Last Update: January 21, 2015
Have you built, or are you in the process of developing, a team? These days many of us find that we’ve got an excellent project manager in New York, a talented developer in San Francisco and several virtual assistants in Bangladesh.
The unification of the world’s talent via globalization has lifted barriers to international trade and made it simpler to do business around the globe.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford
If you run a business with regional, national or international reach you will find that without the right tools, collaboration can be painful. If you’re managing a team of two or a group of 50 or more individuals, here are five collaboration tools that can help your business run smoother from coast-to-coast and across the globe.
Collaboration tools give your small business the ability to provide a structured platform for your team to work towards shared goals. From project management, micro-blogging to real-time chat and social networking, a robust collaboration tool will increase productivity and efficiency. Here are a few worth considering.
Socialtext claims to accelerate business performance. Their web-based platform includes social networking, microblogging, groups, social spreadsheets, social intranet, internal blogs, wiki workspaces and more.
Can projects really manage themselves? Millions of users seem to think so. Communicate, deliver projects on-time, share files, repurpose templates and manage projects from your mobile phone.
Collaborate, host real-time meetings and sync and share documents. Create workspaces and invite participation based on expertise rather than proximity. Teams can then maximize creativity and production with enterprise social networking, workflow-driven document management, discussion forums and more.
Struggle with engaging employees and increasing productivity. This desktop collaboration tool enables you to create a free work space community to unite people, information and applications. It boasts functions that include microblogging, company social network, email integration, RSS feeds, etc. While targeted towards enterprise businesses there are some tools that could in fact benefit a strategic and growing small business.
Managing projects and people can be time consuming. This streamlined web application claims to provide everything you need to easily and securely share files and collaborate online. It’s a user friendly tool with sleek design that could easily turn your outsourcing nightmares into manageable bliss.
While collaboration isn’t an exact science, there are a myriad of tools available to entrepreneurs to make people, life and business much easier to manage.
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