Small business owners can have great collaboration tools

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Owners of small businesses need all the help they can get from software. If this comes free, it’s even better for them, who cannot always afford the tools that big corporates can.

Owners of Android smartphones will be surprised how many collaboration apps are available to help avoid the cost of expensive services. This post lists five tools recently featured in a Techrepublic article.

1: Twoodo

Similar to Twitter, the functionality of Twoodo also depends on hashtags. Having created an account on the free Twoodo site (made easier with your existing Google account), and having installed the Twoodo app, you can create tasks and calendar entries, and have private and team chats. You can synchronise your Twoodo and Google calendars.

2: Hivve

Hivve allows you to create specific groups designed for collaborative chatting. You can create an organization and chat rooms within it. Once they have joined, members can start chatting. They can add video, images, and files to their chats.

3: Swoodle

This tool has the potential of being your one-stop collaboration shop. Swoodle helps you collaborate with others on office documents. You can message with your team, share files via drag-and-drop, and communicate with voice and video chat. Swoodle integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and lets you connect with DropBox, Box, and OneDrive for Business.

4: OpenCore Text

A cloud-based version of collaboration tools, OpenCore Text enables you to share, store and collaborate on documents, photos, videos, and more. You can mark files for offline viewing and editing. The app comes with 2 GB of storage, which should be sufficient for you to see if it is suited for your team’s needs. Unfortunately, OpenCore Text does not have a built-in document editor.

5: Google Keep

If you don’t need to collaborate on spreadsheets or any other Microsoft Office documents, but need to collaborate on notes and lists quickly and simply, this one’s for your business.

All you have to do is tap on a note, tap the sharing icon, add a person to collaborate with, and tap SAVE. If collaborators also use Google Keep, they will have access to the note. Anything either party does will synchronise it in real time.

IT budget

Don’t spend a fortune on collaboration tools until you’ve tried out one of these options. It could make a huge difference to your small business IT budget.


Anton Venter

Anton covered Google technology for over four years from the the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He has reviewed mobiles and Android devices for a number of local blogs and magazines; Anton loves researching and numbers.

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