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There are a large number of project management applications and service out there; we’ve looked at many of them in the past. Most of them are explicitly directed at coordinating a team working on projects for a client, and are a poor fit for a single […]

Project Management For Freelancers - Burden Butcher - Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 (Build 20081201061100)There are a large number of project management applications and service out there; we’ve looked at many of them in the past. Most of them are explicitly directed at coordinating a team working on projects for a client, and are a poor fit for a single freelancer working alone. That’s the market that Burden Butcher hopes to tap into, with a project management tool explicitly for freelancers.

After creating your account, you’ll be sitting at the Projects list. Creating a new project is streamlined: supply a name, a rate, a client, and optionally a deadline, and you’re ready to go. Choosing a project to work on is simple, as it should be. Each project contains four tabs in a web interface: Canvases, Milestones & Tasks, Time Tracking, and Invoice.

Canvases are similar to wiki pages or writeboard – a place where you can keep relatively unstructured information. You can insert notes, lists, pictures, files, or code snippets and move them around. Canvases can also be shared, either publicly or with a password – a good way to get some information where your clients can see it.

The Milestone & Tasks tab provides a simple checklist of what remains to be done, and ties into the Time Tracking tab by having timers for each task. You can also enter time directly. When you’re done, you can generate an invoice in PDF format with a single click (or customize it by adding additional line items).

Focusing explicitly on the single-user case lets Burden Butcher dispose of a lot of complexity; you won’t find user management here or security beyond password-protecting canvases. This should leave them free to concentrate on adding more features just for freelancers. So far, it’s a good start, and you can get a trial account (3 projects, 25MB storage) for free. Other accounts, adding more projects and storage, range from $12 to $48 per month.

  1. Looks nice, but could it be a bit much? Personlly, I use Freshbooks – it’s a great invoicing app. However, for time
    tracking, I Use TSheets and it integrates with FB. TSheets gives me the
    power to do multi-level job codes and actually does a time stamp vs. just a
    stop watch timer. That way, I can look back at what I did on, say, Monday
    and know that I worked from 11am – 2pm – not just that I worked 3 hours.

  2. It has good features but currently I am using the trial version available from Planning Force at http://www.planningforce.com/ . Will check out Burden Butcher pretty soon and let you know.

  3. I tried a lot of project management tools & finally settled down on DeskAway. DeskAway is very promising & has a lot of features which are very essential to manage projects & collaborate with the team & clients. Checkout the Baseescape feature of DeskAway to migrate all your projects from Basecamp to DeskAway. Its pretty good also try SSL. Its great.

    http://www.deskaway.com

  4. I don’t think it’s much as the first comment states. The free account is probably what most freelancers need. There is nothing said on the backup though.

  5. You can also try RationalPlan.

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