Review of Clutterpad: Small Business Project Collaboration





Online project management is a crowded space.  It takes a clean approach to stand out and Clutterpad is doing a good job of offering a simpler, faster interface for the busy small business owner.

Clutterpad is a collaborative platform for small business owners that want a simple-to-use workspace where employees can keep track of a project or customer.  It can help you track time and tasks, keep messages and files in one place, and manage customer contact details.

While not a full-blown customer relationship management (CRM) solution, it gives you a great way to input or import contacts and then manage your conversations and customer contacts.  Anyone who touches a contact can input information about them and what took place so that others can instantly see it.   If you post a comment or write a message or create just about anything, Clutterpad asks you if someone else should be notified about this entry, making it easy to keep a team up to date.

The fully free version is pretty light; if you want to get an idea of what’s really available you will need to pony up with your credit card for a one-month free trial.  You can’t see all you can get from the “forever free” account.  NOTE:  Sign up for the version you think you might want — you cannot upgrade to a free trial of a higher version from the free account.

What I Liked:

  • The app is user centric, not company centric.  This means that you can use it for multiple companies or departments to see all your to-dos and messages in one place.  For example, if you are a consultant with a range of clients, and you manage your projects through Clutterpad, you would see your entire client workload in one dashboard.
  • The online video tutorials are well done. They explain each topic thoroughly and move at a good pace.
  • Basic CRM for managing contacts.
  • Fast, easy to understand dashboard.
  • In the paid versions, you can upload files and track your time as well.  The free version lets you create documents and export them as text or PDF.
  • I liked that you could have a focused work area for messages around any aspect of a project or customer interaction, outside of e-mail, but that I could send myself an e-mail update of comments or messages.  Unlike other systems, Clutterpad didn’t force me to integrate my inbox with it — a plus, in my view.

What Could Be Better:

  • Some file upload capacity even at the free level would be nice (although you could cut and paste existing documentss into the editing tool).
  • I didn’t like the signup process where you had to give a credit card to get a paid version trial. However, that varies across the web-based application (SaaS) industry, and Clutterpad isn’t the only player that asks for a card to get started.

Overall, Clutterpad offers a solid project management tool at an affordable price.  It is elegant in that the design gives you one-click access to almost every function you need in one navigation bar.  For small business consultants and others looking for ways to manage collaboration, track time and do it all in one place, it is a worthwhile solution.

Learn more about Clutterpad.

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TJ McCue


TJ McCue TJ McCue served as Technology/Product Review Editor for Small Business Trends for many years and now contributes on 3D technologies. He is currently traveling the USA on the 3DRV roadtrip and writes at the Refine Digital blog.

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  1. Martin Lindeskog

    Martin Lindeskog

    TJ: I enjoy your product & service reviews very much. I will check out Clutterpad for a new online venture. Could you compare and contrast Clutterpad to some other services?

    Are you thinking of reviewing e-commerce and online store services sometime in the future?

  2. That is cool. I will have to check that out. Right now I use Mavenlink.

  3. TJ McCue

    Thanks Martin. I did that brief list review of 49 ecommerce players a month or two ago. I’m digging in a few different ones in the coming months. I reviewed Volusion not long ago and they are one of the market leaders. BigCommerce is next up for a review, as far as ecommerce / online stores go.

    As far as Clutterpad space — there are many online project management and collaboration tools and it comes down to which one works and feels like you want. I’ll dig out the list of them and send it to you.

  4. Its great to see a review on ClutterPad.
    I have been using it ever since the Beta was released and honestly it is THE BEST project management tool that i have used.

  5. Martin Lindeskog

    Martin Lindeskog

    TJ,

    Thanks for the information. I will search for your post and show it to my clien who wants to sell his CD music and sheet music notes online. He has registered an account on Amazon, so I have to check out what they could provide. Do you have any suggestion for a musician what could be good to start with? He has created a profile on Myspace, Facebook and YouTube. And he has his own site [under construction – http://www.tzl.se ] created by a guy who is working with Joomla.

    I sent a tweet to Volusion about the above client, but I haven’t heard from them yet.

    Talking about e-commerce. I am involved in a new venture about tea and we want to sell tea online in the future. I have handed over the WordPress theme Headway to my business partner and he is looking into different plugins. Do you have any suggestions when it comes to WordPress?

  6. Martin Lindeskog

    Martin Lindeskog

    TJ: Hi again! I look forward to your list with online project management and collaboration tools! 🙂

  7. I have used clutterpad for a while now and it really is amazing. We’ve used basecamp in our company before but it’s rubbish compared to Clutterpad.

  8. TheHealthBlogger

    This is a great tool!

    Whilst on a recent course, other project management tools were mentioned, but without a doubt this is the one I chose and use and highly recommend!

    More and more people seem to be talking about this site, looks like its contagious!!!

  9. Just tried Clutterpad and found it useful. However, it has a lot of unnecessary javascripts, for example, jquery.x.js included 3 times. Works correctly with a latin characters only.

  10. Hi TJ, Martin (and everybody else!)

    @TJ in case you didn’t send the list to Martin yet, can you please consider ProjeLead and possibliy add it to your list.

    ProjeLead is a web-based open source project management software with features such as document management, reporting, newsgroups…

    Check the website, hope this will be useful for you.

    AK
    Ps: remember THE BEST tool does not exist, its always about YOUR needs and how good a tool can match with them.

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