February 17, 2015

Duet – Integrated Project Management for Freelancers

Duet is an integrated solution that combines many separate project management and invoicing features into a unified application. Aimed at freelancers and small business owners, Duet provides ways for its users to save money and work faster while retaining full control over their sensitive data.

Duet’s installation wizard will guide you through the process of setting up your account, from uploading Duet to your server all the way to setting up Paypal or Stripe for online invoice collection. Duet’s interface comes with features for task management, time management, and file sharing. Review everything that’s happened with yourself or your colleagues by clicking on the Activity Stream. This is the place where you’ll see information about file uploads, task status changes, and other project milestones. Discuss tasks with your colleagues using Duet’s built-in discussions tool.

When a project is complete, you can invoice clients with Duet and receive electronic payments online. You’ll also receive instant email notifications when changes have been made to invoices and when new invoices have been created for your account. Finally, it’s important to note that all data that runs through Duet is stored in a MySQL database, which means users always have complete control over who has access to their project information.

Practical Uses:

  • Keep all project files and task information in one place
  • Give clients access to their own self-service portals
  • Invoice clients and accept payments online
  • Access complete task lists from any desktop or mobile device

Insider Tips:

  • Choose from one of several pre-built themes
  • Click on the “Reporting” tab to track revenue changes
  • Duet can be translated into dozens of different languages
  • Duet integrates with Stripe and Paypal

What we liked:

  • Users can store their data on private servers
  • Account setup takes just five to 10 minutes
  • Users can make CSS changes to modify the look of the application
  • Duet only charges a one-time fee

What we didn’t like:

  • Users are only given free updates for one year


Company Info:


  • $49


  1. If you’re looking for self hosted project management, check out Pancake App too. It’s a bit more expensive, but I made the switch from duet about 2 year ago and I’ve never looked back. Pancake is much more refined than duet and has a more responsive support team.

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