Whether you’re starting your own small business or steadily growing your empire, managing your time and your projects can be difficult. And if you are just starting out, finding the right project management tools could prove costly. So we found a few to help you manage your time and your business. And they’re free!


As a communication tool, Slack is a great option. You can set up teams and invite others to join. Teams can have channels, through which they communicate with the everyone else in that channel. For example, the #marketing channel can discuss campaigns, share files or add URL’s to the chat. Team members can be part of multiple channels and they can chat to one another individually.

Slack can also integrate with Trello (see below) which is handy when it comes to team and project management. It comes with a mobile app as well, so you can manage everything on-the-go. You can see when team members are available or offline and type messages or call. Slack is a useful tool that keeps your communication easy and efficient.


Trello is more than just a TODO list. This handy tool allows you to create, share and contribute to projects, lists and well, anything that needs to get done. You can private boards for the things you need to remember, or share boards with others. This is great for personal organization. But Trello lets you take this organization to the next level.

You can create teams and add team members. Within each team you can set up different boards – think of them as project boards. Within each board you can add lists – ToDo, In Progress, Done – or whatever suits your purpose. Boards and lists can be dragged and dropped, so you can rearrange them to suit your needs.

Once you have your boards and lists set up, you can add cards to these. Cards can include checklists, descriptions, attachments and due dates. Team members can also comment on cards. Apart from being able to integrate with Slack (above), you can now also integrate Trello with Gmail. So you can add cards to Trello directly from your email.


Time management doesn’t work unless you know how much time you’re spending on each task. Or for that matter, how much time your team members are spending on their tasks. TopTracker is an app that records how much time your spend on each project. When you begin work on something, you can open the app, select the project and get to work. Forget to start the app? No problem – you can add in times manually as well.

Tracking your time means you can keep a record of how much time you spend on each task. But it also helps you stay focused – because you know you’re on the clock. It works on mobile as well, meaning you can keep track of things even when you’re not in the office. It’s a good addition to your project management tools, for yourself and for your team.

Wrapping up…

There are plenty of awesome project management tools available. But many of these come with features that you need to pay for, which makes it difficult for start ups and small businesses. With tools like Slack and Trello, you can stay on top of your team and your projects. Of course, these tools do have features that you can pay for, but you don’t need these to successfully manage your time.

Running your online business takes time. If you have a team, managing this takes even more time. So it helps to find tools and services that can help you grow your business without taking up any more of your time.

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