I am currently setting up a small business doing graphic design, web design, photography, writing/editing. I need some project management software to track my own hours on projects, based on client, project, task. Ideally, this would be a simple program that I can run (Mac OSX) in the background and simply add an hour here or there under certain tasks as I complete work.
I also work in collaboration with a web developer in a subcontract role. He does the hardcore coding and I do pretty much everything else. We’ve tried a couple options built in to the WordPress platform as plugins, but they aren’t great. I’d rather have something where we can look back at all past projects at once.
This web developer and I could really use a simple task-based tracking tool, so that I can assign tasks in long lists, and he can work down the list systematically, crossing things off. It would be perfect if there was also a simple ranking mechanism, so I could rate the priority of tasks (say on a scale of 1 through 3) We’ve been doing this by email, but it would be far better to have it all in one place, not in a ton of emails.
Some rudimentary client management features would be good to have as well, where I can keep track of correspondence, timelines, and who’s been invoiced, etc.
The perfect software would integrate all of these things, but still be low on feature bloat. Just a straightforward program that can do this stuff in an intuitive way. I’d be willing to pay for something that can do all this, but if there are some free downloadable programs, or even something web-based, that would be sweet. I have a lot of start-up costs at the moment, so maybe a temporary free solution, and something better I can buy later?
I’ve seen this
, but it’s not all that specific. I'm also aware of Zoho projects, which seems like it might be a good fit, but it seems pretty expensive and I'd rather buy something outright than pay a yearly fee.