Why I chose Teamwork over Basecamp
I’ve been using Teamwork.com since September 2011 and even though I have tried a few alternatives I am completely hooked on this fantastic project management software.
Up until 2011 all projects I was involved in were managed by email and Skype, looking back I am amazed how we managed to keep our tasks and projects on track … we were forever searching emails and Skype messages for missing notes and had to continually have telephone conferences to see where everyone was on their tasks.
Shared documents were a major problem, we had so many copies of the same documents circulating that some people in the team were working from old copies and some from newer copies, by the time we realised what was happening we had wasted a shed load of time.
Email was ridiculous, with everyone CC’ing everyone into nearly every email being sent, steping out of the office for a few hours would mean returning to virtually hundreds of emails, most of which was not even relevant to my part in the project.
We were running in a very unproductive team, costing the business money, looking unorganised to our clients and causing ourselves a ton of stress and sleepless nights.
Time for a change …
As I was the CTO within the company I made it my top priority to sort out this mess, I’d already moved our accountancy and invoicing systems to the cloud so decided to look for a cloud based solution to better manage our projects, team collaboration and reduce repetitive communication by streamlining how we worked.
After some research and much Googling I thought I’d try one of the most popular solutions on the market, Basecamp by 37signals.
My first impressions were good and if I am honest I thought I had struck lucky and found the right solution straight away, I spent about a week playing with Basecamp and was about ready to present the software to the rest of the team, but just before I did I decided to run a Google search for Basecamp alternatives and up popped Teamwork.
Finding the love of my life
Straight away Teamwork had the edge due to the fact they were based in Ireland, I have always preferred dealing with companies closer to home and in my own time zone as this can have a huge impact when needing support.
I signed up for a trial and instantly saw some similarities between Teamwork and Basecamp but unfortunately for Basecamp, Teamwork had the edge, their software was more intuitive, sleeker in design and had functionality that was missing from Basecamp.
When taking a look at Basecamps forums I found that missing functionality was one of the major grievances their clients had back then.
Another major selling point was that Teamwork was cheaper than Basecamp, plus they made in very easy to switch between plans and had no long term commitments …
The last factor in my decision to choose Teamwork was that they offered a referral program, this meant that whenever I recommended their solution to other associates and business partners I could receive a small kick back for my time.
This post isn’t a review of Teamwork but the story of how I come to use them, it’s been 6 years since I started using their Project Management solution and I have never looked back.
My next post will cover us moving to Teamwork, the setup process and the bespoke integrations we made to our other cloud based software, a separate post will then follow with a full review.
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