July 27, 2023

Top 7 ClickUp Alternatives for 2024

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ClickUp has cemented its reputation as a major project management solution in the last few years. A market historically dominated by tech giants like Microsoft has recently found itself full of smaller-yet-capable competition, and ClickUp is no exception. An “easy to learn, difficult to master” style software suite, it offers an easy way to get the ball rolling with PM, while still leaving room to learn and grow.

It’s not an optimal fit for every team, however. So, to help you better differentiate between all the contenders, peers, and comparable offerings, we’re breaking down the best ClickUp alternatives for 2024.

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Pros

  • Flexible project management, with native scheduling and task management
  • Can be customized by industry
  • Supports coordination with external partners

Cons

  • Some key features restricted to higher subscription tiers
  • Gantt charts, timeline views, and Kanban boards
  • Extensive automations, integrations, and customizable input forms
  • Intuitive, user-friendly UI
  • Free — no cost, up to two seats
  • Basic — $12/seat/month, or $9/month when billed annually
  • Standard — $14/seat/month, or $12/month when billed annually
  • Pro — $24seat/month, or $19/month when billed annually
  • Enterprise — Contact monday.com.

Monday is neither an enterprise-level expense, nor a tool with entry-level features. It’s a solid PM solution with broad application across many common use cases, boasting everything from time tracking to Gantt charts. The unlimited free plan provides a low-risk avenue for testing the app, and the quick implementation time means faster time-to-value for teams that make the most of it.

As the name might imply, Monday is a great place to get started (in more ways than one). It’s not the most specialized solution on this list, but its flexibility and customizability make it hard to ignore, even for teams with very particular needs and challenges. Beyond that, the library of integrations make it easy to connect with other tools you may already be using, reducing the need for disruption and frustration when rolling out your new PM.

Wrike: Best for resource management


Pros

  • Less feature restriction for lower tiers than most competitors
  • Built with asset and resource allocation in mind
  • Can handle both tactical PM functions, and more strategic corporate development

Cons

  • Limited visualization options for free users
  • Storage limitations can be problematic for larger, more complex projects
  • Desktop and companion mobile app
  • Resource planning and allocation
  • AI-powered advanced analytics
  • Free
  • Team — $9.80/user/month
  • Business — $24.80/user/month
  • Enterprise — Call for quote
  • Pinnacle — Call for quote

Some teams need project management to track all of the assignments and reports that have to be completed day-to-day, month-to-month, and so on. Some need PM to help with scheduling and keeping calendars organized. And some need a way to ensure assets and resources are miscounted or misallocated. Wrike is purpose-built to handle that last issue with great effectiveness.

Wrike is a project management platform with many of the foundational functions of its peers in this list. How it stands out from the crowd, more than anything else, is in its resource management features, and its enhanced analytics that help empower resource management decisions. 

For teams working with more than just human assets, it can often be difficult to know what resources are available for use, which ones are spoken for, and which ones will be available for use in the near future. Wrike helps teams account for these concerns natively in the PM workflow, and can even optimize resource strategies for enterprise clients.

Nifty: Best all-in-one


Pros

  • Comprehensive PM “OS”
  • Native chat, file sharing, project scheduling, and more
  • Helps limit tech stack bloat

Cons

  • Limited customizability
  • Heavily dependent on Zapier for integrations
  • Companion mobile app leaves something to be desired
  • Task and schedule management
  • Time tracking and roadmaps
  • File sharing and live chat
  • Free
  • Starter — $5/user/month
  • Pro — $10/user/month
  • Business — $16/user/month
  • Enterprise — Call for quote

Nifty stands out as a solution designed with particular industries in mind. While this limits its usefulness for use cases that fall outside of those targeted applications, it makes it better suited for teams that have less common requirements for their PM software.

Some software solutions are more generalized tools, adaptable to a number of very distinct uses, but not designed around a specific implementation. Others are built with a more focused purpose, and a clear optimal application in mind. Nifty is the latter, and is geared toward supporting teams in complex, highly technical fields.

Teams working in software development, legal casework, engineering, and other industries that require specialized training may find more universal PM tool lacking critical features for them. If that’s the case, they will likely find those more esoteric needs better served by a vendor like Nifty.

Jira: Best for software development


Pros

  • Scrum and kanban boards
  • Strong security features 
  • Less rigid interface and platform, giving devs freedom to customize

Cons

  • UI is less intuitive, and less structured than most non-devs need
  • Limited functionality for external collaboration
  • Limited visualization options (e.g. no Gantt charts)
  • Strong scrum and kanban support
  • Tools and features facilitating the locating, tracking, and fixing of bugs
  • Deeper customization options for users with high levels of technical expertise
  • Free
  • Standard — $7.75/user/month
  • Premium — $15.25/user/month 
  • Enterprise — Call for quote
  • [Yearly subscriptions are available, but the cost is based off of graduated tiers of user numbers, and I wasn’t sure how to represent that here]

Dev teams are often working with very different process demands than other industries, and the software designed for general audiences rarely covers all of the functions they need. In fact, in most cases, the increased “user friendliness” actually makes the tool less useful for technical experts that are fully capable of looking under the hood and making needed changes.

Jira is an answer to that, providing the flexibility and customizability that programmers need to make the tool fit their use case.

“Off-the-shelf” tools serve some users well, but the more technically literate the users, the less helpful an “intuitive” interface is. Unlike other PM tools in this list that prioritize non-developer users, Jira serves its users best by leaving the system as open to tinkering as possible.

Dev teams are a unique example of both knowing best what their use case need, and also knowing how to build the tool they need. Jira provides the basic structure and foundation, then leaves the workbench open for teams to modify and implement the project management solution however they see fit.

Microsoft Project: Best enterprise option


Pros

  • Comprehensive integration with Microsoft suite of products
  • Staggeringly extensive functionality, albeit with a steep learning curve
  • Industry-leading security

Cons

  • Difficult to implement, learn, and use to the full extent
  • More expensive than most competitors
  • Cloud-based or on-prem versions
  • Deep customization and functionality for those that are familiar with the tool
  • Designed to support a dedicated, full-time project manager role

Cloud-based:

  • Project Plan 1 — $10/user/month
  • Project Plan 3 — $30/user/month
  • Project Plan 5 — $55/user/month

On-prem:

  • Project Standard 2021 — $679.99 (one-time purchase)
  • Project Professional 2021 — $1,129.99 (one-time purchase)
  • Project Server — Call for quote

Microsoft’s insular design philosophy can be a severe limitation for many businesses that depend on a full tech stack of third-party apps. But some organizations built on the Microsoft Office product line as a foundation, and the interoperability between Project and the rest of the Office suite cannot be overstated.

Microsoft Project is the tech giant’s PM offering, and is a long-standing solution in the space. Previously a strictly on-prem solution, recent updates to the product have included the release of a cloud-based subscription, to better serve teams that need a little more flexibility and a little less security.

Project is not an ideal fit for every, or even most, businesses. But teams that need to prioritize security, and those that already depend on Microsoft’s family of tools, will likely see a significant amount of value from this PM solution. It just may take some time to get familiar with the software first.

Asana: Best feature set


Pros

  • Free plans include most of the critical features, including automation
  • Easily import and export project data
  • Virtually every possible integration you could need

Cons

  • High price point
  • Customer service has a less than stellar track record
  • Workflow management with automation
  • Customizable dashboards
  • File sharing
  • Numerous visualization options
  • Basic
  • Premium — $13.49/user/month, or $10.99/user/month billed annually
  • Business — $30.49/user/month, or $24.99/user/month billed annually

Asana has one of the most extensive and comprehensive feature sets currently available in the market. The tool is limited to just project management, but it comes with impressive workflow automation options, and the plentiful integrations available to users help cover many of the adjacent functions Asana doesn’t cover. For teams willing to pay for every functionality on their wishlist, Asana is the go-to option

Asana only does one thing, but does that one job better than almost any of its peers. As a standalone project management solution, it’s nearly unrivaled, and its deep reservoir of third-party integrations makes up for many of the limitations that come with its PM-only design. 

It is one of the more expensive options in the market, especially when used at scale. It also can be somewhat rigid in its format or structure in a few odd places, and users often only find this once they’ve already implemented the solution. Most of those instances of inflexibility are more minor quality-of-life details, however, and the core system does an excellent job serving its users’ needs.

Trello: Best for easy-to-use option


Pros

  • Perhaps the most intuitive UI on the market
  • Robust functionality for free users
  • Easy to learn, hard to mess up

Cons

  • Features are simple, and somewhat limited
  • Integrations and more advanced management tools require paid subscription
  • Digital kanban board
  • Best features are available to free users
  • Can be further optimized with integrations and automations
  • Free
  • Standard — $6/user/month, $5/user/month billed annually
  • Premium — $12.50/user/month, $10/user/month billed annually
  • Enterprise — Sliding scale based on user base

Trello is both incredibly intuitive and inexpensive. In fact, nearly all of the core features are included in the free account. Most of the advantages of upgrading to a paid subscription are related to integrations and more advanced task management. If those added features are what your team is looking for, then it may be worth comparing Trello against more comprehensive tools such as those found above.

Trello is, at its core, a digital Kanban board. Customizable columns, where cards can be added, edited, and moved around by clicking and dragging. It’s a virtual version of the sticky note systems used on walls of dev team offices for years. What Trello adds is what any good digital collaboration tool adds: the ability to access and use the board from anywhere.

Trello offers its most important features for free, even for teams. Some more advanced bells and whistles require a subscription, but even then the costs are lower than nearly every competitor. The tools aren’t as robust as those competitors, but if those added functions are what you need, then Trello might be ill-suited to your use case in the first place. 

For those kanban fans, though, it’s perfect.

When to use ClickUp

While the alternatives in the list above all bring considerable value to their target use cases, ClickUp is not without its own merits. Boasting many of the same features as its peers, and in some cases much richer feature sets beyond that, it’s not a tool with overly narrow or limited applicability. 

ClickUp really shines when used by small, growing teams with tight budgets and processes that are not quite set in stone yet. If training on the app can be done in tandem with developing SOPs, it can easily become the preferred productivity tool. Once onboarding practices have started including education on how to make the most of the more advanced features, the platform can easily prove indispensable for teams across the whole organization.

When not to use ClickUp

But, as you might expect, no software can cover every possible use case. ClickUp can be adjusted and customized to suit a wide variety of implementations and applications. But some more specialized industries with unique challenges may find it lacking some critical functionalities.

Teams dealing with the difficulties of agile programming sprints, field service dispatch, talent acquisition professionals, or even large-scale construction crews, may find this tool less effective than a more narrow-focused solution.

Featured Partners

1 monday.com

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monday.com Work OS is the project management software that helps you and your team plan, execute, and track projects and workflows in one collaborative space. Manage everything from simple to complex projects more efficiently with the help of visual boards, 200+ ready-made templates, clever no-code automations, and easy integrations. In addition, custom dashboards simplify reporting, so you can evaluate your progress and make data-driven decisions.

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Big ideas aren’t simple to execute. So we’re here to help you tackle any project, no matter how complex. We’re Quickbase.

Quickbase helps customers see, connect and control complex projects that reshape our world. Whether it’s raising a skyscraper or coordinating vaccine rollouts, the no-code software platform allows business users to custom fit solutions to the way they work – using information from across the systems they already have.

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3 Wrike

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Wrike’s top-notch workflow management software allows you to easily visualize priorities, boost collaboration, and maintain control of your projects. Bonus: you can move seamlessly between apps, without logging in or out. Wrike has more than 400+ integrations with popular platforms such as Google, Dropbox, Microsoft Office, and many more. Automation and AI features strip away time-consuming admin tasks so you can do the best work of your life.

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Methodology and selection process

At TechnologyAdvice, we assess a wide range of factors before selecting our top choices for a given category. To make our selections, we rely on our extensive research, product information, vendor websites, competitor research and first-hand experience. We then consider what makes a solution best for customer-specific needs. 

By defining business needs, we can determine the essential features organizations in various sectors require, and select platforms that will cover all bases. Reputable providers known for their ease of use and customer satisfaction are added to our compilation list for further analysis. We then evaluate each solution on the list based on the features they offer, considering the platform’s usability, integration capabilities, customization options, mobile access, and any other relevant functionalities. Price plans, hidden fees, customer reviews, and customer support are also assessed in the selection process. 

Technology Advice writers will often take advantage of free trials and demos to get a first-hand user experience of available software. Finally, we curate a comprehensive list based on the previously stated factors, ensuring readers have the necessary tools to make an informed decision.

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