Great ideas are one thing—transforming them into real products or services is another. Fortunately, various cloud-based tools can help in managing time spent and resources allocated along the way more effectively.
The following are 13 of the best free or inexpensive tools for helping entrepreneurs manage their projects.
BamBam! delivers a competent project management suite that sports some impressive capabilities and features, despite being lesser known than some of its competitors. Pricing starts at $3/month for up to 3 users.
Popular project management SaaS Zoho Projects features support for an unlimited amount of free users—with a limit of 1 project and 10 MB of storage.
Bitrix24’s project management platform is free for up to 12 users and sports features and capabilities similar to popular offering Basecamp.
Trello uses the Kanban method in its implementation, allowing users to move cards representing tasks to create a visual depiction of a project’s status. Its free plan offers an unlimited number users and projects but only 10MB of storage.
2-Plan’s project management platform actually consists of three separate apps, with extra extensions available for a cost:
- 2-Plan Desktop – a project-management system
- 2-Plan Team – with multiple hosting options
- Work 2-gether – for one-team projects
With almost 40,000 clients and 400,000 users to date, Asana is one of the more popular project management apps to emerge in recent years. It’s free for teams of up to 15 users.
MeisterTask’s free tier offers unlimited users and projects, as well as two free integrations to connect to other services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Zendesk.
Comparable to Microsoft Project in terms of complexity and features offered, GanttProject can be used to to generate Gantt and PERT charts, as well as reports in HTML and PDF formats. The tool comes with a range of time management tools and versatile scheduling features.
Producteev’s platform allows users to create multiple tasks lists and communicate with colleagues in realtime, and even turns emails into tasks with one click. Its free tier features limitless users and projects.
Freedcap features an intelligent user interface and app store where users can install components like to-do lists, milestone trackers, discussions, calendaring, time tracking, and more. The app is free for use on an unlimited number of users and projects.
This time tracking app makes it easy to translate time spent on a project to a paycheck. The free tier comes with 5 projects and 2 monthly invoices for up to 5 clients.
SlimTimer allows you to clock in, clock out, share hours, and break them down by task easily—and for free. The app’s reporting features let you know where/how everyone on your team is spending their time.
JetBrain’s YouTrack provides robust capabilities like burndown charting, QA reporting, issue distribution reporting, and timelines, among others. It’s free for up to ten users and comes with 5GB of storage.
Most of these apps can be had for free—either on a trial basis, or for a limited number of users and projects. Once you identify the tool that best suits your needs, you’ll want to upsize to a paid option for more users, expanded functionality, and better customer support.