Tools to help you run your business remotely
By The Héméra Agency
Is remote working something you are doing? With productivity skyrocketing, despite the absence of a physical workspace, it seems that the future of work is from home. This way of operating is not unique to agencies or businesses that for many years have employed freelancers, and worked with remote teams, across the globe. We have just been waiting for everyone else to catch up! Here are some useful tools to help you run an efficient remote office.
Google has a tightly interconnected ecosystem with multiple products used by many, if not all businesses. Who hasn’t used an app in the Google Suite? Google Drive is an attractive contender for cloud storage because it is well integrated with the rest of their suite. You can easily access shared documents while avoiding the loss of data. Google Drive makes it really easy for disconnected teams to work on the same project.
Dropbox is the most well known, and the original pioneer of cloud storage. But it hasn’t relied on being first to market for its continued success. The team at Dropbox continues to improve its service and add features. The interface is clean and the whole app is incredibly easy to use. They offer exceptional options for both individuals and businesses, with impressive storage capabilities. Better yet, Dropbox integrates well into Microsoft Office products.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. It is appealing to a large audience because it integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office products, including Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Planner, and Microsoft Bookings. It is also easy to use, and a widely adopted cloud storage option. The security on the storage is excellent and you don’t need to worry about losing your information if you lose your device.
Remote teams have ensured that Zoom has become a hero in most companies. You know an app is popular when there are memes about it! Have you ever had an awkward Zoom conversation? For those who don’t know, it is a cloud-based communication tool designed to be fast, easy, and convenient to use. Zoom offers a virtual conference platform including both voice and video conferencing, a real-time chat, and file sharing.
Microsoft Teams is popular in corporate companies but is also easy enough for small businesses to use. It lets you host audio, video, and web conferences. The platform allows you to schedule deadlines and bookings, upload files, and send messages instantly. Its biggest selling point is that it can host webinars of up to 10,000 attendees!
Slack is an effective, integrated workplace instant messaging app that makes it possible for teams to connect easily and efficiently. It boasts a robust API that can integrate with tons of apps to share files. The tool allows you to create workspaces for each team, organizing conversations, and assigning roles, but also encourages the sharing of ideas.
Project Management Software
Have you had to watch countless Monday.com ads on YouTube? Don’t let that turn you off! The software features a single dashboard that shows how a project is being accomplished by planning workloads for each member of the team and distributing tasks as needed. Employees will get notification about the tasks they are working on and their progress on each one.
Microsoft is a powerful suite of products used by most businesses. Microsoft Project is another excellent tool in their arsenal. It is one of the world’s most popular tools and is used to ensure that all members of the team are on the same page regardless of where they are in the world.
Trello is a terrific tool for managing everything. It will help you organize your day and that of every person in your team, it allows you to track your time automatically, or build out a plan visually. Being able to keep your tasks organized by status, and instantly communicate with your team, helps you manage every stage of a project from ideation to completion.
ClickUp is a cloud-based collaboration and project management tool that is easy to use regardless of the size of your business. Some of the features include communication and collaboration tools, classification and categorization of tasks, and alerts. Tasks and subtasks can be assigned to specific team members or groups. ClickUp makes it super simple to track everyone’s progress in a project.
These are just a few of the tools that will make managing your business remotely a dream. We have tested quite a few of them ourselves but will let you decide which app is your favorite. Need more help? Get in touch, we are always happy to share our knowledge and experience.