I tried a couple of project management programs but found the learning curve to be able to use them properly was frustrating and took too long. So what I've done is just to use a simple password-protected blog to communicate with my team of writers and to post new assignments for them. I also use a simple to-do list and a spreadsheet to track assignments, deadlines and payments. Don't overlook the simple solutions!
It depends on the job in question. I've used project management programs on many occasions, form both sides, and they can be tricky to get to grips with. If you need to track a lot of outsourcers and the hours that they work, a project management program is the way to go. I have used a password protected forum for similar types of projects and that has worked well in most cases.
Which project management solutions have you tried? Which do you recommend as the easiest to learn? I think I make things worse for myself because I truly hate learning new programs. You would think after all my years online that I would have better technical skills but some things just seem to go right over my head.
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