I’ve recently discovered some new and great online tools that make my life much, much easier. I am always price conscious and try to find solutions that are either free (many good ones aren’t) or at least priced in the lower range. As a WAHM run business I just don’t have a big budget for these extras, but at the same time, I don’t want to mess around with something that is supposed to be a time-saver but ends up frustrating me. My newest find is an amazing online project management application that I LOVE!
5pmWeb – project management just got easier! I have struggled with project management since I began offering boutique web design services back in 2004. Because I was not trained as a web designer, I didn’t even know that there were easier ways of managing clients and projects, other than a super long to do list that I kept on my computer or mobile. I started off with some client management software that I bought and installed onto my computer…and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was cumbersome to start up and I always felt like I had just shut it down when I needed to fire it back up to look up something.
About a year and a half ago I started looking into web based client management, I tried a couple but didn’t love anything enough to commit. One that came in close second to 5pmWeb was Base Camp HQ. Again, I liked it, but didn’t love it. There was a lot there and in the end, I never really sat down and learned how to use it. Let’s face it, if it has a steep learning curve, I just don’t have time for it. I had all but given up when I did another search recently and stumbled upon 5pmweb. Just from the first glance at the user interface I was hooked. For some reason, this was much more intuitive for me and I picked it up almost immediately. Within 24 hours I had added two new projects, a consultant and a client. I was hooked. Even better, there is a mobile version so I can check my to do list on the go and add or edit project information. 5pmweb offers a 2 week trial and after that they have several plans based on the size of your needs. Their rates are not super cheap, but they are reasonable, and for what they offer, it’s worth it. I especially like that their plans do not limit the number of clients, so if you’re small – which could just mean it’s only you – you can add as many clients as you want without bumping up to a higher rate. Check out 5pmweb here – http://5pmweb.com.