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10 All Time Best Basecamp Alternatives for Project Management

No matter how much responsible you are about your work, you are bound to forget tasks at times. It becomes tedious at times to manage tasks of a whole team; monitoring each one’s task and also having a clear view as to how much progress has happened in work. In such situations, team management apps come as a saviour. You sure must have heard of Basecamp as a project management tool, but today I am going to discuss some exclusive Basecamp alternative.

App stores are flooded with apps that help in managing your team seamlessly.

But are all these apps worth trying?

How do you know which one will save your time and energy?

Basecamp and Basecamp Alternative

I faced the same situation some 10 months back. As our number of projects and customers increased, it became more difficult for me to manage tasks. Unknowingly time was wasted, the work speed lagged and I found it difficult to keep a track of who is doing what. Not just me, but our whole team seemed to be oblivious of what the other person is doing. So, we decided its time we start using team management apps. Since, the app market is already overflowing with team managing apps, we decided to start with Basecamp.

Basecamp Alternative for Project Management
Basecamp Alternative for Project Management

On right time 37Signals understood the need of web designer/agencies and came up with Basecamp– a clean, simple and elegant way of managing projects and collaborating with clients. I personally loved Basecamp.

Frankly, $20 or so every month did not seem much compared to the services I was using. I liked the fact that Basecamp did not try to do everything. Rather it did one thing and was perfect. But in two months’ time, I started looking for basecamp alternatives. As our projects and customers increased, I found Basecamp less useful. The one problem was, 37Signals did not try to improve Basecamp. Rather, additional services like Campfire and Highrise came into market from them. Some other pressing issues with Basecamp were-

  • For using chat feature, I was asked to sign up for Campfire.
  • Time tracking was missing – this feature can be availed by third party integration.

Sad that even the “New” Basecamp came with no trace of time tracking feature claiming that no one was using it. Well, we were and we loved it!

Basecamp Alternative

Basecamp refused to grow, but my team was! I needed better options and best basecamp alternatives now.

Best Basecamp Alternatives that I tried:

While building a team during last 10 months’ time, I tried many team management apps. Here I will discuss about picking up the best basecamp alternatives, along with their pros and cons. I tried to find the best option, but honestly, nothing is perfect. I realized every app has its strength and weakness. So, instead of searching for the perfect solution, I turned my focus to what problems I was facing with Basecamp. I started to look out for apps that will help me solve these problems first.

Basecamp Alternative – Team Work

Basecamp Alternative-Team Work
Basecamp Alternative-Team Work

Next I tried Teamwork. Why I tried teamwork? I was browsing through reviews of different project management apps, when I chanced upon Topten REVIEWS. There I saw Teamwork has received a verdict of 7.88 out of 10. I scrolled down the list of features and reviews featured against each. Hence, I decided to try Teamwork. The first thing I noticed in Teamwork is an entire page dedicated to a detailed comparison with Basecamp. Among its 100,000 companies mentioned like Pepsi, Forbes and EA. Here are some of the features to love about Teamwork PM:

  • Sophisticated search – Enables you search any term quite easily.
  • Continuously updates iOS and Android apps – These apps are loaded with latest features.
  • Time tracking feature even available on mobile app.
  • Milestone Tracking – Enables to break large tasks into small achievements.
  • Integration with 3rd Party Apps, like, Google Calendar, even Gmail and other Google Apps.

Best part about Teamwork Project Management tool, is that it readily available Zapier integration, which opens up wide integration of advanced web applications.

Although Teamwork’s free plans allows unlimited users, it allows just two projects and 10 MB storage. To upgrade, you need to have a paid plan at $12 per month. With that you get just 5 projects and 1GB storage. To avail unlimited projects, the price goes up to $149 per month and at this price you get 80GB storage. Another disadvantage of Teamwork is features are price-restrictive, especially those in regards to integration with storage apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Basecamp Alternative – Wrike

Basecamp Alternative-Wrike
Basecamp Alternative-Wrike

At one of point of time, I also tried Wrike. The fact that Paypal, Adobe, HTC, Disney and Nissan use this, I thought to give it a try, check the features, that our team might need. From Wrike, I liked the fact that resources and deadlines are moved centrally which helps teams to align fast.

Features of Wrike are worth mentioning here are:

  • Elegant and simple to understand interface
  • Detailed time-tracking feature
  • Integration with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, as well as mobile apps
  • Provide Free up to 5 users and with 2GB storage.

Wrike has all useful carts including, Gantt Chart, Baseline Chart and Performance Chart which shows and tracks all progress and achievements according to the plan. With great collaboration with all the team members, Wrike also include real-time document editing, where you everyone can collaborate at single sheet, similar to Google Docs. Another, very different offer from Wrike, came in form of exclusive case studies, learning resources and industry performance benchmarks. All these helped us in gaining more knowledge about our industry.

Wrike is a great project management tool for:

  • Marketing Teams
  • Creative Teams
  • Project Management Teams
  • Product Development Teams in a company across the Globe.

Not only this, if your company uses Google Apps then, Wrike has very close integration with them, you get to:

  • Easily attach documents staraight from Google Drive
  • Save time with Gmail gadget inside your Gmail account
  • Integrate tasks into your Google calendar

Now only these, looking at overall feature integration of Wrike with Google Apps, we can call it Google Project Management Tool.

Pricing model of Wrike: Paid version of Wrike starts at $49 per month for 5 GB storage and unlimited projects. Upto 5 users, you can try free plan of Wrike.

Basecamp Alternative – Asana

Basecamp Alternative-Asana
Basecamp Alternative-Asana

I had heard a lot about Asana . So, I decided to try it. Asana is a wonderful Basecamp alternative and a great team management app. It allowed me to add more than one person to a task, track what others are doing, mark a task finished and also create different teams as per my need.

Features I loved about Asana:

  • User-friendly interface, easy to understand
  • Integration with Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, GitHub, WordPress and many more – these are all the apps we use day and night.
  • Perfect for Small and Mid-size businesses; specially for growing startup like us.
  • Mobile and tablet compatible – One of the most required feature for flexible team.
  • Social Media sharing and Time tracking feature available
  • Ability to see teammates’ tasks and priorities
  • Follow tasks and add followers to them
  • Set due dates and goals – Reminder is wonderful feature
  • REST API for customers to build custom-interfaces

Pricing model of Asana: Freemium Model, you can try Asana for Free.

Asana offers open source Chrome extension and its REST API can manage users, projects, tasks, workplaces and stories! This Task Management software serves companies like Twitter, Uber, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Rdio, NationBuilder, and Airbnb. Rosenstein from Hops & Hominy compares the working of Asana to a healthy human brain. He opines Asana is the future where coordinating collective actions will be hassle free for every organization on earth. To Rosenstein, Asana has its heart in helping people self-actualize, help their fellow men and leverage their potential.

Asana was great until the trial period expired. The paid version seemed costly for us, since all these features I was getting by paying at Asana, I could avail them for free at Podio. Also, you can find my Wrike vs Asana review.

Basecamp Alternative – Podio

Basecamp Alternative-Podio
Basecamp Alternative-Podio

After few days I started with Podio. Found in 2009 and acquired by Citrix 2012, Podio is definitely a fresh take on team collaboration. I will give a quick overview about Podio’s features-

  • Android, iOS and Web-browser compatible
  • Integration with Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Zendesk and Freshbooks
  • Full open API
  • In-built IM and video chat
  • Includes private and open workspaces

I immediately took a liking to Podio. Any app that connects me to Evernote and Freshbooks, is always a welcome. So, Podio was my next trial. Although Asana promised “Teamwork with emails”, I still took a liking to Podio for its integration feature, especially its integration with Campaign Monitor, Dropbox, and Google docs. The icing on the cake was our custom integration with Mailchimp alternative – Mailerlite.

Podio also has a freemium model. However, I would say this is where Asana out beats Podio. Podio offers free version for a limited access rights and functionality control to up to 5 users. After that it is $9 per employee, per month. Asana definitely wins.

Pricing model of Podio: Upto 5 Employees and 5 External Users, Try Podio for free.

 

Comparison with Basecamp:

In hunt for a perfect tool for project management, I started with Basecamp, followed by using other tools over time; one by one. Here is very first comparison of Basecamp vs Asana:

Basecamp Alternative-Asana
Basecamp VS Asana
  • Basecamp cost varies on the basis of projects and storage. For instance, at $20/month, 10 active projects and 3GB space can be used. Asana, on the other hand, can be called a basecamp alternative free app. Most small businesses can do with the free version. For those who cannot, unlimited projects at $50 is more than reasonable!
  • Basecamp provides unlimited projects at $150/month worth 100 GB. If you require more, you need to buy the complete package of 500GB space and a priority support at $3000 straight! Asana has a different take on storage. A company spokesperson quoted “Asana doesn’t specialize in storage functionality, so instead offers integrations with cloud providers Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. For individual files uploaded to Asana, there’s a 100MB limit per individual attachment”.
  • Basecamp has a ‘master’ calendar for the whole team. Also you can have specific project calendars. Asana hosts the option of having personal calendars as well as project-specific calendars.

Next comparison I want to do with Basecamp vs Podio:

Basecamp Alternative Podio

  • Podio provides a birdview of all the tasks across the workplace unlike Basecamp which reveals the ‘To-do’ lists only. In Basecamp you will need to navigate across all the Accounts to know the status of your task.
  • In basecamp ‘Discussions’ pick up from where To-dos take leave, but sadly these are separate features. Podio has the Task comment threads and descriptions features in contrast to Basecamp.
  • Basecamp definitely has its priority set to clients engaging priority; and it is perfect. Podio has a weird way of showing the “contacts”. They have something called “External Users” which are supposed to be either contacts, or clients! It is confusing, in other words.
  • However much we negate emails, it ultimately boils down to one truth- emails are important. Your clients may have different systems to worry about. In such cases, emails are saviours. Basecamp does this most effectively and beautifully. The email notifications for project activities are a seamless way to have control. Podio is a mixed bag in this case. There are a lot of features that keep users wondering what’s happening. The lack of integration of emails for actual conversations is where Podio lags.

After Podio, lets compare Basecamp vs Teamwork:

Basecamp Alternative-Team Work
Basecamp VS Team Work

Well, Teamwork went on to have a detailed overview of how it has all the features that are missing in Basecamp. Starting with Time tracking, recurring tasks, assigning multiple people to one task, advanced privacy options- Teamwork kind of built itself keeping Basecamp in mind I think! To add to that, they also list down reviews from ex-Basecamp users who now uses TeamworkPM. Seems like Teamwork took the Basecamp vs Teamwork bit too seriously!!

Comparison of Basecamp vs Wrike:

Basecamp Alternative-Wrike
Basecamp VS Wrike

Features available in Wrike only are:

  • Can include one task in several projects
  • Several projects and subprojects can be viewed on one screen
  • Cross-project prioritization available
  • Office files can be edited without downloading

Wrike allows you to share a single task or the whole project, while Basecamp allows to loop-in someone in a discussion only via email.

While Basecamp gives Newsfeed, Wrike has-

  • Customized reports
  • Time-tracking
  • Hierarchy of projects
  • Recurring tasks
  • Gantt Charts
  • Customized Dashboard
  • Task dependencies

More Basecamp Alternatives that I used:

Basecamp Alternative-Bitrix24
Basecamp Alternative-Bitrix24

Bitrix24: Bitrix24 is a social Intranet for your business. It is a task management app, integrated with document sharing and time-tracking with social network apps. What it offers include blogs, calendars, files, tasks, photos, workgroups, likes, task comments, and more! It advocates a freemium model. Get the free version here. You can also avail the Enterprise Version of Bitrix24.

Basecamp Alternative-Zoho
Basecamp Alternative-Zoho

Zoho Projects: Break down your complex tasks into simple milestones and task lists with Zoho Projects. Features that Zoho offers makes it a strong Basecamp alternative software with time tracking. Names like Techcrunch, PC World, New York Times features in their customers’ list. Its integration with Google Apps, Dropbox and Github, along with new mobile apps makes Zoho Projects a simple Basecamp alternative.

Basecamp Alternative- Atlassian Jira
Basecamp Alternative- Atlassian Jira

Atlassian Jira: Atlassian Jira, another Basecamp alternative, has more than 23,000 customers and an user-base of 30,000,000. LinkedIn and NASA are some of the prominent names among others who use Atlassian Jira. It includes Google Apps integration, time management and tracking features, and also has a HTML5 enabled mobile interface. Jira also has self hosted option for a one time price of $10 for 10 users, $1,200 for 25 users and so on. If you are to use Jira on an open source project, Atlassian will let you use it for FREE.

Basecamp Alternative- Freedcamp
Basecamp Alternative- Freedcamp

Freedcamp: Freedcamp is an open source Basecamp alternative. It is most explicitly cited as “the closest free alternative you will ever get to Basecamp”. With 140,000 customers at bay, Freedcamp by Enavu has Google, ABC and Chase Bank in the list. The simple interface, social media integration, browser alerts and other communication tools make Freedcamp one of the best Basecamp alternative software. It is free for unlimited users, but it comes with only 20MB storage. You can upgrade it to 1GB at $2.49/mo. Unlimited storage is available at $39.99/mo.

While I think the above eight options are the closest competitors to Basecamp, two more I think is worth mentioning as Basecamp alternatives are Trello and Glip.

Mostly all of them are mobile compatible and have social media integrations. Basecamp is good in the initial stage, but sadly Basecamp stood rooted to its original features, with no improvisation at all.

These are few slick tools worth noticing if you have a smaller team or is a solo-preneur. You can also check some of these open source project management tools for small business referred by Capterra. Know any other alternatives? Tell me in the comments.

Comments

43 Comments

Kane Woods

I am going to try out Wrike. During past I have tried other, liquidplanner and aceproject. Now, I’m going check for more working applications for management of my team work 🙂

Ankit

Yes Kane. I recall, while I was trying out Wrike, with few people in team, they were very quick to understand the whole concept behind Project Management. And for Marketing team it turned out to be the best tool.

Himali

Another great project management tool I would like to add is Brightpod (www.brightpod.com). It takes the entire campaign planning & collaboration process online so you don’t miss anything. Do give it a try.

Ankit Prakash

Thanks for the comment Himali.
I will definitely give it a try, and I can see, brightpod is specially for managing marketing projects. This will definitely interest me.

Mia

Ankit, I want you to suggest Proofhub which is great project management tool with many pro features like gantt charts, reports which other tools lack, Check it out!

Ankit Prakash

Thanks for the update Mia.
I will look into this tool 🙂

Anna White

What is your review about smartsheet and dapulse?
I see, dapulse has some feature similar to trello. Although, I am a big fan of Trello. It is too easy to use.

Ankit Prakash

Hey White,
I am quite new to smartsheet and dapulse, will have to spend some time and then I would be able to review it 🙂

Chris

I’d like to mention Worksection here.
This project management tool is very easy to use, it’s quite simple, but it’s really powerful and comfortable tool of project management 🙂

Sarah

We used Basecamp for a while but then we left it because it was really to simple, in particular we needed a powerful editable Gantt chars and some cost management. In the end we found Twproject that is really easy to use but at the same time full-featured. I suggest it to everyone http://twproject.com

Ankit Prakash

Hello Sarah,

Thanks for adding your suggestion!
I will check the same 🙂

SamDanu

Moved from Basecamp to Bitrix24 – never looked back. Best free project management platform ever. I really liked how Bitrix24 did what neither Basecamp nor Asana, Trello, etc did – they’ve added client management (CRM), quotes and client billing in the free plan.

ankitadmin

Thats great to hear Sam 🙂

Preetish Panda

HI Ankit,

Please check out TeamWave – Integrated suite of business apps that includes PM, CRM and HRMS. We have built a unified platform for collaboration, sales, marketing and support.

All the apps are absolutely free, no catch 🙂

ankitadmin

Hey Preetish,

Thanks for the update. I am looking through the tool Teamwave, it appears promising.

Coca Rogers

For something that does everything for you in one, easy to use tool, try SuiteDash at https://suitedash.com

Project Management is just the beginning with this app, it also has lots of other business management tools like Invoicing, time tracking, contracts, internal chat, etc…

Our team uses it every day, and they’re adding new features almost every week.

Ankit Prakash

Hey Coca,

Thanks for introducing SuiteDash.
I am going through this tool, and it looks promising. Keep up the great work 🙂

Jason

Hi, if cost isn’t an issue, which would be the best ones out of those above mentioned?

ankitadmin

Hey Jason,
Asana and Podio are great Basecamp alternatives.

Spencer Kelly

I agree with Ankit’s summary that there’s no silver bullet application out there so I think your starting point needs to be what are your current pain points and which tool can best alleviate them.

For most teams of a medium size I’d say you can break down their basic needs into the following areas:

1) Project Task Lists
——————————————–
These are the quickest and easiest way to define the tasks needed to get a project done.

2) Project Tracker (Gantt)
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Helps to estimate timelines at the outset and keep a track on overall progress.

3) Schedule (Task Calendar)
——————————————–
A way for project and team managers to see who is doing what and when. This view should allow you to see the bottlenecks where you’ve got too much work on.
For individuals this view should give them a detailed view of what they’ve got on that week.

4) Time Tracking
——————————————–
Without time tracking your ability to track progress on projects will be extremely limited. Also your ability to bill for work done will be finger in the air stuff.

5) Simplicity
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Many of the more powerful tools out there – e.g. Wrike and Mavenlink – for me fall into the trap of over-complexity and tend to overlook some of the basics that the like of Basecamp do so well.

So when assessing Project Management tools I would use these as your base level requirements and anything else is a bonus.

Now, here comes the good news. I’ve spent the last four years using project management tools and being frustrated in one area or another so decided to setup my own company and build a tool that does cover the 5 key points above.

You can try it for FREE at http://www.workstack.io

Ankit Prakash

Hey Spencer,

The application looks great have good UI and features. Let me try the application 🙂

Spencer Kelly

Great – the product is in BETA so new features are coming online all the time.

If you have any queries just let me know and I’d be happy to help you out.

Prasanjit Das

Ankit, you would also like to check https://gridle.io

It is just not a project Management Tool, but also adds collaboration, unified communication, file sharing and analytics.

So no need to manage other tools along with Basecamp, while most basic but important tools are part of default features at Gridle.io.

Communication, File Storage & Sharing, Responsibility Assignment, Calendar, Work Progress & Monitoring, Reviews & Reporting And Task Management all at one place.

Meaning, no different tool for each of the above. No Fuss. No Hassles.

Also, it has a great offering of $1000 of Free Credits for Startups: https://gridle.io/pricing

Ankit Prakash

Thats great to hear Prasanjit 🙂

Staci

Hi,

Which is best if you need something with many users? Say, more than 50?
And cost would also be a factor since we’re a non-profit.

Ankit Prakash

Hey Staci,

Looking at your requirement, I must say you should give Wrike a try.

Prasanjit Das

Staci you must give https://gridle.io a sure shot try. It is way cheaper and easier than Wrike

Hitesh Aasnani

Adding to Prasanjit. Gridle is free for non-profit organisations.

Ankit Prakash

Thats great to hear Hitesh.

Sven Enorde

Just found this article on Twitter as we are currently searching for a project management tool. We are testing several tools, and so far I can recommend http://www.stackfield.com! It’s really easy to use and offers features like group chats, tasks, file management and a calendar for each project!

Rajeesh

@ankit Which one you recommend?

Ankit Prakash

Rajeesh, it depends on your number of team members you have in your team.
Wrike and Teamwork are great alternative and then Asana, Trello are also good.

Eric More

Great article. It is really interesting to see what other people are using, For couple of months I have been using Basecamp Alternatives which is Asana, reason why I drop basecamp is that Basecamp is not a genuine venture administration application yet rather more like a To-do rundown or errand administration item.

Ankit Prakash

Thanks for the detail Eric!

Sonny

It depends on what you are looking for, there are many good Basecamp Alternatives listed here already. However, if you are using Basecamp tool for product management, you may want to check out Asana as my company have been using this without any issues!

Kimberly Price

How are Basecamp and its alternatives helpful for your business? Basecamp and its alternatives like Asansa, Podio, Teamwork etc help you to efficiently manage your business processes. These management apps help you to build a proper plan for your projects thereby giving you an opportunity to effectively utilize time and resources.

Ankit Prakash

Thanks for the comment Kimberly 🙂

Sanders

However, after two years of use, I realized that Trello does not match completely. It had its flaws and I decided to start a startup and make a tool for collaboration as I see it. Two months ago, I wrote documentation, describing the features outlined in UX to programmer – developer less wandering. We did, and two working meetings to discuss about everything.

Olivia Cote

@Ankit Prakash Take look at this tool

Ankit Prakash

Hey Olivia,
Thanks for the link!
I will check this shortly.

Kelly

It is perfectly human instinct to start looking for an alternative, but it is all the more true in the field of technology. Similar is the case with Basecamp, I have myself got frustrated with it regarding different issues, one of them being tracking of time against estimate.

Ankit Prakash

Thanks for the comment Kelly and great to hear about your view on Basecamp.
I hope, you should have found better alternatives to be used in place of Basecamp.


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