Project management software are very useful to manage, track and to show progress. Any great project software will have the ability to:
- Scheduling & Organization
- Team Planning & Coordination
- Project Reporting
- Notifications, Commenting & File Sharing
- Time Tracking & Approval
- Mobile Access
Each one of the listed features are essentials for any business that collaborates between clients and/or freelancers.
Depending on your budget, work load and size of your business, some of these project manager software are free (but are limited with features and just a single user), to a monthly fee. Then you have the one’s that you can buy and host on your own hosting account.
There are benefits to both types of project managment software:
Subscription based: [Basecamp, LiquidPlanner] With the subscription based software, you’re supporting that company on a monthly or annual bases. Updates are applied automatically, you’re paying for support, either phone or email support depending on your plan, of course. Some companies offer training and how to maximize your project planning.
There’s plenty to of subscription based companies out there. Choose wisely.
Hosted based: [Pancake App] With buying and hosting a project software, you save money by buying the software but you need to install it, configure it for your clients and users. The challenges that you may also encounter is updates to your hosting by you hosting provider that may break the software, the company that you purchased the software has gone out of business or has little to no support.
Of course, the subscription based business are not immune to going out of business either however they are less likely to do so based on subscriptions.
We’ve been there on both sides. We have seen them come and go. Some had great potential while others just didn’t have the funding to continue on.
So tell us what works best for you?