Ever wonder, how you can get more done in the same amount of time? It has to do with organization – now there are a ton of project management, and efficiency tools out there; however in our industry we have specific needs… so I went on a mission to seek out a solution…
I’ve just spent a good week evaluating various project management platforms from Basecamp, Trello all the way to Yalla (yea there’s a project management tool named like that – and no it’s not the song from INNA; although that’s a pretty cool song and sexy music video – check it out here )
I was very, very disappointed 99% of these project management tools don’t have native budget and expense tracking built in; many say you can add in apps to track expenses but even then, the expenses tracked are based on the time logged doing the work. I’ve been busy and looked at these: Breeze, Zapier, LeanKit, Smartsheets as well as the aforementioned ones above.
ONE BIG PROBLEM TO SOLVE
We are not freelancers, we do not get paid hourly.
We are running various projects (campaigns) as affiliate marketers, and they all have different costs like:
-Cost of domain name (we use namecheap)
-Cost of hosting (I use BlueHost in the USA and Rackspace Cloud for our landers – TIP: I wrote a guide on how to host landers on Rackspace CDN right here)
-Cost of design of landing page, ripping of landing pages like what bannerslanders provides for $40
-Cost of labor like setting up the campaign, getting a video ad made, or whatever
-Cost of angles (anglesaurus)
-Cost of Tracker (voluum)
-Cost of Email Service Provider (aweber)
Of course, the above are just “some” of the potential expenses a project might need; it all depends on what you do. Nutra, Cloaked or Uncloaked, Whitehat or Blackhat, Pin Submits, App Installs, Lead Gen, SOI/DOI, Dating, whatever. It was really disappointing to see that most of these so called project management tools lack the ability to enter expenses at a task level and then have a summary of it all on a project level, which you can assign per client (if you are working in JVs or something).
But then I came across the tool I need, the tool that is going to make it a breeze to take all our ops we’ve been doing via email chains, and trello and back and forth via skype and put them all into one place.
This tool lets you create a project, then add tasks, delegate these tasks to different people in your team, and then when they do it, have them add the actual cost vs the budget that was allocated and monitor everything on one screen. You can also generate quick reports, both visual and table style to share with JV partners if needed.
This tool is WRIKE, and it’s one of a kind. Get a free trial here; it’s a game changer if you want to scale your operations.