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
  • Subtasks
  • 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.

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