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Asana vs. Basecamp: Which project management tool should you use? [2024]

By Kiran Shahid · March 12, 2024
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Ever since one of my freelancing clients assigned me a project on Trello seven years ago, I've been a project management geek. I went from jotting down tasks on sticky notes to seamlessly collaborating with teammates through the cloud. But with so many options on the market, determining the best software for your needs can get overwhelming.

As a solopreneur managing a small team and client projects in 2024, flexibility and ease of use are my top priorities. Over the years, I've used many tools, and Asana and Basecamp have emerged as two of my favorites. 

I spent even more time playing around with each tool before writing this, and here, I'll compare Asana vs. Basecamp based on my experiences. 

Asana vs. Basecamp at a glance

Start with this comparison table, and then read on for more details about the apps.



Ease of use

⭐⭐⭐⭐ More complex features and views—there's a learning curve

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Prioritizes simplicity


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Enables high levels of customization across projects, tasks, views, and workflows

⭐⭐ Interface is simpler with fewer ways to customize workflows


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  200+ native integrations; also connects with Zapier

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ About 100 native integrations; also connects with Zapier


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Free and paid tiers for flexibility; per-user pricing can get costly for large teams

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Unlocks full access at two price points; simple for solos but also cost-effective for larger teams

Asana is more flexible and handles complexity, while Basecamp is more focused

Both Asana and Basecamp offer board, to-do, timeline, and Gantt chart views. Where the tools differ is in their degree of customization and fluidity. 

For example, toggling between Asana's views is very straightforward. The navigation bar allows me to switch perspectives to get the exact information I need.

Toggling between views in Asana

Switching between views in Basecamp requires a bit more effort. For example, suppose I want to switch from the Card Table view (its version of a Kanban board) to Schedule. I'd have to head back to the project home screen and then select Schedule from there. 

Basecamp's Schedule also shows team projects—not individual tasks like Asana.

The Schedule view in Basecamp

It's a bit more tedious when I want to view my own schedule in Basecamp—I have to select My Stuff in a dropdown menu, and select My Schedule

The same goes for the List view. Asana's is cleaner than Basecamp's To-Dos if you want to view your own tasks—not everyone else's. 

Asana's list view

I can filter by assignee to see just my tasks—and sort them based on due date, name, and priority, among other things.

All the filter options in Asana

Basecamp, on the other hand, doesn't give me any option to filter. I see all tasks lumped together.

The Basecamp list view

Then there's the Dashboard tab in Asana. At a glance, I can see how many tasks are incomplete across stages. I can also group incomplete tasks by assignee or custom fields like priority or due date range.

The Asana dashboard

Basecamp doesn't have a comparable dashboard. Instead, I'd have to pull data from multiple places to generate a similar report. Having said that, for monitoring project progress at a high level, Basecamp offers a feature called Move the Needle, which highlights project status and risks on a visible gauge, so all collaborators have transparency. 

Asana goes the more traditional route with task dependency feature that can help automate processes and prevent bottlenecks. 

In the end, Basecamp's interface is great for basic workflow tracking, but it lacks Asana's depth and flexibility.

Basecamp offers a practical file management system for easy sharing

Both Basecamp and Asana allow you to attach files directly to tasks for easy access. But Basecamp goes a step further with its Docs & Files section, which acts like a central hub for all your project files.

As a solo freelancer, I love having one place to store and share files across Basecamp projects. 

The Docs & Files section in Basecamp

The file management system keeps everything neatly organized with folders, color coding, and sortable views. I can also create folders that group different types of files. 

Asana also lets you attach files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive when creating tasks. But its Files tab isn't as intuitive—it's a gallery-style view of all the images, documents, and files attached to tasks in a project or your My tasks. There are no options to create folders or color-code them.

The Files tab in Asana

This makes it more challenging to keep track of everything related to different tasks.

With Basecamp, I can upload a file once to Docs & Files, and anyone can easily access or share it across multiple projects.

Basecamp also offers other file management features like:

  • Basecamp Docs for taking and sharing notes

  • Version history to track changes

  • Moving files between folders

If centralized file management is important for your project management workflow, and you want to keep it all within one tool, Basecamp brings everything together in one organized hub. If you already use a separate file management app, it might not be a big differentiator for you.

Asana has more advanced native automations and integrations, but both tools integrate with Zapier

Asana offers native integrations with 200+ apps for collaboration, communication, time tracking, automation, notifications, and productivity. These native integrations are a huge time-saver for me (my favorite is the Canva integration: every design I create in Canva is automatically attached to the corresponding Asana task). 

Asana also has a built-in workflow builder: a no-code, point-and-click tool to build automated workflows that streamline repetitive processes. For example, I built a workflow so that when clients assign me tasks on Slack, it automatically creates a task in Asana. 

The workflow builder in Asana

Asana workflows can also automatically trigger actions in Asana or other systems when I complete tasks. This removes manual busywork, so I can focus on high-impact tasks. 

And custom automation templates make it easy to duplicate workflows for common processes instead of reinventing the wheel each time. Asana recommends rules based on my project and past activity.

Asana workflow templates

Basecamp also has native integrations—about 100 essential tools—but it lacks the breadth and depth of Asana.

However, both Asana and Basecamp integrate with Zapier, so you can connect them to thousands of other apps and customize your automations even more. (For example, I use Zapier to automatically copy Basecamp tasks to my Google Calendar.) Learn more about how to automate Asana with Zapier, or get started with one of these pre-built workflows for Asana and Basecamp.

Create Google Calendar events from new Asana tasks

Create Google Calendar events from new Asana tasks
  • Asana logo
  • Google Calendar logo
Asana + Google Calendar

Create Asana tasks from new Google Forms responses

Create Asana tasks from new Google Forms responses
  • Google Forms logo
  • Asana logo
Google Forms + Asana

Add new Google Form responses as Basecamp 3 to-dos

Add new Google Form responses as Basecamp 3 to-dos
  • Google Forms logo
  • Basecamp 3 logo
Google Forms + Basecamp 3

Create monthly to-dos lists in Basecamp 3

Create monthly to-dos lists in Basecamp 3
  • Schedule by Zapier logo
  • Basecamp 3 logo
Schedule by Zapier + Basecamp 3

Asana's pricing scales with you, while Basecamp provides comprehensive access at two price points

Asana offers tiered pricing plans to accommodate teams of all sizes, while Basecamp uses a flat pricing structure that unlocks all features at two price points.

As a solopreneur, I appreciate Asana's free Personal plan. It covers all my basic task management needs. The Starter plan, at $10.99/user/month, adds more features, but the costs can add up quickly as you scale. And the Advanced plan, at $24.99/user/month, which is necessary for teams that want a lot of automations and advanced reporting, can get expensive with even a small-ish team.

Basecamp's model is more all-or-nothing. You get full access to every feature for $15/user/month. Then there's the Pro Unlimited Plan, which gives you unlimited users for $299/month. If you have a big team, that could mean a lot of savings. For example, a 100-person company would pay $2,500/month for Asana's Advanced plan, but only $299/month for Basecamp Pro Unlimited.

Basecamp vs. Asana: Which should you use?

Asana shines with its flexibility, but it can get a bit chaotic—and if you have a big team, expensive. Basecamp cuts through any noise with its simplicity, but it can feel a bit restrictive.

Choose Asana if:

  • Custom views and workflows are a high priority 

  • You handle multiple complex projects with many moving parts

  • You're starting out and don't want to pay for a project management tool

Choose Basecamp if:

  • You don't want to pay per-user costs for a full-fledged tool

  • You value simplicity in your project management

  • You don't need advanced automation

Related reading:

  • The best free project management software

  • ClickUp vs. Asana: Which is better?

  • Trello vs. Asana: Which PM tool is better?

  • Asana vs. Todoist: Which should you use?

  • Wrike vs. Asana: Which is best?

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