Running a small or medium-sized business is no easy feat, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Keeping projects on task and all team members up-to-date on where things stand or where they need to go moving forward, can be a difficult task. Project management tools have become increasingly important in today’s remote workforce environment. Here are a few tools to keep your company headed in the right direction. 

What is a Project Management Tool? 

If you have never used a project management tool you are probably wondering what it is and how it could possibly help you and your company stay on track during these trying times. 

According to Wrike, “Project management tools are aids to assist an individual or team to effectively organize work and manage projects and tasks.” The term usually refers to project management software you can purchase online and some are even free.

project management graphicHow Can A Project Management Tool Help? 

Project management tools can help in several different ways depending upon the different features you are looking for in the programs and what field you specialize in. For instance, these tools can help with collaboration, planning/scheduling, documentation, and evaluation. The ability to get organized, have all team members have access to information and client data, and be able to track/access the productivity of the project are just a few of the ways these types of business tools can help your business. 

dictionary page of collaboration Project Management Options 

While there are loads of amazing contenders out there on the market in this category, there are some apps that business insiders agree are among the more productive and easiest to use. Here are some that have made the top of the list in the last few years. 

  • Active Collab is a powerful yet simple project management tool – perfect for your small business. This particular software is extremely affordable and has options to expand your bundle for the specific needs of your business. Active Collab combines task management, time tracking, and billing into one easy-to-use and well-designed app. It also keeps all the data in one place, where your team can communicate, get informed, and see what they need to work on next.
  • Basecamp is a feature-rich tool that can manage your to-do lists and keep every team member informed on the progress of the project. Basecamp allows for not only tracking but for access to files, data, deadlines, and a handy dashboard for digging into the details of a project. 
  • Trello is yet another excellent choice of the many that are out there. This highly visual tool is free so it’s a good idea for freelancers or companies just starting out that need to stay organized but want to save some money while they are in the development phase. The drag-and-drop aspect of the task board makes using this tool easy and intuitive. 

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