Highly affordable project management tools

There’s no shortage of project management software for mid-size and large businesses. Startups, though, have limited budgets and simply can’t afford high-priced project management tools. Here are seven affordable options.

The time has never been better for startups to access well-tested, feature-rich, affordable project management product previously offered only to larger companies. Here are just some of the web-based options that a startup can license to manage its activities right out of the gate.

If your startup is considering making the leap to a project management tools, these affordable options can make light work of collaboration and manual tracking of project tasks, time and budgets.

It’s important to note that many of these per-month-per-user pricing models are based on companies making one annual payment.

Criteria to identify PM tools for startups

  • Start-up size: two – 10 employees
  • Pricing: Less than $50/month
  • Some of the key features/functionality:
    • Web-based
    • Scalable to any number of users
    • Employee/team time and tracking
    • Gantt charts
    • Task management
    • User permissions customization
    • Team communication/collaboration/file sharing
    • Budgeting capabilities
    • Standardized workflows/processes
    • Centralize data storage/document management
    • Other apps integration
    • Company branding

Seven affordable project management tools (listed by price)

Trello (acquired by Atlassian in 2017) has been around since 2011 and offers a web-based PM solution that works for companies of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Their affordable business-class solution costs $9 a month per user and allows companies a free trial of the software. Trello also has a free but basic account, as well as an enterprise-class account that is available. The business class account can easily fit within any startup’s budget and offers features like collaboration, digital whiteboards, data import/export, milestone tracking, prioritization of work, and workflow management. It also has easy to use drag and drop capabilities for even the most inexperienced users. Trello integrates with many other solutions like Evernote, Gmail, Harvest, Scrum, Zendesk, Dropbox and more. To see the full list visit their site (trello.com).

 Mavenlink, founded in 2008, provides project management solutions for smaller startup business teams at $19 a month per-user for up to five users, a professional PM solution at $39 a month per-user, and two other pricing tiers including one for large enterprises. They too offer users the option of a free trial. Mavenlink’s PM tools can provide business intelligence, capacity management, data visualization, demand forecasting, employee scheduling, filtered searches, resource allocation, skills tracking and utilization management. Integrations include Google apps, Intacct accounting & financial management system, Salesforce, Quickbooks, Jira, and others. Visit their site for the full list of integrations.

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