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Tech Tools for Collaboration

Part of the appeal of this gig I call digital publishing is that I get to work in my pajamas, if I so choose. And my dog doesn’t have to go to doggy daycare anymore. But the other part is being able to partner and work with some incredibly smart, innovative, unconventional entrepreneurs. Good thing they are so smart and unconventional because they don’t let geography get in the way of collaboration.

Drop Box
Drop Box stores files somewhere up there in the cloud. Did I say I was techie? Not really… all I know is that I can share documents, photos, audios and videos with my team through this service that automatically syncs them with an app on my desktop.

Skype
What would we do without skype? You probably know it by now. I use video skype regularly not only to keep in touch with friends and family around the world but for virtual business meetings. In this case, the screen sharing function has been a great way to go over spreadsheets and mind maps together.

Google Docs
Jen and I will often brainstorm Hopeful World business while talking via skype and co-editing our shared Google docs simultaneously. It’s a brave new (hopeful) world, isn’t it?

GinBox/Mighty Docs (iPhone apps)
When I’m mobile and sans laptop but need to access those said Google docs, I can do it easily through either of these iPhone apps. Ginbox gives me access to multiple google accounts (gmail, calendar, docs, Google+, etc) through one app, which comes in very handy. I use Mighty Docs when I want a straight shot into my documents and don’t want to bother toggling through screens with clumsy fingers on my phone. I know my weaknesses….

Expensify
Thank goodness for Expensify, which imports all expenses from our debit cards so we can create our expense reports easily. You can also attach receipts to an expense by scanning them with your iPhone camera. How cool is that? Expensify transformed my relationship with my accountant!

These are some of the free tools I use on a regular basis to keep my cross-continental business thriving. Did I mention they’re free?

photo credit: Ria

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