At Alias Apps, we take great pride in offering a very personal approach to each client and project, taking the time to listen, ask the right questions and provide the correct advice. When we first started the company, this wasn’t a very hard task as we only had a small number of clients; but as we grew over the next year we realized that it is not so easy to keep track of every project, every client and every email anymore and we needed to setup systems to help us manage our growth. As most small businesses would, we researched heavily to find the best free solutions. Below are some of our project management tools which we use on a daily basis to make sure that each project is completed on time and all of our clients are kept up to date with the progress on their projects.
As described on their Wikipedia page:
Asana is a web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email. It was founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook.
Asana has been a great free tool we use on a daily basis. It helps us manage all of our projects by allowing us to add new tasks that need to be done and assign them to team members of our company. It is very useful for tracking productivity and allows for easily having internal discussions on specific tasks inside of a project. The nice thing about Asana is that it also comes as an app for iOS and Android devices which allows us to manage projects even when we are not in the office. I can’t believe it is all free.
Vtiger is a CRM system which we use to keep track of all new leads, contacts and existing clients. Vtiger allows us to set up email addresses and automatically categorizes emails based on clients. You can write comments for each client, set updates and schedule reminders. The nice thing about Vtiger is that it is a web based application. We installed our Vtiger as an extension of our website and we can now access it remotely.
We are very fortunate that we get to use Vtiger for free thanks to the good folks over at InMotion Hosting. For the hosting of this website, and some of our other websites, we purchased hosting from them which comes with a tool called Softaculous. Softaculous allows for easy and free installation of a lot of very useful software like WordPress, Magento and of course, Vtiger.
Github was one of the first tools which we used when we started this company and still use to this day. Although not entirely free, Github allows us to easily manage our code base even if two or more programmers are working on the same project at the same time. Github gives you free unlimited public repositories, however being a business, all of our clients would not like it if their code was posted for everybody to see. For this reason, we purchased private repositories. We have explored the option of starting to use BitBucket as our code base management system but has not yet been implemented. BitBucket offers free private repositories.
I hope this article was helpful in finding out more about how we run our company at Alias Apps. We would love to hear suggestions from our readers on what you may use at your place of work. Comment below!