Working as a blogger and web developer I tend not to work from a formal office, nor do I always keep regular office hours. Therefore in order to work on projects with my colleagues it has become increasingly important to use online services. The majority of the tools I use now are cloud-based. Gmail and Google Drive, for instance, have been absolute godsend for me.
I have used basic task managers for day-to-day tasks, but when collaborating on projects I find that the simple ones just don't cut it. I have experimented with several project management tools and often find they are too expensive for the number of projects they allow. I finally settled on Wrike, which is free for 5 users, or $49 a month for 5 users with 5GB storage plus numerous professional features.
The free version offers the following features:
- Task management
- Task discussions
- File sharing
- Real-time Activity Stream
- Free mobile apps
- Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and iCal integration
With the $49 a month version, Wrike offers extra project management functionality, including:
- Interactive Gantt charts
- Time Tracking (this has been a huge help for tracking contractors hours and billable hours)
- Email Integrations for Gmail, Outlook and Apple Mail
- Integrations for MS Project, Excel, iCal, and RSS
These professional features have allowed me to effectively manage my team while working remotely, which in turn saves me a fortune on running an expensive office.
As a blogger, one feature that has been especially useful is the WordPress integration. I am able to assign a new task to my other bloggers, which will then sync with WordPress as a new blog post draft via Wrike’s integration with the Zapier automation tool.
Overall if you work with a team remotely then Wrike is a fantastic application to save you a lot of time, reduce confusion within your team, and ultimately save you money.