As businesses adjust to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous free or discounted tools available. We’ve scoured the internet to find numerous things you should take advantage of now from free photo sites, free courses and collaboration tools.
We’ve also added a few more freebies that will keep your mind active during your off hours.
Free Images and Videos from Shutterstock
The collection is limited, but it’s a rare opportunity to access some high quality images. Shutterstock is also providing dozens for free backgrounds for virtual meetings.
Be sure to check out even more free photo sites HERE.
Now Go Edit Those Photos
If you’re exploring photo editing tools, Affinity (which is similar to the well-known Adobe) has a new 90-day free trial. It also is offering 50% off for people who want to purchase the app.
Create Creative Videos With Ease
Learn More Through LinkedIn
LinkedIn is offering free courses to help you learn how to be productive and stay connected while working at home. The 17 videos range from 18 minutes long to more than an hour, totalling near 14 hours.
Collaborate and Keep Your Production Going
There are several tools available to keep your emails, phone calls and texts to a minimum.
Here are a few we found:
- Microsoft – Snag a free trial of Office 365 E1, which includes Microsoft Teams to help you stay connected to co-workers.
- Zoho Remotely – Manage projects, create documents and spreadsheets, and hold meetings in a variety of ways.
- Box – Free file sharing, unlimited storage, and mobile access for three months.
Let’s Meet, Virtually Of Course
By now, people have heard of Zoom, but there are several options when it comes to video conferencing. Among those with free tools are:
- 8×8 – A free option has unlimited meetings and no time limits.
- Avaya – 60-day trial is available for businesses of all sizes
- Cisco – The company’s free Webex offer has been expanded and includes support up to 100 people
- Google – Advanced Google Meet video conferencing for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers has been extended through Sept. 30.
Need Something Signed?
PandaDoc has launched a free e-sign platform with no limit to the number of documents that a user can manage.
Put It On Your Calendar(s)
Calendly is now offering integration with Zoom and GoToMeeting for free through June. It is also offering unpaid access to premium service for teams working on COVID-19 projects.
But Wait … There Are More COVID-19 freebies!
Free Fitness Apps
Keep your mind and creativity going by keeping your body moving. Peloton and Nike are among the companies with free access to workouts.
Family Fun with Cards Against Humanity
Yes, it’s family friendly and it’s free! Just make sure your printer is working to print out the cards. The company says this version will be sold in stores this fall.
Pass The Time With a Book
Scribd has a free 30-day trail with access to more than 1 million books. Want 1 million more? Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is giving new and returning customers a two-month subscription for free. It, too, boasts more than a million free books.
And Three More Things
- Nikon is offering free access to its online photography classes through April 30.
- The Metropolitan Opera launched Nightly Met Opera Streams, which is a nightly series of free, live opera performances.
- Sling TV has free access to select movies, TV shows and ABC News Live.
Please note: We do not specifically benefit from or endorse any of these COVID-19 freebies and offers. This is simply for informational purposes.