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8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

Trying to work from home and look after your kids is easier said than done, but luckily there are a number of apps to make it less stressful.
April 22, 2016 4 minute read

There is an app for just about everything. Although some are fun games you can play in your spare time, others can really make a difference in your day-to-day life, especially when you’re working from home and taking care of your kids. From to-do lists and calendars to money management and document storage, these apps will make you wonder how you every managed without them.


 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

1. Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a more efficient way to create daily to-do lists. Need to set aside time to pay the mortgage in between business meetings? Worried you won’t remember to call back a possible client? On carpool duty tomorrow? Just put the information in the app, and it will fit right into your schedule! You can even organize to-dos into various folders, allowing you to separate work-related and family-related tasks.

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, Mac, Web

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

2. Sunrise Calendar

Some people would rather look at a calendar than at a list when they’re creating a schedule. Sunrise lets you manage your time in a more efficient manner. It even connects with other apps, including Wunderlist, so all of your to-dos can be transferred to your calendar.

Platform: iOS, Android

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

3. Goodbudget

With all of the finances that you have to monitor as a parent, it’s nice to get a little assistance so you don’t have to spend a large portion of your time balancing your budget. Goodbudget is a money-management app that enables you to share your finances with your spouse, or anyone else you wish to, as well as set up a spending plan and keep track of your expenses. Though the app is free, you can get an updated version that costs you $5.00 a month or $45 a year.

Availability: iOS, Android

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

4. ChoreMonster

This app is perfect for motivating your kids to get their chores done. You assign them a task, and once it’s completed, they will earn points that can be traded in for rewards that you’ve established. Not only will your kids actually want to help around the house, but they will also be busy while you are trying to prepare for that important meeting next week or finish some paperwork due tomorrow.

Availability: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

5. Dropbox

Dropbox enables you to access Microsoft documents, photos and videos from your desktop to your iPad or tablet, as well as any other device. This is a great way to safely store (and back up) all files in one place and share them with other people. So, if you are working on a presentation with a few other co-workers,  you can easily send your comments back and forth, even with those who don’t have Dropbox themselves.

Availability: iOS, Android, Desktop

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

6. ShopWell

ShopWell lets you scan food items while you’re grocery shopping so you can learn more about their ingredients. It’s great if you, your spouse, or one of your kids has food allergies. Just select the ingredients you want to avoid, and the app will notify you if an item contains one of them. Now you won’t have to spend as much time at the store, so you can get back to work faster, and thus, finish sooner and spend more time with your family. And you’ve brought home healthy food, too.

Availability: iOS, Android

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

7. Dragon Dictation

Instead of typing notes into your phone, you can speak to send a text, an email or update your social media accounts. This ability can come in handy when you are running from one place to another, dropping off one kid at soccer practice and the other at dance class. Suddenly remembering something that you forgot to write down or put on your to-do list, whether work-related or not, can easily be recorded and saved for future reference.

Availability: iOS, Android

 

8 Free Apps Perfect for Parents Who Work from Home

8. Time Out

People who work from home may find themselves skipping breaks. But one work-from-home hack is to make sure you take breaks throughout the day so you can be more productive and less stressed. Maybe go for a walk or at least walk away from the computer. Time Out lets you schedule short, much-needed breaks (10 minutes every hour, let’s say) and reminds you when a break is approaching.

Availability: Mac

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