The Tools Every Remote Team Should Think About Using

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When I tell my friends and family that our whole team is remote, they usually have similar questions:

  •             How do you keep in contact with each other?
  •             Is it weird to talk to someone you haven’t met in-person yet? Btw we have met [peep here]. 
  •             How do you collaborate on projects?

These are totally valid questions and they have very easy, simple answers. At DH, core value #9 is to Be Like MacGyver & Bruce Lee. Essentially, be resourceful and adaptable.

 

p.s. for all you millennials who don’t know who MacGyver is, I didn’t either...

 

Here is quick list of some of the tools we use to stay connected as a team and foster our company culture. Do you have some suggestions on what else might help? Let us know in the comments!

 


 

1) Slack

 

            We love Slack because it allows for some fun in the midst of all the work chatter. From sending emojis to using its smart bots to research articles in the culture space, our team has a lot of fun using Slack on an everyday basis. Since we’re remote, it’s easy for each of us to get pulled into different projects [which we then create new Slack channels for to stay organized]. 

 

            Pros: easy-to-use, fun, emoji-friendly, allows us to segment communications

            Cons: can be tricky to locate old conversations using the search bar

 

...btw here is this awesome Slack-inspired Halloween costume: 

 

 

 

2) Basecamp

 

            Basecamp allows for us to create multiple projects and select contributors really easily, which is something we need as a remote team! We love using the calendar feature which lays out all the due dates of our tasks in a neat way. Basecamp is especially friendly to people who are used to living their lives by a checklist.

 

            Pros: simple interface, holds a lot of ‘stuff’

            Cons: if you don’t tend to keep your data organize, things can get lost in the sea of your Basecamp

           

3) Google DocsIMG_2609

 

From college students to working professionals, Google Docs always come in handy. When we are working on website content or preparing materials for Jenn’s keynote, we can work collaboratively and track changes using Google Docs.

 

From the spreadsheet formats to simple documents, we can enable sharing so all of our contributors can easily access the content. With Google Docs, we can draft content for projects like our case studies and ROI calculator. We even use it to create birthday cards and pass it around for people to sign.

 

            Pros: intuitive, not complicated whatsoever, love the “suggested” editing mode and ability to leave comments

            Cons: best to be used to draft or lay out simple info, no fancy features here

 

4) Hubspot

 

            We love using Hubspot because of the way it integrates, organizes, filters sales and marketing data. From social media publishing to setting reminders to follow up on potential clients, Hubspot gives us one place to do it all.

 

            Pros: Lots of useful data

            Cons: Not really a bad thing, but your team really has to know the ins and outs of Hubspot to make it successful

 


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About the Author

Briana Nguyen

Bri is the Growth Content and Social Media Driver on the Delivering Happiness team. Working previously as a freelancer, her goal has always been to work with passionate people who are focused on helping individuals and businesses find their purpose. As part of DH, she now gets to accomplish that every day. Bri resides in Arizona and is lucky enough to enjoy the sun all year round.

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