Basecamp Alternatives in 2020

Founded in 1999, Basecamp was the pioneer in cloud-based project & communication management software. Key features that made Basecamp popular:

  • Simple & Elegant Task Management
  • Search (keyword, person, images & files)
  • Direct Messaging & Group Chat
  • A portal for clients to view tasks and communicate with users
  • Documents & file storage

So why would you need a replacement for Basecamp?

    1. While Basecamp is simple and easy-to-use, the tool is just too simplistic, leaving out valuable communication and collaboration functionality that most modern project management apps include.
    2. Basecamp does not compete with project management apps (or so they claim!). Their competition is with EMAIL! So think of Basecamp as an alternative to email: it does not provide the necessary structure and features to manage in-depth projects.
    3. Pricing: The annual fee for Basecamp is $1,188. We believe that this is rather steep for small businesses to shell out for simple project management.

Bottom-line: Basecamp has been in business for nearly twenty years and long past its prime. There are significantly better tools today, offering more for less. Let’s look at some affordable project management solutions in the market.

List of Project Management Software – Basecamp Alternatives in 2019

1) Trello – Setup boards to organise everything you’re working on, delegate tasks among colleagues, get custom workflows, add to-do lists within task cards, attach files and comment on items. The idea is that you manage all aspects of a project within the app, regardless of whether it’s team-based or individual. Hundreds of third-party integrations.
Ideal for: Real estate management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming and law office case management.
Annual Fee for upto 10 Users = $1,199 [Business Class]

2) TeamWave – Integrated Project Management, CRM & HR software. All-in-One platform for small business. PM features include: To-dos, file sharing, team calendar, messages, events, milestones, estimates, timesheet & more. Best suited for collaboration with clients or partners (you decide what they see!)
Ideal for: Digital agencies (SEO, web design, content marketing, creative), financial services, Service-based small businesses, etc.
Annual Fee for UNLIMITED users = $468 [Includes Project Management, CRM & HR]

3) Wrike – Designed around a minimalist multi-pane UI and consists of features in two categories: project management, and team collaboration. Project Management features are those which help teams track dates and dependencies associated with projects, manage assignments and resources, and track time. These include an interactive Gantt chart, a workload view, and a sortable table that can be customized to store project data.
Ideal for: marketing companies, digital agencies, media, etc.
Annual Fee for upto 10 Users = $3,000 [Business]

4) TeamWork Projects –  Feature-rich productivity tool to manage projects with your team. Teamwork allows you to keep all your projects, tasks and files all in one place and easily collaborate with a team. Visualise the entire project through a marked calendar and gantt chart and setup reporting. The interface may be overwhelming for beginners but a good tool for advanced users.
Ideal for: software companies, high-tech, engineering, freelancers, web design, etc.
Annual Fee for upto 10 Users = $1,080 [PRO]

5) Podio – Organize team communication, business processes, data and content in project management workspaces. Users can also select business “apps” from an online app store or build their own according to project needs.
Ideal for: Companies that need SCRUM & Business Process Management. 
Annual Fee for upto 10 Users = $1,320 [Plus]

6) Jira [Atlassian] – Plan, track, and manage your agile and software development projects in Jira. Customize your workflow, collaborate, and release great software.
Ideal for: software companies, high-tech, engineering, etc.
Annual Fee for upto 10 Users = $120


If you’re looking for a project management tool other than Basecamp you’ll soon find out one thing: So. Many. Options.
The search can be overwhelming, even though you can do the exact same work in a superior platform for a lower cost.

So while you’re looking, don’t forget the goal: to get more done in a productive way that your whole team loves using. The easier the project management software, the more time there is to actually get things done.

Basecamp Alternative

Basecamp was released in 2004 as a simple project management software for small businesses and freelancers . Great usability and collaborative approach differentiated it from the existing complex project management apps. While Basecamp is a good project management tool, TeamWave is a complete platform to manage &  streamline everything (including projects) in your company: Project Management, CRM & HR.

Why TeamWave is the leading Basecamp alternative.

1. Application Suite

TeamWave is a unified platform for collaboration, sales and HR management. This means you’d get an application suite that integrates three apps. Given below are some of the benefits:

Sales and Projects: Important files can be copied from deals to projects (example: requirement document) with a few clicks. Comes in handy when you commence project delivery after winning a deal.

Projects and HR: Project admin can keep track of the performance of the employees along with appreciation received from clients and log them as private notes in the HR app. During appraisal these notes can be reviewed for better decision making.

Sales and HR: In the HR app, if you add someone as the reporting manager of a sales rep, then the reporting manager will be automatically added as a deal follower whenever the sales rep adds a new deal. This fosters collaboration and helps in progress tracking.

Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming feature:

We’ll be providing tighter integration of CRM and project management app to help you directly convert won deals into project and smoothly transfer all the required files.

Basecamp doesn’t offer CRM and HR management app. You’ll have to use Zapier to set up some form of integration and it’ll require additional subscription fee along with time.

2. Pricing

Basecamp’s pricing is $79/month if you need client collaboration.

TeamWave has a straightforward pricing – $3/user per month. For annual subscription, the pricing is $2/user per month. Moreover all the plans get all the features (including collaboration) and apps – absolutely no restriction.

Here is the cost comparison for a company with 10 employees:


3. Time Log

Basecamp 3 doesn’t have time log feature and it can be done by integrating with third party apps (HubStaff, Everhour, etc.). But, you’ll end up paying additional subscription fee. Here is what a customer says:

Customer Quote

TeamWave offers time logging as an out-of-the-box feature. You can log time spent on each task and compare that with the estimated time. Download the time log report with a few clicks (individual projects/all the projects) and upload it to the invoicing app.

TeamWave’s Time Log Download Page

4. Reporting

Basecamp’s reporting features are limited and you need to go through multiple steps to find out relevant information. For example, if you want to see the work load of a team member you’ll have to click on ‘Reports’, search the team member and click on ‘Run a new report’.

Note that there is no way to have a holistic view of all the team members, projects and time logs.

TeamWave’s project reporting gives you quick insights by allowing you to access pre-built reports and create custom reports as well. Here are some of the most important questions you can answer:

– Which project is in a critical state with respect to overdue and total tasks?

– Which project is contributing the most to the total number of overdue tasks across all the projects?

– Which project has been continuously contributing more to the billable time log?

– Which user has maximum work load? Who has the most number of overdue tasks?

– Whether the time logged by team members has been consistently increasing or decreasing?

You can also create custom reports related to time log by selecting billable/non-billable entry, organisations, users and projects.

Check out the video to learn more:

5. Familiarity

Basecamp’s key features are: task management, discussion, file sharing, milestone tracking, event scheduling and client/vendor collaboration. TeamWave offers you all these along with additional features like notes, time log, reports and tag management (tasks, files and projects). All the features are simple to use and time to get started with the project management app is about 5 minutes.

TeamWave’s Project Management App