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Top 5 Collaboration Tools For Remote Teams | 2024 Reveals

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Anh Vu 22 May, 2024 6 min read

Do you know why so many CEOs, including Elon Musk and Tim Cook, oppose remote work?

Lack of collaboration. It’s harder for staff to work together when they’re miles apart.

That’s an undeniable drawback of remote work, but there are always ways to make collaboration as seamless as possible.

Here are four of top collaboration tools for remote teams, ready to be used in 2024 👇

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#1. Creately

When you’re behind a computer screen all day, a collaborative brainstorming session is your time to shine!

Creately is a nice piece of kit that facilitates any team idea session you could want. There are templates for flowcharts, mind maps, infographics and databases, all of it a joy to behold in colourful shapes, stickers and icons.

You can even set specific tasks for your team to complete on the board, though setting that up is a little needlessly complicated.

Creately is maybe one for the more advanced crowd, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how fitted it is to hybrid collaboration.

Creately interface
Less intimidating than Miro | Creately – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 up to 3 canvases$4.80 per month per userYes

#2. Excalidraw

Brainstorming on a virtual whiteboard is good, but nothing beats the look and feel of drawing on one.

That’s where Excalidraw comes in. It’s open-source software that offers collaboration without signup; all you have to do is send the link to your team and a whole world of virtual meeting games becomes immediately available.

Pens, shapes, colours, text and image imports lead to a fantastic work environment, with everyone contributing their creativity to an essentially limitless canvas.

For those who like their collaboration tools a little bit more Miro-y, there’s also Excalidraw+, which lets you save and arrange boards, assign collaboration roles and work in teams.

Drawing on Excalidraw
Limitless possibilities with ExcalidrawRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 100%$7 per user per month (Excalidraw+)Yes

#3. Jira

From creativity to cold, complex ergonomics. Jira is task management software that does pretty much everything regarding making tasks and arranging them in kanban boards.

It gets a lot of stick for being hard to use, which it can be, but that depends on how complicated you’re getting with the software. If you want to create tasks, put them together in ‘epic’ groups and apply them to a 1-week sprint, then you can do that simply enough.

If you feel like diving into the more advanced features, you can explore roadmaps, automation and in-depth reports to help improve your and your team’s workflow.

A kanban board on Jira
A smart board to track every task, both remote and in-officeRemote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 10 users$7.50 per user per monthYes

#4. ClickUp

Let me clear something up at this point…

You can’t beat Google Workspace for collaborative docs, sheets, presentations, forms, etc.

But you know about Google already. I’m committed to sharing the remote work tools you may not know about.

So here’s ClickUp, a bit of kit that it claims will ‘replace them all’.

There’s certainly a lot going on in ClickUp. It’s collaborative documents, task management, mind maps, whiteboards, forms and messaging all rolled into one package.

The interface is slick and the best part is that, if you’re like me and easily get overwhelmed with new tech, you can start with the ‘basic’ layout to get to grips with its most popular features before moving on to the more advanced stuff.

Despite the enormous range of possibilities on ClickUp, it’s got a light design and it’s easier to keep track of all your work than the often confusing Google Workspace.

Interactive whiteboards on ClickUp
An interactive whiteboard is one of many collaborative features on ClickUp – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
 Up to 100MB of storage$5 per user per monthYes

#5. ProofHub

If you don’t want to waste your precious time juggling different tools for real-time collaboration in the remote work environment, then you need to check ProofHub!

ProofHub is a project management and team collaboration tool that replaces all Google Workspace tools with a single centralised platform. There is everything you need for streamlined collaboration in this tool. It has combined collaborative features- task management, discussions, proofing, notes, announcements, chat- all in one place.

It’s interface- super easy to use and if you are like me and don’t want to waste your time on learning a new tool, you can go for ProofHub. It has a minimal learning curve, you don’t need any technical knowledge or background to use it.

And the icing on the cake! It comes with a fixed flat pricing model. This means you can add as many users as you want without adding any additional expenses to your account.

With the several robust features of ProofHub, it is easier to track all your work than the often confusing and time-consuming Google Workspace.

Bring all your tasks and teams together in one place on ProofHub – Remote work tools
Free?Paid plans from…Enterprise available?
14-day free trial availableFixed flat pricing at $45 per month, unlimited users (billed annually)No