Project Bubble

Project Bubble Updates

Project Bubble update · May 12, 2015

Keep Projects Aligned with Project Bubble and Zapier

When working in project management, the right tool is imperative. Keeping an entire team together, informed, and on the same page is one of the most important things. Project Bubble aims to help you manage all of your projects, from client information to time spent on the project. And now...read more
Mark Myerson
Written by Mark MyersonLast updated January 11, 2016

Project management is never easy. With tasks, teams, clients, money, and time to juggle, you need something to assist you. That's why there's such a vast number of project management apps, catering to every sector and project management method. There's so many, it's hard to pick the perfect one. So Project Bubble tries to stand out not by focusing on one niche, but by helping you maintain clarity with its deft juggling of every aspect of your projects.

This is most apparent when you start using Project Bubble. You won't need to study a glossary, as Project Bubble uses straightforward labels. Your start page is the Projects tab. Create a new project, and you can immediately give it a name and due date, assign it to a member of your team, associate it with a particular client, and add an estimated duration and billing rate. Open the advanced options, and you can add your level of progress, give the project a custom color, and select the email notifications you should receive. Everything's simple and self-explanatory, with just enough settings to make things work like you want.

The Projects overview is nicely designed, with a wealth of information on display without feeling cluttered. You'll see everything mentioned above, then can easily toggle the status, urgency and billing state of each project. Click on the Comments button to converse with your colleagues and import files from your computer—or just sync them from your Box or Dropbox accounts.

Within each project are tasks—the individual steps you have to take to finish a project. Each task is like a mini project, with one addition: billing hours. For instance, if a project will take you ten hours in total, you might have a “Preparation” task that will use up two hours, billed at your hourly rate. You can also add sub-tasks in a similar vein, each with their own subset of your task's time, and use tags to organize them all. To view your current tasks, click on the parent project, or open the Tasks tab in the main menu. Alternatively, the Calendar tab displays everything you are working on in a date-ordered view.

The Time tab helps you keep track of how you are spending the hours and minutes of your working day. Whenever you spend a block of time working on a particular project, task, or sub-task, it'll be recorded here. When you return to your Projects overview, you can see the running totals compared with your estimated delivery timeframe. That way, you can see how much time you and your team have spent on your work, and can easily turn that data into invoices you'll send straight from Project Bubble.

To make it simple to send out those invoices, Project Bubble also helps you keep track of your clients in the Clients tab. There, you can see the tasks and projects associated with each one, along with a Reports tab that helps you turn the data from your work into nicely designed reports to share with your clients as you wrap up the project and send out the final invoices. You can also keep tabs on how your team is doing, through the Users and Teams tabs that let you get reports on how each person and team in your company is doing.

Away from your dashboard, Project Bubble can send you reminders about upcoming Tasks to be completed, help you send invoices, and more. You could use its features to manage projects in any sized company, but it's features that these that especially help smaller teams and sole entrepreneurs who want to minimize the time they spend on switching apps.

In essence, Project Bubble takes the humble to-do list and adds the hierarchical structure, collaboration, and time-tracking tools that many managers and entrepreneurs require. If you want a way to organize your tasks better, track the time your team spends on them, and create detailed reports or invoices once the work is done, it's an app you should consider using to help manage everything in one place.

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