Most small business owners spend a lot of time out of the office. You’re on the road pitching investors, meeting with vendors, traveling to conferences and trade shows, but your projects need to keep moving forward even when you’re not there. Being able to check on progress and weigh-in on decisions from any location is crucial to your business’ success.
Here are three online tools that let you track and manage projects as if you and your team are all in the same room.
Basecamp has a clean and easy-to-use interface that’s optimized for mobile, so it’s truly designed with road warriors in mind. You can assign tasks, track projects, and collaborate, as well as upload PDFs, CAD files, and images to share real-time feedback with your team. For better organization, each user gets their own page to track their to-dos. They also offer weekly “Be a Basecamp Pro in 30 minutes” online classes with a live Q&A. You can try it out free for 60 days — then prices start at just $20/month.
Podio comes with all of the features you’d expect to find with a project management tool, but is highly customizable so you can tailor it to your businesses specific needs. The app marketplace provides tailor-made apps for different industries, and you define the structure of your content, reports and overview. As an added bonus for very small businesses, it’s free for up to five employees, and then starts at $15 per employee a month.
Planbox is a simple but powerful project management tool with features like Storyboard, which lets you and your team post items and tasks in one place that can estimate progress, hours to completion, budget and more. Integration with popular apps like Zendesk, SnapEngage, SVN, and GitHub is simple. It’s free for up to two employees, and then plans start at $20 per month.
Let us know — what are your tricks to managing projects from the road?