During these trying times, there are various businesses suffering due to the necessity to remain indoors. Employees have been asked to work from home, and more and more businesses are starting to use virtual services for their processes. In an effort to do our part and help better the situation we’re sharing the softwares that have helped us run our own business, virtually.
Since there has been a need for social distancing, these software have proven to help have e-meetings.
- Google Hangouts: We are fans of the Google Business suite and try to take advantage of most of the services. We especially like that we can integrate our HubSpot CRM to our Google Calendar and Google automatically assigns a virtual meeting link to any appointment booked through our calendar link. This system can be used for various users and has the ability to present your screen with a chat bar.
- Skype: For internal meetings, we sometimes virtually meet with Skype, which has the same features as Google.
- Zoom: If you need something more sophisticated, then Zoom might work best for you. Zoom meetings allow for not only virtual meetings, chat, and collaborating. You can also record meetings and transcripts, which proves especially useful for lawyers.
- Slack: This system allows for you to easily communicate with your whole team, set up reminders, and all while being neatly organized in their respective “channels” or categories.
DOCUMENT EDITING & COLLABORATING
- Google Docs: Google Docs allows you to create, save and edit documents while collaborating with various users.
- Dropbox: It’s a great system that allows you to upload, share and organize all types of files. What’s even better is that you can create teams and share only to specific groups. Each file also have the ability to be commented on for collaboration amongst individuals.
INVOICING & COLLECTING PAYMENTS
Freshbooks: If you need to send invoices and collect payments, then this is the solution. You can integrate with Stripe merchant and they also have their own payment solution called WePay.