Third-Party Tool Improves Communications Between Elancers.e_darrellj | Mar 14, 2013
While Elance provides you with many handy tools for communicating and collaborating, sometimes teams have specific needs and opt for third-party solutions. One software program that’s gaining a lot of traction is Doodle, an online scheduling tool. Below is a quick guest blog post from Doodle’s CEO, Michael Näf, explaining the product.
Communication is something that’s essential for any project to be a success. As an Elancer, you’ve surely experienced the truth of that statement in a personal way.
With that said, finding a time to have a meeting with one or more people can definitely be a challenge. Just because a time works for you doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for everyone. That may be obvious, but it’s still a frustrating reality to deal with.
We created an online scheduling tool, called Doodle, to help solve the problem of getting people together at a specific time. If you’d like to make scheduling less painful, then I’d encourage you to use Doodle alongside Elance to take your collaboration to the next level.
Benefiting from better communications.
Most of the products that we offer through Doodle are completely free, and we also provide extensive time zone, language, and calendar support. This means that collaboration through an international online platform like Elance will be effortless.
Included below are some of the core features you can leverage:
Group Scheduling - Registration isn't required to use the basic free service, so getting started is quick and easy. To schedule a meeting, you just select some possible dates and times and let the participants specify what works best for them. With a quick look, you'll see everyone's availability and be able to make a final decision that satisfies the entire group.
Premium Doodle - This ad-free professional version of Doodle offers premium functionality and customizable branding options.
MeetMe - With this personal scheduling profile, your Elance contacts can see when you’re busy and available and will then be able to submit meeting requests to get on your calendar.
BookMe - Designed to help service providers streamline their booking process online.
Being more productive on Elance.
While Doodle can be used to make your project communication on Elance more productive, we’ve also found that Elance has helped our business become more productive. Just like with any other company, specific projects randomly come up from time to time, and while our team could handle them on their own, this activity can take time away from other established priorities.
In order to keep our employees focused on their usual tasks and avoid burdening them with additional tasks, we’ve used Elance freelancers to help us with things like user support and market research, and our experiences have been very positive.
In the end, it’s all about getting work done in an efficient way, and I hope you’ll be able to do that with Doodle in the same way that we’ve done that with Elance.
About the Author
Michael Näf is the CEO of Doodle, which is the world’s leading online scheduling service. Doodle is based in Zurich, Switzerland and is used by more than fifteen million people per month.