Simplifying the art of Project Management

Simplifying the art of Project Management

Simplifying the art of Project Management

Time goes by so quickly. And everything is happening all the time. So many of us are juggling several balls in the air at any one time. For those of us who have been around for a while, we know that time is more than money. It’s something we never get back. It’s something we all want more off. Therefore, it is so important the we have the right tools to help us manage our time.

As your business, teams and projects grow it is important you review your current project management needs and requirements. You want to the right tools to foster and encourage team environments. Tools that bring fluency and creativity. After considerable research and discovery MRK Development made the change to Active Collab.

What is active collab?

Active Collab is a web-based project management tool which offers features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing all in one system. So what are some key points?

Team Collaboration

With so many different projects, tasks and key people involved, the team will know what they have to do, when it must be done and who needs to do it. Users get their own Dashboard listing what needs to be done and is broken down into list and tasks that can have its own files, discussions and content.  One of the best features is the ability to allow restricted access to clients. Clients can see what you want them to see, while your team can see everything.

Self Hosting

While Active Collab runs in the cloud like most browser apps today, you can also install it on your own server. If you want absolute control over your own data, or simply do not want to pay a monthly fee for storage and users, Active Collab’s self-hosted model maybe the perfect solution.

Add-Ons

SlackXeroStripe and Paypal are just a few of the extra features and addon’s available. Active Collab lets you track time for each task and define the hourly rates for each client. This provides you with the ability to create and issue the invoice from the billable time in Active Collab. Because they are always in sync paid invoices are reflected in both systems allowing you to work on the project and the accounts people to work on their accounts.

The Verdict

There are many more features and attributes that you should check out and see if this maybe the right solution for you. For us, it has brought together many tools that we have in the past used several tools for. Is it 100% perfect? No, but it doesn’t have to be. What it does need to do is provide for is a solution that connects the majority of our needs and brings transparency to our day to day business and clients. Moving forward out clients and partners will have access to input data inside Active Collab to better work with our users.

What do you think? Have you used or been using Active Collab? How have you managed to bring solutions your business project needs?

Understanding your Website Investment

Understanding your Website Investment

When we get enquiries for a website build we are often asked – how much will a website cost?

I found this a question that cannot be answered. Why? We need more information.

What does the website do?

What are you online goals?

Then – even with this information it seems like everyone expects a website to cost $500.00 – I need to tell you, that good websites do not cost $500.00, they are much more expensive than that but you need to remember why you get a good website.

This video will help to describe how we understand the actual worth of a website so you, as a client, can work towards reaching real goals.

Check it out on youtube and we will follow up with some tips on setting Goals inside Google Analytics to start to calculate the value of your website and what value it brings back into your business.

 

Do we really need a sitemap?

Do we really need a sitemap?

Sitemaps

It doesn’t matter if you you’re planning a new website or just redesigning your current one, it is super important that are aware of how the end product will look and feel for your end-user. You want your site to be user friendly, super organised and looking great. Therefore, pre-planning is a very important step in the designing of your website. An exceptional website is one the helps lead the end-user and they are not stuck in a never ending cycle of trying to find information that is buried layers deep.

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Two things missing from your website!

Two things missing from your website!

Are these two things missing from your website?

Terms of Use and a Privacy Statement! As the owner of a website, it is impossible for you to be able to control who has access to your site. Therefore it is important that you have the following two items on your website!

Terms of Use and a Privacy Statement

Terms of Use and a Privacy Statement are a protective measure for you, the owner, against liability. You need to tell people how they can use your website. Tell them what is prohibited and a disclaimer that limits your liability is critical.
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