When you’re as much of a cheapskate as I am, free is always good. It’s even better when it steps up your ability to get things done.

So here’s a quick list of 3 awesome (& free) online / mobile tools for collaborating with others. You should use them… well, yesterday, frankly.

Wunderlist (To-Do List App)

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Okay, so other than the fact that Wunderlist sounds a lot like wanderlust (which, in itself, brings me joy), this awesome to-do list app is my favorite to-do list, ever. It’s a to-do list that updates in real-time across all your platforms, AND you can share your to-do lists with others. It’s great for working on tasks with others (with task assignments), or simply sending your significant other the grocery list.

The best part – a majority of their useful features are available in their free accounts, which is great for most average users.

However, if you want to assign unlimited team members to tasks, you’ll have to upgrade your account to a paid plan.

Basecamp (Project Management App)

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Basecamp is fan favorite project management tool among many organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 design firms all the way down to smaller design agencies. If you have a team that needs to work on multiple tasks, follow multiple deadlines, and track down zillions files, then Basecamp is the one for you. It’s a dashboard with your team’s work at your fingertips. You can communicate with your team, send files, keep your team updated on tasks, and more.

AND BEST OF ALL, THERE’S A FREE PLAN WITH UNLIMITED USERS! That said… the paid version comes in once you take on multiple Basecamps (i.e. if you make one for product design and then one for marketing…) or consider client-facing features.

Another great alternative to Basecamp is Freedcamp (which is exactly as it sounds — the free version of Basecamp). Its features aren’t exactly the same, projects are structured a bit differently, but if you can handle the small learning curve, it’ll do the trick.

Slack (Communication App)

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How would you like to cut down on useless emails AND never have an unproductive meeting again? Sound too good to be true?

Thanks to Slack, it’s absolutely a reality.

Slack is basically a continuous chat room dedicated to your team members. You can set up different channels with different topics, attach files, quickly access Google Drive files and more. You can also use hashtags to identify your topics quickly, tag your team members, and call out the channel to better target your message. You can control privacy settings on channels, too. Slack keeps your communication in one place for you to refer back to, and keeps your inbox clean.

With the free plan, you can search up to the 10,000 most recent messages, support multiple teams, and more. As far as free plans go, it’s very generous and extremely useful.


That’s it for today’s post! Let me know in your comments what other kinds of free or cheap tools would really help you take your business to the next stage.



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About Therese Fess

Tech researcher, Army Reservist, aspiring weightlifter, aspiring minimalist, writer, wife, pet mom, and fountain of profanity. I'm obsessed with wellness and helping others.




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