If you’ve been on the hunt for a new productivity or project management app, you’ve probably heard of or read about Slack and Asana. While the two may seem like they accomplish the same thing, they actually have different purposes.

Asana vs Slack home views

Asana’s free version works for teams of 15 people or less; Slack’s free version allows access to the latest 10,000 messages from your team.

So in a way, pricing is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, but the idea is the same. The more you pay, the more storage, features, and integrations you get.

Slack home view
Slack home reference view

You won’t get access to all the features, but it at least gives you the basics if you’re on a small budget or just have simple projects. Both apps offer discounts for yearly subscriptions.

Slack’s paid pricing plans start at $6.67/user/month and Asana’s start at $10.99/user/month. The paid plans for Asana include access to its new Workflow Builder, which helps you create automated processes to coordinate your teams.

Both Slack and Asana have enterprise pricing options for larger organizations that need a more custom option.

Final thoughts

For Asana vs Slack, they’re built for different purposes. Asana is going to give you everything you need for the tried-and-true, classic project management system. Slack is made to help teams communicate and keep track of written communication––kind of like a new and improved email function.

If your team already uses Outlook or Gmail, and it just needs to keep track of projects, Asana will probably be your best bet. If you are looking to overhaul your communication in addition to your project management processes, then you may want both Asana and Slack.

Laptop screen showing task management tools
Laptop screen showing task management tools

Have you used Asana or Slack? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below about which features and capabilities you like the best for each app.

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