Top Basecamp Competitors:
The Best Basecamp Alternatives for Your Business

Hallmarks of a great software application:

  • Rock climbers searching online for “basecamp” are forced to scroll past several search results related to the software, because Google now associates this term with project management over mountaineering.

  • The programming framework developed while building Basecamp (ever heard of Ruby on Rails?) is now used by millions of developers around the world to build other software applications.

These real-world examples show you just how successful project management (PM) platform Basecamp has become since its launch in 2004. In the industry, it is renowned for its ease of use and intuitive interface, and it’s rated the third most popular PM solution in Software Advice’s 2016 ranking.

The cloud-based platform streamlines team communication and facilitates collaboration among team members. Users can create to-dos within projects, share files, invite other users to join a discussion and much more.

Basecamp 3 caters to three types of teams:

  • Internal: Includes 100GB file storage for teams collaborating internally.
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  • Client-facing: 100GB file storage for teams working with clients and who need to provide guest access.
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  • Enterprise-level: 2TB file storage plus a personal account manager and Net 30 terms. 

Packages are sold for a flat, fixed fee—Internal and Client-facing are charged per month, and Enterprise is per year—which means there are no per user charges or user limits. Teams can also try out a project in Basecamp for free without a time limit on their trial (users can upgrade to a paid version to create additional projects).

Despite all this, Basecamp isn’t necessarily right for everyone. Many prospective PM buyers want to know how Basecamp compares with other leading cloud-based solutions on the market today.

That’s why we’ve put together the following list of Basecamp alternatives, so you can find the solution that’s right for you:

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Most Asked-About Basecamp Alternatives

Our first category of alternatives includes products that receive the most online search traffic alongside Basecamp. These are popular PM products with a high level of brand authority that prospective buyers are comparing to Basecamp.

Note: you can learn more about our Alternatives methodology here.

Asana

Asana is a communication and collaboration platform designed for use by project teams across various industries. Two packages are available: Free or Premium.

The Free version can be used by teams of up to 15 people and includes:

  • Unlimited tasks and projects.
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  • Basic dashboards: Users can add and track progress for up to three projects from one centralized location.
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  • Basic support: Includes access to an online help guide. Users can submit support tickets for questions or issues not answered in the documentation.
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Larger teams can purchase the Premium package for a per user per month fee. This package includes all the capabilities of the free version plus additional features such as:

  • Access for an unlimited number of guests.
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  • Premium dashboards: Users can add and track an unlimited number of projects.
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  • Priority support: Support tickets are prioritized and sent to the front of the queue.
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Asana integrates with several business applications including Dropbox and Slack. Additionally, teams can further customize the platform according to their industry-specific needs via Asana’s developer API.

For a detailed analysis of how Asana stacks up to Basecamp, visit our Asana vs. Basecamp page.

Trello

Trello is a visual project management tool designed to manage a team’s tasks and workflows using Kanban boards. Tasks are represented as “cards,” which are placed in columns representing different stages in the workflow, e.g., “to-do” or “testing.”

Cards can be given a due date and assigned to a team member. Users can add comments and attachments to cards and invite team members to collaborate.

Trello comes in three packages: Free, Business Class or Enterprise. The free version has no user limit. It also includes unlimited boards, cards and attachments (up to 10MB).

The paid Business Class version allows teams to attach large files (up to 250MB) and includes priority support (guaranteed response within 24 hours). The paid Enterprise version is designed for a large company with multiple teams, and includes all Business Class features, plus onboarding support and a dedicated account executive.

For a side-by-side comparison of these two systems, check out our Trello vs. Basecamp page.

Slack

Slack is a specialized communication tool project teams can use to organize communication in channels (open and private) or for direct messaging. Create open channels for team-wide discussions or use a private channel to discuss sensitive information with a select group. Teams can share files across organizations and search archived discussions.

Slack is available in both free and paid versions. The free version supports unlimited users and includes 5GB of storage, up to 10K in saved messages and up to 10 integrations with apps such as GitHub and Dropbox.

The paid versions of Slack—Standard, Plus and Enterprise (expected release in 2016)—include unlimited integrations, priority support and features such as guest access and an unlimited searchable message archive.

Top User-Rated Basecamp Alternatives

Our second group of Basecamp alternatives includes products that have both high user ratings and reviews on Software Advice. At the time of publication Basecamp has a user-rating of 4.4 out of five stars and 40 reviews.

QuickBase

QuickBase is our leading user-rated Basecamp alternative with 4.5 out of five stars and 39 reviews. Reviewers on Software Advice give high praise for the solution’s customer service and support teams. One user reports:

“QB customer service is absolutely the best support I’ve ever dealt with. The customer service perspective is excellent (fast responses, etc), but it’s rare to see CS with such a detailed knowledge of their own product. They know QB back and forth. I love dealing with them.” —Michael, Demandware

QuickBase’s defining capability is that teams can tailor the solution to their industry-specific needs with various applications, such as Sales Manager and Project Portfolio Manager.

The platform also offers more standard PM capabilities. For example, managers can set up automatic notifications to alert users about upcoming deadlines or changes to a project’s status.

QuickBase is available in three paid packages:

  • Essential: includes up to 10 customizable business apps.
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  • Premier: offers up to 50 business applications.
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  • Platform: provides teams up to 100 configurable business apps.
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Box

Box is our next highest-rated Basecamp alternative with 4.5 out of five stars and 38 reviews. Reviewers on Software Advice give Box high marks for ease-of-use, with one user saying:

“The ease at which I am able to save, locate and share my intellectual property through Box is state-of-the-art.” —Brett, Biblica

Box is designed to streamline a business’s content management. Users can upload, store and share files with a secure web link. Teams can easily create and edit documents and invite others to review and collaborate in real time.

Box is cloud-based, but users can access it even without an internet connection—any work done offline will sync automatically when reconnected. In 2015, Gartner named Box a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing.

Box is available in three packages (with capabilities becoming more advanced as packages scale):

  • Starter: includes 100GB of storage and a max file size of 2GB
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  • Business: includes unlimited storage and 5GB max file size
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  • Enterprise: Business features plus additional capabilities, including unlimited integrations
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Next Steps

For more information about Basecamp, or any of the other project management and collaboration platforms listed above, call our project management experts at (855) 998-8505 for a FREE software consultation. After a quick assessment of your business size and any industry-specific needs, our advisors will provide product demos and price quotes.

If you’re still not sure if the products listed above are right for you, try our online PM questionnaire. After answering a few questions about your business, we can send you a shortlist list of solutions to meet your business and project management needs.