3 free tools for virtual teams

I’ve mentioned in the past about the tools I use in my own business to stay productive but what tools do you use when you have a small team? (And your small team may only consist of you and one other person. You still need an efficient system).

Project Management – Asana

Let’s talk organization. While you may think a project management system is only for corporate-big-wig-projects, Asana changes all of that. It is AH-mazing what this software can do. A few ways to use Asana are:

  • Sales: Track accounts and build pipelines
  • New Hire Onboarding
  • Marketing: Editorial calendar
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Product launches
  • And so much more!

For my business, I use it to gather ideas, client follow-up, and to prioritize my day. Use it in your business to assign tasks (and a deadline) so you can easily see who is doing each task in a project.

Check out this short video on just a few of the tasks you can do with Asana:

 

File Storage/Sharing – Google Drive

If you have remote team members, you know how important it is to share files. And sometimes sharing big files in an email doesn’t work. With Google Drive, now you can quickly invite others to view, download, and collaborate on files, and the best thing…no huge email attachment that can take forever to send!

Create folders for better organization so you and your team members can access your files anywhere (yes, really). And if you have an Android phone, you can take a pic of documents such as: statements or receipts, and Drive will instantly store them as a PDF.

TIP: Check out this Tech Tip by Nicole Holland. She shares an awesome time-saving Google Doc tip I didn’t even know existed! (1:50 minute mark)

Messaging – Slack

I can’t praise this software enough…I.LOVE.SLACK. (And no, I didn’t get paid to say that.)

This goes beyond exchanging messages back and forth – that’s what email is for. You can create “Channels” which can be about anything: a current project, scheduling, events, etc. These are a great way to keep conversations and information organized. You can also share files and links inside Channels.

It’s difficult to describe everything that Slack can do. The best way to see how it can benefit your business is to check out this “What Is Slack?” guide.

The one thing these three tools have is common is that they are FREEEEE! Yes, free!

How about you? Do you use any of these? What other tools would you recommend to collaborate with a team? Please share!

 

 

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