Before the coming of the Internet Era—if someone even remembers such a time—, mothers would complain more and more often about not being able to spend enough time with their families and raise their kids; as a single income wouldn’t do it anymore. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed: suddenly, one could work from home. There were digital nomads, four-hour workweeks, and Internet entrepreneurs. There was even a bubble that burst.
And now, we have mogul moms.
In an effort to help the ultimate businesswoman that isn’t afraid to raise a family while developing a successful career, we’ve compiled a list with some of the most popular collaboration tools; so you can save time, effort, and focus on the things that matter the most to you, such as managing your time.
A big favorite among Digital entrepreneurs and remote workers, Slack really is “where work happens”.
Within a friendly interface, Slack allows users to participate in multiple chatrooms, which can be classified according to your company’s needs. Need a channel where your team can update a customer about the development of their project? Check. A private channel just to share files within your team? Check too. Slack also counts with an ever-growing army of bots that can help you automatize everything you need —from reminders to file updates.
A big part of collaborating could just be considered busywork. But, what if someone could do all those boring, repetitive tasks for you while you concentrate in what’s really important?
The team behind Zapier thought the same, so they’ve developed the ultimate automatizing system: A free online tool that allows you to interconnect more than 1,000 other tools, so you can set up a system —or “zap”— that automatically does what you take hours doing with just a few minutes of set-up.
If Slack allows companies to communicate internally with incredible ease, then Trello is the equivalent of a virtual office.
Companies from all sizes can benefit from Trello, as both remote and local teams can organize their workflow, stablish milestones for their projects and share files within a highly-customizable virtual board with plenty of room for interconnectivity. Content Marketers and creators can particularly benefit from Trello’s interface, as it allows seamless collaboration, creation and management of both projects and shared files.
4. Google Docs
If you’re still sharing .docs with your collaborators and waiting for updates, you’re doing everything wrong.
Google Docs don’t only serve the same purpose as your regular Microsoft Office documents; they also have an almost-identical interface and allow multiple simultaneous editors, comments, and instant sharing. Whether you’re working on a presentation, a spreadsheet or a simple text document, you can use Google Docs and get instant notifications every time someone edits a file you’re also working on, while accessing an infinite history of editions —just in case something goes wrong or you need to make revisions.
Everybody knows Skype, but UberConference is another alternative worth exploring for online communication.
UberConference is the tool to use for plain and simple conference calls, as it provides you with two options: Calling —or having your interlocutors call— an automatically generated phone number, or using their online service. Both work equally well and give you the option of muting both yourself and other users and a chat, basically all you need in order to make your communication efficient and minimalistic.
Now, you know about 5 tools that can definitely change the way you do business and, hopefully, will save you time…. Who knows? Maybe this will help you change your schedule for the better on the long run.
Carlos Cano is a bilingual freelance writer and marketing strategist from Mexico. He’s also a musician, a published author, digital nomad, and regular contributor to TrustRadius, where he shares his knowledge of the latest trends in B2B news and software.