Awesome Cloud-Based Small Business Collaboration Tools

September 18, 2015

9:00 am

In order to truly be successful with your small business, you need to collaborate with others and make good use of the collaboration tools that are at your disposal. There are loads of great online tools that you can use, and many of them are quite inexpensive, so they are well worth paying for. Here are some of the best collaboration tools for all of your small business needs, from online meetings to group brainstorming sessions.


This is a great tool for holding productive meetings. Features include a visual timeline of meetings, the ability to set agendas, track follow-ups, and more. You can also add notes, as well as store presentations and documents. This is a free app that you can use from your desktop or your mobile devices.


This is your online whiteboard for coming up with ideas. You can use sticky notes, invite teammates to join, collaborate in real time, etc. This app works with YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare, Evernote, and Google Drive, and plans start at just $8 per month.



In order to stay in touch with your clients and associates all over the world, you need to be using VoIP phone services. If you are looking for the best service at the best price, check out CaberTel. They offer voicemail to e-mail, remote desk phones, three-way calling, interoffice dialing, and a whole lot more.



This is a platform for managing and deploying cloud resources. It works through Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, Google, and many other platforms. It also works with private cloud platforms such as CloudStack and OpenStack.



This app puts all of your communication in one convenient location, so you can search instantly, and from any location. You will enjoy real-time messaging, group and one-on-one conversations, inline images, videos, file sharing, and more. This app integrates with Dropbox, Hangouts, Twitter, Zendesk, etc. Five integrations and a 10K searchable message archive are free, and paid plans start at just $6.67 per month, per user.



In one easy interface, you will have documents, chat, spreadsheets, checklists, and much more, and each document has a chat thread. You can add a checklist to all Quip documents quickly and easily, and all features will work offline. A basic plan is free, and business plans are only $12 per user per month.


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Manage data integration issues with this suite of cloud integration tools. The Cloud Data Masking service lowers your risk of data leakage, and the Extend service helps you create and manage business processes in the cloud.



This is an app that lets your team communicate at any time using video calling and screen sharing. You can create as many chat rooms as you need, and each room can be searched by a keyword. Those who are in the chat rooms are only able to see what you allow them to, and you can customize how you are alerted when you miss any messages. It is free to get a basic account, and the premium account costs just $2 per month.Hipchat


This financial management tool will monitor and analyze the cost of using cloud services, so you can reduce your costs by only using the services you really need. Cloudlytics will give you reports on suite of AWS logs, including Amazon S3, AWS CloudTrail, API access logs, and more.


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Jane Hurst is a freelance writer from San Francisco. She contributes to Lifehack and Thought Catalog.

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