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

Conclusion

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.

The Best CRM for Gmail

Can’t live without Gmail? You are not alone …

The *new* Gmail is more than just email. It’s a complete productivity platform

Gmail for Business” has a marketshare of 37% (Source: Datanyze) and the platform is used for important business functions including: project management, CRM, support, team collaboration and more.
While none of these functions are included out-of-the-box, they are available via third-party integrations.

An extremely valuable business function that Gmail is used for is Sales / CRM

There are hundreds of CRM solutions that integrate with Gmail. Some of them enable users to seamlessly manage prospecting and sales right from the Gmail Inbox; without the need for switching tabs.
Before we list the top CRM solutions that integrate with Gmail, it is important to note that there are two types of integrations: (1) Add-ons for Gmail and (2) Chrome Extensions for Gmail

What’s the difference and why should I care?

1. Add-ons for Gmail
The biggest advantage of “Add-ons” is the flexibility of where you can use it: You can use the Add-on in any browser or mobile app (Android & iPhone). It has clearly defined navigation and you can install multiple add-ons from different vendors …everything works just fine!
The biggest disadvantage of add-ons is limited functionality. Google is extremely strict about security (authorization scopes) and provides restricted access to vendors.

2. Chrome Extensions for Gmail
The biggest advantage of “Extensions” is that a fully functional app can be be built on top of Gmail with little or no restrictions. Great for power users!
Disadvantages:
– Bloated. Could slow down Gmail in your browser.
– Works only on the desktop. Only in Chrome.
– Extensions from different vendors may or may not work well each other. This can sometimes break the UI.
– Every time Gmail releases design changes, the extension UI can break.

If you are looking to use productivity apps on your mobile and want a “native” Gmail experience you consider the Add-ons for Gmail. If you are a power user and use Chrome on the desktop, you should consider the Extensions for Gmail.

Best CRM Integrations for Gmail

1. Streak : Widely considered as the “gold” standard in the “CRM for Gmail” space. Use cases include sales management, project management, hiring & customer support. Streak offers both: Full-feature Chrome Extension and the Limited-feature Add-on.
Pricing for 10 Users = $49/User X 10 = $490 per month

2. TeamWave : Integrated Software to Run Your Entire Business – CRM, Project Management, HR & More. TeamWave’s Add-on for Gmail currently offers only CRM. The features, UI & pricing are best suited for small & mid-sized businesses.
Pricing for UNLIMITED Users = $39 per month

3. Insightly : The Insightly Add-on for Gmail allows you to create contacts and leads, view records, and search your entire CRM from your inbox. Also you can send an email through any Gmail account from Insightly and automatically save a copy in the CRM.
Pricing for 10 Users [PROFESSIONAL PLAN] = $49/User X 10 = $490 per month

4. Accelo : By combining Accelo’s unique automated email tracking with its ability to manage the complete Service Operations lifecycle – from Quote to Cash – for any service business or team, this Gmail Add-on allows anyone to see the full context of an email conversation without leaving Gmail.
Pricing for 10 Users = $16/User X 10 = $160 per month

5. Capsule CRM : CRM for individuals, small businesses and sales teams wanting a simple and effective solution. Capsule extends G Suite to better manage leads, customers, partners and other contacts to grow your business. Work from Google Mail, Mobile or Desktop.
Pricing for 10 Users = $18/User X 10 = $180 per month

New and Improved Project Management – August 2018

TeamWave’s ‘Project Management’ app has helped more than 2,500 teams to collaborate, stay organised and get things done. Our latest release has a ton of new time-saving features which will streamline your work and provide you with useful, realtime insights. We are excited to ship these features and are certain you are going to love them.

Bulk Edit: A better way of managing multiple tasks

Instead of editing tasks individually, you can now update details of multiple tasks at once  with bulk edit. Bulk edit will help you re-assign tasks, Change due dates, log time and much more in few simple steps. Learn more

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Project Status

Every project manager wants to know if a project is on-track, slightly delayed or critical. At TeamWave, our long-term vision is to help small businesses to track performance and take better decisions with the help of machine learning. We’ve taken baby steps in that direction with “Project Status”.

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Project Insights

Get detailed insights about any project with just a flip!

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Project Reports

Reports in Projects are organised to give you detailed information of each project and team member. ‘Reports’ comes with a List view for cut-down details and Graph view for easy graphical information. You can also easily filter them by different metrics and export. Learn more

All Tasks

All Tasks in Projects is re-engineered as we strive to make this page as one stop solution for all manager level users to manage and co-ordinate with everyone’s work. Click on All tasks in navigation bar of Projects to check this out.

Add New Project

‘Add New Project’ is completely re-designed with a new work flow. This new structured workflow will help you easily navigate through all sections within and allow you add more details to a new project. Learn more

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New Dashboard for Project Management

Dashboards in Projects will give you quick overview of all the active projects in your TeamWave account. You can not just manage their projects but can also keep an eye on activity across all projects in your organisation. It also comes with Top performing Projects and Team members.

Notification Preferences

We have introduced granular notification preferences for Projects, CRM and HRM. Now you can control TeamWave notifications of your account and chose how to get notified. Learn more

As you try our new updates, we would love to hear your suggestions/feedback from you. Drop us a message or an email at support@teamwave.com