No matter what the size of a business, every business requires a tool where the business has the ability to manage their workflow, collaborate with clients/customers and closely track the various milestones on their projects.
If you are a big company you can get your software custom built or buy expensive software, but what should you do if you are a freelancer with a limited budget? Well then you have to look for free tools.
Do you wonder where all of your time goes? As freelancers, in addition to design, we are also the sales team, the support team, the copywriter and the accountant all in one person.
This may seem kind of overwhelming if you don’t have a good project management system.
In this post we present you a list of reliable open source or free online Project Management tools.
You can install jxProject on all of your computers at no cost. You’ll also be able to share your project plans with anyone that has access to the Internet, because everyone on the Internet can access and install jxProject.
Toggl provide very easy time tracking and management. You can create tasks in fraction of a minute. This site is different from other sites because you can use it from website, from your computer’s desktop (supports Windows, Linux and Mac) and even from your iPhone. Just download the application and it is ready to use
ProjectPier is a Free, Open-Source, PHP application for managing tasks, projects and teams through an intuitive web interface. It must be downloaded and installed on your own web server. ProjectPier will help your organization communicate, collaborate and get things done Its function is similar to commercial groupware/project management products, but allows the freedom and scalability of self-hosting.
Tick is one of the time tracking tools which I will be reviewing. It is web-based time tracking tool you can use it from any of your internet browser. Tick is very good site for is you just want to manage you time in simple fashion, because it considers time the most important part of business. It has very simplified user-interface having just 3 tabs which are Timecard, Projects, and Reporting. To get started have a look at the following sample image for creating client, project and tasks.
Using Cashboard you can do Time tracking, expenses, invoicing, estimates, and online payments. Cashboard is a complete package for you online business. It can be easily integrated with the Basecamp and number of other invoicing tools, it can keep you receivables and time sheets organized and maintained.
ClockingIT is a free hosted application, keeping track of all yourtasks and the time you spend on them. Project Management, Collaboration and Time Tracking.
yaTimer is non-web based application. It is download-able software which will run on you desktop. It is very easy to use and specifically designer to track time. You can place a small window in corner of your desktop which will remind you the task to be done.
After you are done with downloading and installing yaTimer, clicking to new task button following window will open, in this window you can fill the details about the task such as Task Name, Add Clients and Project, You can select whether you want Timer or Countdown ( if you chooses countdown option then the Countdown Options became active and you can customize then according to your need). You can add Play Sound which yaTimer software will play when time for the task ends. Then click on Create button to create the task or choose Click& Run Button if you want the task timer to start immediately!
ProjectStat.u is a service that can help you easily manage your customers’ project info and allow your customers to see up-to-date project information at any time.
FreshBooks establish a strong relation between tracking hours, project management and invoicing or we can say that FreshBook is a management tool. It has every feature required by a freelancer to work efficiently. It supports automated invoicing in any currency, collect online payments. You can also use FreshBooks on you iPhone which is most important thing nowadays!
After signing-up you will get bunch of tabs for navigation through the website, including invoices, time tracking, estimates, team and reports. As you topic is time management so we will review only functions related to time management.