One magical thing about the internet is the sheer number of options available out there… even for business owners.
While I am not stopping you from using a planner or a ledger (not at all because I also use those!), but in growing a business, there are a lot of things that need to be covered: project management, time and budget tracking, client interactions, collaborating with your team, progress reports — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Your trusty pen and notebook can only do so much. Fortunately, there are many online tools out there that can do all of these…and even more! Here are 9 of my most favourite project management tools that are perfect for small businesses like yours.
Asana is probably one of the most popular project management tools out there, and for good reason. It is very straightforward, using both a board to show you your tasks, a timeline and calendar to hit your deadlines, and progress reports to see the overall picture. There are also over a hundred Asana integrations available, which allows you to see everything in one place.
Premium: $9.99 per member/month
Enterprise: Contact Asana for the pricing
Trello is a great collaborative project management app, which heavily relies on visuals and boards. Ideal for all types of companies, including startups, these boards help you have a smoother workflow and better productivity by dividing your tasks into categories and/or priorities. You can have multiple boards for different projects, including personal ones!
Business: $9.99 per user/month
Enterprise: $20.83 per user/month
We personally use Podio at Stay At Home Mum, and we couldn’t be happier. It is a complete virtual office that provides us with a structured workflow through open or private workspaces, client spaces, project management, file sharing, even chats and communication. There are also multiple extensions available for integration.
Five employees or less: Free
*Custom plans available