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Working from Home: 26 Apps to Help You Stay Productive

For many people, working from home is a dream come true. You can roll out of bed at whatever time you like, manage your own time, and enjoy all the amenities and comforts your own home has to offer. It sounds like a win, win, right?

But staying on top of your workload when surrounded by so many distractions at home is challenging, to say the least. So first you need to create the right space. And what better way to do that than create a whole building dedicated to work life in your garden? A garden room can really transform that ‘working from home ethic’ you’ve been missing and help make you more productive.

Next up is finding the tools that’ll help you stay on top of deadlines, finances, meetings, and staying healthy. To help ensure you get there we’ve put together the apps every home worker needs.

Select from the categories below to find the best apps out there for you

Tracking Your Time

Staying Organised


Getting Distraction-Free

Staying Healthy


Finding Work

Honorable Mentions

Tracking your time

Work as a freelancer? Then you’ll know that time is money. And in the midst of your deadlines and intricate projects it’s easy to lose track of how much time you’ve actually spent on each project and therefore, how much you should charge.

Enter time tracking apps. Each of these will help you monitor how much work time you’re spending on a certain problem or project and help you bill for it accurately. Some of these are packed with functionality; others are a little more basic. Pick out the one that’ll suit the way you work below.



This is the preferred time-tracking app for many freelances. It’s paid, but is full of functionality, offers support, and allows you to track a number of different projects at the same time.



If you don’t want to pay monthly then Due is the app for you. It’s free for life, helps you create invoices, and is super simple to use. The ideal app for any freelance working from home.



This app can provide paid and unpaid features. It’s a straightforward app that helps you create more profitable projects and manage your time affectively.



Using the desktop application of Klock you can estimate how long your currently project will take. It does this by looking at the data of past projects, helping you offer a rough estimation of price before you’ve even got to work.

Staying organised

You could stick to traditional pen and paper to keep on top of everything that needs to get done. But the reality is that you’ll end up with more notes and sheets of paper than you know what to do with. Thankfully, there are some apps out there designed for note taking and keeping those notes organised. Sure, back it up with your paper notes, but whatever you do, don’t try and organise work life without one of the below.



If you’re looking for a fully equipped note taking app, Evernote is right for you. It’s packed with a tonne of features to help you organise all the notes you create on each project. It’s on desktop and mobile, too, so if you’re struck by an idea on the go, you can notate it straight into Evernote. It has both paid plans and free plans.

Google Keep


If a tonne of functionality isn’t your thing and you’re after a note taking app with a little more simplicity, you can’t go wrong with Google Keep. It’s designed to keep note taking simple and does exactly that.

Google Calendar


We’ve given you Google Calendar app here as it’s our favourite. It syncs up to our accounts, works really well, and is super simple to use. But there are loads of other good calendar apps out there. Just make sure you get one and never miss a deadline.



Touted as ‘the easiest way to get stuff done’ – it’s designed to help you organise everything from planning a holiday to creating a shopping list. But we’ve put it in our list to help you organise work life – which it’s great for.


Yes, you work from home, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to communicate often. It’s likely that your job will have you regularly communicating with clients, colleagues in the office, project leaders, or other collaborative workers. And if you want to streamline the process and sound professional you’ll want to have all the best communication apps at your disposal.

Google Inbox


Inbox is a cross between a to-do list and an email box. Mark emails as important, snooze them, and do so much more all within a simple interface!



Working with a client that’s on the other side of the world? Arrange face to face meetings over Skype. You can chat and organise audio calls using the app, too.



Making it in business and freelance life is all about networking and communicating. LinkedIn is the best social profile to meet new people in your field and potentially find new work.



Think Facebook Messenger of the professional world. Slack lets you instantly communicate to colleagues and co-workers no-matter where you are. You can share files, send stupid GIFS, and so much more with it as well. Plus it has a FREE version.

getting distraction-free

As we mentioned in the intro, the biggest problem when working from home is falling victim to the myriad of distractions surrounding you. You could take 30 minutes out to catch up on your favourite series. Or you could take your eyes of the screen and get to the next chapter of your book that you’ve been dying to read. Or how about a nap…?

To help you zone in on your work and remove distracting external noises, we’ve put a few of our favourite apps together that’ll help you stay tied to your desk (not literally, of course).



It’s the most popular music streaming service on Earth. They have pretty much every song on there you can think of. Enjoy the free ad-version or pay just £10 a month and enjoy all the music you can think of completely ad-free.

Apple Music


Apple Music is Spotify’s direct competitor, so if you’re not into the interface, or just don’t like something about Spotify, this your best choice. Note that they don’t have a free ad-less version though.



Soundcloud is another free music streaming app with more of a community focus. If you’re into more niche music or you’re looking for something completely left-field to help you focus, this is where you’ll find it.



Don’t like listening to music while you work? Noisli lets you mix and match ambient sounds to drown out any unwanted background noise. From campfires to coffee shops – they have a tonne of sounds on offer!

Staying Healthy

Like any office job, working from home limits the amount of exercise you can do. It’s made worse by the fact that you don’t even leave the house to get to work. So keeping healthy is vital. But how can you do this and what can keep you motivated to exercise often?

There are tonnes of fitness and health apps out there. So many that making a decision on which is best for your working from home lifestyle can prove tricky. Check out our recommendations below.

Fit Men Cook


If you’re finding yourself working late into the night and having to call on the local takeaways to fuel you, it won’t be long until you start feeling out of shape. The Fit Men Cook app can help you create healthy meals quickly to give you the energy to carry on working.

7 Minute Workout


Staying on top of a fitness regime and balancing work life isn’t easy. But think about it, you always have 7 minutes to spare. This app offers up an intense workout in those seven minutes that’ll help keep you from becoming unfit.



Sworkit provides personalised workout videos to help you get into shape. Select from a number of pre-built workouts and keep fit and motivated.

Pocket Yoga


If you’re a fan of more alternative ways of exercising, then Pocket Yoga is the app for you. It’s designed to help you ‘practice yoga anywhere and at any time’, which is perfect for every home worker.


Working from home usually means that you’re running your very own business. Whether that’s a large scale operation or that you’re just doing a little freelance work on the side. Regardless, you’re going to need to monitor your finances closely. And unless you’re a freelance accountant, you’re going to want a little help. These are our top tips for apps that will help you manage that money.

Money Dashboard


Think of this money management app as your person financial assistant. It helps you understand exactly where you’re money is going and track any business costs that you incur.



Need help invoicing for all the great work you’re doing for clients? Wave is here to help. In fact, they have a whole suite of products designed to help running your business simple. From accounting to payroll – they let you concentrate on the thing that matters most. Your business.

finding work

If you’re just getting started in the freelance world you’re going to need to build up a portfolio. And to do this you’re going to need some work! Using these two apps and websites below you can find work for a huge range of jobs, from designing to writing to coding!

People Per Hour


Of all the freelance sites out there, People per Hour is possibly the most well known. If you’re a freelancer, simply advertise your skillset, or apply for work that businesses put online. Once you’ve built up a portfolio, you’ll soon have the steam to keep on working.



Upwork is similar to People per Hour – you can rent out your skills or you can hire someone to help complete your project. Build up a reputation and get work with other creative and businesses in your field.

honourable mentions

Google Maps


Need to leave the house for a meeting? Google Maps will help ensure that you get there on time and guarantee you skip the bad traffic.



If you don’t drive, heading out to a client meeting can prove tricky. With Uber you can get to pretty much any place in your local town/city all without having to ever pull your wallet out.

Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

5m x 3m canopy room “I just wanted to add that the construction process was seamless and thoroughly professional. Rob and Lewis were an absolute delight to have around, put workers everywhere to shame and did it all with a sense of humour and kind consideration for us. I can’t praise them highly enough. The building itself will be linked up to the electricity supply today….but it seems to me that so far the quality of the materials and the finished product matches the lads who built it - excellent.”    
Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

5m x 5m border room “All paid thanks – the room is awesome.”  
Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

5m x 4m canopy room The garden room is complete and we are very pleased with it. Lewis & Sam have carried out a first class build and it was a pleasure having them around and watching proper tradesman work - top job!”  
Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

"The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.”  
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

"The room looks great and the guys were awesome – very polite and considerate. I’ve never seen builders work so hard and produce a product of that quality – they are a credit to the company.”  
Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

“Mike, Jonny just a quick email to say how pleased we are with the garden room. The whole process from initial contact to completion was first class. Please pass on our thanks to Rob and his team - their workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. A job very well done thank you.”
Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

“From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys. You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab. The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks. They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose. A can do attitude is always so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades!”
Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

5m x 4m concave room Hello guys, We are really pleased with the room you did for us this time last year, the room is bedding into the garden well.  
Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

Sara from Brentwood

The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.
Sara from Brentwood

Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)

8m x 11.5m border room Hi Rob, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work on the project! It was a real pleasure working with and knowing you. You were extremely professional from day one and very accommodating - a true gentleman. The quality of work was impressive and if you yourself ever needed a personal recommendation for any potential clients please feel free to let me know - I will be happy to take the time to speak with them. I wish you the very best of luck for the future. Please make sure to keep safe when you go riding. You have been a good man to have work on the building and I cant thank you enough.    
Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)