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7 Must-Have Project Management Tools

Running a project involves planning tasks, allocating personnel, supplies and money, and keeping track of progress. As a result, proper management is very important for the success of any project. There are many project management tools out there that can help you run your projects. However, before choosing a tool, you need to consider the following factors:

  • Scalability – If your agency is growing fast, be sure to get a tool which can be upgraded with time
  • User-friendliness – Choose a project management tool which is simple and easy to use
  • Compatibility – Find a tool which easily integrates with other software your company uses
  • Customization – The tool should allow you to customize it according to the unique needs of your company

See also: How to Start a Business Project  

Here are some of the best project management tools in the market:

1. 10,000ft

This project management tool comes with a very attractive and easy to use interface. The drag and drop interface allows you to adjust the projects and timelines on the basis of emerging needs. Its dashboard allows you to keep track of each project’s status based on expenses, fees and time. In addition, 10,000ft offers visual reporting which enables you to see how projects, clients and teams are performing against the set goals.

2. Function Fox

This tool comes with a wide range of functionalities, from basic time and project tracking, to complex project management and reporting. Users of Function Fox are assigned a dedicated account manager that helps in setting up the program, as well as offering support as the company expands. This tool comes with a dashboard which allows you to keep track of productivity and profitability. You can choose between the options of project- and client-based reporting.

3. Clients & Profits

Clients & Profits comes with account management tools such as status reports, change orders, creative briefs and even a CRM. In addition, it has a web portal where clients can access reports, calendar and job status. Other notable features of this program include approval workflows, time sheets and media billing.

4. Azendoo

This is one of the best project management tools for collaboration and teams. Azendoo allows you to assign to-do tasks, check on progress, track changes, and make comments on individual tasks. It comes with an attractive interface which is simple and easy to use. Azendoo offers its users some free storage, and is also compatible with other third-party storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

5. Wrike

When beginning a project, you need to be clear on which tasks need to be completed before other tasks can commence. Planning this on paper can be a very time-consuming task. Wrike is a great project management tool which allows you to plan your tasks, organize a schedule, and assign team members and funds to each. In addition, it enables you to keep track of the interdependency of tasks. In case an unexpected circumstance arises, you can easily adjust the start and end times of the project. Wrike is compatible with third-party utilities such as Google Drive.

6. Huddle

Nowadays, projects usually involve team members that are telecommuting or always on the move. It is therefore, very important to find a way of getting important documents to all team members in real time. Huddle is a tool that enables you to save documents on the cloud, thus allowing team members to access them from any location.

See also: How to Stand in as a Project Manager at Your Current Job  

Other project management tools you could consider using include Thrive SoloEvernoteFlowdockRedbooth and activeCollab.

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