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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Active Collab is great for small teams who want a web-based project management platform to help them on their day-to-day workflow tasks, billing, estimations, vendor assignments and even client communications. It is also great for agencies with users who are sometimes remotely working. Active Collab starts to show shortcomings when you have an immense amount of projects in the system (1000+), and, being a web-based platform, can sometimes experience downtime.
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Harpoon

If you're freelancing or running a small marketing agency, I'll steer you strongly towards Harpoon. It's such a terrific fit for this business type. It provides easy invoice management so if that's all you care about, use Harpoon this way. If you want a tool that will guide you towards success, Harpoon helps you do this when launching your account. Know what you want to earn, what it takes to get there, and how you're doing along the way. What financial software for freelancers provides simple project tools? Harpoon.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.2
Harpoon
Task Management
ActiveCollab
8.8
Harpoon
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.3
Harpoon
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
5.8
Harpoon
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.6
Harpoon
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Harpoon
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.4
Harpoon
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.8
Harpoon
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Harpoon
Document Management
ActiveCollab
9.0
Harpoon
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Harpoon
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.6
Harpoon
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Harpoon
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
4.9
Harpoon
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
6.8
Harpoon

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
5.9
Harpoon
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.3
Harpoon
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
5.8
Harpoon
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.8
Harpoon
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
4.8
Harpoon

Pros

ActiveCollab

  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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Harpoon

  • Makes Sending Invoices & Collecting Payment Easy, for Freelancers
  • Tracking Financial Goals (Monthly & Annual) & Projecting Future Results
  • Provides Insights On AR, Earned Income, Top Clients, and other helpful but highly relevant data points.
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Cons

ActiveCollab

  • They don' do Gantt charts well
  • Integrations aren't awesome yet
  • They don't have task dependencies
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Harpoon

  • The automatic expense management is basic. It does sync with banks, but I've had some duplicate entry issues that are being worked out of the system.
  • I'd like to see additional reports that dive deeper into some of the dashboard widgets.
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveCollab

ActiveCollab is 100% better than any of the other tools we have used. We had previously spent thousands of dollars trying out different software that was comparable, but this has been one of the best decisions we have made as a company. It's also the cheapest ongoing option, especially if you get the self-hosted version.
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Harpoon

I've used Less Accounting and & Quickbooks Online. After Less Accounting was acquired, its development was mostly stopped. While the tool was a simple way to manage invoices and expenses, its directional philosophy changed with the new owners. Quickbooks Online was a solid tool, but the company support was unhelpful and hard to work with at times. Harpoon provides a great tool, with a company that cares about its users.
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Return on Investment

ActiveCollab

  • We began to finish projects on time, which undoubtedly will influence the return of customers
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Harpoon

  • Clear and precise visibility of my financial status.
  • Projections of how I'm doing today, this month, and this year.
  • Clarity on what needs to happen with client development to reach my goals.
  • It shrinks the amount of time I spend on getting clients to pay my invoices.
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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$6.25*

* per member, per month, annual billing

ActiveCollab Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan$9991
  1. license
SaaS Edition
Member annually6.251
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Annually$31
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Monthly$42
Member monthly$72
  1. per member, per month, annual billing
  2. per member, per month, monthly billing
Additional Pricing Details

Harpoon

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Harpoon Editions & Modules

Edition
Single User - Unlimited Everything$191
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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