8 Tools to Efficiently Manage Temp and Remote Team Workers

remote teamWhat is your favorite tool for managing temporary (contract or project-based) team workers, and why?

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1. Basecamp

Peter DaisymeWe have a smaller team of 12 people right now based all over the world, and 20+ contractors that do temp or contract work for us. Basecamp is one way we keep all of this organized and in the same place. It’s amazing to be able to track progress of everything and keep track of your team.

– Peter DaisymeHostt

2. Asana

Mitch GordonAsana is just the best project management tool, hands down. Our dev team rarely even uses emails now. We’ve moved almost everything to Asana. It’s a great tracking tool, and it’s also a great accountability tool. It helps avoid confusion around deadlines, expectations, etc. It also increases transparency across the board for the team. We all know the important projects people are working on.

– Mitch GordonGo Overseas

3. Time Doctor

Andrew AngusTime Doctor has been a huge help managing our outsourced team. We can see when they work and what they are working on, much like oDesk, but for all members of our team (not just the ones we hire through other platforms).

– Andrew AngusSwitch Video

4. Zoho

Brock StechmanWith Zoho, you can manage projects and tasks with your remote team, but it’s also great for managing client contracts, freelance team members and temporary team members. It helps keep track of progress and timeliness, and is accessible and functional anywhere.

– Brock StechmanDivvyHQ

5. Slack

A relatively unknown in this crowded market, Slack is the latest project from Flickr Founder Stewart Butterfield. Not only is Slack beautifully designed, but it does away with the slow, clunky email process altogether. Instead, it is set up like a very robust, task-based IM client. The killer feature though is that it is highly searchable. Referencing a file or conversation from last year is easy.

– Brian HonigmanBrianHonigman.com

6. Flowdock

Tolga TanrisevenFlowdock is by and large the way we communicate. All of our contract and project-based team members are remote, so it allows us to communicate with them efficiently, just like we can with the rest of our team in Argentina, Turkey, Spain, Los Angeles and elsewhere. It also gives us the ability to find the best talent because we aren’t limited to a single office environment. We can hire anyone, anywhere.

– Tolga TanrisevenGirlsAskGuys

7. Podio

Mark KrassnerSince we have a decentralized team of seven, which often includes freelancers, it can be difficult to track progress, hours and billing. More than a project management platform, Podio streamlines everything for us. There are hundreds of plugins you can use to track time sheets, project milestones and approvals. It even offers tools that foster creative collaboration sessions.

– Mark KrassnerKnee Walker Central

8. oDesk

oDesk has a large network to help you find the workers you need, but also the tools to manage their workload and pay them on a timely basis. One of the niftiest tools is the time-tracking feature that shows you what they were doing on-screen during the hours they were employed by you.

– Andy KaruzaSpotSurvey


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  • hugomesser

    One to add…http://www.ekipa.co

  • Roey Libfeld

    My team and I, used 6 different type of PMS’s and we almost lost hope, it seems like implementation was not the issue but convincing everyone to use it was our main barrier, and them Asana, simple easy and bug free

    Iike a magic pill everyone starting using it, I got a bit intrigued so we starting looking into Asana and why it work for us here are our finding

  • PetraMorkva

    The list doesn’t mention a single popular free remote team management solution. Where’s Bitrix24? Or Freedcamp? Bitrix24 is better than 80% of the list.

    • http://Smallbiztechnology.com/ Ramon Ray

      Peter – and thank YOU for adding them to the list

  • Phillip Tredson

    I would add Bitrix24 as well – it’s the most intuitive remote team management tool I’ve tried, not to mention essentially free. It’s like Basecamp plus Zoho plus Slack plus Skype plus Dropbox.

  • Angel Grablev

    Definitely think Freedcamp should be on that list :) worth a mention.

  • jack kevin

    One of the primary the reason why virtual squads crash happens because many affordable video production people don’t cover the point that team members will not be thumping into the other person.

  • Laim Chips

    There are so many (new and better) collaboration tools for remote teams that I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve used Basecamp and Asana in the past. Right now im using ProofHub and i’ve never been more satisfied!