5 Top Project Management Tools for Small Business and Freelancers

Project management is easily becoming one the most sought-after skills in employees of all industries. 

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Gallup Business Journal found that only 2.5% of companies actually complete 100% if their projects, which shows you much project managers are need everywhere. Being a project manager isn't easy by any means - there's dealing with clients, internal stakeholder and upper management to make sure that tasks are completed on time and under budget. If you want to be a project manager, you'll have to learn to be friendly while firm and work great with other people. 

But what happens when you have to manage your own projects? Many small businesses and freelancers aren't in the position to hire someone to solely manage projects. Those who work in smaller organizations often wear many hats. Regardless of how you work, having the right tools and skills to make client work run smoothly is a key to success. 

After all, 39% of projects fail due to lack of planning, resources and communication. 

Here are five tools you can use to become your own project manager: 

1. ZOHO Projects

Zoho projects is a project management tool that was featured as an editor's choice from PC Mag, as one of the best systems to use in 2018. This is the perfect tool for small business owners or agencies who need to visualize the timeline of project milestones using gantt charts , assignments and timehseets to track billable hours. 

Price: $0-100/month 

2. Liquid Planner 

Liquid Planner was also an editor's pick of PC Mag's best PM software for the year. Their system allows for resource management, project management, cross-project visibility and collaboration, advanced analytics and more. 

Price: $9-69/user/month 

 

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3. Microsoft Project

Microsoft project comes along with your purchase of office 365. It allows for easy collaboration, analytics for decision making, scheduling of resources and more. This is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to use multiple vendors for software of their business, since Microsoft office comes with almost everything you could need for collaboration. 

Price: $30/user/month 

4. Trello 

Everyone from designers to journalists use Trello to organize their projects, both personal and professional. It's free to sign up and allows you to see the worklflow of projects and assign tasks to team members. You can also use Trello for mutiple organizations and see everything in one place. 

5. Asana

Asana has a similar workflow process of Trello but also has some unique features. The free plan allows for up to 15 people to collaborate, so it is perfect for smaller teams who need to get a lot done. You can setup calendars by project and make assignments and due date, and Asana will eve n email you about upcoming deadlines. 

Price: $9.99-11.99/month 

 

How do you manage client work seamlessly?