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Forget clunky email programs, this software streamlines communication and tasks for your company

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One of the biggest time-wasters for entrepreneurs is the abundance of email. Add to that a collection of individual software programs needed to perform financial accounting, HR duties, and general project management and suddenly day-to-day tasks starts to overshadow the big-picture focus an entrepreneur should be spending his or her time on.

An inexpensive way to combat all of those concerns is Asana, a collaborative workplace management tool that allows entrepreneurs to customize its platform depending on the type of business they're running. There's an initial free version, but the premium version is a sliding pricing scale based on the number of members with access. An organization with up to five members can use the service for only $21 per month, while one with up to 100 members costs $750 per month.

The platform allows users to assign projects to various team members, with the status of each easily viewable in the window, along with necessary documents, deadlines and comments. Rather than a series of circular emails or phone calls, all communication on a project can be transparent and actionable in Asana. Businesses can even give clients or collaborators access as desired.

It's an especially valuable platform for entrepreneurs working on projects with colleagues in various locations and time zones. Asana also gives the business owner the ability to create private documents and projects, such as human resources documents and payroll information that may only be shared by select members of the organization.

The only disadvantage to the service is that it is not available in an offline mode, which means an internet connection is required to use it. That may be an issue for people in developing countries without a constant infrastructure, but beyond that, Asana is certainly one valuable way for entrepreneurs to keep all of their projects and tasks in one place.

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