Monday.com’s individual plan is free and, like all permanent free plans, it’s too limited to work for most needs. There is no longer a project limit, but users are limited to two, while automations or integrations are not allowed at all. Storage is also limited to 500 MB.
Individual users get access to email support and all the features offered under the basic plan. But without access to automations, the service won’t save you much time, and you’ll bump into the storage cap pretty quickly too.
Basic offers unlimited users and extends the storage limit to 5GB, but automations or integrations are still not offered.
Task management tools include a Kanban board and spreadsheet-like view, subtasks and custom fields, but no Gantt chart or task dependencies. Milestones can be measured with a workaround, but are not included as a main feature in Basic or in a subscription. Preset and custom project templates are available, and data visualization tools include dashboards, a widget builder, and preset charts and widgets. You also get task notes, an online whiteboard, and document editing, but you don’t have access to resource management tools, team messages, calendars, or a project bulletin board.
Security features include two-factor authentication and user permissions. Email support is offered, but (like all monday.com plans) it’s not 24/7 and there’s no phone or live chat option.
Default doesn’t add much to the Basics. The big additions are automations and integrations, both with a maximum of 250 actions per month. You also get the Gantt chart view and the ability to offer guest access, as well as a calendar – which is useful for planning when collaborating with colleagues.
Pro increases the storage limit to 100 GB and dramatically expands the automations and integrations to 25,000 actions per month. New features include task dependencies, budget management (using the ‘Formula Column’ feature), a custom diagram builder, resource management, and time tracking.
Finally, Enterprise adds onboarding assistance and the largest limits to date, as well as 1,000 GB of storage and 250,000 actions per month for automations and integrations. Like Smartsheet’s enterprise option, it’s a plan for large companies that have outgrown the previous plan.
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Smartsheet vs monday.com – Which has the best free plan?
monday.com offers a better free plan than Smartsheet as it includes all the features of monday.com’s basic paid plan, although there are additional restrictions. Monday.com’s free plan may be called “Individual”, but it actually supports up to two users.
Meanwhile, Smartsheet does not offer a completely free plan, but allows users to share projects with guests, who can then view, edit and update the projects as if they were a user.
Ultimately, though, neither free option is going to make the cut for a growing business. Starting with the monday.com individual subscription isn’t a bad idea, but the benefits of project management software really come into their own when you start using automations to make repetitive operations less time consuming and add integrations that allow you to handle all your software needs from a single hub .
Once a paid plan has saved you a few hours of work over an entire month, it’s likely paid for itself.