Question: What is your favorite software for streamlining collaboration with clients, employees, freelancers, etc. and why?
"We use screen sharing software Join.me to broadcast on a secure website during calls and clients love it. It's so much simpler than trying to describe what you see and it's perfect for training purposes. One feature I love is the ability to "lock" a broadcast so information is kept confidential and secure."
"When it comes to streamlining collaboration, I really haven't found anything better than tried-and-true Google Docs. It's so easy to share documents with others, collaborate in real-time and put together diverse types of materials from spreadsheets to presentations."
"Running the Rescue Desk -- a VA service for non-tech savvy business owners in the wellness industry -- means we need to keep things really simple and easy to use. We use Freshdesk as our primary customer support hub, and also to communicate with all team members about client tasks. Using this single platform keeps everything grouped together where it's most relevant and needed."
"Wrike's real-time workspace allows a full view of what each department is working on at any given time. We are able to consolidate everything related to a given client into one location, eliminating the need for multiple platforms. Furthermore, Wrike allows us to plan projects out into the future, giving us a better ability to accurately assess timelines and bandwidth."
Facebook at Work
"I predict that very shortly, Facebook at Work is going to be the collaboration tool to beat. Before you make a big decision on collaboration software, understand the limitations of Facebook at Work, figure out if it will suit your needs and see if you can get an invite. Your employees already know Facebook like the back of their hands -- why retrain them on something else?"
"DropTask is a refreshing new way of organizing projects and task management, as well as collaboration between teams. They take a novel approach by ditching lists for a more colorful interface to organize each project. And the best part is that it can seamlessly integrate with plenty of other services like Dropbox, Google Calendar and Gmail. "
"Email is hard to beat when it comes to collaboration. There are many options for third party sites that are amazing, but getting collaborator buy-in is often tricky. A major weakness of email however is data size, especially for videos, pictures, drawings, etc. This is why I constantly find myself and others using WeTransfer to securely transfer large files back and forth. It rocks!"
"Rather than forcing a single project management tool on the whole company, we let each department select their own based on needs. Many here are using Trello -- a great tool for tying multiple stakeholders into a project without cluttering their inboxes. There’s nothing better than the scrum workflow for keeping project owners and statuses clear."