Top 5: Online Project Management Systems

These are my top 5 Project Management systems or Customer Relationship Management systems. I hope this helps any of you freelancers or teams looking for an affordable way to collaborate with your clients online.

1. Duet

Duet Project Management

Best Features:
  • Invoice builder
  • Messaging
  • Payments
  • Generated reports
  • Calendar
  • Client/Team portals
Type: Self-Hosted PHP (use your own domain!)
Price: One time fee $49
I highly recommend this CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system as it is well designed and packed full of features.
URL: Duet   Free Version: Solo

2. ProjectPier

Project Pier

Best Features:
  • Open-source, free
  • No restrictions
  • Messages
  • Client/Admin portals
  • Supports Plugins
  • Themeable
Type: Self-hosted
Price: FREE
Great open-source project management system. Highly themeable and customizable.

3. Freedcamp – (name is a spin off of Basecamp)


Best Features:
  • Email & SMS notifications
  • Secure
  • Project templates
  • Marketplace for plugins
  • Set permissions
Type: Cloud, SaaS (Software as a service)
Price: Free & also has paid plans and marketplace for plugins
Good for teams, very well organized and user-friendly.
URL: Freedcamp

4. Collabtive –


Best Features:
  • Unlimited
  • Instant messaging
  • File manager
  • Export files as: PDF Excel sheets, & iCal
  • Set permissions
  • 35+ languages
Type: Self-hosted
Price: FREE
The default theme isn’t as nice looking as the rest (though still nice) of the CRM systems in this list but it is highly customizable and packed full of features (35+ languages!).

5. –


Best Features:
  • Dashboard
  • Task manager, filters, labels
  • Ticket manager
  • Team management
Type: Cloud, SaaS (software as a service)
Price: Free (limited to 10 projects), Different plans available.
Good system to try out. Offers an extensive list of features.

Video Review of the Best Project Management Systems