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Take meetings virtual (and low-budget)

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As costs rise, employees are traveling less for business and using more teleconferencing, videoconferencing and online collaboration tools. Fortunately, these top-notch tech tools are now more affordable and user-friendly, making them viable meeting alternatives.

Two virtual-meeting tools:

1. GoToMeeting (www2.gotomeeting.com): Create a free account, and you can host an unlimited number of online meetings, even if attendees aren’t registered users. During the meeting, you can share your desktop virtually, so everyone can see the presentation. Or you can give mouse control to others, allowing a group to collaborate on, or jointly edit, a project.

Cost: Free trial for 30 days. Monthly plan: $49 per month, or $588 annually. Annual plan: $39 per month, or $468 annually.

2. WebEx (www.webex.com): When you need to gather a group in real time, present and discuss documents, or even see one another via webcam, this easy-to-use tool does the trick. Just open your web conference from your browser and begin sharing your desktop.

Cost: Free trial for 14 days. Pay-per-use meetings are 33 cents per minute, per user, with no monthly commitment. You’ll pay more for the videoconferencing capability.

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