Remote Collaboration – you can’t do it right without the right toolkit. As an IT startup and a company with two offices, we have a lot of remote collaborating going on. We’ve been looking for tools that are budget-friendly, easy to use and compatible with our versatile team. So, here’s our personal top 10 remote collaboration tools list.
Remote Collaboration Tools: Communication
Slack is that one tool we couldn’t imagine our workday without. It’s easy to use, it provides lots of integrations and it’s affordable. Actually, we are using a free version for our needs. We use it to communicate with our departments, get notifications from our help desk tool, and last, but not least – to agree on a restaurant choice for lunch.
At its core, Slack operates in channels. A company can create channels to track and archive conversations around teams or projects. Another great thing about Slack is its search feature. Slack archives all conversations, so you can browse through your conversation history.
We use Skype for communication with clients and remote collaboration with our freelance associates. It’s our go-to software when we want to add a human dimension to our communication with people. The best thing about Skype is that it’s free. Plus, it is widely used by business people around the world so you won’t have much explaining to do.
Skype provides audio and video calls between multiple devices. It also offers group calling up to 25 people. However, Skype does have some reliability issues. That’s when Google Hangouts enters the ring.
Google Hangouts is another provider of video and audio remote collaboration. It’s convenient because it’s free and you can enter it directly from your Gmail interface. We never had any reliability problems with it – so, that’s a big plus, too.
Apart from messaging and video calling, Hangouts also has a feature called Google Hangouts on Air. It enables Google+ users to stream video calls live via YouTube.
Remote Collaboration Tools: Visualization
Whether we want to share some ideas, visualize a workflow or make a web page wireframe, we use AWW App. It’s simple to use and you don’t even have to register for a free service.
AWW App is a collaborative online whiteboard that helps you visualize your ideas, workflows or business concepts. You can invite as many people as you want to collaborate with you in real time. Premium version offers file uploads, unlimited board storage, and a voice communication up to 5 people for 10 bucks a month.
Remote Collaboration Tools: File Sharing
A brilliant remote collaboration tool that makes our lives easier. Google Drives offers a safe place for all our important files. A wonderful thing about Google Drive is that you can access your files from wherever you are. Whether you’re in office, at home or on a business trip.
With Google Drive, you get 15GB of free storage, good support and a massive collection of third-party apps. For most of the businesses, that’s more than enough reasons to fall in love with this remote collaboration tool.
Remote Collaboration Tools: File Collaboration
Google Docs is another popular remote collaboration tool from Google’s workshop. Our team uses it to collaborate on the creation of web content. Most of the time we use it in conjunction with Slack or Trello (see below).
Google Docs is a great tool for several reasons: it has tons of editing features, documents are auto-saved and you can export them in a variety of formats. And, let’s not forget to mention – it’s free to use.
Remote Collaboration Tools: Project Management
Trello is a massive help in our team. We use it on a daily basis to manage our projects and tasks. The visual structure of lists and cards makes tracking progress a lot easier.
Trello is one of the leading project management apps and among the most popular remote collaboration tools on the market. Trello enables team members to discuss a project or a task in real-time. It keeps everybody informed through task assignments, activity log, and email notifications.