5 Project Management Tools for Start Ups

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You might not think you are a project manager, but project management is a crucial element of your small business. Planning your activities with a strong focus on project management will help you boost your product quality — because every good project manager should allocate budget, resources and testing methods to get the maximum out of production.

Having a project management mindset will also help you reduce the risk of unwanted or unexpected events. But trying to navigate the maze of available project management tools can be confusing. How do you choose? There are some solutions that stand out from the mass of software offerings. This article introduces you to five online project management software solutions and identifies each of their strongest points.

The Ultimate List of the 5 Best Value Project Management Applications You Should Test

1) AtTask
If you are in need of an online collaboration tool that provides a 360-degree view of all project activities, you might want to get a free trial of AtTask. With this web-based project management software, you can evaluate current projects, set financial objectives and identify the highest possible business value.
Why you should try AtTask: There are four different license types which will help you choose just the right option for your budget.

2) Clarizen
This work and project management solution is pure gold for small business owners that want to empower team members to take an active role in managing their projects. The application comes with many features such as collaborative planning, time tracking, budget tracking, issue management and many more.
Why you should try Clarizen: This solution integrates with Zendesk, GoogleDocs, Salesforce.com, Intacct and MS Outlook – that´s outstanding!

3) Planbox
Perfectly adapted for teams that follow the SCRUM method, Planbox is an easy to use agile project management tool. Fans of mobile devices will love this software because you can access Planbox with your iPhone, Android phone, BlackBerry or any Windows based phone.
Why you should try Planbox: Apart from its flexibility for mobile usage, this project management tool offers a free plan.

4) Zoho Projects
This is probably the best known web based project management tool on the market. But that doesn´t mean small business owners cannot afford it. The software helps your team collaborate better and helps your company to get your project done faster for free! If you only have one project to manage, it won’t cost you a thing.
Why you should try Zoho Projects: It comes with many extra features such as online project chat, a project wiki and integrates with Github. The common sense approach of Zoho Projects makes it a good fit for small businesses without a project management professional on staff.

5) Doolphy
Innovative software design and enough flexibility to serve the needs of small businesses. That´s Doolphy! This project management software works with all common mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, RIM BlackBerry, Windows, Symbian) and can adapt perfectly to your needs thanks to three different pricing plans.
Why you should try Doolphy: This software solution understands the needs of small companies and how to help you take your projects to the next level. Doolphy offers one free account type.

Of course, this list doesn’t include all project management software, but it summarizes the most important project management solutions that startups or small businesses should consider trying before finally deciding on the software that best fits your needs. Choosing wisely is key, or as Abraham Lincoln put it: “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” Select your tool before you start your project and it will save you a ton of time.

Christophe Primault
Christophe is the co-founder of GetApp, the #1 Cloud Business Apps Marketplace. He writes about cloud computing trends and provides tips on how businesses can benefit from cloud-based apps to improve their profit.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Christophe. I agree with you that you need project management skills (or perhaps those of a circus juggler) to run your own business, and I look forward to testing these apps you’ve recommended. For me it’s really important that they be on mobile technology and preferably the cloud because when I need to update my information/plan/schedule, I need to know that the master version is master!

  2. Hi Alexandra, I am glad you like the article. In fact, you should check out this Side by Side comparison http://ow.ly/bi33z and decide which tool you want to test. I wish you good luck with your choice and happy cloud working!

  3. I’d also suggest TeamSnippets.com for keeping track of team progress effortlessly. Team members reply to e-mail reminders with what they’ve been working on. The services compiles the replies into feeds and summary emails shared with the team.

    So simple but useful.

  4. I also would like to mention task tracking software from Cominware. They have developed rather interesting and effective solution which can generate reports in real time. If you haven’t tried it yet – try.

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