It's Saturday--just three days before a major deadline for one of your biggest clients. You head to the office for a status report and, lo and behold, no one else bothered to show up.
Should you assume this is because the project has been completed and you have absolutely nothing to worry about? Not if you're a smart entrepreneur. Instead, you're more likely to jump on the phone and track down all the various people involved in the project to figure out what the heck is going on.
If you're ready to leave those frantic, last-minute status reports behind for good, consider project management programs like Microsoft Project, SureTrak and TurboProject, which can help you stay on top of your projects from start to finish. Not only can they help you meet deadlines, but they can also assist you in allocating he time and resources that are necessary for you to get your work done.
Cassandra Cavanah is a computer journalist with an entrepreneurial focus who's made a homebased career of writing and consulting on tech-related issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.