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14 Online Tools That Help Your Team Stay Connected, Productive, and Happy

14 Online Tools That Help Your Team Stay Connected, Productive, and Happy

Being able to work remotely, or even build a company that’s remote, is not easy, but it’s possible today. Some of today’s most notable companies, including Basecamp, Buffer, Virgin, and WordPress are building companies with over 100+ employees all around the world. How did they do it?

They found the right ‘tools’When your team members are living on opposite sides of the continent and in different time-zones, effective tools are vital to your team culture, productivity, and success. We’ve tested hundreds of online tools to maximize how we stay connected, productive, and happy.  Here is a list of top 14 online tools that you will find useful for yourself and your team. The first four deal with connectivity while the last four help to make your team happier. The remaining six tolls help to increase your team’s productivity.

1. Slack – Keeping Everyone Connected

Slack is a powerful and free way to coordinate with your team and keep everyone on the same page.

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    2. Help Scout – Customer Support Inbox Managed In One Place

    When we first started, we coordinated all of our customer support through Gmail. That got messy — fast. With Help Scout, we can now invite our support team to the application, and coordinate all of our support tickets in one place. They also have a knowledge base feature that allows you to systematize your customer service.

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      3. Intercom – Live Customer Support

      Intercom is a live chat support tool that allows you to send manual and automated notifications to visitors and customers inside the app based on their behaviors. It helps our customers get direct, immediate support, and helps us keep everyone happy.

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        4. Basecamp – Creating company milestones, goals, and organizing files

        Basecamp has been around for over 17 years. Which is far longer than most team management tools out there. And their product shows it. It’s a great tool to organize everything in your company, or even for yourself to keep everything organized. They have a free plan for one project (also known as Basecamp), and you can input as many users as you want.

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          5. Stunning– Helping Customers Update Billing Information In One Click

          Stunning is a new tool we’ve recently adopted in order to recover lost revenue in our business. A common issue that every business runs into is failed charges. This could be due to fraud, card expiry, or just the customer’s bank rejecting the charge for security reasons.

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            What Stunning allows us to do is help update, remind, and empower customers to update their information with one-click.

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              6. Trello – Coordinating Future Blog Posts, To-Do Lists, And More

              Content marketing has been the biggest driver of our website growth thus far, and it’s growing faster by the month. People often ask how we’re able to brainstorm, organize, and publish so many articles at a time. Before, we were using a Google Spreadsheet, which got pretty chaotic.

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                Now we use Trello to organize everything into various sections: Ideas, To-do’s, To be published, and Published.

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                  7. WordPress – Content Management Platform

                  I have yet to hear a better platform for content management, which is why companies like Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and 20% of the internet is powered by WordPress.

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                    8. Pomodoro – Workcycle To Maximize Productivity Without Burnout

                    I would often find myself working for two to three hour periods at a time, without taking a break. When you’re working on something you’re passionate about, it’s easy to put your head down without resting.

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                    The issue was, I was feeling less productive and losing my creativity after about 60-minutes or so. I’ve recently been adopting the Pomodoro Technique, where you work in 25 minute chunks, then take small breaks (~5 minutes). It’s forced me to focus on completing one important task without distraction. Taking small breaks throughout the day prevents your team to from burning out.

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                      9. Invision – Design And Development Collaboration In One Place

                      Invision allows our team to collaborate and share comments on design layouts, feature builds, and even prototype new ideas inside the app. It’s saved us a lot of time and keeps our entire team aligned to one vision of the product.

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                        10. Zapier – Automation Of Recurring Tasks (IFTTT For Business)

                        If you’ve used IFTTT for your personal automation, you’ll love Zapier for your business. It allows us to automate important functions of our business, without needing to develop it on the back-end.

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                          11. Five Minute Journal – Daily Reminders To Express Gratitude and Appreciation

                          The five minute journal was originally recommended by Tim Ferriss, who uses it in his daily routine. It’s easy to be caught up with the current events of your day, and lose appreciation of what you have in your life. The five minute journal gives you the template and framework to record down your thoughts, and what you’re most appreciative for before you start your day, and before you hit the sheets.

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                            12. Calm

                            Meditation And Peace Of Mind On-Demand

                            Whenever we feel stressed out, Calm is a go-to tool to get grounded again. It provides soothing background noises for you to enjoy, including a guided meditation practice that lasts 5 to 10 minutes.

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                              13. Strides – Powerful Habit Tracker With Visual Data Analytics Of Your Habits

                              We are what we do repeatedly. As boring as it sounds, having daily routines is what gives us the freedom to do what we want in our lives. I’ve tried multiple habit tracking online tools, but Strides is one of the best based on visual appearances and usability.

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                                14. 8tracks – Curated Music Selected Based On What Mood You Are In

                                8tracks gives you music collections depending on what mood you are in.

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                                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                  Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                  It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                  It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                  Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                  Quotes for self-assurance

                                  1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                    2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                      3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                        4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                          5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                            6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                              Quotes about positivity

                                              7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                  9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                    10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                      11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                        12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                          13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                            Quotes for work and success

                                                            14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                              15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                  17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                    18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                      19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                        20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                          21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                            22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                              23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                  25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                    26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                      27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                        28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                          29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                            30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                              31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                  33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                    34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                      35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                        36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                          37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                            38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                              39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                  41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                    42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                      43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                        44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                          45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                            Quotes about money

                                                                                                                            46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                              47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                  49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                    50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                      51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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