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If you are not using project management software for your business, chances are that you are doing a lot more work than necessary, but not making a lot of profit because you are wasting a lot of time on the little things. When you use the right tools, this is something you don’t really have to worry about. The tools can juggle all of those little tasks for you, leaving you and your team free to actually get real work done. There are many different types of project management software packages you can use, including web-based applications that can be accessed from just about anywhere as long as you can access the Internet. Here are just a few of the benefits you will notice once you start using some sort of project management software.

1. Collaborate Easily

When you are using project management software, it makes it a lot easier for you and your team to be able to collaborate on large projects. This software allows everyone to share documents, timelines, and status updates, so you know where each team member is at, how much is done, how much is left to be finished, etc. If anyone has questions, concerns, etc., they can easily get the answers they need without having to wait or go to another source.

2. Keep Better Schedules

It can often be difficult to stay on a schedule when working on a project, especially if there is no system in place to show what should be completed and when. This is where this type of software can be particularly useful. Using a Gantt Chart can help, because it is the ideal tool for tracking project schedules, planning project activities, and more. Having this information at their fingertips will ensure that employees are able to get tasks completed and meet deadlines. They will be able to see at a glance what needs to be done in any given project, and when, and then they are better able to schedule their time to ensure timely project completion.

3. Track Projects

Your project management software will help you to be able to track the progress of each project you and your team are working on. Employees are able to provide real-time updates of where they are in a project, so you know what has been done and what is still left to be done. Having this type of software cuts out the need for meetings and emails, which are little more than time-wasters in the first place.

4. Better Communication

Not only will you be able to share and collaborate with your team when you use project management software, you will also be able to do the same with clients and vendors. Clients will be able to easily provide you with feedback, make edits, and review the progress of the projects your company is working on for them once they have access to the files. You simply have to give them usernames and passwords, and they will be able to access this information at any time.

5. Delegate Tasks Easily

Once you have this software installed, you will be able to easily delegate tasks across all team members. It will also make it easy for employees to get answers to their questions. Each person will have a role within the system, and each will have access to the information that they need about who to contact with questions, concerns, suggestions, information, etc. If anyone is unsure about their duties, all they have to do is check the project management software to see what needs to be done and where they stand.

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Jane Hurst is a writer, editor and avid traveler from San Francisco, CA.