10 great project management tools for startups

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For a startup, nothing is more important than making sure everyone on the team is on the right track.

As you grow you want to have the ability to manage and monitor your team's collaborative efforts in the most efficient way possible. Fortunately, the internet is full of online project management tools that promise just that. The bad news is that not all of them are designed for startups and some don’t deliver on their promises.

To help you better manage your team, we have compiled a list of 10 great project management tools for startups that should help you and your team work much more efficiently.

1. Asana - managing day to day business


A web and mobile based platform, Asana specializes in managing the workflow of your team by allowing team members to create tasks, set deadlines and track the progress of each task. Each task can have subtasks, followers, attachments, discussions and tags. Asana has several integrations including Dropbox and Google Drive. Best of all it’s free for up to 15 users.

 2. 10,000 ft - best for analytics and reporting


A visual collaboration software, 10,000 ft gives entrepreneurs to a broad view of their company’s  performance. This tool is great if you already have an established business with a growing team. With detailed schedules and tracking options you can easily see how your team is progressing and how your budget is being spent before the completion of a project. The site also offers in depth analytics and plans start at $49 per month depending on the number of users.

 3. Aha - great for startups that have not launched yet


Aha was specifically designed for companies that are still in their early stages of development and are interested in creating a roadmap for their products. It allows users to set their vision, build a business model, track goals and monitor competitors. There is 30 day free trial and they have plans for startups.

 4. Podio - suitable for managing complex projects


As your startup grows so will your customers and projects. And as things get more complicated you might find that Podio is the right tool for your startup. Podio is a very flexible and customizable platform that ensures transparency for your entire team. Podio is free for up to five users and then charges $5 per month for additional users.

5. ProofHub - easiest to use


No need for training tutorials with ProofHub, the platform is extremely easy to use and offers all of the collaboration tools your team needs. Plans start at $50 a month for startups after the free 30 day trial.

6. Kanban Tool - visualizing your workflow


A visual process management tool, Kanban Tool helps teams visualize their workflow in real time, improve their business processes and become more efficient. In addition to its several pricing plans starting at $5 per user per month, a free plan with limited features is available as well.

7. Smartsheet - for the Excel lovers


If you have been using Excel spreadsheets to manage your work, consider Smartsheet an affordable upgrade for your startup. With Smartsheet you can share your spreadsheets, publish data from your sheets instantly to the web and receive updates on projects via email. Smartsheet combines the functions of  Excel, Access and Project all in the same platform. Basic plans start at $10 a month per user.

8. Teamwork - for managing both your customers and your team


Teamwork offers three different products including a project management tool, a customer management tool and a teamwork chat tool. One of the key distinctions of Teamwork is its central file management system where users can access all of their files, attachments and comments from a central location. Another feature that startups with large teams can make use of is their email integration feature which allows communications to occur simultaneously via email in addition to allowing users to set tasks using their emails. Plans for startups start at $24 per month.

9. Trello - completely free


If money is an issue for you, consider Trello, a free online tool that offers the basic collaboration tools of a project management platform. Trello is ideal for small startups that are just starting out. The site, however, does not offer advanced features such as reporting tools or billing and time tracking features that might be found in other tools.

10. Wrike - great for integrating with other apps


Wrike offers excellent project management features such as customizable dashboards and reports, simple setup requirements and support to an unlimited number of projects. The platform also integrates with a wide range of applications such as Google Drive, SurveyMonkey, Slack and HubSpot. Plans are free up to five users.

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