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I have finally reached the stage in my "business" where I need some sort of assistance with project management. Does anyone have any recommendations for software or systems for organization of  projects? I basically just need a nice interface where I can store project descriptions, files, dates, and customer info, with a "overview" that lists the project dates and status'. I'm not working on anything large enough to warrant something like Microsoft Project Pro...yet.

Presently i'm just using folders on a NAS with index files that describe the folder's contents. It works for organization, but lacks the "overview" aspect.
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I just do all that in a google doc
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I just do all that in a google doc

Thats basically what i'm doing now. It works well, its just hard to keep track of project timetables without going and checking each project manually.
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its just hard to keep track of project timetables without going and checking each project manually.

Why dont you simply make a php page that cares for the deadline or other timeline state of your projects and then send message to your arduino using HTTP Requests and then display the prompts! over a LCD screen?
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I know people for which Excel is the holy grail of Proj. mgmt.
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I do a simple work log on excel with time and dates that I work on the project and what I worked on, version of software, circuit board etc. I can't keep track of every aspect of a project. I have to review them if I work on them after not working on them for a while. I also keep a pin usage list in excel detailing which pin is used for what. The PC folder structure serves as my organizer. I also have printouts of things I consider important (say client sent in a description of diagram and I print and date) or convenient to have on paper, in a hanging folder. I don't know how formal you want to go. The more you organize, the more you waste time organizing smiley

I also use a lot of boxes. I have boxes for each project, different size "Really useful boxes". I keep stuff I received for each job until the client asks them back. They usually don't, cause they keep coming back for updates and upgrades smiley-wink .

So far it's kept my sanity and I didn't trip over too much stuff laying around. I also recently invested a bit on decent tools. Must have if you are ramping up your business. Can't be held back by cheap tools if others depend on your work.
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I do a simple work log on excel with time and dates that I work on the project and what I worked on, version of software, circuit board etc. I can't keep track of every aspect of a project. I have to review them if I work on them after not working on them for a while. I also keep a pin usage list in excel detailing which pin is used for what. The PC folder structure serves as my organizer. I also have printouts of things I consider important (say client sent in a description of diagram and I print and date) or convenient to have on paper, in a hanging folder. I don't know how formal you want to go. The more you organize, the more you waste time organizing smiley

I also use a lot of boxes. I have boxes for each project, different size "Really useful boxes". I keep stuff I received for each job until the client asks them back. They usually don't, cause they keep coming back for updates and upgrades smiley-wink .

So far it's kept my sanity and I didn't trip over too much stuff laying around. I also recently invested a bit on decent tools. Must have if you are ramping up your business. Can't be held back by cheap tools if others depend on your work.

This may work. I could keep a spreadsheet of active projects, that includes things like hours, delivery dates, costs, etc, and then just use the folder structure for storing files. I have taken a couple project management classes in college, so I am very familiar with the "The more you organize, the more you waste time organizing". Spend 4 hours filling out gantt charts, making reports, and doing calculations, all on 3 hours of work.

I also have the boxes of parts from clients. That was my first surprise. Customers spend all this money sending me this stuff, and none of them want it back.
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Non-chargeable hours smiley-sad All the time generating quotes, logging hours, reading and replying emails, backing up files, just for a few hours of pay. Yep, that sounds all too familiar smiley

Trust me, if you're good, which I think you are, they come with cash and keep paying for your work. There are so many not-so-good engineers and programmers out there. We wouldn't have these jobs if all engineers/programmers are worth their titles smiley-wink
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