Time May Not Be the Only Thing You’re Wasting
Even if Asana does have all the features you need, the pricing structure presents another issue to consider. Sure, the software is free for up to 30 users, but once you pass that 30-user mark, the fees start kicking in at a minimum price of $100 per month. Depending on your true requirements, there are a lot of other project management solutions that are much more economical. For example, Basecamp has a plan that lets you manage up to 10 projects at a time with an unlimited number of users for just $20 per month.
It probably sounds like I’m picking on Asana here, but it’s just one example of many – and, to be fair, I do think Asana works great for many situations. Likewise, I’m a big fan of Dropbox because it’s so easy to use and it makes sharing files a breeze. But, I also think people should be a little warier of Dropbox's freemium marketing plan. You get 2 GB of free storage (and you can get up to 16 GB more if you refer new users to the file-sharing service) but once you exceed those storage limitations, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan. The cheapest of these paid plans is $9.99 per month for 100 GB of storage space, but you can bring that fee down to $99.00 per year if you choose the annual payment option.
On the surface, that may not sound like a lot, but there are lots of other great online file storage and sharing services that are much cheaper. For instance, it may not be nearly as slick as Dropbox, but GoDaddy has a cloud storage plan that offers 100 GB of space for less than $30 per year. Google Drive is another possible option that might work for you. This service gives every user 5 GB of free storage space, and you can upgrade that to 100 GB for $4.99 per month.