Project management is not new to the Web. Many offerings are vying for the design/development market’s dollars, supplying project or client management systems. Work flow, client communication, geographically dispersed teams, and more can all use collaborative tools to facilitate easier management of projects.
FreelanceSuite.com is nothing radically new in this regard, offering the expected client and project team communications tools. The greatest attribute that third-party providers like FreelanceSuite provides is the verification of project approvals and billing. One of the greatest fears in most information-based, creative businesses is the loss of revenue or legal battles that ensue when a client claims they âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬never approved THAT.âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹
While FreelanceSuite.com is not really unique, it does have its strong points. Ease of use is one of those. The site is well-built and the client and project interfaces are straight-forward and simple to use and understandâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ã¹even for non-technicals like most clients. The smooth interface is easily integrated into most existing designs (or left alone, if needed) while even the most clueless of managers will likely find the workflow system easily-understood.
The other strength this software has is its pricing. You can lease it starting at $8.95/month or you can download a full license and the software for your own servers starting at $69.95. One downer is that they do not offer to host the software for you, though for most firms serious enough to want to use this software, that will not be much of an issue.
This type of project management software is one of the leading edge ways that smaller firms make themselves appear more professional and competitive to their larger competition. By utilizing software like this, which gives a clean, professional appearance, a small office or group of freelancers can more easily work together and have a much more sophisticated image.
So while FreelanceSuite isn’t the newest or most innovative project management suite on the market, it has the advantage of being hosted on your own servers and can be formatted to integrate seamlessly into your existing site.