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Virtual Office Tools

The Belle team uses or has used all of the below tools. We are happy to answer any questions you have or talk with you about which solutions make the most sense for your team.

Remote Work Tools

Group Chat and Internal Communication

Slack

  • Popular group and 1:1 chat tool
  • Information organized by channel
  • Easy user adoption and cuts down on email
  • Can invite external users as guests and/or create shared channels with other organizations
  • Plans + pricing – $6-13 per user per month

Video Conferencing

Google Hangouts Meet

  • If you use Gsuite in your organization, you already have this. Free and easy to use.
  • Has video, but participants can also call in by phone and join voice-only
  • Multiple meetings can happen at the same time via different meeting links

Slack Calls

Zoom

  • Free version or up to $20/mo for all features – plans + pricing
  • Supports video and voice-only calls
  • Free version has a 40 minute time limit on meetings with three or more participants

Conference Line

Uberconference

  • Conference line (no video)
  • Participants can join via phone or computer 
  • Free version supports up to 10 participants
  • Pricing and plans

GSuite

  • Google’s suite of products for businesses, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and Google Hangouts Meet
  • A good all-in-one solution if you need a full suite of integrated cloud-based services
  • Plans and pricing

Cloud-Based File Sharing and Collaboration

Store, share, collaborate and edit documents and files.

Google Drive

  • If your organization uses Gsuite, you already have this
  • Setup guide

Dropbox.com

Virtual Office

Sococo

  • A virtual representation of an office setting, with avatars for each employee so everyone can see who’s working and what meetings are taking place
  • Integrates with Google Hangouts and Zoom for video conferencing
  • Supports voice calls, screen sharing and group and 1:1 chat

Electronic Signatures + Agreements

HelloSign

  • Legally-binding e-signature platform
  • Free version, or up to $40/month for all features
  • Plans + pricing

Password Manager + Vault App

LastPass

  • Secure password storage and sharing
  • Free 14 day trial
  • $3-6 per user per month
  • Plans + pricing

Additional Resources

Aircall

  • VoIP conference line 
  • Integrates with CRMs for sales teams
  • Appear.in plug-in allows for direct video conferencing 
  • Large suite of integrations
  • Pricing and plans

BaseCamp

  • Integrated collaboration tool for remote teams
  • Includes settings to help manage work-life balance
  • Pricing and plans

Harvest

  • Timekeeping system for at-home work
  • Feeds data into enterprise system and dashboard 
  • Pricing and plans

Transmit 

  • SFTP file sharing
  • Integrates across 11 major cloud servers 
  • Dynamic integration, particularly for OSx devices

Asana

  • Web application for project management
  • Assign tasks and workflows 
  • Agile PM methodology (waterfalls, kanbans, etc.) 

Monday

  • Team resources and workflows, PM dashboard 
  • A lot of integration options 
  • Pricing and plans

Belle Communication

Belle Communication is a digital PR, influencer and social media firm based in Columbus, Ohio. With Belles from coast-to-coast in six states, the firm serves the restaurant, food + beverage, tourism and business service industries, and has partnered with more than 70 brands. As a WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise, Belle is an all women team that ties PR to business goals through a smart, savvy approach.