Essential Project Management and Collaboration Tools for Freelancers

January 28, 2011 · 59 comments

by Lars

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A while back I posted a few lists of Freelancer Tools for tracking time and collecting money. Great tools but they only take you half the way. There is more to delivering great projects to clients on time than these can offer. Keeping track on tasks/activities, scope, agreements, plans, dependencies etc. is critical and will be more and more essential as size and complexity increase. In this post I have collected some of the most interesting tools for tracking elements of Project Management and Collaboration. Hope you find something you can use and that you will let us all know if I missed a good tool you think deserves to be added to the list!


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Project Management and Collaboration

Writeboard – As simple as it gets really.This this service provides free web-based text documents you can share, that save edits, so you can collaborate, roll back and compare.

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ConceptShare - If you need to share your designs and get feedback this is a cool tool. Feedback can be given with visual annotation tools. Allows you to setup secure online workspaces for sharing designs, documents and video and invite others to review, comment and give contextual feedback

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Wridea – “Idea management service and collection of brainstorming tools”. It’s a free tool for writers focusing on idea generation

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GoPlan – Goplan is an online project management and team collaboration platform. It offers note-taking, calendaring, task management, issue tracking, file management and online real-time chat etc.

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Toodledo – Simple and easy to use web based to-do list wit ha lot of features. It offers a iPhone app.

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Ta-Da Lists – a simple and free  to-do list application that can be shared with the world. The application is provided by 37 signals (known for tools like Basecamp and Campfire) and is the “little brother” of Backpack (next in the list)

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Backpack – Very easy to setup and use service that integrates to-do lists, notes, files, images, and a calendar with reminders that can be sent to your email or cell. See examples here

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ActiveCollab – Very feature rich collaboration and project management tool that also allows you to track time and send invoices. Could be a all in one stop for a free lancer or small consulting company.

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MonkeyOn – Your to-do list for things that you want other people to do! Concept is that you send a monkey… ie. give your monkey a recipient, a description, and a deadline. Monkey On Your Back will send the recipient regular reminder emails to make sure they don’t forget.

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Remember The Milk – To-Do List manager. Receive reminders via email, SMS, and instant messenger (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype and Yahoo! are all supported). Use the map to see where your tasks are located in the real world. See what’s nearby or on your way, and plan the best way to get things done. Share, send and publish tasks and lists with your contacts or the world. Remind your significant other to do their household chores.

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Function Fox, TimeFox is the time and project tracking system of choice for professionals in advertising, design, web, communications, and all realms of creative service.

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myclientspot – ClientSpot is a Integrated Project Management and Time Tracking for Busy Teams which handles project and task tracking, time tracking and reporting, calendars, and file sharing.

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statuswiz – Very simple and sleek tool for sharing tasks, create reports and more.

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aceproject.com – This is a very feature rich project, ressource etc. management tool that are free for up to 5 users.

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deskaway – is a Simple, powerful and affordable collaboration service backed by personalized customer service. Loads of features and free for up to 3 projects.

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Proposal Kit – Proposal and contract management tools. Tons of templates and examples.

MemoToMe –  Feature rich memo, todo and reminder service.

TeamLive – an online collaboration tool, great for mocking up website designs and collaborating with clients. Also useful for highlighting changes to existing websites using the capture tools.

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