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When it comes to time, we’re all in the same boat. We have a finite amount and no matter how much we’re willing to pay, we can’t buy more of it. As a founder, you need to get and stay more productive than the average person, otherwise, your calendar and responsibilities will run you into the ground. This is even truer if you run a remote or distributed team like we do here at Fieldboom.
Eventually you’ll be stressed, tired and miserable if you don’t stop every now and then to think about how you can be more productive as a team that’s spread out around the world. To help you run your remote team as best as possible, we’ve put together a list of the tools we use here at Fieldboom to do just that. Whether you need to deal with email overload, social media updates or meeting with people on the other side of the world, we’ve got you covered.
Here are the main tools we use to keep our remote team productive at Fieldboom:
Free, high definition video conferencing for teams that works in your browser. You don’t need to download anything and neither do the people you want to meet with. To create your meeting you simply copy and paste a link. Anyone with that link can join via both video and audio.
Managing projects is harder than it should be. Trello is a great tool that helps you not only manage projects with your team, but also personal projects – all from the same account. It works on the idea of multiple boards. Each board can contain a number of lists and each list contains a series of cards which you can progress through different statuses like New, In Progress and Complete. How might you use Trello? You could set up a board for hiring to track candidates, a board to track upcoming team events or even a board to track an office move and the various tasks to make it a reality.
If you’re active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn but can’t find the time to post regularly, you should consider Buffer. It’s a social media management tool that lets you schedule posts across your various social networks. Instead of spending 10-20 minutes each day writing tweets, etc, you spend 20-30 minutes at the start of each week writing all of your updates into Buffer. It will then post your updates to the social channels you choose throughout the week based on your posting schedule.
Their tagline is “Finds it for you”. Need lunch but can’t leave the office? Text someone on Operator and they’ll take care of it. Looking for a hard to find gift for a colleague? Operator’s team of real people will track it down and FedEx it to your office.
Last but not least, we use our own product, Fieldboom. It’s simple software that helps you capture, manage and organize leads, feedback, job applicants and everything else you need to grow your business. Instead of using one tool to capture leads, one for surveys, one for job applicants, one for CRM and tying them all together (using another tool!), we created a simple all-in-one product with a drag-and-drop form designer and a lightweight CRM that feels just like your inbox.