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When you’ve finally decided that it’s time to upgrade your “project management platform” search to include paid plans, Asana pricing just might come up. Asana Premium starts at $10.99 per user per month annually, which actually comes out to about $13.49 billed monthly.
In order to give you a better understanding of this near household name platform, we’ve put together a comprehensive overview of Asana’s pricing plans and the features that even smaller teams might want, so you can see what it’ll cost you and if it’s capable of growing with your team.
By the end of this blog you’ll have a snapshot of Asana Basic, Asana Premium, Asana Business, and Asana Enterprise in terms of:
- How these plans stack up to an Asana alternative
What is Asana?
Asana is essentially a workplace management dashboard built to streamline communication across companies and teams. It is also described as a cloud-based task management solution that empowers businesses to manage, collaborate, communicate, and organize their projects and tasks.
Asana pricing plans
One of the first questions on your mind might be, is Asana free? Asana does offer a range of prices, including trials, premium plans, and specific feature offerings for various needs and teams. To sum it up, here is Asana’s pricing tiers—though it’s unclear on their pricing site exactly how many team members can use each type:
- Basic: $0 Asana free version
- Premium: $13.49 per user per month
- Business: $30.49 billed monthly
- Enterprise: you’ll need to contact Asana sales for more information
As you’ll see below, watch out for confusing disparities between prices on Asana Free vs. Premium, Business, and more when it comes to annual and monthly plans.
In the next section, we’ll get deeper into this with an Asana plan comparison, based on features, pros, and cons.
What’s included in Asana pricing plans?
Asana pricing plans come with a variety of features like different reporting tools, views, and integrations. Many features aren’t standard across plans—such as locking custom fields, which is only available once you drop the cash for Business. Below are some of features offered, broken down by plan.
Asana’s free plan lets up to 15 team members access a limited set of features. It’s recommended for individuals or teams getting started with project management. Here’s a preview of what you’ll get:
- Assignee and due dates
- Calendar view
- Unlimited tasks
The Premium plan is actually the second-highest plan before Premium and Enterprise. With it, you can:
- Create standard intake forms
- Use their Admin Console
- Invite unlimited free guests
- Implement custom fields
The Business Plan is pushed towards companies and teams that need to manage work across initiatives. It includes all of the features of the Premium plan, plus:
- Integrations with Salesforce, Adobe Creative Cloud, Tableau, Power BI
- A Workload view
- Custom rules builder for automations
Asana Enterprise tier focuses on offering a “full suite” on work management features in addition to advanced security functionalities, like SSO and SAML 2.0.
To best understand the value provided by Asana’s price and features, it’s worthwhile to compare it to other project management softwares out there. monday.com Work OS is a great choice for comparison, as we offer teams work management solutions on our no-code/low-code platform.
What is monday.com?
monday.com is a Work Operating System (Work OS) where small teams and large can plan, track, and manage projects in their own way—from managing task dependencies and workloads to resource management and automating manual work and everything in between. Our scalable and flexible solution is trusted by more than 127,000 customers to drive impact for their organizations while helping them adjust to shifting needs, champion transparency, and collaborate like never before.
Before we get into more of our product, here’s a birds-eye view of some of our features against Asana’s.
Here’s the breakdown of our pricing for 3 seats:
- Individual plan: FREE
- Basic: $8 seat/month
- Standard: $10 seat/month
- Pro: $16 seat/month
- Enterprise: Our consulting team is happy to help you assess your best fit
On our pricing page, you can experiment with the different options to find the perfect price and solution for your team and budget.
What’s included in monday.com pricing plans?
Individuals looking to better manage tasks and create basic workflows will love our Individual Plan. Built with the most essential features of monday.com, teams can develop strong project management skills with:
- monday workdocs for in-house creation
- Simple search function to find items easily
- Kanban, File, and Form views
- Unique apps marketplace
The Basic plan provides you with what you need to centralize your team’s work in one connected platform:
- Unlimited boards, free viewers, and docs
- 20+ column types to build a custom workflow
- Dashboard view to gain unique insights in real-time
- Our handy mobile app for Apple and Android devices
- 200+ templates in our Template Center
Easily our most popular plan, Standard comes with all of the features of Basic plus advanced search functions, new Timeline and Calendar views, and the ability to share boards with stakeholders. Build and manage your custom workflows easier than ever with:
- Automations (250 actions per month)
- Integrations (250 actions per month)
- Dashboards with data from up to 5 boards
- Multiple assignees
Here’s what one customer said about us on G2:
”monday.com makes it easy to customize boards to fit the specific needs of your team and clients. Easy functions, integrations and automation that don’t require an expert to put in place!”
If your business has more complex operations you need to streamline, then look at our Pro plan. Here’s what you get inside Pro (on top of everything in Basic and Standard):
- 25,000 actions/month each for integrations and automations
- Dependency and formula columns
- Private boards
- Up to 10 boards per dashboard
Like Asana, monday.com has an Enterprise plan available for large organizations in need of enterprise-grade project management solutions and security. Enterprise has every feature from the other plans, plus:
- Enterprise-grade security & governance
- More automations and integrations
- Advanced analytics and reporting
- Multi-level permissions
- Our tailored onboarding process
- Up to 50 boards per dashboard
- Priority support
Every plan comes with a 14-day free trial so you can test drive it before you buy it.
monday.com vs. Asana: how do their features compare?
Workflow features and customizations
monday.com Work OS gives you the ability to build out any workflow or process for any team, which can eliminate cross-functional bottlenecks when collaboration is a must. Here are a few instances where Asana comes up short:
- Personalized board views: Using filters is a great way for team members to see work only relevant to them, or customized with specific information so they can quickly see what they need. In monday.com, you can save these filters as views on board and easily refer back to them—Asana requires you to reset these filters each time from the start.
- Multiple assignees: Asana simply doesn’t offer the option to assign multiple owners to the same task—this will make it nearly impossible to create accurate reports on time and responsibility.
- Column types: Asana has 4 column types, while monday.com has 20+ customizable column types.
Asana calls their automations “rules.” While some customization exists, ultimately they can only be used to change/clear a status, add comments, unassign, set/clear a date, and add an attachment. With monday.com automation recipes, creativity is at its maximum. For example, you can:
- Assign a person or team
- Send a notification
- Create a new board from a template, simultaneously
With Asana, their Universal Reporting aka dashboards are limited to charts and number widgets. While this can help with basic, high-level reporting, it has limits when it comes to presenting your data in different ways.
It also means you could be reaching for additional tools to get a job done, because there are no widgets for Gantt, calendar, resource allocation, and more. More so, your permission options in Asana are very limited to public and private that only those assigned or admins can see. monday.com has more specific permissions that can be applied to Items, Boards, Team, Workspace, and Account level.
What level of support does each platform offer?
Asana offers customer support via a form you fill out with your details and relevant comments or attachments.
At monday.com we take our customer support VERY seriously, with 24/7 support via email and our Help Desk every day of the year. In addition to our support, we also have a knowledge center and YouTube channel full of useful tutorials and new feature updates.
Is Asana worth paying for?
Now that you’re armed with all the right information, use these questions to drive home if Asana’s cost is right for you:
- How important is it for you to gain insights from reports across multiple individuals, teams, and departments?
- Are you looking for a scalable and flexible solution that will serve you in the long run?
- What could your team(s) do with the extra time saved by automations with monday.com?
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