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Twelve Free Project Management Software Applications

I’ve been going through some of my lists of free Project Management software applications, checking that they are still free and still available.  I currently have twelve on my list but I would be delighted to hear from you if you have any other open-source software you think I should add.

Clocking IT
ClockingIT is a free hosted application, keeping track of all your tasks and the time you spend on them.




dotProject is a web-based project management application, designed to provide project layout and control functions.



GanttProject is a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management.





JxProject is a free project management software package: a version without adverts is available for $20.




Open Atrium
Open Atrium is an open source team collaboration tool and includes a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a to do list, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage it.




OpenProj is an open-source desktop project management application similar to Microsoft Project. OpenProj opens existing MS Project files and is interoperable with Project, Gantt Charts and PERT charts.



Project HQ
Project HQ is a collaborative open source project management tool, similar to Basecamp and activeCollab.  Project HQ uses a structured workflow to assist you in managing your projects.



ProjectPier is a free, open-source, PHP application for managing tasks, projects and teams through a web interface.


 is a service that can help you manage your customers’ project info and allow your customers to see up-to-date project information at any time.





CRM-focused software. There is a free Community Edition but other software is not open source and is not free.



Free and open source software project management tool that covers most project management tasks.


Teambox is a mix of social collaboration tool and online project management for sharing tasks and projects with a team.  Only free for the first three projects, then a pricing plan comes into effect.





Another 2 free packages:

Project in a Box
The free Community Edition of Project in a Box uses PRINCE2 materials and templates. is a cloud-based service with unlimited projects and storage.  The first 3 users are free – after that you pay $15 per user per month.


Planning your Project: Using Internet Forums as a Resource

When I was young we had a fascinating book called ‘How To Do Just About Anything’.  This was the book you went to for step-by-step advice if you wanted to hem a curtain, change the oil in your car, treat insect bites, shuffle cards professionally or clean a hot tub.  You didn’t need to be an expert, you just needed to know where to look.

These days we have the Internet as a research tool, which is a vital resource when project planning.  A successful project depends upon accurate planning, especially in predicting the duration and cost of each task, but you don’t need to be an expert to plan accurately – you just need to know where to look.

A freelancer who is planning a project may very well need to research tasks of which they have very little experience.  Making guesses at this stage is going to lead to problems along the line which can be easily avoided with some research.

Internet forums for freelancers are a great place to get advice and ask questions if you need information in your project planning stage.  For instance:

  • They are invaluable if you are putting together a team of freelancers from other disciplines to your own.
  • You can use them to get an idea of costs if you are calculating estimates.
  • You can get advice if you are new to running your own project team.
  • Other freelancers may have very different ways of working to you – you may need to understand work practices before committing yourself.
  • You can ask questions about technical specifications or other considerations that you are not familiar with.

Listed beneath are five forums specifically for freelancers:

Talk Freelance
Freelance Switch
Freelance UK
Freelance Forum
Why Do Work

It is worth taking your time to get your project plan accurate now; what you skimp on in the planning phase may well cost you time and money later.