Written on November 5, 2010
So, I just finished up a newsletter for Triad Isotopes, The Insider, the project came together so nicely! Low stress, few changes, completed ahead of schedule even! Woohoo!
And I attribute a lot of this to the fact that we have started using Basecamp to manage this ongoing project!
We started designing The Insider back in June. Content was delivered last minute, there were always corrections and changes, and it turned into a stressful, rush job every time. Not fun for us or Triad!
We began implementing Basecamp for other projects this year, so we decided to give it a try with the newsletter.
What a difference! Stephanie, from Triad, and I are able to set calendar goals, create todo lists, message each other, and upload files. All in one spot! Sooooooo much better than having emails scattered here and there!
By using the project milestones, we were able to choose realistic goals and set due dates on a calendar we both use! No excuses for late content or work! Everyone is looking at the same thing! You can also integrate the milestones onto your iCal to make life even easier. The todo lists are great for keeping things moving and everyone on track. Or keep them private and make them for yourself! Instead of searching for various emails in my inbox, all my correspondence for this specific project are all together, making it so much easier to access. File sharing is organized and simple. Stephanie uploads content to me, and I upload proofs for her. All these features are in one place for each specific project! Love it!
Another great thing about Basecamp, you can download a few third party apps for your iPhone and iPad that integrate seamlessly with it! These are great for meetings and on-the-go, and keep things easily organized and accessible!
All in all, Basecamp has become an invaluable part of our everyday work flow, and we are using it with more and more of our clients with positive responses!
Basecamp was created by 37signals, an amazing company that makes "frustration-free web-based apps for collaboration, sharing information, and making decisions." I'll definitely write some more articles on some of their other products! Great stuff!
They also have an awesome book out: REWORK.
I am almost done with it, some of the most sound, simple business advice I have ever read!
I'll be sure to share my thoughts on it as soon as I'm finished!
Have a great weekend Interweb-land!
I'm off to my brother's wedding this weekend!
See ya next week!
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