Collaborating with a Team – Slack

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In April 2015, we had added a fourth member to our team to assist with some of the on-the-ground tasks, mainly related to preparing our vacant homes (meeting with the locksmith to change locks, putting lockboxes on homes, and taking pictures of homes.)

I felt like I was constantly repeating messages as I would talk to or email one of the assistants and then relay the message to my partner/dad.

I sought  a team-wide communication tool.

There’s a ton of these tools on the market , but it became clear that Slack was one of the leaders and had a nice free plan.

You can set up various channels (for us, it’s topics like “tenant management” and “seller leads”)  in Slack where someone posts a message and everyone subscribed to the channel can see the message when it’s convenient to them.

It also has some cool integrations.  Combined with Zoho (our CRM software for keeping track of seller leads), we have a channel in Slack that automatically posts a message whenever a new lead in Zoho is added.

With Slack, we’ve completely gotten away from using email internally, which means I only check email a couple of times a day versus several times a day prior.

It’s become our central hub to keep everyone up-to-date with everything that’s going on in the business.  I believe that meetings are a waste of time for most businesses and we’ve been able to stay away from them so far.

Despite all the good that Slack can do, it can be as distracting as email if you leave it open as new messages flash across your screen and interrupt what you’re doing.  I recommend just checking it a few times a day and then closing it when you’re done.

Stay tuned for more posts about the tools we’ve begun to use in our real estate business.  Like our Facebook page or join our email list to stay updated with new posts.

Thanks for reading,

Aaron

About Aaron Kinney

Aaron Kinney (Facebook) has been investing in mobile homes with land with his dad since 2011. He has begun sharing his business in the MobileHomeEbook Blog and has even written a book that outlines his strategies.

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