For startups and small businesses, smooth collaboration is key. Today’s digital world requires every member of a startup team to be familiar with online collaboration tools, especially if they often work remotely.
There are lots of great tools out there that are free to use and have all the features your team needs.
Here are the 5 best collaboration tools for startups that will make every entrepreneur’s life easier.
Slack is an incredible tool for both groups and one on one communication. Slack allows you to break up your conversations into “channels” making relevant information easy to find. To add to the convenience, Slack comes with an easy to use a mobile app and integrates with many other tools such as Restyaboard, Trello, JIRA, and Twitter.
2. Skype for Business
Skype for Business is available as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 package, which comes with the full Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). Skype for Business features all of the stuff you’d expect from a product with Skype in the name: instant messaging, audio calls, and video chat. But it also has features businesses need to keep safe and compliant, like local hosting and permission control.
As part of the Office suite, it also deeply integrates with your calendar and contacts from Outlook, as well as documents from Word and Excel. Are you an existing Microsoft customer? You probably already have this! If not, it’ll set you back $8.25/user/month.
Lifesize allows startups to have video, web, and audio conferences along with the option to record and share meetings. It also makes it easy to integrate video from almost any platform available, giving your startup the look and feel of a top-tier business without the top-tier cost.
Join.me is one of the best options when it comes to connecting and collaborating with your team. This tool gives startups the ability to share audio, video, whiteboard, live chat, and enable users to share control over their screen. The rich range of annotation and remote access features also makes this tool great for sales demos.
Join.me can be used for free, but to lift the participant cap to 5 and host unlimited meetings, you’ll have to buy a plan starting at $9/user/month.
Zoom — ranked the #1 meeting tool by Gartner in 2018 — is a fast and reliable video conferencing software that works great for internal and client meetings alike.
It features screen-sharing, annotation, and cloud-hosted meeting recordings that you can automatically upload and share. A great use case to keep your team in the loop is to use a fixed room for recurring team meetings and integrate it with Slack to automatically Share the recording with participants afterward.
Zoom’s pricing starts at $14.99/host/month — and just one host can have up to 100 participants.