10 Must-have project management apps for entrepreneurs

Trying to manage a project without project management software can turn into a Godzilla-like apocalypse quickly. Small businesses have a variety of possibilities for organizing their projects from the deep.

Using a project management tool will help better communicate with your team and keep your clients informed. Having all your tasks laid out and assigned to the correct person will allow you to stay organised and ensure tasks are completed on time.

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Here are the 10 must-have project management apps for entrepreneurs,

1. Basecamp

Basecamp is probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more. It is user-friendly, and has a free 60-day trial period. After that, plans start at $20 per month and go up to $3,000 per year if you want to have unlimited projects and 500 GB of storage.

2. Zoho Projects

Zoho offers a wide range of business software including Projects. Zoho Projects is an proficient tool to project plan and project coordinator from start to finish.

It boost all the features you need for project management with some advance features including reporting, integration with Google Apps and Dropbox, bug tracking, setup Wiki Pages to build a repository of information, forums and more.

3. Casual

Casual is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks. This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

4. Trello

Trello is essentially a work and life planner and project management tool. With Trello, users can create boards and invite co-workers to interact and edit documents, customise workflows and add and assign tasks. In addition, users can upload photos and videos, attach files and add editable checklists.

5. Asana

If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well. In a nutshell Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $50 per month to $800 per month (for 100 members).

6. Freedcamp

Whatever your project may be, either setting up an event, a web project or organising a wedding, Freedcamp helps you organise and plan effectively.

Freedcamp has an organised dashboard to view the entire project at a glance. You can easily setup tasks, use sticky notes to visually setup tasks and organise them into the calendar. Freedcamp provides advance add-ons for high level business use including CRM, invoicing, issue tracking and setting up wiki pages. Freedcamp is free to start with and only add-ons are chargeable.

7. Wrike

Wrike is advance application to help you work smarter. By making sure you are always staying on track and ensure you have the adequate resources to finish on time and on budget.

Setting up tasks, engage your team and integrate with your business tools including Google Apps, Microsoft Excel, Dropbox and many more is so easy with Wrike. You can even make your emails more productive by converting emails into tasks with a simple click of a button.

8. Podio

Podio is a ever growing tool to organise and communication tool for any business. Podio allows you to personalise this platform to fit your business needs. Besides being able to communicate with a team, setup task management, use as a file storage system, like a traditional project management app, Podio can be an internal intranet for all your colleagues and departments to interact. Podio can also be transformed into a CRM system.

9. OmniPlan

OmniPlan is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of. You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

10. ActiveCollab

ActiveCollab recently released its new version 5.0. The new revamped app is now more powerful and focused project management tool. It offers team collaborating features, task management, time tracking and importing expenses. One of the biggest asset of ActiveCollab is it offers invoicing features. You are able to track payments and expenses and have invoices paid directly within ActiveCollab with PayPal, and other credit card payments.