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One of the key components to having a working and successful relationship between both clients and contractors, is communication. If both parties aren’t in sync with each other, things can easily fall apart very quickly. For some web developers, having to build a website, and make sure to keep the client updated on all parts of the project is a hassle, which also takes away needed development time. At the same time, the client has a right to know what is going on with their project. Fortunately, not all is lost. The crew over at 37Signals (recently rebranded to just Basecamp) have captivated the business world with a project they like to call Basecamp. We’ll take a look at how your business can benefit by using this amazing service.
Why Contractors Need It and Clients Love It!
It’s not easy for contractors to stay organised and productive. Typically the focus is on getting the job done to the clients expectations, and making sure it’s done on time. There are also times when there are multiple contractors working on the same team. Designers work to build the look and feel of the site, while developers work to implement the designs and functionality. Basecamp makes communication painlessly easy for everyone to stay productive and up to date.
Lets not forget about the client though. Oftentimes, the client is working right along side to make sure the project is done to their expectations. One of the best features that Basecamp has to offer, is the ability to allow communication between all the parties to be screened, which means that people only see the updates that you want them to see. Developers can have their own conversations going on oblivious to the clients and vice versa, making the streamlining of conversations work beautifully.
Most clients don’t want to see the in-depth discussions about how to implement a shopping cart or custom API, they want to focus on getting updates about what left to do on their project, and what’s needed from their end of things. The guys at Basecamp understand how project management works, and have made a product that serves the need of everyone involved.
Deadlines are Dead Simple
Not all projects are made the same, but all projects typically have a time-line they need to be completed by. No matter if you’re a one man show, or have teams of people working to complete a project, the tools provided in Basecamp makes it extremely simple to track the progress of jobs, and keep track of how the project is progressing as a whole.
Mangers have the freedom to set and assign certain aspects of the project to different contractors and teams working on specific portions of the project. In addition to that, Basecamp sends out daily reminders and notifications to everyone on the team, allowing them to view changes that have been made, as well as reminding the contractors of pending task which need to be completed. Overall the system is very robust and built to accommodate the management of large projects, as well as small.
Management on the Go
No one can be at the keyboard 24/7. There are times when we have to be on the go. One of the things that makes Basecamp so great, is the ability to manage projects and communicate with clients or contractors anywhere your phone or tablet can get connected. Apple iPhone users have had this ability for a quite some time now, however as of February 5th, 2014, Basecamp announced the release of their official (and free of course) Android app in the Google Play store.
This opens up a world of possibilities, and makes staying up to date with projects a whole lot easier. Both apps were designed from the ground up, allowing users to attach and save Basecamp files on the fly to popular services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Not only do the apps work great and make things easier, but they are also nice on the eyes, providing users with a sleek and easy to navigate interface.
Jump start Your Business Today
ChillyBin is serious about making sure your project is done right, which is why we use Basecamp for all of our projects. We understand that the need for communication between all parties is crucial, and will not cut corners in offering our clients a stellar project management experience. If you have a project that you’d like to have done, allow ChillyBin to jump start your business and give it the TLC it truly deserves.
p.s. As a side note, I’ve actually been to Annapurna Base Camp (as featured in the main image)