As the COVID-19 virus continue to spreads across several countries including Nigeria, many countries  has declared a total lockdown in major states and cities that restrict movement of people to forestall further spread of the corona virus.


While governments grapple with the spread of the corona virus, companies of all sizes especially small businesses now require their employees to work from home, many of these businesses now rely on remote collaboration tools  for employees to get their jobs done from home.


Thankfully, the software world has prepared for such times as this with the introduction of several cloud computing and collaboration tools that enable people work from different location remotely with relative ease. These tools enable reliable cloud interaction through video and audio conferencing, chats, and webinars among employees and clients.


Below are some example of some free online collaboration software  that small businesses can use to enable their staff work remotely and still be able to communicate, collaborate on projects, share files and documents to limit the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the growth their business.


1.      Typeform

Typeform is an online program that makes very flexible, customized forms for every sort of situation. Things like business forms, surveys, quizzes, product feedback, contest, landing page, test, and payment forms are all possible with Typeform.


2.      Loom

Loom is a free screen and video recording software that you can use to create training materials and even host conferences. Loom allows you to record your camera and screen with audio. You can then download your video, embed it on your blog, or share it via social media or email

3.      Trello

Trello is an online corkboard. it is used to organize “cards” into lists—those cards can be tasks, notes, projects, shared files, or anything else that helps your team work together. The tool is used for project and task management. The visual Kanban boards are flexible, shareable, and let you pack a ton of detail into each card. Trello can be used to organize just about anything, perhaps your entire life

4.      Microsoft Teams

Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more

5.      Zoom

Zoom is a free enterprise virtual conferencing solutions that allow easy collaboration among staff and clients. It provides easy, reliable cloud interaction platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars

6.      Skype

Skype is software that enables users make free video and voice one-to-one and group calls, send instant messages and share files with other people. You can use Skype on whatever device works best for you – on your mobile, computer or tablet. Millions of individuals and businesses use

Skype for their conversations.

7.      Whereby

Whereby is an easy video meetings with no user logins or downloads. Video conferencing with screen sharing, recording and much more. A cloud video meeting that allow for fast and easy video collaboration with an emphasis on ease of use.

8.      G Suite and Drive

G Suite is a suite of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google Cloud. It includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more. It enable multiple people work on a document, sheets, and slides at the same time, and every change is saved automatically.


Monday is a cloud project management and workflow management software for teams. It syncs all information in a single, accessible hub, and empowers agents and team members to make important decisions together.

10.      Slack

Slack is a popular and well-crafted platform offering instant messaging, file transfers and powerful message search. Its workspaces allow you to organize communications by channels for group discussions and allows for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place. It has many dozens of integrations with other tools like Trello and Intercom.

11.      GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is an online video conferencing software that allows users to schedule meetings and share screens. It’s one of the most popular video tools with millions of users

12.      WebEx

Cisco’s WebEx provides personalized video meeting rooms where users can to host and join meetings. People can use WebEx for team collaboration, webinars, training and customer support

12.      AcuteInvoice

AcuteInvoice is a cloud invoicing and accounting software with online payment features that enable users maintain their client’s contact, create professional invoices, record expenses, collaborate with staff, accountants and view the performance of their business on the go