[Status: Not Planned] Please allow single user licenses

I've been researching extensively, and there's nothing on the market that really works that well for freelancers who want to manage their own projects.

Wrike seemed like a really great fit for this, but you demand a minimum of 5 licenses, which makes it pretty unaffordable.

I think you're really missing an opportunity here.

Please rethink this limitation and let me know if you have a change of heart.

I can honestly say would change my life.

Thanks

Phil

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It really doesn't make any sense that I have 6 people on my team but have to buy 10 licenses, 4 of which go to waste.

My organization has 15+ licenses but it's split by department (because your billing system doesn't allow for separate billing by department within one account), so it is extremely frustrating that even though we're way over the 5 minimum, a department of 3, or 6, have to waste licenses and pay for nothing. As a non profit this wasted expense is hard to swallow.

Putting in a strong vote for a solution to be put in place sooner rather than later.

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I love the capabilities that Wrike has for licensed users, but I would have to pay nearly $200 per month to use those tools. Seriously... as a single user, I perceive that as robbery. The free version of Wrike does virtually nothing that I need it to do and only serves as a frustrating tease to manipulate me into being gouged by a crazy high license fee.  

Since Wrike is offering NO reasonable solution, I'd like to present my own solution(s) to fellow solo-preneurs and small teams. 

Project/task management and collaboration: Trello (FREE)

Time tracking and invoicing to integrate freely with Trello: Harvest $12/mo after free trial

Proofing with granular commenting (2 options): 

  1. Google Drive's commenting feature (FREE!) with the ability to prevent users from downloading your protected files (FREE!)
  2. Adobe Acrobat's "Send for Commenting", "Shared Commenting", and "Send for Signature" features (NO ADDITIONAL COST if you're already using Adobe's Creative Cloud.)  You're welcome.

File Management: Google Drive folder sharing (FREE) with ability to limit user permissions (FREE)

I also use Gmail (FREE) which can also be freely integrated with Trello to make task recording oh so easy.

Wrike, your unwillingness to accommodate our requests for single-user licenses has rightfully provoked this comment. Respectfully, I hope you'll leave it here for those who need a reasonable solution.

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I used Wrike from month, waiting for a plan for single user...
and ready to pay a honest price.


For everyone as me, only one word ClickUp... and it's free "forever"

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I just browsed ClickUp (thanks Fabien Calais) , that kind of features and pricing will surely change the game. This might become a case study in a business class one day to demonstrate what happens to companies that don't listen but to their own voices !. 

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I broke down and bought it in May.  But will not be renewing my subscription as the reporting features are only available in enterprise and i'm not prepared to fork out for that.  Not enough features for that price.  I tried Monday.com and others and have finally settled on a hybrid of Monday.com and MSProject which has been the best.  Wrike is nice, but it lacks essential features such as reporting and a decent way to get information out once its in.  After using it I wouldn't buy again even if a single user option was available.  

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Abdulsattar Al Murshidi Just saw you mentioned ClickUp. Great suggestion and I should thank Fabien Calais given you credited his initial mention of it. I love it, "a case study in a business class", you sir nailed it. I give Wrike 6 months before they start feeling the pressure from not only platforms like ClickUp, but even their current competition that hopes to maintain stake in becoming the household project management software of the future. 

The pricing difference is hilarious, the future is bright fellow "reasonably priced single user license" proponents.

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Thanks Dean Davis, you might want to checkout Teambition as well ( https://us.teambition.com/)   I have been using it (alongside  Wrike and asana) for over a year. We love it. No single user option but the pricing vs features is really good. We pay USD460/yr for 10 staff. The equivalent product from Wrike with same features will cost over USD 1200 for 5 staff. I hate having to mention competitive products in this platform but after 2 years of waiting for a response I can now justify it!. 

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I'd also like to add that the point about Wrike "being for teams" and not less than 5, I want to say I understand that but then why not only allow a minimum of 5, but after that you can add 1, 2, 6, whatever you need? It just doesn't make any sense to force people to buy a set 5 of if they only need 3. Adobe's model is an example, I can add 1, 2, 3, or 5 licenses, whatever I need. If you could provide an explanation as to why Wrike's billing is setup this way, I am curious to know.

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Thank you all for the suggestion for ClickUp, it looks like a great alternative to Wrike.

I was very close to purchasing 2 Wrike subscriptions for our company and for personal use, but had conflict with our management due to the estimated pricing.

Our department is 6 people, and getting the 10 user license is too steep. A single user license would have been a great option for us to slowly implement and ease into the Wrike workflow.

I wanted to use Wrike as a project management tool for my own personal projects, but wont for obvious reasons already stated in previous comments.

Of course I will miss the Wrike platform, I fell in love with it. But it seems like ClickUp is planning to implement Gantt charts this September, which was the only feature that I would have greatly missed in Wrike. 

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 I wanted to give you an update on a hot new app. It's Notion.so OMG!!!!!!!!!!  ClickUp is powerful and looks clean. I wanted something that I could use like evernote too. I found Dottotech on youtube who was pissed Evernote hyped a big refresh only to be a logo revamp. Some big companies run stale, at least Evernote was lowering their price. Dotto said to check out Notion to see what real innovation looks like. I'd rather try smaller app that is hungry to innovate and back up my data to amazon clouddrive and google drive. Both are cheap. 

 

Thanks again to everyone here, and thanks to Wrike for this product feedback thread so members can explore options that respond to product feedback of the project management community.

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Hey I also wanna give love to Abdulsattar Al Murshidi, believe it or not this is the first I've heard of Teambition. Very impressive, looks like they even have custom workflow. Killer find my man you know what's going on. 

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I am really interested in "Wrike" and I would like to use it daily but for a single user in order to really work with the app a Professional account profile is strictly needed (with timeline, subtasks and so on). the cost per month only for me is a bit too expensive. I strongly believe in the power of this product but I cannot afford such expensive.

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TIP: single user license.

 

 

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Another vote for single user licenses from me too.

I'd pay out of my own pocket so I can at least use Wrike for long enough to demonstrate the added value it would have to management. We're not going to be able to convince a 350 + organization of the business case for Wrike on a two week trial...   

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Another vote for single user licenses. My team is evaluating Wrike and so far we really like the product. I have to agree that it's frustrating to only be able to purchase 5 seats at a time, which is especially wasteful for small teams.

I loved the idea of using multiple accounts and wanted to create an account for my own personal and even individual professional projects. Especially one that I could take with me even if I move on from my current company. To have to pay for 4 additional seats just to get features as core as subtasks instantly turned me off to the idea. I'm willing to pay a bit more for a single user license, but not list price for 5 users.

I really can't understand why a modern cloud SaaS would not be able to offer individual accounts for any reason other than squeezing more money out of small numbers of people. Which is the opposite of what makes sense - 200-person teams won't mind buying 5-10 seats at a time, but far more difficult for single-digit teams to justify. While I don't know the numbers I really can't see how Wrike isn't losing more sales than it's gaining by forcing individuals or teams under ten to buy seats they may never use.

One last reason to consider: most people in this thread, and really anyone considering individual use of the service are professionals, often at some level of management. These kinds of users can carry the product with them between ventures and sell other people, teams, and companies on Wrike.

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Another request for the same from me.  I've gone to ClickUp now though.

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I would also like to request that the Wrike team offers single user licences. It seems absurd to me that they are completely ignoring this part of the market. I am happy to pay for useful tools for personal use like Grammarly, Spotify, Google Drive, Microsoft, Wunderlist, Adobe, Foxit. I simply don't understand why Wrike and several other project management tools insist on only offering 5 user licences as a minimum.

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Thanks guys for ClickUp suggestion! I stuck with the same problem lacking a single user licence option and lack of necessary features in Professional plan. I used Wrike previously at work and was quite familiar with it, but now trying for myself, I cannot accept the available pricing plans.

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Advocating single-user licenses.

I use Target Process at work as the team migrated from Mingle. We also use Trello for Agile retros. As a team lead, Wrike is a one-stop shop and we tend to adopt these solutions after they have been proven to organize personal priorities. Two days into my trial I hit purchase only to be greeted by the user minimum wall. 

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Another +1 for single-user licenses.  Also another person who misread the pricing plans and felt blindsided by the actual cost. Glad to know it wasn't just me.

I really appreciate all the suggested alternatives in this thread!  The thing I liked most about Wrike was the flexibility in nesting folders and projects.  Most of the project management tools I've trialed have a set number of levels to play with.  If anyone has suggestions for tools with flexible levels of subfolders/subprojects, that are priced for single users, I'd love to hear it.

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Yet another +1 for single-user licenses.  Even single people can need to manage complex workloads and want the ability for Gantt charts, custom workflows tailored to the way they are most efficient.  I am a free-lance architect managing lots of projects and want a better solution that trello, and yanado, and Monday, etc.  I used to use Wrike at a company I worked for and it was great.  Now that I work for myself I find I have literally paying every month for a less effective solution after less effective solution.  Wrike could be making that money. 

I have no intention of growing.  I don't want to employ others and so will never reach the 5 person threshold.  And even if I did someday, I wouldn't want to have to redesign and start using new workflows instead of continuing one perfected starting now.  This just seems so unbelievably stupid.  

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This is another sincere request for single-user licenses.

I just reached the end of my trial period and am shocked to not find a single-user option.

During my trial the sales person left several messages, each one mentioning my "team" but I laughed that off when I listened to their messages - since there is no "team" other than myself. LIttle did I realize this is because it can only be purchased for teams

I have come to LOVE Wrike over the past 2 weeks...but I cannot afford to pay for 5 licenses when I just need one.

I beg Wrike to re-consider having individual plans. I would probably become an evangelist for this software if that were an option.

I am deeply bummed that I may not be able to use this great software that I have come to love.

 

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Too bad. I add my +1 for single user licence. Compared to other alternatives mentioned here, Wrike is popular:


Alexa Rank:

trello.com: 176
evernote.com: 381
asana.com: 664
monday.com: 2,288
wrike.com: 3,920
teambition.com: 5,758
clickup.com: 16,192
ntaskmanager.com: 99,478
facilethings.com: 175,476

 

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Can't see why Wrike hasn't allowed single user licenses. Used the trial and loved it, but cannot pay $125 a month for one user! 

 

The amount of revenue they could get from single user licenses (and then scaling with these 1 person businesses to add more users as they grow) seems a huge amount, that they're willing to let go because of a seemingly stupid pricing model. 

 

Would love to use Wrike, but cannot pay 5 times the amount for a single user. I agree even a 2 user minimum would make me purchase Wrike, but not a 5 user minimum. 

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While wrike is a cool piece of software, the world has moved on since this thread was first made in 2017, it is no longer relevant if you ask me. There are ample choices now. In addition to what was listed above by Mihai Vasilache , considere ZOHO and ODOO. Both have fantastic offerings. For instance Zoho offers a Zoho One package and for a single user licence  you get an amazing project manager plus 40 other apps at your disposal for just USD 30/month. The other apps include Accounting , CRM , HR management , Sales , Creator (which you can use to create any app you want within minutes using drag and drop), Help desk and Ticketing , Inventory , Recruits etc etc. Projects , the project management app, is not just very powerful and customizable , it also integrates with Accounting , HR and CRM or full automation. 

for usd 30/month you can run your entire business. PS: I don't work there , I am just a paying customer who appreciates quality and reasonable pricing.  Move on guys .... 😊

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+1 For the ability to add one license at a time, a la Adobe. I have a team of four right now, but once we hit six, as much as I like Wrike, I will not be doubling my expense.

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Just came back to say that I found a replacement for Wrike that really works for me: Amazing Marvin.  It's single user only, but it has all of the functionality I appreciated in Wrike and more, at a very reasonable $12/mo ($8/mo for a yearly subscription).  Things I love about it:

- the ability to organize tasks via an infinitely nestable list of folders, subfolders, projects, and subprojects

- a clear distinction between "due dates" and "do dates", so that you can change around your daily plans as needed while keeping track of hard deadlines

- a simple, elegant interface with tons of additional features (duration estimates, procrastination counts, pomodoro timers, weekly and monthly views) that you can optionally enable, so the app has the features you want and only the features you want

There's a free month-long trial, I highly recommend folks check it out.

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Another +1 for single user licences - got all the way through the sign-up process and then paused at the 5-user minimum and then decided no as it's just me.  Really like the look of your product and was keen - seems like you've done a great job.  I just wanted to record my support for all the reasons outlined by others here as to why people would love the single-user option.  

I have still appreciated this thread, though, as through reading this discussion I have found an alternative which I would not have otherwise.  All the best.

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I was waiting for that single user license for a long time and finally decided to move on to another tool. I choose ClickUp and have been very happy with it. Even in their free version you got more features than with Wrike. Hope it will be helpful for some of you!

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Yes, I’ve also gone with the paid versions of ClickUp and Toggl. Really happy so far.

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