Top 3 Project Management Apps For Construction Firms

 

Project managers are often stereotyped as office stiffs with permanent stacks of Stick It notes in their back pockets, quietly and heroically keeping the wheels on the bus going round and round. However, real humans do not fit easily into stereotypes — and this one is simply too narrow to stand up to even mild scrutiny. After all, all kinds of fields have projects to manage, and many projects take form far from an office building.

For example, project managers based in the construction industry need a powerful suite of tools at their disposal: communication with contractors and clients, document storage, scheduling apps, and more. Beyond that, individual construction workers need features for time tracking, task management, schedule reminders, and communication. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the three best project management apps for construction workers.

But first, some criteria. To work well for construction projects, task management apps need scheduling and document sharing features, a simple and flexible UI that works well on the go, and, of course, an affordable monthly cost. Read on for a comprehensive look at the following three apps — the best of the best when it comes to construction project management.

Monday.com

Unlike the other two apps we will be covering, Monday.com (formerly dapulse) is not a bespoke project management app. It does, however, meet all of our criteria handily. Let’s start with the price.

Monday.com is not the cheapest project management app I have ever covered. It is, however, entirely competitive and reasonably priced when compared with other, similar applications. There are a number of pricing plans ranging from “basic” to “enterprise.” The lower-priced plans (especially the “standard” plan, which grants 50 GB of storage) all provide the most valuable features of this product and come down to less than $10/user/month if you have 50 or more employees. If you don’t want to worry about managing your storage space, you might want to spring for the “Pro” plan, which comes with unlimited file storage. You do, of course, pay extra for the storage, with the price coming down to around $12/user/month on that plan.

In terms of features, Monday.com ticks all of our boxes for construction. You get file storage (how much depends, of course, on your subscription level), scheduling, and communication with both team members and clients. The Gantt chart (or timeline) is particularly good; adding items to the chart and assigning them to team members is easy and making modifications to the schedule is as simple as clicking and dragging. If I had one complaint or reservation about Monday.com’s feature set, it would be that the timeline has no dependencies; the addition of this feature would make this app incredibly well-suited to construction work.

Monday.com boasts an extremely well-designed, highly unique, UI. That said, I test a lot of project management programs, so I was thrown off for a moment by the one-term-for-everything philosophy of this app. Basically, everything you do in Monday.com comes down to ‘Pulses.’ You can assign team members or clients to a pulse, add deadlines, send messages, and even create hashtags for pulses. This methodology required an adjustment period for me, accustomed as I am to the more common “task-list” format of Monday.com’s competitors. Fortunately, I think that users that are new to project management applications will not find pulses as flummoxing, especially with the help of some good onboarding training.

Overall, If you are looking for a flexible, simple, and robustly-featured solution to your construction project management needs, I would encourage you to check out Monday.com and give the free trial a shot.

CoConstruct

CoConstruct, unlike Monday.com, is a custom-built app for construction firms. Everything about this brand is construction-focused, from the name of the application itself to the marketing and support materials on the company’s website. And this seems to be a winning formula. In fact, CoConstruct is most highly reviewed construction project management app on Capterra.

Unfortunately, CoConstruct does not make their pricing options transparent. The closest thing they have to a standard price “list” is a short reference to the fact that prices “start at only $99/month.” There are references to other plans, but you must contact CoConstruct directly to get concrete details. Fortunately, with prices starting out relatively low (assuming you have 30+ employees), it seems likely that you will be able to get higher-level plans without breaking the bank.

CoConstruct is a very full-featured program. The company breaks down its feature set into three categories: COmmunicate, COordinate, and COntrol. It is a pretty snazzy way to describe what this application can do.

The COmmunicate field deals with internal communications between employees and clients. This section of the application can handle estimating, bidding, proposals, and expense tracking. Crew members can even upload pictures from job sites to confirm completed work or detail potential issues.

The COordinate section of the app handles scheduling, task lists, time tracking, and more. I want to particularly highlight the time-tracking features, which function similarly to those of Tsheets (read our review) and Timely (read our review). It is cool to see features from other apps folded into this one; that represents saved money and time for you, the customer.

The final section of CoConstruct, COntrol, is all about financials. This covers, of course, the proposals, bidding, and estimates I mentioned earlier, but also long-term budgeting and an excellent Quickbooks (read our review) integration.

Most importantly, CoConstruct is easy to use. I have to admit, when I first looked through some of the screenshots from this app, I was worried. A few parts of the UI are pretty outdated, which in my experience can translate to a steep learning curve. Fortunately, in CoConstruct’ case, I was wrong. Yes, certain elements of CoConstruct’s UI are not exactly breathtaking, but most of the app is well-designed and solid. I especially like the mobile apps, which allow crew members and foremen to easily keep track of their tasks, communicate with clients and subcontractors, and more.

While it is a little annoying that CoConstruct keeps some things hidden until you reach out to them directly (like their pricing), in the end, their high customer satisfaction rate is entirely justified. If you are looking for a comprehensive project management solution for your construction business, this may be the one for you.

Buildertrend

Considering the fact that it has users in over 40 countries, awards from reviewers, and over one million projects completed from within the app, it’s easy to see why Buildertrend refers to itself as an industry standard for construction project management. With features that cover commercial construction, remodeling, and homebuilding, this app is designed to be your one-stop-shop for managing tasks, projects, and more.

Buildertrend’s pricing system, funnily enough, reminds me of CoConstruct’s. Like that program, Buildertrend starts at $99/month. We get a few more details with Buildertrend, however, including confirmation that this price includes unlimited users. That is fantastic, and it means that larger companies will find greater value using this app. On a less positive note, the baseline price only includes one project; if your firm handles multiple sites at one time, you will need to shell out the extra cash for more projects. Having said that, Buildertrend takes pains to assure users that adding another project does not double the price; it seems that the more projects you buy, the less you pay per project. Just like it should be! Note that there is no free trial; if you choose to buy Buildertrend, you will have to do so without directly testing it first. Fortunately, there are plenty of in-depth videos to help give you an idea of exactly you will be paying for.

Buildertrend’s extensive feature set is divided into four categories: “Pre-Sale Process” features, “Project Management” features, “Financial Tools” features, and “Customer Management” features. There are 21 individual items within these categories, so rather than trying to explain everything here in this limited space, I want to point out some of my favorites.

First things first: One of those pre-sale features includes email marketing. I love it when apps combine features from other kinds of software into one place because it means that you, the user, are getting a more streamlined experience for a lower price. While the email builder is definitely less snazzy than some of the dedicated email marketing apps out there, it does the job well.

In terms of project management features, one of my favorites is the document markup tool. Need to make a change to a blueprint? Mark it in the document. Want to make sure a particular detail gets noticed? Highlight it in the document.

The last thing I want to highlight in terms of features comes from the customer management section. When decisions about color, style, and more need to be made, you can send your customers their options so they can quickly and easily get back to you.

Buildertrend is surprisingly simple to use, considering the number of features available. The best part of this is the full-featured mobile app. And I do mean full-featured– all 21 features are directly accessible from within the app and can be used on the go. Very few project management platforms make everything usable on the go, and it says a lot about the priorities of the team behind Buildertrend that they have gone that route. In an industry that is all about being out in the field, it seems like a wise choice indeed.

If you are looking for a full-featured, flexible, and easy-to-use project management app for your construction firm, I highly recommend heading over to Buildertrends website and checking them out.

Final Thoughts

If I had to pick one of these three apps, I think it would have to be Buildertrend. I like that they focus on serious, thorough, construction-focused project management without losing accessibility. CoConstruct is very similar, but I think Buildertrend is just a bit more usable. Having said that, it may just come down to personal preference regarding which one of these three you choose.

If you are working with a small team, Monday.com might be your best bet. If you represent a larger company, CoConstruct or Buildertrend might be better fits for you. Regardless, one of these apps will certainly provide you the tools you need to get out there and get building.

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5 Easy Task Management Apps

If you are a newcomer to the project management world, you would be forgiven for not immediately grasping the difference between task management and project management. After all, both tasks and projects are things that need to get done, and it would be helpful to…manage them. All playfulness aside, the difference between the two concepts can be helpful to understand, especially when considering how to spend your dollars on software.

Put simply, task management is more basic than project management. Where your typical project management app features milestones, Gantt charts, in-depth reporting, and more, task management apps tend to work with to-do lists, file storage, and communication. Put another way, project management is always task management, but task management is not always project management. Kind of a square-rectangle deal.

If you find that your team would benefit from an official to-do list, but don’t want to invest in full-on project management, a task management app might be just what you need. While most of these apps are straightforward, some are easier to use than others. With that in mind, here are the top five easiest task management apps:

Producteev

Producteev (read our review) has a bit more to offer than some of the other solutions on this list. This simple app ticks the standard boxes for task management (task lists, etc.), but also allows you to build entire “networks” of projects within your company. It provides a level of organization that extends beyond what is standard in task management, so if you are looking for something a bit complex, this might be the app for you. One important note, before you jump to sign up for Producteev: This app is somewhat lacking in communication tools. While it is true that you can comment on tasks, even using the @ symbol to mention specific team members, there is no dedicated chat feature. For that reason, I have a hard time recommending Producteev to mobile or remote teams.

On the other hand, Producteev’s pricing is extremely attractive. There are two subscription levels: free and $99/month. The difference between the two? Paying subscribers can customize their color scheme, add their own logo, and access dedicated support services with a guaranteed 24-hour response time. Is this worth the cash? It depends. If your team is small, I would try the free version first. If you are working with a larger group, the value of the subscription increases. In the end, of course, the decision rests with you.

Squidhub

I have written several posts that discuss Squidhub (read our review) in the last few months. Simply put, I like this app a lot; it jives well with how I personally work, and does so with possibly the cutest mascot in the business world. (That’s a bold claim, I know, but just look at that adorable little guy). Squidhub’s simple, single-page UI, and focus on task management and communication exemplify the qualities of a good task management app. However, some may find the simplicity of Squidhub a little limiting.

One of the best things about Squidhub is that it feels complete even at its free subscription level. Actually, for the moment, the free plan is the only option for Squidhub users. However, the company has recently revealed (on the Squidhub pricing page) that higher subscription levels will soon be available. If you have room to play in your budget, some of those new options may be worth considering — particularly the Business plan, which will allow users to build templates for task lists.

ClickUp

ClickUp (read our review) is so easy to use that you may start to wonder how its competitors even stay in business. With features that sometimes emulate true project management (time tracking, workspaces, project views, etc), it feels as though there is little this app can’t do. In fact, if I had a criticism, it might be that ClickUp is trying too hard. When you first log in to the app, you get a pop-up asking you to name other project management apps you have used so they can “tailor the experience” a bit more to your needs. While this could easily be a genuine goal, it also feels a bit, well, braggy.

And there are so many other things ClickUp could brag about! Not the least of which is price. Like the three prior options I have covered here, ClickUp has an excellent free version that will leave you wondering how the company behind the app, Mango, is making any profit. If you want a little more file storage space, as well as onboarding services, you could choose to pay $5/user/month. The benefit of that extra cost is really going to depend on your specific circumstances. If you are already paying for cloud-based file storage, you may not find the subscription necessary. On the other hand, onboarding is one of the biggest challenges of a new business service app, so that five dollar fee might pay for itself right in the first month.

Trello

Trello (read our review) is one of those programs that is always easy to recommend. This app, the originator of the increasingly popular board view, is simple yet effective. Capable of pretty advanced task management, Trello is also (dare I say it?) fun. Sure, you can pack your boards and cards with relevant information, assigning tasks to different team members with deadlines and more, but you can also activate the Pirate (!) powerup that turns your cards into crinkly old treasure maps if you haven’t touched them in awhile. You can also put “stickers” on your boards; my personal favorite is the smiling face of a husky dog — the company mascot, Taco.

Like most of the apps I am covering here today, Trello offers its best features for free. If you want a bit more customization or file storage — or even more advanced power-ups — you can pay up to $20/user/month.  Honestly, though, I don’t personally see these things as worth the cost (unless a specific power-up is extra important to you).

Basecamp 3

I am not sure what it is with simple task management apps and cute logos, but it is at once a fantastic and disturbing trend. Basecamp 3 (read our review) is, in some ways, the most advanced app on my list today, edging into the world of true project management in ways not even ClickUp has managed. Yes, the core of Basecamp 3 is task management and communication. But this app also boasts more advanced reporting capabilities and automated reminders. For that reason, Basecamp is a bit more versatile than some of the other options I discussed above.

Having said that, that versatility literally comes at a price. Whereas the four apps above function beautifully for free, Basecamp 3 goes for $99/month. For that reason, this might not be the best app for you if you are working with a tight budget or on a small team. On the other hand, if your team has more than 10 people, Basecamp 3 becomes one of the best values in the project or task management worlds.

Final Thoughts

There is a wide array of options when it comes to simple, easy-to-use task management apps. Much of the decision of which to use will come down to your specific situation. The base-level simplicity of Trello or Squidhub may appeal to some while the more advanced features of ClickUp or Producteev will be more in line with the needs of others. And businesses looking for a kind of hybrid task-and-project management app might want to go with Basecamp 3.

The nicest thing about any of these apps is that they are easy to try. Since most of them are free, there is no downside to giving them a test drive; even Basecamp offers a generous 30-day trial. With that in mind, go ye forth and manage your tasks!

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Top 5 Project Management Apps for 2018

That New Year feeling is slowly starting to wear off as we make our way towards the end of January. But the time for new beginnings is not yet past; after all, it is never too late to start again. Maybe you are in the midst of setting up your company, making a brand new product about which you are passionate. Or maybe you have been in this game for years and are looking for something to put the pep back in your business’s step. Whatever your business situation, a new project management app might be the thing you need to unlock success in 2018 (you certainly don’t want to be caught using last year’s project management pick).

If you are in the market for a new project management solution, you have come to the right place. Compiled here is a list of this year’s top five most exciting, innovative, and interesting project management apps.

Squidhub

One of the simplest, silliest, and cheapest apps I reviewed last year, Squidhub (read our review) is all about one thing: simplicity. There is only one screen to worry about, with a pane for tasks, files, and messages. While it definitely feels under-featured compared to some of the other options I will discuss in this post, it might suit your needs if timesheets, reports, and complex scheduling are not among your requirements.

When I say simple, I mean simple. There really is not much more to this app than the three-feature setup I described above. You can create different workspaces, and within each, you have a task list, file storage area, and a communication tab. Tasks are as simple to create as typing them out and hitting the enter key, and the communication features will seem familiar if you have used Facebook’s Messenger tool or Google Hangouts. Everything about Squidhub is easy to use.

If that wasn’t positive enough, Squidhub is the most affordable app I reviewed this year: it is free!

Streamtime

Streamtime (read our review) launched a radically re-branded version of their venerable project management app. With an eye for bucking trends and breaking expectations, the new Streamtime makes an effort not only to aid your business’ efficiency but also to be fun. With an impressive set of features and a still-growing list of integrations, Streamtime might be a good choice for you whether your business is large or small.

Streamtime offers a pretty standard range of project management features, though they re-name some of them for branding reasons. “Projects” are “jobs,” and “milestones” are “items.” Despite that, Streamtime manages to be pretty intuitive and easy to use. Adding tasks to your task list is as easy as it should be, and you can set a “budgeted time” for each one. As you finish each task, you click-and-drag each task to the “done” tab in the interface. It is a satisfying way to complete your jobs!

While not as cheap as Squidub (not much is…), Streamtime is pretty affordable at $15/user/month. There is also a free trial, allowing you to give Streamtime a try before you decide to buy.

Binfire

Binfire (read our review), besides sporting one of my favorite names in the project management world, is aimed mostly at teams with remote or mobile members. This being the case, Binfire comes with a pretty impressive array of collaboration tools, including internal messaging, group chats, and a digital whiteboard that allows for organic collaboration and brainstorming even when participants are hours apart. Binfire’s Agile capabilities are impressive as well, with Gantt charts, burndowns and more.

Binfire is one of those apps that just makes sense as soon as you look at it. Each project is fully customizable with different “bins” for you to file tasks under, allowing you to decide project-by-project how you want to organize your work. As I mentioned above, Binfire’s real party trick is collaboration, not only in terms of the digital whiteboard, but also when it comes to the group chat feature. My favorite part of this instant message-style chat is that it stays with you as you navigate through the program. This allows you to look at your work as you communicate with team members, rather than clicking back and forth between screens.

Binfire is a bit more expensive than some of the other options we are exploring here today, with plans starting at $30 and continuing up to double that figure. However, if your business is such that you have remote team members, the cost could well be worth it.

Trello

Trello (read our review) is one of those project management apps I never have trouble recommending. It is available for free, has a cute sense of humor (try activating the Pirate upgrade and you will see what I mean), and is very easy to use. What’s more, Trello is responsible for the increasingly popular Card View that has been catching on in project management community.

To summarize, card view is a project management style in which you create digital “cards” that can be used in a number of ways. From simple drag-and-drop task completion to more complicated setups, card view is able to handle it all. Think of it like sticky-notes on steroids. Make no mistake, this is a simple program, but if you are used to folders and Post-Its, it should feel familiar.

Trello goes for the low, low price of zero dollars a month. However, if you want to unlock integrations and other “power-ups,” you can pay up to $20/user/month. This will get you extra security, priority support, and more.

Asana

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It is all well and good to talk about how simple is best, but sometimes you need just a bit more than programs like Trello and Squidhub can offer. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on good looks. Asana (read our review) manages to be both attractive and easy to use and offers a more robust feature set than some of the more basic project management apps. It is usually at its best in a small business but can scale well for larger teams as well.

Asana’s best features are its organizational capabilities. Work is divided between organizations, teams, and projects, but Asana continues by letting you split projects into sections and fill each section with tasks. Tasks can be organized into items you can complete “today,” ones that are “upcoming,” and ones to work on “later.” Asana also provides templates for both projects and tasks.

Asana costs a very reasonable $9.99/month. Honestly, you can’t get much more project management for that price anywhere in the industry.

Final Thoughts

There is no time like the present when it comes to maximizing the efficiency of your business. If you spent any part of 2017 wondering whether there was something you could do to help improve employee cohesion, reduce turnaround time, and ensure that all members of your team know just what they should be doing, then a project management app might just be what you have been looking for. Though there are many options out there that could prove effective, the five examples outlined above are almost sure to meet your needs. In 2018, make the kind of choice that starts this year off right.

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Top 3 Project Management Apps For Large Businesses

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Earlier this year I wrote a blog post describing the top three project management apps for small businesses. In the interest of fairness, I figured I should round things out and post a similar list, this time focusing on apps that can handle the demands of a larger business. I actually thought it might be a simple task, but it wound up being more complicated than I expected. Whereas small businesses might appreciate ease of use and simplicity, these things are potentially less of a priority in a larger company (though I would argue that good design lends itself to ease of use). Instead, comprehensive features that include time tracking, scheduling, and even invoicing are the order of the day here.

With that in mind, my criteria for selecting the following apps were price, breadth of features, and finally, of course, that “X-Factor” that makes these choices stand out from the crowd. I also considered whether or not the program has an open API, allowing you to develop your own apps and fully customize your experience.

Okay, enough of the intro! Let’s dive into our analysis of the top three project management apps for large businesses.

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Smartsheet

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Smartsheet (read our review) is one of the oldest kids on the project management app block, founded way back in 2006. Affordable and powerful, Smartsheet’s biggest strength is its scalability. It will feel immediately familiar to employees with knowledge of other spreadsheet programs (like Excel) and can be used in many similar situations. It’s not easy to use in a broad sense, but this is not an overly complex program and it has only a relatively small learning curve.

Price

While not the cheapest project management app, Smartsheet is also by no means the most expensive. With an upper limit (for the “business” subscription) of $25/user/person, Smartsheet’s pricing scale ends where other, more expensive apps begin. There is also an option for Enterprise pricing, but you’ll have to contact Smartsheet to hash out the details on that one.

Breadth of Features

Smartsheet is far more than just a spreadsheet program or budgeting tool. Offering portfolio management, scheduling functions, and more, this is an app that covers almost the whole range of standard and advanced project management features. Importantly, Smartsheet also offers an advanced suite of reporting features to analyze every level of your companies inner workings.

“X-Factor”

Smartsheet has two major attractions for me. First, it looks and feels like a spreadsheet. If you have employees trained in Microsoft Excel or its competitors, Smartsheet will not provide a completely alien experience. That right there might be enough to counteract the fact that this is not exactly a gorgeous piece of visual design. The other big draw is the level of automation you can achieve with Smartsheet. Scheduling, task assignment, and more can be handled automatically, which reduces the chances of human error mucking up the works.

Open API

Yes!

Podio

Podio (read our review) is a project management app that, though it could be shoehorned into a mom-and-pop style business, is really intended for use in enterprise-scale environments. At once user-friendly and complex enough to handle more large-scale requirements, Podio is designed to feel like a social media platform that also houses your daily schedule and task list.

Price

Starting with a low-end price of nine dollars/user/month and topping out at $24/user/month (with enterprise pricing available), Podio is unlikely to break the bank relative to the competition, much of which starts in the $30/user/month region. I will say that, whereas with Smartsheet you could probably get away with at least some users subscribing to a lower level of service, with Podio, you may find it valuable for a larger percentage of users to work with the most expensive version. The advanced workflow and interactive dashboards alone would be worth the extra cost.

Breadth of Features

Offering time tracking, scheduling, and reporting features, Podio also pays more attention than most large-business-focused project management apps to communication. Using the aforementioned social media DNA to drive the look and feel of the app, Podio provides dedicated communication services, meaning that if your offices or employees are spread out over large distances, this might be the perfect app for you.

“X-Factor”

For me, the most pleasant surprise in Podio is the level of communication tools available. As I said, it is relatively rare to come across a developer that includes this kind of feature on an enterprise-focused project management app. Podio’s collaborative features are not just limited to in-company chat either; you can bring your clients into the conversation from within Podio itself. Neat!

API

Yes!

Genius Project

Designed originally as a project management option for IBM systems, Genius Project (read our review) is an SaaS app clearly intended for large companies with multi-tiered teams working on several projects in tandem. Some project management apps (including a few on this list) are designed in such a way that pretty much any user can figure out use them, but many of Genius Project’s features are pretty clearly intended for only trained project managers to use.

Price

While somewhat complex, Genius Project’s pricing scheme is intended to help you better tailor your subscription to your specific needs. Most employees accessing the app will need the Timesheet subscription, which currently costs around $20. Some may need the Team Member level, which runs in the $35 range. Finally, a few will need the more pricey, $45-ish subscription. It is worth noting that to acquire more accurate pricing, you will need to contact Genius Project directly.

Breadth of Features

If you can name a project management feature, Genius Project likely has some version of it available. From document management to workflows, from portfolio management to cost and resource tracking, from communication to reporting, Genius Project has covered just about everything. Importantly, though, not all users will have access to these features, so you will need to anticipate what each employee needs when deciding on what exactly to buy.

“X-Factor”

For me, the biggest attraction of Genius Project is that it is basically a one-stop shop for project management. You won’t need time tracking, chat, or even invoicing apps if you buy Genius Project. That might make the slightly higher price tag worth it.

API

Yes!

Final Thoughts

Large businesses have different needs than smaller ones, especially when it comes to project management. The three solutions listed above provide enough scalability, advanced features, and API access to make them invaluable to a large or enterprise level organization.

Looking for something for a smaller team? Check out the Top 3 Project Management Apps For Small Businesses. Have you used and liked any of the solutions mentioned above? Let us know in the comments!

Wesley Kriz is a writer from the misty peaks of the Pacific Northwest, or as he prefers to call it, the Best Coast. He is willing to debate on almost any topic, but he is admittedly very stubborn, so beware. When not writing for Merchant Maverick, Wesley is likely thinking about Star Wars, or reading Lord of the Rings.

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Top 3 Project Management Apps For Small Businesses

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Searching for the perfect project management application can feel a bit like being Goldilocks — taste-testing each app until, finally, you settle on the choice that is “just right.” Are extensive reporting and invoicing capabilities too hot? Are time tracking or communication tools too cold? It can be daunting to have to search for solutions, especially when the bears (in the form of wasted time, over-budget projects, and poor task management) might return at any moment! When working from the time and budget constraints of a small business, the search can be that much more difficult and frustrating. Merchant Maverick to the rescue! Compiled below for your convenience and reading pleasure are our top three project management applications for small businesses.

A quick note about criteria: I picked these three applications based on affordability relative to other project management applications, ease of use, and an “X-factor” that makes them more desirable than their competitors. Okay, with that out of the way, on to the list!

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Redbooth

Redbooth (read our review) is one the perennial favorite project management applications here at Merchant Maverick; in fact, I think I have recommended it in just about every project management blog I have written. It has that fantastic combination of usability and price that is nearly unmatched in other project management applications.

Price

Pricing for Redbooth is figured per-user, meaning that you pay less if you have fewer users. Generally speaking, this kind of pricing plan favors smaller businesses, especially if yours falls into that 10-12 user category. Of course, the fact that Redbooth starts their pricing at ‘zero’ helps as well. Though you sacrifice a few of the features and are limited to two projects, the free plan might be a good choice for you, at least to start with. When Redbooth actually starts charging, the prices remain firmly in affordable territory, between nine and 15 dollars/user/month.

Usability

I have tested and used Redbooth in a number of scenarios over the last two years, and every time I have found it an absolute joy. Adding new tasks, creating workspaces, and communicating with team members from within the app are all accomplished without trouble or confusion.

“X-Factor”

The special thing that makes Redbooth more desirable than other, similar, project management applications is the excellence of the UI design. Seriously, I have tested a lot of project management apps, but this one is definitely my favorite. It is crisp, clean, and makes absolute sense to anyone who uses it. I love it!

Binfire

Binfire (read our review) is designed especially with remote teams in mind. A strong project management app on its own, it especially shines in situations where not all team members work from the same location. Equally useful in traditional and “agile” project management styles, this app will almost certainly fill a niche for your business.

Price

While Binfire does not offer a free option (ala Redbooth), this app is available at a lower initial cost, and with more increments to help you tailor the experience to your own needs without completely breaking the bank. Like Redbooth, Binfire is available in a per-user pricing scheme — more users = more expensive. Price tags start at five dollars/user/month and extend through four pricing levels up to $15/user/month.

Usability

Binfire is a bit more complicated than Redbooth — offering a wider variety of features — which lends itself to a more difficult user experience. Fortunately, due to good interface design and simple aesthetic, Binfire avoids most pitfalls and remains quite easy to both learn and use.

“X-Factor”

Binfire’s X-factor has to be remote-work features like its interactive whiteboard. Designed to replicate a project-planning whiteboard session, the interactive whiteboard provides a digital space for teams separated by distance to collaborate meaningfully.

Teamwork Projects

Teamwork Projects (read our review), another perennial favorite in the project management world, is an excellent project management platform designed to grant just about anyone the ability to manage projects effectively. One of the things I appreciate about Teamwork is that it is a very scalable product; if you have aspirations of growing your business beyond the “small” label, this could be the project management app for you.

Price

Teamwork Projects is priced per user. Like Redbooth, Teamwork has a free option, offering a reduced feature set to users for either limited use or use as a trial phase. If you want the rest of Teamwork Projects’ features, you are going to be shelling out $9/user/month, though only 100 or fewer users can jump on board at that price. While 100 user slots will be more than enough for small businesses, if your ambition is to grow rapidly, the flexibility here might come in handy farther down the road.

Usability

Like both prior apps, Teamwork Projects is exceptionally easy to use. When viewing your projects and tasks you can choose from one of several views that allow you to customize your viewing experience (a feature that can be found in many project management apps), and the interface is well designed and logical.

“X-Factor”

I think the X-Factor for Teamwork Projects would have to be the team behind it. Few project management applications that I have reviewed embrace new features and ideas quite the way Teamwork Projects does, certainly not while maintaining an otherwise excellent product. Most recently, Teamwork Projects gained the popular new “board view,” giving you yet another way of visualizing your projects.

Honorable Mentions

There are two other applications* that also fit the bill of “small business friendly project management,” but are too limited in scope and function for me to feel good about adding to the main list. They are, briefly:

  • Trello: Available free to anyone who cares to sign up, the team at Trello is responsible for the original “board view” that was so recently implemented at Teamwork Projects. Trello is easy to use and brings a sense of humor to project management with their cute husky Mascot, Taco.
  • SquidHub: Similar to Trello but much newer, SquidHub is a free project and task management app that is so easy to use that I have a hard time accurately describing how simple the program is. Like Trello, SquidHub is a little on the cheeky side, heavily featuring a smiling squid mascot.

*I recently compared these two apps in another post.

Wesley Kriz is a writer from the misty peaks of the Pacific Northwest, or as he prefers to call it, the Best Coast. He is willing to debate on almost any topic, but he is admittedly very stubborn, so beware. When not writing for Merchant Maverick, Wesley is likely thinking about Star Wars, or reading Lord of the Rings.

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Top 5 Time Tracking Apps

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I once heard that time is akin to a stalking predator. Oh, you can try to outrun it with doctors, medicines, new technologies, but in the end, time is going to hunt you down and make the kill.

Okay, apologies for the obscure nod to Star Trek Generations, but Malcolm McDowell manages to ham up a good point: ignoring time can be a costly mistake. Is time really a predator, leaping for the throat? Probably not. But is it something you need to manage and take seriously? Definitely yes. In the workplace, time mismanagement (at best) leads to inefficiency and (at worst) will cut huge chunks from your profits.

Unfortunately, tracking employee hours can be a huge pain, both for employees and for managers. Sometimes, a simple punch card system is all that is needed, but in other situations, a more robust and complex solution is helpful.

Enter time tracking software! These apps are designed, in various ways, to help employers and employees not just keep track of how many hours they worked, but also schedule new hours, analyze efficiency, and even track tasks. The thing is, as with most SaaS varieties these days, there is an overwhelming number of options out there. Fortunately, we here at Merchant Maverick are in the business of doing research so you don’t have to. In that vein, what follows are our top five time tracking apps, based on price, features, and friendliness to employees and employers. Here we go! Starting with number 5 on the list…

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5. Timely

Timely (read our review) is a Norwegian-designed app that is attempting to re-define the industry. Capable of basic time sheets and scheduling, Timely also includes elements of project management software, allowing you to create and assign tasks to work on (tasks that can be directly linked to your timesheet). More impressive, though, is the Memory feature. Memory automatically tracks the physical locations you visit, the websites you use, and the tasks you are working on. Then, in a view available only to you, it presents an interactive timeline that allows you analyze exactly how you use your time (at your leisure, without the pressure of your boss breathing down your neck). It is a flashy feature that would normally put Timely higher up the list, but the cost of this app brings things back down. Timely costs, in its cheapest incarnation, $14/user/month. If you want some of the more advanced features, it will run you even more. Is the Memory feature worth the money? It really depends on how you plan to use it.

4. When I Work

When I Work is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Devoted to making waves in the time tracking industry, this app is currently available for the low, low price of 0$ (up to 75 users). If you want access to some “premium” features, you can shell out an extra $1 per user to get them. I was unable to find a comparable software at this price point, and actually, When I Work offers many of the same features as their competitors for a much lower price. Some highlights include GPS tracking (showing where you were when you clocked in), scheduling with automatic alerts, and analytics to help you figure out how to be more efficient.

3. Time Tracker By eBillity

The eBillity Time Tracker is a middle-of-the-road time tracker that offers most of the common features in the industry at a price low enough to be pretty seriously competitive. Those prices start in the $4/user/month range, but range as high as $12/user/month. In terms of features, eBillity’s Time Tracker has a mobile app, email alerts, and analytics, but lacks serious scheduling capabilities. It does, however, let users manually add hours, which is a feature I think makes good sense. If an employee forgets to clock in for some reason, you don’t want to make a huge headache out of reentering those hours. Strangely, this feature is not standard in the industry; comparatively few of the software programs I investigated offered this capability.

2. Homebase

Homebase has one of the best features of all time; a free option! Seriously, Homebase is a pretty impressive piece of software, providing you the capability to schedule, remind, and track shifts as an employer or an employee. While not all features are available in the free version, many are, and it is free for unlimited users. The free option was almost enough to take Homebase into the first slot, but it is missing two major features in an otherwise exemplary list: manual timesheet editing for all users and paid time off tracking. For me, the PTO tracking is less of a huge deal than the manual time entry. If someone forgets to clock in, you don’t want to go through a huge ordeal to correct their timesheet. Fortunately, Homebase does allow managers to correct timesheets, which balances things a bit

1. TSheets

Best Time Tracking Integrations

Here it is! The number one time tracking app! Honestly, the most impressive part of TSheets for me is its dedication to the employees that use it. The features list is impressive, to be sure, but I just appreciate that they take pains to make the use of their app simple and easy for the people that actually interact with it on a daily basis. Call it millennial bias, but I value people and making their lives easier; TSheets seems to do the same. Fortunately, this benevolent attitude is not the only thing that makes TSheets an attractive choice. While not the cheapest of the apps I looked into, it was also far from the most expensive ($4/person plus a $16 base fee). It also features GPS boundaries, manual time entry, an excellent mobile app, and PTO tracking.

Know about another time tracking app we didn’t mention? Enlighten us in the comments. Looking for something more robust? Read our comprehensive project management software reviews or compare top-rated apps.

Wesley Kriz is a writer from the misty peaks of the Pacific Northwest, or as he prefers to call it, the Best Coast. He is willing to debate on almost any topic, but he is admittedly very stubborn, so beware. When not writing for Merchant Maverick, Wesley is likely thinking about Star Wars, or reading Lord of the Rings.

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2017 Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Holiday Deals for Small Company Proprietors

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Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

I’ve never understood why, at the time as we meditate on being grateful and quite happy with what we should have, we hurry towards the store and proceed throngs of people to purchase the following best factor. So far, that’s.

With regards to your online business, you need to make the most of every deal open to you. Fortunately, this season there are many to select from. We spent hrs digging to find the best Black Friday, Cyber Monday, along with other holiday deals so you do not have to. Whether you’re looking for a brand new POS system, a good deal on a credit card merchant account, or some seriously discounted accounting software, there’s something for everybody this holidays.

Note: We’ll be updating this publish regularly to create the most up-to-date offers and discounts. Be on the lookout for additional bargains in the future!

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Merchant Services

If you are searching to simply accept card payments out of your customers, you’ll need a credit card merchant account. Most merchant services charge a particular rate per transaction, but there’s a couple subscription-based mixers are providing discounts on their own monthly rates along with a couple of which are offering deals on hardware.

Fattmerchant

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Fattmerchant hasn’t released their Cyber Monday deal yet, but it’s not far off. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

Fattmerchant is really a subscription-based credit card merchant account that works with most major shopping carts. The organization offer 24/7 free support and receive 5/5 stars on our websiteTo understand more about this credit card merchant account, visit our comprehensive Fattmerchant review.

PaySimple

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

PaySimple is providing 50% from the first 3 several weeks and services information.

This promotion is perfect for new clients you have to complete the enrollment form by 11:59 pm EST on November 30th to obtain this discount (discount doesn’t affect individual transaction charges). Use coupon code CYBER.Offers are not valid with every other promotions. Contact PaySimple for more information.

PaySimple is yet another subscription-based credit card merchant account that meets its name. The credit card merchant account is straightforward, simple to use, and it has great customer support. To understand more about this credit card merchant account, read our comprehensive PaySimple review.

Cayan

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Cayan is providing $150 in free software and hardware.

Cayan is providing a vacation Bundle to new users who join a Cayan account. The bundle includes $100 in instant credit, a totally free EMV-enable card swiper, and free eCommerce setup (often a $150 value as a whole). Contact Cayan directly for more information or join the vacation bundle here.

Cayan has developed in the credit card merchant account game since 1998 and it has an excellent status. The program is fairly priced while offering wonderful features. To understand more about this credit card merchant account option, read our full Cayan review.

Mobile Payments

If you were to Nederlander Bros, you realize about Mobile Reason for Purchase (mPOS) apps. Accepting payments on the go with simply a tablet and/or smartphone is essential for many companies. Which screaming holiday deals might help your organization just do that.

Square

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Square is providing $10 off a Contactless + Nick readers.

When you join a Square account, you will see a promo for $10 a Contactless + Nick Readers (ordinarily a $49 value). The discount is restricted to 1 per account. Contact Square to learn more.

Square is a huge name in mobile payments processing–and for a good reason. With ample features along with a flat swipe rate, it’s easy to understand why. On this 4.5/five star software within our comprehensive Square review.

Intuit GoPayment

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Intuit hasn’t released their Black Friday promo yet, but it’s not far off. The deals will likely be announced on Monday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

While Intuit is much more noted for its QuickBooks accounting software, Intuit also provides a mPOS known as Intuit Go Payment (formerly referred to as Intuit Payment Solutions). Intuit GoPayment offers competitive rates along with a seamless Quickbooks integration. To understand more about this method, read our comprehensive Intuit GoPayment review.

POS Software

Reason for Purchase (POS) solutions really are a huge element of retail and restaurant companies. If you are looking for a great POS system, there’s seriously no better time for you to purchase. Miracle traffic bot category has got the most holiday promotions undoubtedly, so you have several options.

Toast POS

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Toast POS is providing up $6,000 in hardware to new clients.

If you’re a new Toast POS customer transitioning from Aloha or Micros, you are able to qualify for approximately $6,000 in hardware.

This deal is essentially a hardware swap. For instance, for those who have an Aloha or Micro terminal, you are able to swap it for any free Toast POS terminal (as much as $6,000). Toast is just matching existing hardware, so any other purchases is going to be priced normally. This deal applies its November. Find out more about this deal and Contact Toast POS directly to find out if you qualify.

Toast POS is a perfect restaurant POS that provides ample features, a loyalty rewards program, and gift certificate abilities. Discover what else Toast POS provides within our comprehensive 5/five star Toast POS review.

Revel Systems

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Revel Systems hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

Revel Systems is among the top iPad POS systems, boasting 25,000 terminals being used and powerful features. To understand more about Revel Systems, read our comprehensive Revel Systems review.

Lightspeed

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Lightspeed hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We all do realize that both software and hardware is going to be discounted. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

Lightspeed offers multiple POS systems for particular industries. (Before the promo is released, we won’t know which version is going to be discounted.) Read our complete Lightspeed Retail, Lightspeed eCom, and Lightspeed Restaurant reviews to find out more.

NCR Silver

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

NCR Silver is providing 1-2 free several weeks and services information for annual subscriptions.

Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion NCR Silver is presently running.

If you buy single-year subscription, you’ll get a month of free service if you buy a couple-year subscription, you’ll receive two several weeks of free service. The offer pertains to brand new merchant, no matter location or quantity of terminals. Purchase ends on December 31. Contact NCR Silver for more information.

NCR Silver is really a cloud-based POS well suited for medium-sized companies. It provides 24/7 support and integrates with leading accounting software. Read our complete NCR Silver review to find out more.

LingaPOS

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Linga POS is providing 3 several weeks of free service.

New users who begin a Linga account will get 3 several weeks of the free Linga POS license. Deal ends on December 15th. Contact Linga POS directly to benefit from this offer.

Linga POS offers impressive features together with a strong inventory management system. The program is competitive in cost and is a superb option for food services. Read our complete LingaPOS review to find out more.

Hike POS

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Hike is providing a 30% discount to customers.

Hike is providing a 30% discount to customers. We are adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact Hike directly for details.

Although Hike is really a relatively recent POS solution, it provides an attractive interface and lots of features. Hike is simple to use and versatile too. Read our comprehensive Hike review to understand more about this 4.5/five star software.

Epos Now

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Epos Now’s offering $500 in savings.

Epos Now’s offering their POS System including a 15″ touchscreen terminal, an invoice printer, along with a cash drawer for $1,299 (ordinarily a $1,799 value). Contact Epos Let’s focus on details or visit here to join up with this promotion.

Epos Now’s a quick-growing POS system located in the United kingdom. The machine is simple to use, filled with features, and reliable enough for Disney Pictures and Universal for doing things (that’s enough to achieve my election if it is adequate for Disney it should be the most joyful POS system on the planet right?). Read our full Epos Now review to find out if you accept me and to understand more about the program on your own.

Springboard Retail

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Springboard Retail hasn’t released their November promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

Springboard Retail is really a POS system with limitless users and ample features. The POS system offers scalable prices plans and it is incredibly simple to use. To understand more about POS option, read our complete Springboard Retail review.

GiftLogic POS

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

GiftLogic POS is providing a hardware looking for $.99 with acquisition of any initial software bundle.

If you buy any GiftLogic POS software bundle, you’re qualified to purchase a hardware looking for a reduced cost of $.99. We is going to be adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact GiftLogic POS directly for details.

GiftLogic POS is really a Home windows-based retail POS that is fantastic for clothes shops and gift shops. The program offers extensive features including reporting and inventory. To understand more about this POS contender, read our complete GiftLogicPOS review.

Accounting Software

The section you’ve all been awaiting! Okay, in order the mind accounting author at Merchant Maverick I’m just a little biased toward accounting software, but hey–that means I understand a great deal after i see one. I’m excited to talk about these steals along with you.

Aplos

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Aplos is providing 50% off select annual subscriptions.

Aplos is providing 50% from the newbie of the annual subscription for their Starter or Standard Accounting packages. Any new user can use with this promo and you will find no cancellation charges (should you aren’t satisfied, Aplos will refund you the rest of your unused subscription). Use coupon code SuperSale2017 to obtain this deal although it still lasts. Contact Aplos to learn more.

Aplos is really a non-profit accounting solution with ample features and extremely positive testimonials. We even named the program among the Top 4 Accounting Programs for Nonprofits, so long should be good. Browse the publish on your own to find out if this nonprofit solution is a great fit for you personally.

QuickBooks

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Intuit QuickBooks hasn’t released their Black Friday promo yet, but it’s not far off. The deals will likely be announced on Monday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

QuickBooks may be the big named in comprising grounds. With multiple desktop and cloud-based products, this accounting giant offers solutions for pretty much any sized business. Read our comprehensive reviews of Quickbooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop Pro, QuickBooks Desktop Mac, QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise, and QuickBooks Self-Employed, or read this handy comparison chart to determine what version fits your needs.

Note: If you are offered on Quickbooks Desktop, look into the Black Friday deals at the local Best To Buy, Staples, along with other office supplies online stores. I will allow you to inside a little secret: The final time I visited Staples, QuickBooks Desktop Pro was $30 less expensive than the discounted form of the program on Intuit’s site.

Shopping Cart Software Software

This season, most eCommerce sellers are most likely considering how you can market their very own stores to bring in the vacation sales. But remember to take a few here we are at yourself and think about whether these shopping cart software discounts are suitable for your company.

Zoey Commerce

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Zoey Commerce is providing a 5% – 10% discount on annual subscriptions.

Zoey Commerce is providing a price reduction on annual subscriptions. New clients registering for the Strategic business plan will get a 5% discount using the coupon code THANKS5. New clients registering for the company Plus or Premier pan will get a tenPercent discount while using coupon code THANKS10.

These discounts are additionally towards the existing 10% discount that Zoey offers for annual subscriptions. Monthly plans don’t apply. These codes is going to be active from Wednesday, November 22 to Thursday, November 30. When you produce a trial, you will see a place for any coupon code. If you want help getting this deal or want more details contact Zoey Commerce directly.

Zoey Commerce is really a well-loved, fully-featured eCommerce platform. If you wish to determine what makes miracle traffic bot so excellent, read our complete 5/five star Zoey review.

Shopify

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Shopify is providing $30 predetermined fee shipping with DHL Express.

Shopify can also be offering holiday shipping with UPS.

Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion Shopify is presently running.

This holidays, Shopify is partnering with DHL Express to bring Shopify customers a $30 flat-rate shipping option (before Holiday sales in my opinion). Packages should be between 1-3 pounds. Certain countries might not qualify and fuel surcharges may apply. Purchase ends December 31st. On this deal or contact Shopify for details.

Shopify can also be offering holiday shipping rates with UPS. This integration brings Shopify customers guaranteed date shipping, discounted rates for heavier packages, and all sorts of peak surcharges on UPS Ground is going to be included in Shopify. Find out more about this deal or contact Shopify for deals.

Shopify is among the big names in eCommerce and even for good reason. It provides good prices, strong features, and 24/7 customer care. To understand more about this 5/five star software, read our complete Shopify review.

3dcart

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

3dcart hasn’t released their November promotion yet, but it’s not far off. The promotion should really launch on Wednesday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

While 3dcart might be keeping us at nighttime on their own promotion for which appears like forever, it’s no mystery this company provides a great eCommerce platform. With ample features, affordable plans, and lots of design styles, 3dcart has something for virtually any merchant. Read our complete 3dcart review to learn more.

WooCommerce

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

Woocommerce hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

Woocommerce is definitely an free shopping cart software wordpress plugin that directly integrates with WordPress websites. The first software download is free of charge and also the eCommerce platform provides a apparently unbeatable quantity of integrations. On this shopping cart software option within our complete Woocommerce review.

Website Builders

Searching to construct a brand new small company website? It’s not necessary to become coding expert overnight. Rather, make use of a website builder.

uKit

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

uKit hasn’t released their Cyber Monday promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement (it’ll be in this article). We’ve heard the offer will probably be pretty great. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

uKit is really a feature-wealthy, simple to use website builder that screams classy and professional. Read our full uKit review to understand more about what this rising website builder can provide.

Inventory Software

If monitoring your holiday inventory gets difficult, it might be time for you to consider a listing software. And just what better time for you to purchase than when you will find Cyber Monday promotions within the works?

TradeGecko

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Promotion not far off.

TradeGecko hasn’t released their Cyber Monday promotion yet, but it’s not far off. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

TradeGecko is really a cloud-based inventory software with strong worldwide business abilities. The program can also be noted for its robust set of features and simple to use interface. To understand more about this inventory option, read our complete TradeGecko review.

inFlow

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

inFlow Cloud is providing per month of free service along with a free USB scanner.

inFlow is providing per month of free service along with a free USB scanner to new clients who join inFlow Cloud. This Black Friday deal is going to be sent being an email promotion you must sign up for any free trial offer between November 24 and November 27. To be able to receive this deal, it’s important to spend the money for first month and services information next, the 2nd month is free of charge and you will find no cancellation charges. The bar code scanner is restricted to all of us addresses. Contact inFlow to learn more.

InFlow offers both in your area-installed and cloud-based solutions. The program offers ample features and it is only suitable for Home windows computers. We presently have only overview of inFlow On-Premise, however, you can look it over to a minimum of learn bout inFlow like a company.

Invoicing Software

You probably know this: Creating invoices in Stand out just doesn’t work during christmas (or during any season, really). If you feel it’s time for you to manage profits having a full-fledged invoicing software, take a look at these deals.

Harvest

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Harvest is providing $10 off and away to new users.

Harvest is providing $10 from the first month and services information for brand new users who join Harvest during christmas. Use coupon code JUSTSAYINGTHANKS to reap the harvest of the deal before it’s far too late. Contact Harvest for more information.

Harvest is a superb invoicing application with amazing time tracking abilities and much more amazing customer support. The program can use more invoice templates for me, however if you simply need time tracking and project management software, this really is certainly a high contender. Read our complete Harvest review to find out if miracle traffic bot fits your needs.

Invoice Ninja

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

Invoice Ninja is providing 75% off.

On Cyber Monday, Invoice Ninja is providing a 75% discount on invoicing plans. We is going to be adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact InvoiceNinja directly for details.

Invoice Ninja is a straightforward-to-use invoice solution with great invoice templates along with a client portal. Invoice Ninja also provides over 35 payment gateways. to understand more about this invoicing option, read our complete Invoice Ninja review.

E-mail Marketing

Get the own Black Friday and holiday emails sent fast with the aid of e-mail marketing software. If you’ve never considered e-mail marketing before, this is the time.

GetResponse

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

GetResponse is providing 15% business Enterprise plan.

GetResponse is providing a 15% discount for GetResponse Enterprise. We are adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact GetResponse directly for details.

GetResponse is really a seasoned e-mail marketing veteran with experience along with a set of features to demonstrate it. The program is simple to use and cost-effective. Read our full GetResponse review to find out if this e-mail marketing tool suits your company.

Project Management Software

Project management software solutions offer from task management to workflow management to scheduling to budgeting and much more. But every one has one common denominator: they assist you keep an eye on work.

ProofHub

Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

ProofHub is providing a 41% discount on their own software.

Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion ProofHub is presently running.

ProofHub is providing a 41% discount on their own Ultimate Control plan (ordinarily a $150/mo value for $89/mo rather). Contact ProofHub directly for particular information regarding this promotion.

ProofHub is really a superbly designed software with wonderful features like task and subtask management, reports, and file proofing. To understand more about this project management software option, read our complete ProofHub review.

Time For You To Get Shopping!

Before getting to transported away within the Black Friday mania, there exists a final suggestion: Seek information in advance.

While these deals could be a good way for your online business to save cash, we implore you to definitely save time before you act. Don’t purchase it just since you can. Purchase it because it’s the best solution for your online business.

Each one of the promotions above originates from items that we’ve researched extensively at Merchant Maverick. However, we don’t would like you to simply take our word these are wonderful products. Seek information. Make the most of our comprehensive reviews, investigate the organization you’re thinking about purchasing from, and look for the other users are saying before choosing.

If you want help buying a solution, our Merchant Maverick blog provides extensive great sources and we’re always here for those who have questions.

Friendly PSA over! Now you can shop ’til you drop and make the most of these bargains before they’re gone.

Shall we be missing anything? If you’re a vendor having a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or holiday purchase that people haven’t pointed out, please tell us within the comments below.

Chelsea Krause

Chelsea Krause is really a author, enthusiastic readers, and investigator. Additionally to loving writing, she grew to become thinking about accounting software due to her constant need to learn something totally new and know how things work. When she’s no longer working or daydreaming about her newest story, she are available consuming obscene levels of coffee, studying anything compiled by C.S. Lewis or Ray Bradbury, kayaking and hiking, or watching The X-Files together with her husband.

Chelsea Krause

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Trello Versus SquidHub

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Because it launched this year, Trello (read our comprehensive review) continues to be the byword of cheap (free!), effective project and task management. It’s won users over and done with its silly attitude, “board view,” integrations, and cute husky dog mascot. There were other apps with increased features, there were other apps with better communication tools, however if you simply were attempting to manage work without having to pay anything more, Trello was your very best and, somewhat, only bet. And also to all observers, it appeared that Trello would still dominate that low-finish fringe of the work management marketplace for the near future, catering not just in the work managers around the globe, but additionally towards the couples planning weddings, surprise birthday organizers, and graduation party masterminds.

Then along came SquidHub (read our comprehensive review).

Like Trello, it features a cute mascot (it’s a squid, surprise surprise). Like Trello, we have an odd name. Like Trello, it’s totally free.

But that’s in which the similarities finish. Not even close to only Trello clone, SquidHub is really a true contender, getting another skills towards the table. It is exactly what makes this comparison as interesting because it is: both apps attempt to solve exactly the same fundamental problem and each of them present solutions in completely different ways. So let’s get lower towards the brass tacks and discover which of these two is the best for you.

Generate income view it, both Trello and SquidHub exist that will help you do three things: organize your projects, talk to team people, and supply a centralized place for relevant documents. Knowing that, let’s check out how both apps meet individuals needs. I may also be considering the “x-factor” of personality since both Trello and SquidHub try to be loveable, cute, and a bit silly.

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Organization

Champion: Tie

The concept here is you can visualize the duties you have to complete to ensure that you to definitely finish any project. Backward and forward choices, SquidHub takes a classical approach, supplying an area to create a listing. It is simply by typing a brand new task name, hitting enter, and adding it for your list. After that you are able to drag-and-drop tasks to re-get them organized and enter history. You may also assign tasks to team people and enter due-dates.

On the other hand from the ring, Trello requires a completely different tactic. Trello pioneered the “board view” that’s presently sweeping the work management world. Taking inspiration in the attempted-and-true project approach to putting tasks on sticky-notes and moving them around before you are pleased using the order and progression you’ve produced. Trello replicates this technique digitally and enables you to definitely drag-and-drop your “tiles” around, reorganizing them as you can see fit. You are able to assign tiles to team people and make due-dates.

The champion of the category really depends upon your preferred organization style. If you want making lists and revel in crossing products off individuals lists, then SquidHub will probably be the best choice. If you want a far more visual approach to organization, Trello may be the choice for you.

Communication

Champion: SquidHub

Communication is among my own priorities in project management software, particularly if you will work remotely. The majority of my personal favorite project management software programs possess a dedicated chat feature built-in. This really is somewhere SquidHub really shines, which consists of own chat feature built-to the dedicated UI. While there’s no private message feature, the obvious priority put on team communication is admirable, otherwise impressive.

Trello does not have a passionate chat feature, regrettably. It will possess a comment feature with which you’ll leave your updates and talk to team people on individual Trello tiles, however the effect isn’t dedicated communication. It’s a more disseminate, diffused type of communication.

The advantage here’s clearly with SquidHub. Trello’s insufficient dedicated chat makes that plain, however i think SquidHub might have taken the win here regardless his or her chat belongs to the primary UI within the application. To become fair, though, in case your intention is to buy an individual organization application, this may not be a really high priority for you personally.

Document Storage

Champion: Trello

Finding relevant documents is essential for you to get work completed in most industries, and also to help streamline the business process, most project management software apps give a way to link important documents towards the tasks they represent. SquidHub isn’t any exception, and among the 3 primary UI panels dedicated to this selection. Regrettably, though, only Google Docs are supported right now, placing a pretty hard limit on the kind of work that you can do.

However, Trello users have access to documents from multiple places (you will find integrations with Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive). Trello’s integration game is simply generally much better than SquidHub’s, though that may most likely be described mostly be SquidHub’s relative newness towards the project management software field.

I must give that one to Trello the flexibility from the integrations they provide is certainly not to become sneezed at. I suppose SquidHub will prove to add more integrations in the future, which might fix the imbalance, but because it stands now, Trello takes this round.

Personality

Champion: SquidHub

That one is a touch subjective, to tell the truth, however i will have a type of reasoning to aid my verdict. When I pointed out earlier, both Trello and Squidhub have cute mascots: Taco the Husky (Trello) as well as an animated squid (SquidHub). In SquidHub, the small caphalopod turns up suddenly, peeking out to you from behind the login button and elsewhere. Taco, however, can be obtained like a sticker you can include to boards whenever you finish tasks. As I prefer dogs to distant relatives from the Kraken, I must state that the animations in Squidhub are simply incredibly charming, that leads me to own personality edge to SquidHub.

And Also The Overall Win Goes To…SquidHub!

To become obvious, I love both Trello and SquidHub greatly. Each embodies a worldview that values simplicity and fun without impairing efficiency. Honestly, you’d most likely be satisfied using either of these.

Getting stated that, differing people might find they like one within the other. If you’re a visual individual who loves to get hold of the work they do, Trello may be the choice for you. If, however, you like lists and like Google Docs, you might want to give SquidHub a go. Or, you can just join both and find out which you want by testing them out on your own.

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Best Three Basecamp Alternatives

basecamp-logoBasecamp calls itself “everyone’s favorite project management software application,” and i believe this description is basically accurate. Affordable, reliable and simple-to-use, Basecamp is probably the most popular project management software software up to now, using more than 9 million users along with a 97-percent client satisfaction rate.

In situation you had been wondering, Basecamp can also be among the earliest applications available. Initially branded as 37signals, Basecamp began in 1999 by Jason Fried, Carlos Segura and Ernest Kim. The firm initially centered on website design, but after releasing its innovative cloud-based project management software application towards the public in 2004, Basecamp grew to become their exclusive focus.

Personally, I really like Basecamp due to its remarkable simplicity and simplicity of use. Basecamp can also be a recognised company that isn’t going to disappear overnight, together with your data. However, older isn’t always better, and based on any project management needs, simpler isn’t always better, either.

For project managers who are required greater than fundamental PM features, a Basecamp alternative may give a better fit. Basecamp is particularly missing in advanced features for example reporting, budgeting, and accounting, and it doesn’t offer time-tracking or live customer care. In addition, it’s not customizable. If you feel you might have outgrown Basecamp and therefore are searching for any more feature-wealthy PM application, try one of these simple top Basecamp alternatives on for size.

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1. Working together

Working together premiered in 2007 and it has since gone through numerous enhancements to become leading tool to handle projects and teams. Its users include the kind of PayPal, Pepsi and eBay. Like Basecamp, this project management software application is entirely web-based a user friendly. Although it does not have as many users as Basecamp, I’d consider Working together, somewhat, a much better application.

A number of Teamwork’s notable features are listed below:

  • Desktop Timer Application to keep an eye on hourly labor
  • Highly regarded iPad and iPhone apps
  • User-friendly dashboard
  • Space for storage updates

For its cons, minimal customer care and compatibility issues with McAfee, Ie and Home windows 8 happen to be reported.

Why choose Working together over Basecamp

The primary reason I think most people choose Working together over Basecamp is perfect for it is time-tracking capacity, which for many companies is really a necessity. Working together can also be customizable, and that means you can incorporate personal or company branding. An additional advantage is it is even less expensive than Basecamp, while offering a totally free plan, which enables two projects, 10 MB of storage and limitless users (Basecamp plans start at $20/month). Furthermore, unlike Basecamp, Working together offers discounts to nonprofits and academic organizations. Finally, though Working together does not have the very best customer care from the companies listed, it will offer live chat support, that is greater than what Basecamp provides.

2. Comindware Project

Released towards the public in The month of january 2014, Comindware Project is, undoubtedly, the youngest project management software application on the list – but don’t let its extreme newness deter you. A stylish interface, many collaborative features, and different scheduling abilities are only a couple of of the methods Comindware Project bests its competitors. The application is especially famous because of its super-smart scheduling methodology, which instantly creates complex plans and schedules, together with a WBS chart (work breakdown structure chart) that’s especially helpful for big or complex projects.

Comindware Project will most likely set you back a little more than Basecamp, however the dedicated fans of the service will explain that Clubpenguin is worth the money. Monthly plans start at $29.99/user/month because of its cloud services. Comindware Project also provides on-premise services for 1-9 users varying from $360 to $450 per user (one-time fee) with respect to the quantity of users.

A few things Clubpenguin doesn’t include is budgeting tools or perhaps a timer.

Why choose Comindware Project over Basecamp

Comindware Project is really a feature-wealthy project management software application which i think is better suited for organizations that are looking advanced abilities for example reporting, automatic scheduling, and real-time Gantt charts. Discussion “rooms” along with a function allowing managers to recognition top employees with awards are a few more unique ways CP’s abilities exceed Basecamp’s. Live phone and chat support are incorporated within the service too. Furthermore, quite a few users may choose to experience-premise project management software software versus. a pay-per-month cloud service, and Comindware Project suits this need.

3. LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner is yet another great contender should you crave more features than Basecamp’s bare-bones service. LP’s executives, comprised of former employees from Google, Microsoft, and Expedia, have an abundance of experience of software development, which experience shows within the company’s product. The firm began in the year 2006 now has greater than 1,400 professional customers, including Nissan and Marriot. Quite simply, some really wealthy individuals have vouched for that service which means you know it isn’t crummy.

LP’s one-of-a-kind method of scheduling is task-oriented, and enables you to prioritize among projects. Its intricate formula considers stuff that will delay the work, supplying a realistic believed time-range for project completion as opposed to a set date. Time-tracking, sub-task checklists, great customer care, and numerous research and reporting tools really are a couple of more benefits of using LiquidPlanner.

Some downsides, according to what I’ve read from people that use the service, incorporate a weak mobile application with no over-budget alerts.

The conventional fee for LP is $29/user/month, or $24/user/month should you invest in the service for any year.

Why choose LiquidPlanner over Basecamp

Much like Comindware Project, LiquidPlanner offers advanced project management software tools running circles around Basecamp’s minimalist service. Particularly, LP’s service includes time-tracking and analytical reporting abilities, whereas Basecamp doesn’t. Live customer care is yet another advantage. Overall, I’d state that LiquidPlanner is definitely an application if you have multiple ongoing projects and therefore are searching not only to manage projects, but to enhance your entire team’s productivity and efficiency. LP also generously supplies a 50 % discount to nonprofits and free plan to educators.

Conclusion

Among the first available, Basecamp is really a attempted-and-true project management software application. However, its set of features is quite limited. Whether you’ve got a specific PM need Basecamp isn’t meeting, or else you only desire to see what else is offered, it’s a great idea to test-run some Basecamp alternatives. Working together, Comindware Project and LiquidPlanner each provide a free, 30-day trial, enabling you to check out these types of services without any risk. Granted, it’ll take some time to learn to use a few of the improvements these types of services offer, however i believe your Return on investment might be worthwhile.

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Asana Versus Trello

trello vs asana

Asana is among the leading task keeper programs currently available. This straightforward management tool was produced by former Facebook executives Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein in 2008 to handle their internal coordination. It had been openly released this year and it has become more and more popular ever since then. Intended mainly to improve collaboration while increasing productivity, Asana replaces outmoded types of communication and reduces the requirement for companies to depend email correspondence and daily conferences. Additionally to the fundamental task management features, miracle traffic bot has a host of fine 3rd-party integrations. It’s attracted attention from the 3 major clients, including social networking platforms like Pinterest and Dropbox, a leading file-discussing program.

That stated, with regards to easy and effective task management solutions, Asana is in no way the only real game around. This Year, Fog Creek Software launched Trello, a distinctively structured and highly visual project management software program. Trello is dependant on a Kanban model and basically operates just like a bulletin board on which you’ll pin virtual 3×5 cards. It’s a easy management tool, but it arrives with additional features like file storage, automatic email notifications, and customizable permissions. Trello has presently attracted over five millions users worldwide, including the likes of Kickstarter, PayPal, as well as Google.

Both Asana and Trello offer free, no obligation subscription options, and both of them are lauded for his or her simple features and user-friendly interfaces. They’re not alike in each and every respect, however. Let’s take particular notice in the two competitors and find out the way they really compare when it comes to cost, customer care, and overall design.

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Web-Located or Licensed:

Both of them are web-based.

Software and hardware Needs:

Both Asana and Trello require users to have the internet as well as an up-to-date internet browser.

Prices:

Champion: Tie

When I pointed out above, both Asana and Trello provide a limited, free subscription option. Asana is free of charge for groups as high as 15 people, if you are prepared to forgo certain features and premium customer care. Trello’s no-compensation plan is much more robust and enables for limitless boards, users, and attachments (having a 10 MB max per file upload). So far as cost goes, Asana’s premium plans vary from $21/month (for approximately 5 people) to $750/month (for groups as high as 100), while Trello’s upgraded subscriptions start around $3.75/user/month (for organizations). For more information and particular details about prices, I would recommend that you simply take a look at my Asana and Trello reviews, or check out the organization websites.

Generally, the 2 prices structures are fairly comparable. Asana is unquestionably more costly, however it provides a couple of more features and definitely more 3rd-party integrations. Trello, however, is sort of cheaper but a little more austere when it comes to overall functionality. Another factor to think about is the fact that Asana could give you more for the money with regards to premium plans, but Trello’s free plan is definitely the greater deal backward and forward. For me, with regards to rating both of these competitors by cost, it’s hard to choose a obvious-cut champion. To be able to know which will be a better deal for you personally, you have to sit lower and extremely consider what you would like to make use of the program for. If your fun, simple organizer is all that’s necessary, I’d opt for Trello, but should you prefer a task manager with somewhat more substance, Asana is the best choice.

Simplicity of use:

Champion: Tie

Because Asana and Trello are task management solutions (instead of high-level project management software tools) it’s understandable that both of them are as fundamental and streamlined as you possibly can. User-ambiance may be the hallmark of the good task keeper, nor Asana or Trello fails to get results for the reason that department Asana includes a clean, uncomplicated design, while Trello’s UI is better noted for its simple elegance and looks. Neither program has much, or no, learning curve, and could be mastered rapidly. Truly, the most uninitiated and computer-shy user should end up comfortable within minutes.

Both software packages offer one-step sign-up, mobile access, excellent email integration, easily configurable notifications, and many keyboard shortcuts. Furthermore, Asana offers the choice to color-code projects (for much better organization and faster recognition) and add hypertext, and Trello enables users to include labels and color-code payment dates.

Product Features:

Champion: Tie

Neither Asana or Trello could be characterised like a full-service project management software system, and they’re about on componen with each other with regards to fundamental functionality. Each software includes a limited group of features along with a no-frills set-up that’s been carefully and optimally designed. While both permit task management, file discussing, and straightforward inter-office communication, they are doing differ somewhat in format and organization.

For instance, Asana accounts are broken into discrete workspaces, organizations, and teams. People are assigned tasks that have been categorized by function, department, and so on. Asana also allows users to produce task or project templates and offers color-coded calendars and a straightforward dashboard reporting feature. The characteristics available are simple, but they’re highly functional and made to work on peak efficiency.

Trello is a lot more visually-oriented. When I pointed out above, Trello projects derive from virtual advertising boards that have been pinned with cards, because both versions represents another task. Additional features include customizable permissions, card aging, checklists, the opportunity to copy boards/cards and make templates for common projects or tasks, limitless file attachments, markdown formatting, and interface personalization. This isn’t an entire list, obviously, but read much more about Trello’s set of features on the organization website.

Integrations and Add-Ons:

Champion: Asana

Trello integrates with an above average quantity of other individuals, including:

  • Sunrise Calendar Application
  • Google Drive,
  • Box,
  • Dropbox,
  • OneDrive
  • Zapier

Trello offers a RESTful web API for individuals who would like to design their very own integrations (to learn more concerning the API, click the link).

However, Asana the obvious champion within this category, boasting both a wide open API along with a truly impressive listing of integrations:

  • Chrome Extension
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Instagantt
  • Zapier
  • CloudWork
  • Jotana
  • Harvest
  • Sprintboards
  • Github
  • Fancy Hands
  • Usersnap
  • Flowbs
  • Alfred
  • Templana
  • Mailchimp
  • WordPress
  • Evernote
  • DigiSpoke
  • HipChat
  • Campaign Monitor
  • Toggl
  • Zendesk
  • Jira
  • Pivotal Tracker

Click the link for additional info on Asana’s integrations, or visit here to see about Asana’s open API.

Customer Support and Tech Support Team:

Champion: Trello

Though there are lots of similarities backward and forward in customer care, Asana and Trello differ inside a couple of significant ways. Both companies conserve a fairly good social networking presence and both offer well-written instructional articles, up-to-date, self-help knowledgebases, and blogs which users look for updates, cool product releases, and general information about the industry.

Asana, however, falls just a little flat with regards to direct customer care. The organization includes a tiered support system which provides preferential treatment to customers who’ve more costly subscriptions – no good sign. Asana has committed to a couple of video lessons, but many are excessively brief but yet free from significant content. Furthermore, users must complete a normal service form when they possess a question or concern. These types of forms always rub me the wrong manner. They work effectively, certainly, however they tend to produce a feeling of distance between your customer and also the support team.

By comparison, Trello provides users of level with straightforward email support (via [email protected]). Trello also offers one on Asana within the social networking realm, and really appears to interact customers via Twitter and facebook, making the effort to reply to a quick question instead of referring people to the official support funnel. Feature demands and customer comments are most of Trello’s overall support strategy too, which signifies an admirable degree of curiosity about and concern for that software’s users list.

If you’d want to see Asana’s entire support page on your own, click the link. Trello’s support services can be seen only at that link.

Negative Reviews and Complaints:

Champion: Tie

Asana and Trello include much the same features, so it’s possibly unsurprising they share a good quantity of defects too. There’s a couple of key drawbacks present with both, most particularly a restricted set of features as well as an excessively fundamental design.

Users of have also were not impressed with general inflexibility Asana and Trello are undeniably good task managers, but they’re not made to do anything else. Neither software can definitely be utilized for resource management, scheduling, reporting, or any other things of the more complex nature, and unhappily, neither software will come in a language apart from British. Asana and Trello will also be equally unsuited for enterprise use by large organizations.

Positive Testimonials and reviews:

Champion: Trello

Asana and Trello are recognized by reviewers and users alike for his or her clean, intuitive UIs and eminent user-ambiance. They’ve both received kudos for offering free subscription plans, good mobile access, and friendly customer care. But while Asana is usually noted for its fundamental competence and efficient design, Trello is well known for any more specific reason: its distinctively visual undertake task management.

I have seen my great amount of normal project management software tools, but I’ve never witnessed one that’s as aesthetically appealing or as flat-out fun to make use of. Customers appear to possess a peculiarly strong attachment to Trello too, something unusual within an industry where most goods are pretty indistinguishable and definitely interchangeable.

Final Verdict on Asana versus Trello:

Champion: Trello

As you’ve seen, these competing task management tools are equally matched for simplicity of use and in addition they balance each other out with regards to prices featuring. Asana is a reasonably little more costly however it provides features that Trello just can’t match, like fundamental dashboard reporting. However, Trello is significantly cheaper, offers an infinitely more robust free subscription, and it is made with better visual appeal.

Asana and Trello operate a pretty close race, but in the finish during the day Trello arrives just slightly ahead. Honestly, Asana includes a couple of more many years of operation under its belt and it has committed to a larger number of 3rd-party integrations. I award the advantage to Trello, though, no matter Asana’s many benefits. Why? Because where Asana is generic and typical, Trello is fun and different.

Visually stimulating features like card aging separate Trello from Asana (and from the remainder of its competition in the world of fundamental project management software). It’s cheap, it’s simple to use, also it will get the task done efficiently as well as in an interesting manner. Getting employees to really implement a brand new software system could be excruciating, however i have personally seen disorganized and inefficient people breath new existence and for their work by simply using Trello to trace their daily tasks.

Trello might have one-on Asana when evaluating Asana versus Trello in-depth, but the good thing is that these two companies offer an excellent, functional, and user-friendly task management system. Trello is definitely an awesome choice, but same with Asana, and it might be difficult to go far wrong with either of these.

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