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Software Review: Paymo [2017]

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General Information
Name: Paymo
Vendor: Paymo LLC
Hosting options available only for the web
Prices and plans: $14.95/user/month, which includes all features. You can try everything for free for 15 days.
Languages: 18 options, one the most generous I’ve seen!
Currency: Loads. They are likely to be around 18 to match the language options.
Basic features of starting a project
Paymo is not one of the software that I reviewed this year that makes it difficult to start new projects.
Click the big “Add Project” button. Enter the project description and client information. There are many greens to choose from so I can match my corporate colours.
Paymo allows you to create a project and then add tasks. I was not impressed by the fact that each task must be added to a tasklist. I didn’t know why I would want to create new task lists so I created one. It simply displays the tasks grouped together. To group or categorise tasks, you could use a tasklist such as by the person doing the work or by project stage.
I liked that you don’t have to click as much to move on to the next task. You can quickly enter multiple tasks by simply typing the task name and clicking Add Task. I don’t like too many mandatory fields. You can mark a task complete within the task details or the list.
Paymo’s task information pane is very intuitive. You don’t need to save or enter in many of the fields. Once it’s displayed, it’s done.
You can link milestones with a task list, but not to a task. It’s not a dynamic link, so it won’t let you know that you missed a milestone if your tasks aren’t completed on time.
Paymo is a platform that targets small and medium-sized businesses that provide services to other people. Everything that has to do with a project is related to the client.
Although there are many options for reporting, they only report on the time spent on the project and the associated costs. These reports are useful for billing clients or giving clients information, but they may not be as useful for determining if your internal team is under-resourced.
Reports are versatile. You can either have them live or static. This allows you to produce snapshots or real-time reports depending on what you need.
The dashboard is where you would go to find your other data. It looks great. It is not possible to drill down into the dashboard. The Paymo dashboard picture is better than the one I had. There are many widgets that can be added to the dashboard, but I was unsure how to do so.
Paymo dashboard for trial projects. This is how yours might look if you had more data and widgets.
This is the Paymo dashboard, as illustrated in the presskit. There are many widgets and useful data. You can choose to view the data in lists, month to view/weekly to view with different colors to highlight your projects (hence why you should choose a project color).
Mobile and integration
Paymo offers an API and apps for Apple devices. You can also download one from Google Play. Desktop widgets for Windows or Mac allow you to track time and update projects without needing to visit the website. Zapier integrations are also available, making it really flexible.
Tailor it for you
Paymo’s flexibility to be tailored to your needs is one of its greatest assets. Add photos of your team. Add a logo. Choose your colours. Best of all:

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