminders and events and see them in a consolidated view in the main list; create your alerts and reminders using parser features (using words such as ‘reminders’, ‘todo’, ‘task’ or phrases like ‘remind me tomorrow at 3PM’); set these reminders to be recurring; include maps for locators; and have birthday options for you not to forget to send a greeting or two to your team members.

Fantastical 2 is also fully localized in French, German, Italian and Spanish so you can speak or type in these languages and the app can easily understand them.

Download for $4.99 on the App Store.

7. Kayak Flights, Hotels & Cars


A part of The Priceline Group, Kayak has made traveling for business smart with their savvy search engine to manage your itinerary with ease. Find the right flights, the perfect hotel, the best offers, and even manage your itinerary or track your flight status. It also offers car rentals and an innovative feature, Kayak Explore, that gives you the ability to check for flights with no preset destination in mind.

Kayak has an array of partners across the globe, giving you more options and including search extras like finding flights using categories such as the cheapest, the shortest duration, leaving soonest, leaving latest, and arriving soonest.

Download for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.


Each of these apps is a great tool, but combined they provide the remote worker with the ultimate office companion right on their iOS device. The apps aren’t all free, but even the paid apps are well worth the investment for the assistance they provide in maximizing performance and productivity.