As you can tell from today’s hangout, collaboration and apps are two topics that Mystie and I love to chat about. Apps are the modern-day village well for moms who have chosen to stay at and work from home. Alone in the burbs, we can use tools like Facebook, Voxer, and Google to connect, complete projects, brainstorm, and get creative — all without leaving hearth and home.
This past year I have collaborated on starting a classical homeschool co-op, running a scouting troop, family picnics and parties, graphics work for clients and countless blogging projects. As a busy mom, I rarely have time to schedule a face-to-face meeting to get things done. That is where these apps are an absolute life-saver.
Being able to open a spreadsheet and edit together in real-time, makes daunting tasks like planning a year’s worth of science and history supplies for an eight-family co-op seem easy. Being able to work together–apart and on my own terms– means I get to bring my talents to the table and still be with my family. Love it!
So grab a cold drink and enjoy as we dish all the best collaboration apps.
In this hangout Pam and Mystie discuss:
- Google Drive – An online storage facility and a suite of apps that allow you to collaborate with others in real-time.
- Google Calendar – Share calendars with family, friends and groups.
- Voxer – Send and receive walkie-talkie-like messages. It’s like text for voice!
- iMessage – Apple’s messaging app for mobile device and Macs.
- Google Hangouts – Text and video chat via Google. Apps for mobile devices and computer via web. Searchable in Gmail search!!
- Facebook – Not the Facebook of Farmville, but the Facebook of private groups, events, and chat messaging.
- Evernote – Best for one-way sharing of notebooks. Only good for collaboration with premium program.
- Dropbox – Online storage and sharing.
- Box – Online storage and sharing.
- Lift – Computer and device app for accountability and encouragement groups.
For more helpful information about Google Calendar, Gmail, and Evernote, be sure to check out Mystie’s book Paperless Home Organization. She takes you step-by-step through how to set up your own paperless home binder. A cool thing about a paperless system? It’s easy to share your info with others — a first step towards collaboration and cleaner countertops!