Posted: Tue 18th Nov 2014
Father-daughter duo Owen and Emily Bannister run a small business software development company"¦ and they live 170 miles apart. Here, Emily gives her guide to successful collaboration when your offices are several motorways away.
When deciding to start a business together, Emily and Owen also decided to make the business work without having to relocate - thank goodness, they say, for these online tools:
1. Project managing online
We use Basecamp It's a place to share documents, have discussions, create to do lists and allocate tasks. You can invite clients to join discussions and Basecamp's email updates mean you're always up to speed.
2. Talking it through
When you can't lean over the desk for a chat; use Skype to chat free online. You can use Skype's video function for longer discussions and meetings or the Instant messenger for quick Q & A's.
Screenhero is a useful tool. Allowing you to work collaboratively, share and operate each other's screens. You get a real time view of your teammates screen and can chat with Screenhero at the same time - making collaboration a doddle.
4. Sharing files
For remote working the Cloud is your friend. Dropbox allows you to share files with your team and works well on mobile devices. The service allows you to work flexibly and a basic account offers up to 2GB of space for free.
5. Sharing your inspiration
When it comes to gathering inspiration I recommend using Evernote to collect articles and imagery as you browse the web. Collate your findings into a 'notebook' ready to share with your team.
6. Don't forget to meet up
It's still important to get together from time to time. Plan ahead by writing a list of topics to cover, and tasks to complete - make the most of your time. It's worth considering investing in a laptop for remote working - plug it into a large screen for presentations.
And finally, remember it's not all about work! Plan some social time with your co-workers; building strong relationships will help you get the best out of your team and work when you aren't co-located.
Emily and Owen overcame their geographical differences to launch BulldogClip, a cost-tracking service, aimed at small businesses.
If you're looking to start a business, why not check out the Enterprise Nation Start up Kit - full of tools and resources to help get your business up and running.
Join here to save up to 25% on books.