There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the types of project management software available on the market. After all, how do you know which one is right for your needs? How expensive should this software be? Worse, what if you choose the wrong one?
Team management software comes in many forms. You can do a simple Google search for terms related to “project management software” and find dozens of solutions. How do you know which ones to choose?
You will notice some “free” options. While free is awesome for obvious reasons, free can also mean no customer service since the person or company providing the software isn’t making any money. Free project management software can also mean unfinished software or software that lacks features! For a small business, this is a huge risk that can have serious consequences.
Next, you have project management software that is a one-time payment upfront and can be hosted for you or installed on your server. As with all other options, there are pros and cons. While you can try a trial version, what if you and your team are dissatisfied with the solution two months after using this software? You have already paid the money in advance. You are now at the mercy of the company for a refund of your money.
The final option is software that is web-based or online and can be paid for monthly. These are often also referred to as “online project management software”. This is often the best solution as you can pay monthly. If you are not satisfied with the solution, you can cancel your account at any time. You are not at the mercy of the company. In addition, the project software company knows that they must keep their customers happy and be timely with their customer service responses.
It is foolish not to implement an inexpensive project management tool or software in this day and age when there are so many benefits to be gained and costs to be reduced. There are a variety of choices, so choose wisely.