We use group chat extensively at RocketTheme. It has our central hub of communication, a quick and easy method of transferring files or sharing links, and a platform by which important information can be relayed to the team.
Markdown is an excellent solution for content creators that want to quickly punch out content without having to worry about advanced formatting syntax. It is a simple text format that is easily converted into rich text and HTML, while also being easily read as-is.
Maintaining a high level of productivity as a developer, especially as a remote developer working from home, can be exceedingly difficult. Not every line of code you write will come easy, and you will likely find yourself scratching your head as you search for a solution to an issue. Distractions can be particularly problematic during these times.
Being able to run a local development and testing environment is critical in RocketTheme's day-to-day operations. Our team is spread out across the world, and each member has their own development environment that enables them to create and test their creations as they go, without having to commit every minor change to a central server.
Our forums are an essential part of our site. It allows us to provide detailed support for our members, and gives our community a place to share information. It is an excellent avenue for site developers and casual users alike.
Ten years ago, if you wanted to reach out to your customers and spread the word about a new product or service, you had to do so through paid advertising, email newsletters, or updating your website and hoping that eventually enough of your customers would check and see the news.
Information management and distribution has changed dramatically with the advent of social networking.
One of the fastest growing trends in the business world right now is working remotely. This trend has been growing over the past ten years, accelerated by rising fuel costs and the proliferation of the Internet. Indeed, technology is becoming increasing pervasive, and it's because of that so many companies (including RocketTheme) have opted to go with a business approach that doesn't evolve a traditional office.
Our staff is spread across the world, and while we do try to get together at least once a year to share notes and build a stronger team, the vast majority of our work is done remotely. This work is done on schedules that are as diverse as our staff's locations. Despite all this separation, we still manage to get a lot done. This is largely thanks to a number of business collaboration apps that we use throughout the day.
In this article, we'll take a look at three popular solutions small businesses like ours are using to share information and collaborate on ideas. While a complete list of the solutions we use that have collaborative features about them would take quite a while, this particular article will focus on standard business documents. These include: Word documents, spreadsheets, and calendar events.