SmartSheet provides users with a detailed way to manage any type of work. There application has numerous features which make it a highly diverse tool that can be applied to many situations. Users can come up with a plan for completing a project alone or with a team. SmartSheet also provides tools to plan marketing strategies. An admirable list of templates is also available to build organizational tools, such as to do lists, budgets, event plans, project trackers, tradeshow planning, human resources documents, sales, and much more. SmartSheet also includes calendars for flawless scheduling, discussions, file sharing, survey forms, reporting feature and more. Users can incorporate their branding, access SmartSheet through mobile devices and set up workspaces. There is little that SmartSheet cannot do for a project or business.
SmartSheet was founded in 2005. Based out of Bellevue, Washington, the team currently includes CEO Mark P. Mader, CTO John Creason, Vice President of Product Management Eric Browne, founder and chairman Brent R. Frei, and Vice President of Marketing Maria Colacurcio. The application was intended to offer users a better way to complete online work management tasks. Today, it does just that with numerous tools that cover just about every aspect of marketing, team management and project planning.
SmartSheet offers many of the same tried and true tools that other applications offer. What makes SmartSheet a little different is the sheer quantity of tools available. The application covers a lot of ground. While other applications focus on one or two areas, SmartSheet stretches out to cover them all.
SmartSheet is very professional, and the tool itself may border on bland for some users with grey and white menus and black text. This works very well for SmartSheet’s intended purpose. The appearance makes it easy to share SmartSheet with coworkers and other relevant individuals. SmartSheet lets users get the job done without unnecessary fluff. Each tool is well organized, which helps maximize efficiency and makes it easier for new users to learn the SmartSheet system.
Visitors can register for a SmartSheet account by clicking on the green “Try for free” button found along the bottom, left hand side of the homepage. No billing information is required to start the free trial. The user must enter a valid email address then click the black “Create My Account” button. Next, the user must check their email inbox for a confirmation message that includes an activation link. After activating the account, the user can begin their trial of SmartSheet or upgrade to a paid membership.
All new SmartSheet users are given a 30 day free trial. After that period has passed, the user must choose from one of five membership plans. The cheapest is the Basic, which runs about $10 per month. This plan allows one sheet creator, unlimited users, up to ten sheets, alerts, reminders, mobile access, calendars, discussions, SSL security, 3 GBs of file storage and smart sourcing tools. The next membership up is the Advanced which costs around $30 and upgrades to include up to 50 sheets, 15 GBs of storage, Gantt charts, custom logos and colors, reporting, survey forms and the premium support pack. The Team membership costs about $50 per month and includes up to three sheet creators, 150 sheets and 40 GBs of storage. The Team Plus plan costs about $80 per month and includes up to 10 sheet creators, 500 sheets and 60 GBs of storage. The most expensive plan is the Enterprise which runs about $150 per month and includes up to 25 or more sheet creators, 1,000 sheets and 100 GBs of storage. Users can add additional sheet creators to the Enterprise plan for about $6 per month per creator.
Professionals who want to find a better way to manage a project or business can really get into SmartSheet. The application does many things, so the user can make a single purchase instead of searching for additional applications to handle other tasks.