5 Free Project Management Tools
It’s no secret that in today’s world, time is money. It can become nearly impossible to balance work and personal life, especially in a small business startup when the majority of the responsibility falls on you. The good news is that there is an endless supply of project and time management tools online available to you. Deciding which apps to use and when is essential in achieving a balance that helps you thrive both in and out of the office. Today we’ll be focusing on apps with free basic plans to maximize your budget and help get your startup off the ground.
Trello is one of the best free project management tools for individuals and teams who wish to collaborate. It allows you to create projects, tasks, assign collaborators, have centralized conversations with your team, and schedule task deadlines. Among workflow tools, Trello is one of the most comprehensive tools available. You can design your own boards for your workflows or any kind of processes you need. The free plan includes unlimited boards and users, one Power-Up option per board, and attachments as large as 10MB.
Asana is a visually appealing software designed to improve team collaboration and work management. It helps teams manage projects and tasks in one tool by tracking progress, viewing all work at a glance, organizing by priority, and attaching files to the work. Teams can create projects, assign work to teammates, specify deadlines, and communicate about tasks directly in Asana. The free plan is available for teams of up to 15 people.
Teamwork Projects is a cleanly designed, cloud-based work management solution that helps teams organize tasks, track time, collaborate with each other, and hit deadlines on time. With an extensive set of features and intuitive interface, Teamwork Projects is one of the best services for managing projects. It features a chat platform that allows you to manage tasks as well as integrating 3rd party platforms, such as Google Drive, for a seamless experience. The free plan includes access for five users, two active project groups with unlimited tasks, 100 MB storage, and multiple support options.
Wrike is another project management software that gives you full visibility and control over your tasks in a spreadsheet layout. It features columns for every detail you want to note about tasks, along with reminders that will keep your work on track and help you keep your deadlines under control. Wrike lets your team update the status of tasks at any stage—in-progress, on hold, canceled, or completed—letting you carefully track the status of all project tasks. It also makes it easy to create weekly project status reports by setting the status of projects to green, yellow, red, on hold, or canceled. The free plan includes unlimited projects and tasks for up to five users.
ClickUp is an intuitive cloud-based project management tool ideal for businesses of all sizes. It helps individuals and teams organize and manage tasks, set goals, and communicate/collaborate with each other. It also features time and project tracking for even more accountability. ClickUp has several helpful components including tasks, custom fields, goals, and portfolios. With it you won’t need to use more than one platform and can keep everything from design to development in one customizable place. The free plan includes unlimited users, unlimited tasks and project workspaces, 100 MB file storage, 24/7 support, as well as 100 uses of custom fields, 100 uses of goals, 100 uses of portfolios, and limited reporting.
So, which project management system do you use? Does it have all of the features you need? The Summit Collaborations team uses Teamwork Projects and we love it! The CEO, Ashlee Campbell, has extensive experience in project management and has used many different tools. In the beginning stages of Summit when we trying different software to see which one would best support our business, it was a unanimous decision. Teamwork was the most intuitive, easy to use and encompassed every feature we needed to be successful and keep our projects on track.
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