Let’s be honest, not every business can be remote. At least right away. But chances are there are things that you can set up so that you are able to work from a distance when all hell breaks loose.
Yes, just like it did over the past month.
So many businesses are closing their doors and trying to figure out ways that they can manage remotely, and in some cases, change their model so they can still continue to make money and employ staff.
It’s a really stressful time for many.
I happen to run a remote-only business. It’s a little bit of an unfair comparison to many businesses because I don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time. I don’t meet my clients face-to-face, nor do I have to work at specific times.
But even if your business isn’t exactly like that, there are still a ton of tasks you can do remotely. And here are some of the programs that I recommend using to do so:
Best Remote-Enabling Programs
Zoom has become synonymous with video conferencing. I have to give them an impressed slow-clap as a marketer because they jumped right on the pandemic wave, gave everyone a tool that they needed and have honestly come out on top.
Zoom is amazing for video conferencing but I also happen to use it for podcast recording. It allows you to conference with one or many people which makes it easy for you and your team to “get together” online.
Consider Slack your online office. It’s a great way to connect with your team that also cuts down on emails (because honestly, no one needs another email in their inbox).
Slack is a private chat room that allows you to set up different channels to connect with your team. You can have everything from a water cooler channel to marketing-only so you have a handy little virtual office.
I’ve been an Airtable evangelist for years. They combine a database with a spreadsheet to create something that’s truly useful for remote teams. Honestly, even if your team is not remote you can still use them.
I like using Airtable for anything from collecting from responses to housing my blog’s Pinterest calendar. Each table is unique and can provide a truly customizable storage and organization solution online.
There are a TON of different programs that you can use out there to organize projects, but I think my favourite is Trello. I like Trello because you move cards into different lists, and as someone who leans a bit more towards visual organization, Trello helps me really “see” what needs to be done.
You can use Trello for free with up to 10 boards. Each free board can only use one “power up” but to be completely honest, you don’t really need them. The only one I use is the addition of Google Drive so that I can pair my relevant documents.
What are your favorite remote-enabling programs? Share them in the comments below!
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Tae started out as a journalist before following the money into the corporate world. But it turns out that the grass isn’t always greener and now you can find her spending most of her time writing about all the things she loves. Namely, money, travel and business with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humor. She is a podcast fanatic, blogging aficionado and loves to find new ways to turn passions into cold hard cash!