I'm a big believer in finding tools that make life easier. Especially in business, where a majority of my day is spent making calls, communicating with clients and managing staff, anything I can use that makes my business run smoother, be more productive and allow me to generate revenue are invaluable to me. So, I'm going to share one of my secrets with you.
Ready? Here we go. Basecamp.
It's an online project management system created by 37signals, LLC and since I began using it in 2010, I honestly can't imagine my life without it. Here's what I love most:
Completely user-friendly and intuitive - Set someone up with a login and password and turn them loose. If they have any online acumen at all, they'll figure it out.
Easy to navigate permissions - You can easily set up who sees what projects and receives updates, making it a great tool for organizing multiple teams as well as multiple projects.
Invite-only feature for your VIPs - I have now begun to invite clients to use it when we embark on a new project. By sending them an email with a username and password they can have real-time access to everything happening with their project and communicate back to my team as well.
I could honestly sing the praises of Basecamp all day, but I think these are the key features that make it so perfect for small or medium-sized businesses or even larger firms. The pricing is nice, too - it's on a sliding scale based on your project load. Go to www.basecamp.com for more information, or shoot me an email and we can chat about how awesome it is.
*Disclaimer: Basecamp is a product of 37signals, LLC. I was in no way compensated for this post, just wanted to share my love of such a great tool!