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Run a simple “project management platform” web search, and your search engine of choice will bombard you with every project management solution under the sun.
One name that often pops up is Asana. But before you worry about whether it has all the features you need, you’ll need to know if you can even afford it.
We’ve put together an overview of Asana’s pricing plans and the features so you can see what it’ll cost you and if it’s capable of growing with your team.
Does Asana have a free plan?Project management software isn’t cheap no matter where you go. Any platform worth its salt should offer the user some kind of free trial so you can mess around with it before you buy it.
The catch is that a ‘free trial’ usually offers you a sample of the software’s full functionality, while a ‘free plan’ is typically a limited version of what the tool can do.
Asana has a free plan. It’s called the Basic plan, and it’s free forever. In Basic, you get:
- Unlimited projects and activity log
- Unlimited file storage (up to 100mb per file)
- The ability to assign projects and due dates
- The ability to view projects in list view, board view, and calendar view
- Over 100 free app integrations (including time tracking apps)
- Mobile access via the iOS and Android mobile apps
Overall, the Basic plan works well for the solopreneur or the small team. It offers enough functionality for the most basic of projects you might have to manage.
But as with any free plan, there are limitations with Asana Basic. So you might not have access to everything you need for effective project management.
Let’s take a look at the limitations:
- No more than 15 team members
- No custom fields, forms, or rules
- No timeline view
- No advanced search or other advanced features
- No dashboards
- No private teams or projects
- No task dependencies
- Limited admin controls
If you’ve grown beyond the early stages of business, and find that you need some of these, the Basic plan won’t work.
Two of Asana’s paid plans offer 30-day free trials. So, if you enjoy the Basic version but want more, those trials could be worth a look.
What pricing plans does Asana offer?
Project management software can be a big investment, sure.
But consider this: according to the Project Management Institute, about 66% of companies using project management software complete projects within their original budget. Only 44% of companies that don’t use a project management platform manage to do that.
Think about how much money you’d waste on even one project that overruns its budget. That alone could cover your investment in project management software.
Asana offers 3 paid plans you can choose from:
Cost: $10.99 per user per month billed annually, $13.49 per user per month billed monthly
What do you get with Asana’s Premium plan?
Asana’s Premium plan can be a solid choice for smaller teams that need to plan and manage multiple projects, yet need some extra conveniences beyond what Basic offers.
Premium’s got all the features found in Basic, plus some new goodies.
Let’s have a look at what’s included:
- Unlimited tasks and task assignment
- Timeline view
- Advanced searches and reports
- Custom fields
- Unlimited free guests
- Admin console
- Private teams and projects
Cost: $24.99 per user per month billed annually, $30.49 per user per month billed monthly
What do you get with Asana’s Business plan?
Larger teams and companies that need to manage and track larger initiatives can step up to the Business plan.
Asana Business includes everything from Basic and Premium and adds several advanced features to suit the needs of your growing business.
Here’s what you’ll find in Asana Business:
- Custom field locking
- Custom rule builder
- Forms branching and customization
- Advanced app integrations (Adobe Creative Cloud, Power BI, Salesforce, Tableau)
Cost: Custom — contact Asana for pricing.
What do you get with Asana’s Enterprise plan?
At the top of Asana’s tiers sits Enterprise.
Enterprise exists for large organizations that need increased control and security with their project management software. It’s got everything you’ll find in the lower plans, too.
Let’s look at the particulars of Enterprise:
- Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
- User provisioning and deprovisioning (SCIM)
- Data exporting and deleting
- Custom branding
- Blocking native integrations
- Priority customer support
Is Asana the best project management software for you?
It’s hard to give a cut and dried answer to this question. In reality, the right software for you totally depends on what you need it for, what features you want, and what you can afford.
Let’s take a look at what we offer here at monday.com, so you have something to compare Asana to.
Tell me more about monday.com…
monday.com is a super customizable Work OS (work operating system) that will help you improve your processes, not just projects and work.
You can customize everything (and the customizing is easy to do) to suit your fancy.
With monday.com, you can look at all your tasks (and your progress on them) in one area. We enhance the whole experience with colors, shapes, and other visual elements. Not to boast, but it’s pretty nice to look at.
But how much does it cost?
How does monday.com pricing work?
Our pricing operates on a “price-per-seat” model. Your pricing will depend on how many seats you need, what features you’re looking for, and whether you want to pay annually or monthly.
At the lower end is our Basic subscription, designed for solopreneurs and the smallest of businesses. Basic users get the following:
- Communication with context
- Dashboards (1 board per dashboard)
- Unlimited free viewers
- iOS and Android apps
After that comes our most popular plan, Standard. If you have a small-medium team, this one’s for you. Along with every feature from Basic, Standard has:
- Timeline and calendar views
- Advanced search functionality
- Automations (250 actions per month)
- Integrations (250 actions per month)
- Up to three boards per dashboard
- The ability to share boards with guests
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):
- Private boards
- Chart view
- Time tracking
- A formula column
- Automations (25,000 actions per month)
- Integrations (25,000 actions per month)
- 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
Not sure what to pick? Check out our pricing page to play around with the different pricing options and find the perfect option to fit your team and budget.
And don’t worry, every plan comes with a 14-day free trial so you can test drive it before you buy it.
Although Asana isn’t terribly expensive for a small team, its Business plan price tag is quite a leap from Premium.
So, while Asana can be a good project management platform for some, we ultimately believe that monday.com is the best choice.
As a true Work OS, not only can you manage projects with it, but it’ll also help streamline work across the rest of your business and teams.
The best part? It’s flexible enough to grow with your business, without breaking the bank.
If you still have any questions about monday.com, get in touch with our team. We’re happy to help out!
You can also take a look at one of our free project management templates to see what monday.com can do for you.