Imagine a world where you can work on anything, from anywhere. Tantalizing, isn't it?
And building an effective globally distributed organization around remote principles is easy if you're privy to the right tools.
At Gun.io we use 5 remote tools every single day:
I can't say enough about this great product. Slack is our virtual office. When you're in Slack, you're at work. Slack's simple interface encourages easy discussion, and provides a way to make quick decisions without the formality of email.
Our company's cadence changed so significantly after implementing Slack into our workflow that we joke our growth has had two stages: Before Slack and After Slack.
From new product launches to blog posts, easy collaboration around the written word is essential to building a modern software company. Draft is like Github, but for writing. Draft lets you easily apply the principle of version control to your pieces and receive feedback from teammates easily.
Yes, we use Gun.io to run Gun.io!
For example, we run payroll through Gun.io Invoices, and we use Gun.io For Writers to write our own articles and track their performance. AND, we use SoundScrape to listen to sweet tunes while working.
In fact, many of the features we've released to help freelancers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses were first built to address internal needs. Some would call this dog fooding. We just call it good business.
Ah, email. People have been decrying email for a decade, and yet it remains. Personally, I love email. I know when people receive my email, and the simple act of writing an email crystallizes my thoughts. It's also the most effective marketing channel, ever.
We use Slack for lightweight conversation, and email for important strategic discussions like financial planning or market positioning. Still don't believe me? See Stripe for an example of a company that uses email effectively.
Basecamp is the obvious choice for project management. Not so obviously, Basecamp also acts our company archives, where we store historical analysis, financial documentation, vendor contracts, and other critical information that we might need to reference later. In short, Basecamp also is our operations department.
Whenever we bring on new hires, it's fun to show them a detailed, documented history of the company by walking them through where the company's been, and where is today.
Without these tools, running a remote team would be unpleasant. Thankfully these products are awesome and the teams who're responsible will be around for a long time.
Whether you're a business owner, a freelancer, or both, I invite you to explore these tools and tell me how they impact your workflow.
Are there other amazing tools that help you run your remote team? If so, please let me know!