The Covid-19 outbreak has created a situation where working from home is not just a thing for freelancers and digital nomads. More and more businesses regardless of size must find ways to continue their operations while workers practice social distancing and remain in self-quarantine. So how do businesses go about working remotely, managing their resources, collective tasks, or even ordering food?
Here’s a list of 10 services that lend a helping hand and
provide a supportive ecosystem for running your business
operations remotely and fully online.
Focused on sales and customer management? Pipedrive is a
platform for managing and maintaining new and existing clients
– you guessed it, remotely. It’s a CRM that lets your sales
team focus fully on leads and deals, while all the information
is managed conveniently within one platform.
Need to keep track of your financials, billing, resources and
track your team’s tasks? Scoro offers an extensive platform for
tracking progress and tasks, but also financial management,
resource planning and project management. Great for keeping
your business and teams on track while working from the comfort
of your home offices.
When not only single teams, but whole businesses and
organisations suddenly find themselves in remote offices, it’s
easy to lose yourself in your tracksuit nevermind losing track
of date, time and tasks. Weekdone helps hold the focus on team
goals, by providing a platform to keep an eye on progress. It’s
also more transparent this way with teams regardless of size
This is the full package when it comes to remote business
management. Xolo will register your business, take care of
opening a bank account, manage invoicing and accounting. Plus,
it’s a trusted partner to the Estonian e-residency programme as
well. This way you can not only run your business remotely, but
also never come into contact with mountains of bureaucracy.
When people are fully invested in social distancing, working
from home and moving their activities to online environments,
the question of security is bound to pop up sooner or later.
Veriff is essentially a service provider for trust – providing
smart identity verification, making sure that you are indeed
you and your customers are real people, not intelligent
It’s one thing to optimise business processes to be effective
location independently, but it’s a whole next level to have an
AI run them for you altogether. Pactum provides an automatic
negotiation platform for companies where contract details,
terms and conditions will be ironed out by an AI on your
While we’re on the subject of harnessing the power of AI to do
our work for us, why not let it take care of customer support
as well? AlphaBlues provides businesses with conversational AI
for virtual assistants and live chats. (They’ve also recently
built a coronabot,
currently available only in Estonian, that answers frequently
asked questions about the virus.)
Feeling peckish, but don’t want to interact with people because
there’s a pandemic going about? If you happen to live in one of
the designated areas either in the US, UK or Mustamäe, Tallinn
you can have your food delivered by a friendly neighbourhood
autonomous delivery robot. No human contact required.
The final two items on the list are kind of related:
e-residency and the e-Estonia ecosystem. By becoming an
e-resident, you get access to the Estonian #digitalsociety,
where 99% of government services are available online. Register
your business online by using your electronic identity and
digital signature, manage it remotely and forget you’ve ever
heard the word bureaucracy.
Author: Mari Krusten
communication manager at e-estonia briefing centre