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WANT TO WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY? TRY THESE FREE COLLABORATION TOOLS
More businesses are turning to online platforms to help staff connect and collaborate. But the number of software options can be overwhelming.
Nowadays, there are collaboration apps for everything – from workflow management, to team messaging, to time tracking. So, which are the best ones?
It really comes down to the needs of your business and team members. But, if you’re looking for a good starting place, these popular free systems get our vote.
Arguably the most popular app for team messaging, Slack is designed to help groups of people communicate more effectively within one secure space (instead of going back and forth in countless email threads).
Conversations can be open or private, and users can create groups designated to specific topics, so staff can easily refer back to previous discussions.
Notification alerts are also customisable across desktop and mobile, and files shared quickly. Slack’s basic package is free but can become costly for larger organisations as limits apply to file storage and message visibility.
Free for teams of up to 15 members, Asana is an online collaboration tool designed to help manage tasks and workflow, and delegate responsibilities.
Using the Asana platform, you can see how projects and results are tracking, who’s responsible for each task and keep on top of impending deadlines.
Getting the hang of the software is a bit of a learning curve, but Asana will quickly prove its value as one of the world’s top project management tools.
Rivalling Asana in the project management arena, Trello is a web-based collaboration system that uses noticeboard style lists designated for different topics and projects.
You can invite users to be part of each noticeboard where they can then add cards, leave comments, tag other people in mentions and add attachments. Whenever a board is edited, it updates in real time, and stakeholders receive notifications via email or mobile.
Like Asana, Trello’s basic service is free, with different pricing packages to suit larger organisations.
A more casual alternative to Slack, Google Hangouts is a free messaging platform that allows users to connect via one-on-one conversations or group chats for up to 100 people.
The system allows users to share maps, emojis, stickers, and GIFs. Users can also connect anytime via free video and voice calls, making it an excellent tool for employees to socialise and collaborate.
You can sync chats between devices so that you can keep the conversation going via Android, iOS or web. The app also integrates flawlessly with other collaboration tools like Google Docs, Calendar and Sheets.
Wunderlist is a simple online task management tool that allows users to create and share lists of tasks from their computer, mobile, tablet or smartwatch.
As useful for personal use as it is for business, this is a simple app that enables you to create to-do lists, set due dates and get reminder alerts to help you stay organised. The app also allows users to share lists where people can add comments to keep others on top of their progress.
While these five collaboration tools only scratch the surface of the software available, you’ll be amazed at how helpful they can be. With basic packages available for free, why not give these systems a go to see what benefits they can bring to your business.