Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants: Project Management and Collaboration
When working virtually, especially if you’re working with a team of service providers, it’s useful to have one central area online where you can access, manage, post and discuss new and ongoing projects. With the growing number of project management and collaboration services out there, you have a plethora of options to choose from. Note that your professional virtual assistant will likely have a preferred software they’re experienced and familiar with. Or, they may have suggestions for which one will best help you work together to manage your own task and to-do lists.
For your information, we’ve detailed just a few of the project management options most-used by virtual assistants:
Basecamp is a web-based project management and collaboration tool designed for businesses of all sizes. Features in clude: to-do lists, file sharing and storage, team communications, scheduling, and milestones as well as wiki-style web-based text documents where you and your team can share ideas and collaborate, and time tracking. With even more options available through the various add-ons developed by the Basecamp community, the software is extremely versatile. For example, cloudHQ which lets you synchronize Basecamp projects with Google Docs and Dropbox storage and edit your Basecamp documents in-browser. Basecamp offers a thirty day free trial with paid plans starting at $49 monthly for unlimited team memebrs/users, and up to 15GB storage for up to 35 projects.
ClientSpot is a web-based service designed specifically for freelancers, virtual professionals, and small businesses in mind. The service facilitates collaboration and project management. ClientSpot features include everything needed to manage remote teams and clients, from project and task management to file sharing, time tracking, and calendaring. Offers a free 30 day trial with paid packages starting at $15 monthly for a comprehensive ‘Basic’ plan.
The MyIntervals site describes the product as “web-based project management software that marries time tracking and task management in a collaborative online space with powerful reporting. Intervals is ideal for small businesses — including designers, web developers, consultants, creative agencies, IT services firms, and communications companies that bill on an hourly or per project basis.” The free 30 day trial provides plenty of time to experiment with features like: milestone management, weekly timesheet submissions, drag and drop calendar, client and contact management and more. Paid plans start with ‘Basic’ at $20/month and accommodates 15 active projects and up to 2GB storage. All MyIntervals plans allow for unlimited users, and unlimited tasks and milestones.
Looking for a truly comprehensive list of numerous project management software options? You’ll find this chart, complete with comparison of basic features, on Wikipedia useful.
Did we miss your favorite project management software resource? Feel free to mention it in the comments, and don’t forget to include a URL!