Having workers in different parts of the world was difficult two decades ago. Without proper communication tools, snail mails made it impossible to beat crucial deadlines and decisions.
The Internet now allows international communications for free and without hassle not unless you or your workers are using a sub-par Internet connection. But not all tools are made the same.
So, which one can work for you?
Google’s own chat app is effective especially if many of you are on Android rather than iOS. Hangouts feature a chat system that stores all the information and logs you have without much trouble.
The only problem is, if your business should expand against Google (you’re a rival search engine company or you’re using some “dirty” tactics in your business to expand Google campaigns) this wouldn’t be a very good idea.
After Yahoo Messenger, there was Skype. The product has lived up to its full potential even after YM had disappeared from the limelight.
But Skype can be pricey especially if you’re not careful when you’re using Skype for Business, Skype Meetings or Skype Per-Minute Calls. It can be confusing and it would take some studying to get the right conference zone for yourself.
Also, not all calls in Skype run smoothly.
Focused on cuteness and simplicity, Slack is the tool for modern micro-companies. If you want to get your files organised and all your members receiving notifications at the right time (Slack has a message schedule service), you can ensure disruption and no disruption hours reflective of work periods.
It might not have a video or audio conference function but it sure could save important parts of your business effectively.