How many times have we heard, “Teamwork makes the dream work”? Im sure it’s been a few times. But needless to say, some find it easier to work with others, while some find it difficult. I have met my share of persons who dread working on a team for whatever reason. But in with this centuries technology, there are little hacks that have found their way into our business and I just want to briefly speak on one of them. Today I am going to talk about team working apps. Yup, team apps. So let’s dive in.
My most absolute favourites are Basecamp and Dubsado, they offer great integrations, tons of features that help with boosting or promoting productivity. But for ease of usage/user friendly, Trello is number one. It doesn’t have all the great integrations and offers like Basecamp and certainly not Dubsado, but Trello holds its own with simplicity by creating user boards and cards. I typically introduce Trello to clients that are not so tech savvy, but still looking for simple communication, as it allows me to communicate with much more ease and they are able to see updates to requests and I will see any additional requirements or changes that they make. We are a team working on an end goal.
I like to think of Trello as a Whatsapp Boost, I can add files to a card and @ certain members on a team if we are doing a quick project, but need everyone to give feedback and to have it all accessible in one place. Perfect example, a client wanted me to do some tracking for some of her clients and to determine if they are up to date on her CRM system. She had over 2000 clients. Each time I completed 500, I would just drop a notation in Trello and @her. She would get an instant notification via the mobile app or via email, she now knows where I am in terms of the list without having to actually check in with me. I would also attach a picture or video if necessary based on the situation.
Trello is great for communicating and maintaining that level of follow-up if you do not wish to be calling, emailing and texting all the time to let the other member(s) of the team know project updates. You can add files and even checklist, so that a members on the team know what is left to be done. Set up a calendar and share it, so that if there are events coming up, the team will be able to view certain data regarding these upcoming events. Did I mention that it’s FREE? yup. But there power-up(upgrades) that you can add on for a small monthly fee of US$.4.99 or US$44.99 yearly. Have several persons on your team and need to get an idea validated by them all? You can set up poll/voting option.
So there you have it, just a brief synopsis of one of my favourite Team working apps.