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The Best Free Project Management Tools

Business Advice | 21 November 2022 | 1 year ago

If you are looking for a project management free tool, we can help. There are a lot of free project management tools out there, and they all provide a somewhat similar service and features. However, there are certainly key differences. Understanding all of the project management options will help you to find the tool that works best for your business.

What Are Project Management Tools?

Project management tools are designed to help individuals and teams stay organised at every stage of a project. From beginning to end, project management tools are there to keep tasks and deadlines in check. Whether you are working on a project alone or collaborating with others, project management tools help to ensure that all tasks are managed effectively by everyone involved.

The Benefits of Project Management Tools

It’s a lot easier to manage a project when you have the help of a management tool, as planning, delegating and scheduling can be controlled at all times. This is ideal if you are working with a team of people or remote workers; everyone is likely to have different tasks and focuses, but managing everything in one virtual place helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page. With a project management tool, files can be shared and accessed from a central hub, and this cuts down on the amount of work that needs to be sent back and forth.

There are a number of project management tools to choose from, many of which are free, or at least have free versions available. Below, we have taken a look at some of the best.

Trello

The information displayed on Trello is clear and concise, making it easy for people to see when a deadline is nearing. It’s also very easy to upload, share and manage documents on the platform. Trello also notifies you of when a task is due, late or has been updated by someone else. One of the major downsides of Trello is that it doesn’t work without internet access, which could be a hindrance if you want to work remotely or when travelling.

Basecamp

Basecamp boasts a simple and organised design, chosen to encourage people to focus on the work and not the management tool itself. You can create projects specific to clients, communicate with collaborators and upload files easily. It’s an ‘all rounder’ and has been popular from day one. A downside of Basecamp is the inability to tag or label projects, and the lack of advanced features. It’s certainly one of the more simple project management tools.

Asana

Everything about Asana is organised and efficient, making it easy for people to keep on top of their workload. It’s very easy to have an overview of tasks and deadlines, and who is working on what. Asana has been created with collaboration in mind, and multiple people working on a project doesn’t overcomplicate things. Though Asana boasts a lot of features, it doesn’t have a time tracking feature and the range of features do take some time to familiarise yourself with.

Monday

Monday makes it very easy to track projects, tasks and clients, and the platform itself is relatively easy to navigate. All tasks within a project are grouped together, and working through a ‘to do’ list is simple and straightforward. It’s very easy to delegate tasks on Monday, making it a popular choice for teams. However, Monday’s mobile app is somewhat limited and it’s not as advanced as other project management applications. 

Jira

Jira is largely used by software developers, as it provides an effective way of managing all aspects of a software development project. It’s very easy to see your workflow, tasks, deadlines and processes using this tool. Jira can be challenging to use at first, and it’s by no means a simple platform to get your head around. There are a lot of options, which can be too complicated if you are looking for a simple way of managing tasks.

ClickUp

Whereas a lot of project management tools are best suited to teams, ClickUp works well for individual users too. A lot of project information is displayed on the dashboard, and the layout is user friendly. The free version of ClickUp has a lot of features, many of which are only found in the paid versions of other management tools. One of the downsides of ClickUp is that there are possibly too many features and a lot of customisation opportunities, which could overcomplicate things for people who prefer to keep things simple.

Wrike

Wrike works in real time and is the ‘go to’ project management tool for a lot of large and established companies. There are a lot of customisable features on Wrike and, thanks to the desktop and mobile application, you can use the platform anywhere. Wrike has everything you need a project management tool to have, but this could overwhelm new users and individuals, who simply want to manage tasks and deadlines.

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