Guest blog by Sarah Albinda
Marketing Manager for Onvard
Three full-time students who have a tendency to not stay in the same country together for longer than 3 months — that’s the situation of our startup, and it’s a bit of a miracle that we’ve been able to get so much done. Despite our difference in time zones, Onvard continues to grow bigger and better with each passing week. How does that happen with the hustle and bustle of each of our daily lives? Decisive communication.
I say decisive because I know our startup, along with all the other startups, struggles with that lull in contact. One time Keith, the co-founder for Onvard, and I went 2 entire months without talking (read: nothing got done). Therefore, we had to sit down, make a conscious decision and plan to communicate, and follow it with immediate action to see real results. Sometimes communication can come naturally, but in a startup, it’s always work, work, and more work. True, Keith and I were fast friends, but if that meant we just texted to communicate, I guarantee we would never make it out of beta.
“I’m busy.” “I’m too tired today.” “I’m just not feeling it anymore.” Sound familiar? These are the kinds of excuses we used to run into before we set up our communication environment. When you take the time to set up a practical environment for communication, these excuses can become distant memories. How does that happen? By covering all your bases. If you can foresee those excuses, you can create something to fight against them (I’m using war terminology because it truly is a battle with some teammates!)
Thankfully, free tools, such as CX for Business cloud storage, exist to help teams communicate more effectively than ever. The following are communication flaws that startups may struggle with and completely free tools that can act as solutions to those very same issues! (more…)