Whether you’re running a business or managing a project, collaboration is keyest. So much time is wasted because of miscommunication; it is of paramount importance that every single member of your team is on the same page about every single thing.
Thinking about this, team communication/collaboration seems like a whole lot bigger task than it is, but with tools included in this list, things will be much easier. Processes will be accomplished much faster. Your team’s productivity rate will be much higher.
File-sharing has changed for me since I first used Google Drive. It’s easy, convenient, and feature-rich. I can share files with people in my team, and those who are not. What’s more, it integrates well with Google’s other work services, including…
Simply a dream to use. It’s like Microsoft Word you can use without downloading any software. One of its best features is the Explore tab, which allows you to look up definitions, articles, and other stuff mother Google will help find. But man, the real-time collaboration feature is game-changing, and something that is now a staple for many teams. It’s especially helpful for editors working with writers because feedback is immediate and real-time.
People hate emails. I do, too. That’s why Slack appeals to a lot of people, including, obviously, myself. It’s a simple messaging software packed with integrations that make it perfect for team collaboration and communication, almost replacing the need for emails. A cutesy little feature is the GIPHY integration, which sends out random gifs every time you use the command “/giphy”.
Other platforms such as Flock, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, and others work, too, but Slack is miles ahead of them.
Trello hits the perfect middle ground between a streamlined and a complicated project management software. It uses the kanban method to usher teams from project start to project finish. Its suite of tools and integrations are just enough to do the job, its interface intuitive and convenient. I myself is a big fan of this software and will always have my seal of approval.
Asana is another great project management tool, but it’s more powerful, I think, as a task management software. You can tack where your team’s progress is, and a whole lot more. This tool is free for up to the first 15 members. There are also Premium features you can buy at a small monthly fee.
I love using Frame. It makes video production for virtual teams so easy. Think Google Docs, Google Drive, and Slack, wrapped all in one. Team members can comment, approve, and reject a number of forms of media real-time, eliminating the need for that awkward, tedious back-and-forth between the creative, the producer, and the client. A godsend of a tool, really.
Buffer is my go-to social scheduling and management tool. The interface is intuitive and elegant, the features rich and smart. Multiple users can even work on the same account. There is also a powerful analytic tool and a robust rescheduling tool that reposts your best performing posts.
Running a business requires you to work on it, not in it. Still, if you want to stay on top of everything, accounting and finance can be just those. Freshbooks makes accounting and managing your finances a whole lot easier thanks to its easy-to-understand UI and a great host of amazing features.
Automation is awesome. Especially if you don’t really have a lot of people to duplicate yourself into. Enter Zapier. It’s a robust automation tool that can automate workflows from just about any software you’ll ever use. I use this every time I onboard a client. It adds them to my Slack community, automatically creates a client board on Trello, and gives them access to my private, for clients-only Drive folder.
If your team requires video communication, Skype is your tool. It’s the standard. Plus, have you seen the new preview? It looks awesome.