Tools for Small Business

unduhan-12From in-person meetings to online videoconferencing, technology has made communicating with employees and clients easier and more affordable than ever. Whether you connect using a software, mobile app or social media, here are 12 collaboration tools to consider for your small business.

1. BlueJeans

Everyone has their preferred way of attending online meetings. BlueJeans cloud-based video communications gives attendees the flexibility of joining videoconferences using a Web browser, desktop app or mobile phone, all while making meetings more productive with a wide range of collaboration features that are available across platforms. This includes the ability to host meetings in conference rooms and town halls, share screens and record meetings. BlueJeans also makes it easy to combine workflows, such as scheduling meetings using Outlook, chat using Skype and other integrations with popular business apps and services. Users who don’t have a video- or audio-capable devices can also phone in to join meetings. BlueJeans starts at $9.95 per meeting host per month.

2. Do

Meetings aren’t just for discussing goals and ideas. Do offers an all-in-one tool that aims to help businesses hold more productive meetings by making sure things are getting done. This collaboration tool helps users create agendas, keep notes, track progress and follow up on tasks to increase productivity. Do is also searchable, making it easy to find meeting items and improve accountability amongst teams and employees. The platform also comes with an Insights feature, which lets businesses track how much time and money are being spent on meetings to make them more efficient. Do costs $10 per month per user.

3. Google Hangouts

Whether you need to make voice calls or video calls, or simply chat and send multimedia messages, Google Hangouts makes all types of group collaboration super easy — regardless of your team members’ locations and devices. From desktops to Android and iOS mobile devices, Hangouts lets you connect with up to 10 people from all over the world. You can make voice calls straight from your computer (calls to the US and Canada are free), as well as hold videoconferences and even live-stream meetings and events. The service also lets you keep a history of your Hangouts, so you can always go back to old conversations for reference. Google Hangouts is free. Paid subscriptions are also available to increase the number of people you can connect to in a single session.

4. OfficeSuite

Are your employees always on the go? Broadview Networks’ OfficeSuite is a cloud-based communications system that’s fully accessible anytime, anywhere. In addition to audio, Web and video conferencing, OfficeSuite also offers unlimited nationwide calling, toll-free phone service, digital faxing and the following mobility features: Mobile Twinning, which makes all incoming calls ring your desk and mobile phone simultaneously; Hot Desking to enable incoming and outgoing calls from any phone; and Virtual Voicemail to receive notifications and messages from any phone, online or by email. Contact Broadview Networks for pricing information.

5. GoToMeeting

If you need a basic, easy-to-use Web-conferencing solution, Citrix’s free GoToMeeting can get you started immediately. Just use its one-click meeting feature to quickly schedule meetings straight from Outlook or Google Calendar. In addition to HD videoconferecing, GoToMeeting also comes with dozens of useful tools to help your meetings be more productive and interactive. This includes screen sharing, Web audio, a dial-in conference line, drawing tools and the ability to record meetings. GoToMeeting starts at $24 per month for up to five people. If you need more participants and features, check out the Pro plan ($39 per month) for 25 attendees and the Plus plan ($49 per month) plans for up to 100 attendees. A free 30-day trial is also available.