3 Free Project Management Tools To Keep Your Tasks Organized
Managing your projects efficiently is crucial when it comes to starting and running your own business. With a limited amount of time, resources, and money, these are 3 free, web-based project management tools that will help your startup out!
Trello helps you to start organizing your projects through kanban boards. You simply enter the project name and start writing steps in the workflow pertaining to the project (ie: to do, doing, done). Then you can write a task under each step which is called a “card.” You can write a description of the task, assign it to certain members, write a checklist, etc.. Simply drag and drop where the task is within the project life.
Our team at Startup Lady is currently using Trello to keep our tasks organized! It helps us better plan and organize successful events such as our Startup Lady Night. During these events, StartUp Lady community members get to meet entrepreneurs and hear about their various projects and journeys.
Free version: you have access to unlimited personal boards (limited to 10 team boards), cards, and lists. It is available on the web, a mobile app, or on your desktop.
KanbanFlow is similar to Trello, except now you have the addition of a timer if you/your team wants to know how long you spend on each task. Also included in the time is the Pomodoro mode. The timer breaks down your work into 25 minute intervals with short breaks in between. This will allow you to work efficiently throughout the day!
Free version: unlimited tasks and boards, the Pomodoro timer, and productivity reports.
This project management tool lets you break down projects into sections and sub-lists. The dashboard will let you know how much of the project is done already. With Asana, you have the ability to add, change, and complete tasks with your team informed with its integrated collaboration and organization features.
Free version: unlimited projects, up to 15 users, and basic search features.
These are just 3 of the many online project and task management tools that you can use for your business. Making sure you and your team are working efficiently is crucial in today’s fast moving world. If you’re looking for more guidance on how to start a business in Japan or want to talk with a mentor, signup for the 30 day free trial of Startup Lady membership.
About the Author
Michelle Tam is a fourth year student at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She has managed a wide range of projects -- from the automotive to the biopharmaceutical industry -- since 2015. With an innate drive to empower others to be their best selves, she plans to carry this out as a project manager once she graduates.