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The usual in-person collaboration we used to enjoy has been rendered to a virtual reality. As an entrepreneur, you don’t have time for a pandemic to slow down development and communication amongst your team. Here are seven free collaboration tools that will allow your team to continue to develop, collaborate, and keep each other up to date in the process. 

1. Slack

Slack allows your team to communicate in one workspace making it one of the most powerful collaboration tools. A workspace is equipped with channels and private messaging. If you need a place for everyone to chat, but also a place for just the developers, create a general channel and a developers channel. Upload files, pin messages and have message threads to avoid cluttering the chat about one topic, all for free. You can hold video and voice calls in the Slack free version, but only between two people, and screen sharing is not enabled. Slack is available on the web, phone, and as a desktop application.

2. Discord

Discord is another collaboration tool that boasts of voice and video calls, multiple channels, pinned messages, and file upload. It’s available on the web, phone, and as a desktop application. Unlike Slack, using the free version of Discord, you can have up to eight people on a voice/video call and screen sharing is allowed. Discord allows you to maintain all of your message history, instead of the 10k message cap that Slack imposes on free users.

3. Figma

When it comes to design, Adobe has most of the world in its grip. But the monthly subscription may not be in your entrepreneur budget, especially if you have multiple people who need design access. Figma, a design tool, has a free option that allows for collaboration between up to two editors on up to 3 projects, with unlimited viewers and cloud storage. You can use animations, create interactive prototypes, and export your designs into a PDF, PNG, and other common formats.

4. Miro

Miro is all about collaboration. Whether that’s for product development, UX and UI, or a team following an agile methodology. Miro is there for you–for free! Miro is an online whiteboard that allows for multiple editors to brainstorm ideas, thoughts, and any sort of visual collaboration that your team needs. It has integration with over 20 applications, including Slack, Dropbox, JIRA, and Google Drive.

5. Beautiful.ai

Beautiful.ai’s slogan is “Be proud of what you present” and their service helps you do exactly that. With sleek designs, graphs, animations, and colors, your pitch deck has the potential to make your investors sit up in their chairs. Add collaborators to your presentation and work with your startup team to seamlessly put together your presentation. You have flowcharts, timelines, infographic slides, and more all at your fingertips. Download your deck and present it anywhere offline.

 

6. Hugo

It’s about time to ditch that 20 page Google Doc of all of your meeting notes. Hugo allows you to combine your meetings, meeting notes, and even tasks all in one place. Hugo integrates with both your Google Calendar and Slack to create a central application where your whole team can not only read notes, but to collaborate on them together during meetings. Add actions and tasks and tag members to them as new thoughts and suggestions are discussed during the meeting. Hugo is free for up to 40 users with unlimited notes and meeting agendas, over 20 external application integrations, and an enterprise-level of security. Access Hugo through your iOS phone or through the chrome extension.

 

7. Wrike

Wrike is Trello on steroids, and yet, still offers a free version. You and your team, of up to 5 members, will be fully equipped to manage multiple workstreams. This includes events, tasks, simultaneous editing, designated workspaces (IT, Marketing, Finance, etc), and staying up to date on pertinent information. It also integrates with Slack, Google Drive, and other staple applications of entrepreneurship.

Find more collaboration tools and other free tools in our article about startup tools.

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