02.04.20164 min read

List of Project Management Tools: 5 Powerful Apps You Need

Project Management: The process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems.

Now there’s a sexy topic.

Ok, so it’s not the most glamorous part of small business. But if you’re an entrepreneur—rocking a solo show or changing the world with a team of dedicated employees—you know that project management is crucial to your operation. This makes project management software an essential part of a successful small business ecosystem.

As your business gets more complex, drowning in a sea of post-it notes or a leaning tower of to-do lists becomes less and less appealing. (OK, so drowning in a sea of post-it notes probably wasn’t ever appealing, but dang it, you made the best of it for as long as you could.) Thankfully, there are innumerable project management tools out there designed to help you get from chaos to zen (although you’ll still have to fit in the yoga and meditation on your own time).

Whether you are a project management superstar or still need help in assessing and boosting your skills, here are five tools to help you work smarter, not harder. 

1. Asana

What: “Team productivity software that helps your team get work done. Asana has re-imagined team communication from the ground up. Conversations and tasks are in one place, so everything is actionable and transparent. When less of your time is spent in email, you’ll have more time to get work done.“

Where: Web, IOS, Android

How much: Free for up to five team members (Asana Premium starts at $21/month)

2. Trello

What:  “Drag and drop cards between lists to show progress. Add as many people as you need and drag them to cards. Add and reorder lists as you need. Trello adapts to your project, team and workflow. You’ll see everything about your project just by glancing at the board, and it all updates in real-time. There’s nothing to set up and everyone gets it instantly.”

Where: Web, iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 8 

How much: Free {Business class is $3.75 per user per month}

3. Basecamp

What:Basecamp helps you wrangle people with different roles, responsibilities and objectives toward a common goal: Finishing a project together. From freelancers to small shops, to mid-sized companies, to enormous multinationals, Basecamp is the go-to project management tool for hundreds of thousands of groups world-wide.”

Where: web, IOS Android, and via email.

How much: 60 day free trial, $20–$150/month

4. Wrike

What: Create a task and get going. Organize everything you need to complete your project in one spot. Break large goals into manageable pieces, attach files and set due dates. Easily track overall progress and individual contribution.”

Where: Web, Android, and IOS

How much: Free basic task management for five team members. $49/month + for project management and collaboration.

5. Redbooth

What:Redbooth goes beyond project management software to reinvent the way you work by providing a real time workspace for teams to communicate, share and collaborate together—maximizing productivity and performance for everyone.”

Where: Web, iOS, Adroid and via gmail and Outlook plugins. 

How much: Starting at $5 per user per month.


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