You’ve heard it before: communication is key. The ability to do daily or weekly check-ins as well as discuss problems as they arise is a necessity to making sure your group is on schedule, on the same page, and working towards the same goals. Luckily, communication software and chat software for nomads has gone through a lot of development in recent years. It is now easier than ever to reach your team members, even if you are contacting them from across the globe. Here are some of our favourite apps and programs to use to stay in touch, whether you are working in an office or living the digital nomad lifestyle.
Slack has become one of the most popular internal communications tools for companies today. It is easily accessible as it is compatible with both Android and iOS, is cloud-based, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The organization of chats by channel, topic or private message means you can keep your conversations organized and available only to those who need to see them. Slack can also be integrated with Google Drive to ease the transfer of documents.
HipChat is a centre for one-on-one and group conversations, with the possibility of building rooms around different project teams for productive and organized conversation. It can be integrated with many popular chat and sharing softwares like Google Drive, Facebook and Dropbox. The searchable message history is also particularly useful for retrieving the information you may have misplaced as your message chains get longer over time.
Basecamp is more than a communication tool; it’s a one-stop-shop for all project management organization needs. It features everything from calendars to shared document locations, from dropboxes to chat platforms. The chat software Campfire recently merged with Basecamp to provide its new conversation platform, allowing for a more organized individual and group messaging.
Redbooth was originally created as a task managing app, a function it continues to facilitate with a visual organization dashboard, visual timelines, and productivity reports. They have also added chat and video conference functions to the app, which cements it in our list of top recommendations for team communication.
If you are a fan of Skype video conferencing, you will love Zoom. It boasts all Skype has to offer and more. For video meetings, conference rooms and webinars, Zoom offers an easy to use platform with less glitches than the average video software. It is also easily integrated with other communication apps like HipChat for direct messaging and other team organization needs.
This project management software is useful for messaging team members and sharing project information and documents. Wrike allows you to create dashboards for different departments and projects; here, you can see what documents and tasks other members in the channel have posted as well as a channel group chat. It is an intuitive application that will make connecting with your team and working together easier, even if you are in different corners of the world.