Last Updated on August 7, 2014 by Tim
Supercharge your team! That’s the message when bouncing upon the newest up and coming feature to Thrive’s project management software. For years Thrive Solo has been the project and client management hub for freelancers with it’s focus on their own love for design and holistic approach, the team packed features in the application that are pin-point essential for creatives. Now that knowledge is being translated into a framework for teams, perfect for your studio.
We’ve been drooling for the opportunity ourselves to move away from using multiple platforms to manage our own business. Basecamp for project discussions, Freshbooks for invoicing, and multiple other applications to ensure our studio team is engaged and organized. But the results are a clustered workflow and a more costly one at that. We like many other agencies have been crying for an all-in-one solution that looks great, is easy to use, and has powerful functionality.
While new all-in-one solutions have intrigued us and others have only disappointed, the newest offering from Thrive we believe is on the right path to answering all our needs. Combining project management, invoicing, online payments, quotes, planning, time sheets, and business intelligence; Thrive Team has the features to reduce our multiple application clutter, reduce costs, and be effective at delivering their promise. Founder Jerome Iveson shares:
“We’re just about to start the closed beta for our latest product Team. It’s going to be a great tool to help manage a studio. I think the business metrics are even more relevant to the studio owner or project manager – the creative industry is competitive, we want to give our users that competitive edge.
We’ve really streamlined features; trimmed the fat while adding multi-user support. We’ve replaced quite a few underlying systems to make things much quicker and more stable. The UI has also had a refresh, it looks great.”
We first shared Solo in 2010 as the software that sparked interest with its bold design and branding to appeal to the artistic freelancer. But since their first version a second iteration has been launched with a ton of internal learning. While the global freelance community has embraced Solo, which has been acknowledged even further with VC funding, the Thrive team has sensibly grown, and now with Thrive Team and a V3 ready to ship as an all-in-one tool for everyone the Thrive team is embarking on changing how every freelancer and studio delivers results.
Differentiating from competitors such as Basecamp, Asana, Harvest and Freshbooks is key to grabbing the acute attention of designers and agencies, and Thrive does so by focusing on their needs above all else. With over 30 years of experience managing creative studios, they know the workflow and common pain points. Combining that with the software’s aesthetic the project management tool for teams and freelancers helps ensure maximizing of profits with great UI and business intelligence. “We aim to make it easier for creatives to run their studios so they can concentrate on the bits of the job they love, while giving them the reassurance their business is performing at its maximum potential.” Says Jerome.
Studio management just got sexy! You can sign up for the beta of Thrive Team on their launch page and get involved in shaping the perfect studio management tool for your agency.