There are a lot of different tools available to help freelancers stay organized and manage their projects. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, I’ll compare three of the most popular options – Bonsai, Plutio and Kosmo – to help you make a decision.
Let’s take a closer look at Bonsai, Plutio and Kosmo to see which one might be the best project management option for your business.
Bonsai vs Plutio vs Kosmo Features Comparison
|Monthly plans $19, $29
|Monthly plans $19, $39, $99
|Free or $9/month
|3, Unlimited, Unlimited (paid only)
|2 Free, Unlimited (paid)
|Total Price Per Year
|$192 or $288
|$199, $399, $999
|👍 Free or $90
Overall the three platforms offer many comparable features. In the end, users are likely to make their decision based on personal preference and needed features. Kosmo for example offers completely custom contracts that can be signed online as well as invoices that allow you to add your own branding.
Kosmo’s platform is simple to use and intuitive, cutting down on onboarding time so freelancers can continue focusing on what they do best.
Following are a few snapshots of what an Invoice would look like on each platform.
Invoice preview using Bonsai
Invoice preview using Plutio
Invoice preview using Kosmo
What is the price difference between Bonsai, Plutio and Kosmo?
Bonsai does not offer a free plan and you need to enter your credit card information to use their 14 days trial (more info about Bonsai’s cost). They offer a limited plan for $19/month, but if you would like to use all features you need to subscribe to their Plus plan at $29/month. Bonsai also charges you a 1% fee on top of the PayPal and Stripe fees, if you want to use your own PayPal or Stripe account.
Unfortunately, Plutio does not offer a free plan. At their $19/month solo level you can create up to 3 clients. If you need to invite more clients, you’ll have to upgrade to their $39/month plan. In terms of features, the more you pay the more features become available to you.
Kosmo’s free plan includes 2 clients, 2 projects, 1 invoice per month and more essential features. Plus, you don’t need to enter your credit card to get started. If your freelancing business grows you can upgrade to the unlimited plan for $9/month. Kosmo also allows you to add your own PayPal and Stripe account and does not charge any processing fees.
The yearly price difference when comparing all three platforms is significant. Bonsai starts at $192/year, but also has a $288/year plan. Plutio currently has three plans at $199, $399 and $999 per year. Kosmo offers a free plan as well as a $90/year pro plan.
Bonsai vs Plutio vs Kosmo: The Final Verdict
Bonsai, Plutio and Kosmo are all freelance project management platforms designed to help freelancers (and other businesses) optimize their operations. All three platforms offer similar features that differ on complexity and customization options. In the end it comes down to what the freelancer truly needs to run an efficient business.
Overall, Bonsai provides a lot of functionality at different price points (if you want them all you need to purchase all their add-ons like Bonsai Tax at another $10/month), but the lack of a free plan makes it less appealing to freelancers that don’t have many new clients sign up on a weekly basis. The yearly price of $192 might be a bit too much for many freelancers and the additional 1% fee on PayPal and Stripe payments is another expense to be aware of.
If you don’t work for a large agency and are looking for a clean uncluttered interface, beautiful branded invoices, customizable documents and a competitive price – Kosmo will work best for you. Also, you can use your own payment accounts like PayPal and Stripe. Kosmo does not charge any processing fees on those payments.
Plutio can compete on many features that competitors are offering. Unfortunately, they do not currently offer a free plan that would be good for freelancers who are just getting started. If you decide to subscribe to their annual plan the cost for their plans would be $199, $399 or $999 per year.
🤖 Why should I sign up for Kosmo?
- Functional free plan with Clients, Projects, Time Tracking, Invoices and everything needed to get new and established freelancers going.
- Simple and easy to use platform.
- Beautiful invoices and proposals.
- Founder level support that cares about your business.
Get Organized & Win More Clients
Kosmo has everything you need to run your freelancing business.