The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Bonus Chapter: Tools to Manage Your Remote Team
Growing your business with a remote team would not be possible without technology. Having the right collaborations tools is essential for building a successful remote team.
Every team should keep a logbook, but it is a must for remote teams. Your teamspir.it logbook is a place for your remote workers to record their ideas, achievements and struggles. As their manager, you’ll be able to keep a close eye on your teams motivation, productive and mood. As a business, recording progress will help everyone learn faster and grow more sustainably.
Are you surprised? Email is an important communication tool—especially for remote teams. Gmail in particular has a lot of features to help team stay organized and productive. Labels, filters, priority inbox, canned responses, and many others will everyone keep on top of their inbox.
Nothing can replace a real-time conversation. Sometimes talking face-to-face is the only thing that will do. Skype is an easy way to have face-to-face conversations across a large distance. If video isn’t necessary, voice calls are just as easy. Skype is an invaluable tool for keeping in touch with individual employees.
Ineffective task management can really hold a team back. Make sure your employees are working together with shared Trello boards. Trello is an incredibly customizable tool which acts like a digital whiteboard. Move tasks around, leaves notes, and easily see who is working on what, and which tasks are getting overlooked.
Though, there are a lot of great options available, Basecamp is often touted as the ultimate project management tool. It’s wide list of features including task management, document storage, and discussions make it the perfect place to step back and see the big picture.
Google Drive lets you store up to 15GB of data and access them from anywhere. It’s also an excellent collaboration tool. You can easily share files such as text documents and spreadsheets with your employees and track any changes they make.
Evernote has a pile of great features, but it’s also a great way for you and your employees to collect and share information. Webpages, business cards, research—anything collected can be organized into notebooks, tagged, and searched at a later date.