Published 10 July 2017 Category: Compass Tips, Digital

Top 6 Project Management and Collaboration Tools

Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or you work closely with different teams, using a project management tool can enhance productivity, by helping you keep track of your projects and communicate with your team, to focus on getting the job done.

With the rise of remote work, collaboration tools allow you and your team to stay organized no matter how far you are from one another. There are plenty of project management tools in the market and going through all of them can be an endless task, so we have done the hard yards for you and chosen our top 6, all of which offer a free version.


Slack is a very popular collaboration tool used in some of the world’s fastest growing companies such as LinkedIn and Uber. This messaging tool allows teams to seamlessly chat and share files. Channels are used to separate discussions for specific groups or you can chat privately.  


Free Plan Features

  • Search up to 10K messages per month
  • 10 apps or service integrations
  • 5GB file storage


  • Integration with other tools such as Twitter, Google Drive, DropBox
  • Easy to have informal “water cooler” conversations
  • Search function lets you find information quickly even if it’s inside a shared document


  • No project management functionality, would need to integrate with other tools 

Best for: Team Communication



ProofHub is a leading project management and collaboration software that gives you full control over your tasks and helps you manage projects effectively - from planning work to collaborating with the team, organising files and documents, and tracking resource and project progress with time and other reports.

Free Plan Features:

  • 1 Project
  • 250 MB file storage
  • File proofing, chat and time tracking


  • Easy collaboration for timely delivery of projects
  • Essential tools under one roof
  • Online proofing software streamlines processes to save time and effort


  • It can do better in terms of integrations

Best for:  Project Management and collaboration



Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, started Asana after building an internal tool for Facebook. Asana is a great project management tool used for tracking work and communicating with colleagues around projects.

Free Plan Features

  • Unlimited tasks, projects and conversations
  • 15 team members limit
  • Basic search & dashboard


  • Can easily monitor progress
  • Clear view of priorities and tasks
  • Communication is shown to all team members associated with the task


  • Steep learning curve as it takes time to get used to with the many features

Best for: Task Management

Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects allows you to easily collaborate your team and keep track of projects. There are four components to this tool: tasks and milestones, documents, project calendars and meetings and forums.

Free Plan Features

  • 1 Project
  • 10MB Storage
  • Task Management, document sharing, app integration


  • Integration with Google Apps
  • Chat within projects or create separate groups
  • Easy to use
  • Two factor authentication


  • Additional features such as time tracking are expensive add ons

Best For: Project Management



Wrike is an excellent tool for task management, and managing multiple projects. Create, delegate and visualize workflows with ease. Great for remote teams and cross functional projects.  

Free Plan Features

  • Unlimited projects
  • Up to 5 users
  • 2 Gb file storage


  • Easy to set up
  • Integrate with platforms such as Google Docs, iCal and Dropbox
  • Visually see the status of a project and can see individual workloads easily


  • Free plan has limited features

Best For: Managing large projects 


Freedcamp is a task management tool perfect for new businesses and entrepreneurs. Use this project management tool to stay on track with both colleagues and clients. This user-friendly platform is also great for staying organised in your personal life.

Free Plan Features:

  • Unlimited users and projects
  • Unlimited storage, 10mb per file
  • Basic applications such as calendar, tasks, milestones, discussions


  • Intuitive and easy to set up projects
  • Free version has many useful features
  • Choose from a task view or Kanban style


  • No Gantt chart or progress views

Best For: Task Management, Small Projects

Overall, our top picks are:

Easiest to use: Freedcamp
Best for Project Management: Asana
Best for Communication: Slack
Best for Collaboration: ProofHub

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