Freelancers have a lot on their plate. They have to manage their time, their finances, their clients, and their projects. It can be tough to keep everything straight, but luckily, there are tools to help. In this blog post, we will compare some of the most popular project management tools to help you decide which one is right for you.
Let’s take a closer look at Honeybook, 17hats and Kosmo to see which one might be the best project management option for your business.
Honeybook vs 17hats vs Kosmo Features Comparison
|Price||$39/month||Free, Monthly plans $15, $30, $60||Free or $9/month|
|Clients||Unlimited (paid)||Free||2 Free, Unlimited (paid)|
|Time Tracking||yes||+$5 extra||yes|
|Task Management||yes||Paid only||yes|
|Total Price Per Year||$390||Free, $150, $300, $600||👍 Free or $90|
Overall the three platforms offer many similar 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.
Here are a few snapshots of each platform.
Project preview using Honeybook
Tasks preview using 17hats
Invoice preview using Kosmo
What is the price difference between Honeybook, 17hats and Kosmo?
Honeybook does not have a free plan and only offers a single paid plan that you can subscribe to either monthly or annually. The plan costs $39/month (HoneyBook Pricing). Additionally, they do not allow you to use your own PayPal or Stripe account and charge a processing fee of 3% on Card or 1.5% on ACH (bank transfer) transactions.
17hats offers a basic free version that lets you add clients and projects, but you can’t create invoices or tasks. For many freelancers the functions start to become interesting at the higher price levels of $15/month, $30/month and $60/month. If you need to track your time, you’ll need to purchase their time tracking add-on for an additional $5/month which most other platforms offer for free (17hats pricing).
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. Honeybook’s yearly price is $390. 17hats offers a limited free plan and costs either $150, $300 or $600 per year for the pro plans. Kosmo offers a free plan as well as a $90/year pro plan.
Honeybook vs 17hats vs Kosmo: The Final Verdict
Honeybook, 17hats 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.
Honeybook has many features that are similar to what competitors are offering. However, it might be a turnoff for some, that you cannot connect your own PayPal or Stripe account. If you want to receive a credit card payment or bank transfer from your client, you will have to use them as a payment processor at their 3% processing fee for card and 1.5% for ACH payments. Total per year cost for Honeybook is $390, which might be on the higher side when compared to other platforms offering many of the same features.
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.
17hats offers many similar functions to their competitors, but lacks other features like proposals that many other platforms provide. Depending on the plan you subscribe to you are limited in the amount of documents you can send to your clients. For them documents mean, quotes, contracts, invoices and questionnaires. In total if you plan to stay on their platform for a full year and need any of their premium features it would cost you $150, $300 or $600.
🤖 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.
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