5 Best Online Collaboration Tools for Remote Teams (2020)

Thanks to the internet, people from across the world are now as connected as ever. 

Online stores, industry news sites, and blogs; professionals with the right skills and talent can now contribute to these websites without having to worry about the location.

All it takes is to establish a seamless collaboration platform that improves communication and productivity among online location-independent teams.

If you are a blog owner and regularly outsource remote contributors, then here are five essential tips and tools that will help you maximize their productivity:

Best Online Collaboration Tools for high rolling team:

1. Use a Project Management Tool

First things first, you need to have a tool that will enable everyone to know exactly what they should be doing. The traditional practice is to use emails as the primary means of communication.

While this still works, it is difficult to convey the sense of urgency even if you specify deadlines in the email. This can make it difficult for your writing team to keep up with the editorial calendar, the blog’s quality standards, and each other when working on collaborative content. Moreover, you might be having members from various part of the world and time zone difference could become a real problem.

Here are the top project management tools for 2019:

These tools offer a visual interface that can be used to assign tasks, set deadlines, and manage the workflow of every team member.

Trello is a little more straightforward than Asana, which can be seen as an advantage. It offers a fast user interface that organizes projects into cards, which can contain an indefinite number of tasks. Each task may include checklists, in-depth details, comments, attachments, labels, and deadlines.

However, if you are looking for a solid project management tool which is modern and virtual team friendly, Asana should be your first choice.

2. Meet Occasionally

A team with mutual respect between each member is far more capable of functioning together and accomplishing goals than teams with little to no communication. However, not even the best online collaboration and communication platform can foster trust and team spirit.

This is why you should also arrange occasional meet-ups that will allow teammates to get to know each other and discuss big goals with clearer detail.

Renting a co-working space for facilitating meet-ups is a good way to go, particularly as it allows your team to do something that’s not work-related afterward.

Alternatively, you can still hold meetings online with a platform like Zoom. It is a favorite online meetings tool that features a simplistic yet functional interface.

You can easily hold ad hoc meetings, collaborative discussions, presentations, and so on. It also allows you to organize and manage a list of sessions to stay ahead of your schedule.

3. Keep in Touch All the Time

Apart from an online meeting tool, you also need an online communication platform that will keep everyone on the same page – at all times.

Remember that a team needs constant communication to work faster, brainstorm content ideas, share suggestions and finish projects faster.

Slack
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One of the best tools you can use for this would be Slack. Despite its name, it is one of the best online tools you can use to maximize productivity and foster team effort.

It gives users access to direct messaging as well as channels that may facilitate specific conversations. For example, you can have a channel for your content development, social media, and security teams to keep the discussions on point.

Apart from sending messages, Slack also enables you to share files, make voice calls and integrate other enterprise tools for quicker access. This means members no longer have to check each tool for updates. You can browse list of Slack apps here.

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4. Store Files on the Cloud

Although Slack, Trello, and a lot of online collaborative tools include a file sharing feature, you still need a full-fledged cloud storage app to make your data accessible to everyone.

One advantage of this is that you can have a single place for all your files whereas sharing them with other collaboration tools means looking for the particular conversation first.

Google Drive
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Today, two of the leading cloud storage platforms are Google Drive and Dropbox. Although Dropbox is also feature-rich, Google Drive offers more storage space (15 GB versus only 2GB on Dropbox) on the free version, which is already a huge difference.

Sign up for Google apps

Google apps will also help your team get emails like [email protected] and offers online collaboration tools like docs, excel, Google hangout and a few others. Chances are, your team is already used to Gmail and getting started with Google apps will be piece of cake.

5. Invest in Editing Tools

Although Google Docs is useful for making quick edits and comments, bloggers can also use editing tools to improve and polish articles. Some of the factors that you should never overlook are grammar, spelling, and the readability of an article.

However, a simple spell-checking feature in word processing apps cannot reliably detect these issues, especially where it comes to grammar and readability.

Grammarly
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This is why you should consider using Grammarly – a web-based editing tool that checks your article for grammar, spelling, and readability issues. All you need to do is to paste your document, and the tool will automatically highlight the problem points and provide you with revision suggestions.

If you run a blog with multiple authors, ask them to use Grammarly first to automate and make your editing process simpler. You can read a detailed review of Grammarly here.

It is worth noting that Grammarly can be integrated with your browser as an extension. It will then check everything you type in your browser – highly useful if you are creating social media posts or editing blog posts directly from your CMS.

Conclusion: Best Team Online collaboration tools

Today, going the remote route and eliminating the physical barriers for collaboration have been highly effective for developing great blogs and other forms of online content.

Although you have access to the global pool of talent, remember that you also need the tools that will help you manage a great team. Keep in mind that it takes the collective effort of your entire editorial team to establish an authoritative blog.

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a professional freelance writer. He has helped small businesses achieve their goals by implementing a strong content strategy that emphasizes their unique selling points and promoting created content using effective online channels and methods, in particular, social media marketing and search engine optimization techniques.

24 thoughts on “5 Best Online Collaboration Tools for Remote Teams (2020)”

  1. Thanks for sharing the information Christopher. I think soon i will need the help of these tools as my blog has finally started making money and is growing by the day.

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Good to know, Sumil! It’s actually best if you can start using the tools as early as today so you can reap their benefits and speed up the success of your blog.

  2. Thanks for sharing the information Christopher. I think soon i will need the help of these tools as my blog has finally started making money and is growing by the day.
    Also Trello is a good online software to keep track of the tasks given to team mates. I like the card based interface of it and the way it organizes tasks according to allotment time.

  3. Himadri Saha

    Hi Christopher,
    Networking is really important for each and every blogger who wants to build a strong and active community among themselves. The tools that you have mentioned in this article are really great. Ans yes, we should share the files on cloud and also this is very important to check the grammar and spelling of the articles that we publish in the blog. Grammarly is really an awesome tool to check for the errors. I believe one of the link in your article “You can read a detailed review of Grammarly here.” is not working and hope that you will fix the link. Thanks for the nice share!

  4. Christopher sir, thanks for your well decorated, informative and useful article. Really, vertual office is now very needful for pro bloggers to connect with other co-workers. And here you given the detailed article about the helpful tools. Thanks again.

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Thanks for the comment, Shibam! A virtual office may be an out of the box idea, but if you are running a local blogging team, it would be ideal to have a physical place where you can collaborate and talk in person to increase your productivity.

  5. Recording information on the cloud is so important just to avoid losing everything at once. And also how team members can get along with each other is also important that will make the best team.

  6. jonston hales

    great work , thank you for sharing such a nice information with us I think very soon i will need the help of these tools as my blogs and sites has finally started making money and is growing by the day. hope for the best and thanks again

  7. Bilal Khan Meo

    Hi Christopher,
    CoSchedule is Better.Nice Collection of Tools.Thanks For Sharing.Keep it up.

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Can’t argue with your statement, Bilal! CoSchedule is a great place to collaborate with other bloggers online and schedule your posts in advance so you don’t forget anything.

  8. Hi Christopher,
    I concur with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your future updates. Saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for your article. Fantastic post you have created.

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Thanks, Sonali! I will definitely publish here on this blog again. I also hope that you read the articles of other great bloggers writing here as well.

  9. Janelle Lineisy

    For collaboration we are using proof hub, Experience with this tool is great so far, Keep it secure seems interesting we will check it out too! Thanks for great resources.

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Haven’t heard of ProofHub before, Janelle. Will definitely check it out soon. Thanks for your suggestion!

  10. Trello is a good online software to keep track of the tasks given to team mates, thanks for the Article Christopher

    1. Christopher Jan Benitez

      Yes it is, Shiv! There are other good equally great alternatives like Asana and Wrike, but I love Trello’s visual approach to project management.

  11. Thank you for sharing such a nice information with us as I am fed up of using team viewer and skype.

  12. Wouldn’t be it easier to use Bitrix24, which is free and combines all the tools you mention, except Grammarly?

  13. I’d like to mention one tool not listed here – Deskun. Our team uses it with Google Docs for online collaboration and it’s very convenient.

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