Workpuls Teramind ActivTrak Hubstaff DeskTime Time Doctor RescueTime Kickidler Veriato Work Examiner
OVERVIEW
Price $6/user/month $6/user/month $7.20/user/month $7/user/month $7/user/month $9.99/user/month $6/user/month $9.99/user/month $150/licence/year $60/licence (lifetime)
Free trial 7 days 7 days No 14 days 14 days 14 days 30 days 7 days Yes 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Very easy Easy Easy Very easy Very easy Very easy Very difficult Easy
TRACKING METHODS
Unlimited (tracker working 24/7)
Fixed (defined working hours)
Automatic (when computer is connected to a specified network)
Manual (start/stop)
Project based (track time only on projects)
GENERAL MONITORING FEATURES
Stealth mode
App and website usage
Real-time monitoring
Offline time tracking
Attendance
Activity levels
Keylogger
Geolocation
Remote desktop control
Website/activity blocking
SCREENSHOTS AND RECORDING
Screenshots
Screenshots on demand
Screen recording
PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES
Productivity trends
Websites and apps labeling
Category labeling
Productivity alerts
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES
User behavior analytics
Data loss prevention
Advanced file and web monitoring
REPORTING
Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
Mobile app iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android Android
Browser extension Chrome Chrome Chrome
Other Citrix, VMware Chrome OS
OTHER
Support Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Email, online Phone, email, online, in-person Online Phone, email, online Email, online, Viber, Whatsapp Phone, email, online, support ticket Phone, email, online
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations comming soon
API
Deployment cloud, on-premise cloud, on-premise, AWS, Azure cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud on-premise cloud, on-premise on-premise
Kronos Humanity Timeclockplus Tsheets Wheniwork Deputy Replicon Jibble EbilityTimeTracker OnTheClock BeeBole
OVERVIEW
Price(per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user+$16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan:$30 for 5 users+$5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user+$8From $2.20 per user$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
Mobile app
Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
MANAGEMENT
Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
PLATFORMS
Web
Android app
iOS app
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
OTHER
SupportPhone and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,chat and onlinePhone and chatEmail and onlineChat and phonePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
Start/stop buttons
Automatic time mapping
IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
Screenshots
App and website usage
Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
TASK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project adding
Project templates
Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
Budget alerts coming soon
REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app coming soon
iOS app Beta
Android app
Browser extension Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
OTHER
Support Phone and online Email and online Email and online Online Online, email and phone Email, online and support ticket Email and chat Email and chat Email Chat
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

Whether you're an employer managing a team of digital nomads or an employee embracing the digital nomad lifestyle, it's crucial to have access to the right gear and gadgets that ensure connectivity, productivity, and comfort while on the move. 

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According to a 2021 MBO Partners report, the number of digital nomads in the US alone rose to 10.9 million, emphasizing the growing need for effective tools in this space.

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In this article, we'll explore essential tools for digital nomads, provide top recommendations for each category, and touch on how Insightful’s software for monitoring telework employees can optimize your remote work experience.

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When selecting gear, be sure to consider specific work and travel needs, as well as your budget and company preferences. 

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Investing in quality products can make a big difference in your employees' work and travel experience, so take the time to research and choose the tools that are right for your company and your digital nomad employees.

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Communication Tools - Keep Connected

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Communication is critical for remote workers, so it's important to equip your digital nomads with reliable communication tools that allow them to stay in touch with clients, colleagues, and loved ones. 

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Here are some of the key communication tools to consider:

Laptop

Your employees' laptops are the backbone of their digital nomad setup, so it's important to invest in models that can handle their workload and travel needs. Look for laptops with lightweight and durable designs, long battery life, and strong performance capabilities.

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Recommended models include the MacBook Air, Dell XPS 15, and HP Spectre x360.

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Smartphone

Smartphones are another important communication tool, so you'll want to choose models that offer key features like long battery life, a good camera, and strong connectivity options. Look for models with ample storage and processing power as well.

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Recommended models include the iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S22, and Google Pixel 7.

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Headphones

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Good headphones can help your digital nomads stay focused and productive while working in noisy environments. Look for models with noise-cancellation or noise-isolation features, comfortable designs, and good sound quality.

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Recommended models include the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Sony WH-1000XM4, and Apple AirPods Pro.

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Essential Tools for Getting Work Done on the Go

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Productivity is key for digital nomads, so providing them with the right tools can help them stay on track and meet their goals. 

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Here are some of the essential productivity tools for digital nomads:

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Portable Monitor

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A portable monitor can help your employees increase their productivity by providing a second screen when working from a laptop. Look for models with lightweight and compact designs, good display quality, and strong compatibility with laptops.

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Recommended models include the ASUS ZenScreen, Lenovo ThinkVision M14, and HP EliteDisplay S14.

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External Keyboard and Mouse

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An external keyboard and mouse can help your employees work more comfortably and efficiently while on the go. Look for models with compact and lightweight designs, good ergonomics, and strong compatibility with laptops.

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Recommended models include the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard, Microsoft Arc Mouse, and Apple Magic Keyboard and Mouse.

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Power Bank

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A power bank can provide backup power for your employees' devices when they're on the go and don't have access to a power outlet. Look for models with high-capacity batteries, fast charging capabilities, and strong compatibility with devices.

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Recommended models include the Anker PowerCore 10000, Aukey Powerbank 26800, and RavPower Portable Charger 20000mAh.

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Connectivity Tools - Connect Anytime, Anywhere

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Connectivity is crucial for digital nomads, so providing them with the right tools to stay connected can make a big difference in their work and travel experience. Here are some of the essential connectivity tools for digital nomads:

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Wi-Fi Extender

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A Wi-Fi extender can help your employees boost their Wi-Fi signal in remote areas where the signal is weak. Look for models with compact and portable designs, easy setup, and strong compatibility with devices.

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Recommended models include the TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Netgear Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band Wi-Fi Mesh Extender, and Linksys RE9000 Wi-Fi Extender.

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Mobile Hotspot

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A mobile hotspot can provide a backup internet connection when your employees are in an area with weak or no Wi-Fi signal. Look for models with high-speed data connections, long battery life, and strong compatibility with devices.

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Recommended models include the Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router by Netgear, Huawei E5577C, and GlocalMe G4 Pro.

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VPN

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A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can help your employees stay safe and secure while working online, especially when they're connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. Look for VPN services that offer strong encryption, fast connection speeds, and compatibility with devices.

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Recommended VPN services include NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark.

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Boost Your Digital Nomad Productivity

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Remote employee productivity monitoring software such as Insightful can also play an important role in helping employers manage their digital nomad employees. By providing real-time visibility into employee activities, Insightful can help employers with tracking remote workers to ensure they are staying on task and meeting performance expectations. 

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Here are some of the ways Insightful can help:

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  • Productivity Tracking: Insightful can track employees' computer usage, providing employers with a detailed view of their activity levels and productivity. This information can help employers identify areas where employees may be struggling and offer support or guidance as needed.

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  • Time Tracking: Insightful can also track employees' time spent on specific tasks, allowing employers to monitor project progress and ensure tasks are being completed on time.

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  • Employee Engagement: Insightful can also help employers improve employee engagement and satisfaction by providing data on employees' work patterns and preferences. Employers can use this information to make adjustments to work schedules or offer support to improve employee well-being.

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  • Security: Insightful can also help employers protect their company's sensitive data by monitoring employee activity and identifying any security risks or breaches.

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By providing visibility and insights into employee activity, work from home monitoring tools such as Insightful can help employers manage their digital nomad employees more effectively. 

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Employers can use this data to improve productivity, ensure compliance, and protect their company's sensitive data. When used responsibly, Insightful can be a valuable tool for staff supervision of digital nomad employees.

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