There are so many fantastic platforms available that will really help you work collaboratively especially if you work in a small business or a start-up. Today I wanted to share some collaboration tools for small business. These collaboration tools are bound to help make communication, project management and sharing ideas easier, faster and a whole lot more fun!

Google Hangout

This year Google will be completely overhauling Google Hangout including a change of name to Hangout Meets and Hangout Chats. The functionality looks pretty similar in that you will still have an instant messenger tool through GSuite and a video conferencing facility. For now, Google Hangout is still a great tool for those using GSuite. it will really help you communicate with your Executive without having to send emails and of course you can schedule conference calls with your Executive while they are working remotely or travelling.

Monday.com

There are lots of project management tools on the market and Monday.com is certainly becoming one of the most popular. It is a visual platform that lets you plan, schedule and work together on projects. Similar to other collaboration platforms, users can set up boards to work on projects together, schedule tasks and see what has been accomplished and what is outstanding. The platform has a lot of flexibility and can be adapted to your organisation’s needs.

Podio

Citrix Podio helps you organise, communicate and get work done. More than 500,000 organisations use Podio to run projects and company departments. This includes everyone from small growing companies using Podio to run their entire businesses. Podio speeds communication and provides the transparency and accountability needed for efficient teamwork, by enabling people to organize and track work in one easy-to-use place.

Hiver

This Gmail extension lets teams manage shared inboxes such as info@ or executiveoffice@. The extension has a lot of additional features that will help you manage the inbox without having to send lots of emails or forward on the emails coming into the inbox.

Asana

Asana organises everythingfrom company objectives to routine tasks in one place so teams are clear about priorities and responsibilities, and you can monitor progress in real time to keep projects on track.

SmartSheet

Smartsheet, an online work execution platform, empowers businesses to plan, track, automate, and report on work. Over 80,000 organisations rely on Smartsheet for project and work management because of its easy-to-use interface, real-time gantt charts and dashboards, and work automation features.

Slack

Slack is fast becoming the number one tool for collaboration amongst teams. It allows you to forgo email for a more informal chat environment and with a huge amount of integrations it is easy to see why so many offices are adopting this technology. For small businesses, this is an easy way for employees to stay up to date with projects and easily contact colleagues.

Google Docs

What I love about Google Docs is the ability to work on a document in real time, so if your Executive is in the office and you are at home you can both sit in front of the same document and make changes to it in real time. Which means, no more back and forth over email.

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