Asana Pricing: Free & Paid Plans in 2021

Asana has one of the best free plans on the market, but its paid plans can be quite steep. This Asana pricing guide will break it all down for you in detail.

Fergus O'Sullivan
By Fergus O'Sullivan (Editor-at-Large)
— Last Updated: 2021-01-07T17:14:48+00:00

At Cloudwards, we’ve reviewed over 20 tools to come up with our ranking of the best project management software. Among the very top you’ll find Asana, which we like for a bunch of reasons you can read all about in our full Asana review. However, its price plans can prove a little confusing, which is why we’ve decided to dedicate an article to Asana pricing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Asana’s free plan is one of the best in the market, together with Trello’s and Jira’s.
  • The Premium plan upgrade is probably vital to many small-to-medium-sized businesses, but we wouldn’t rush into upgrading to the Business plan.
  • Asana is affordable, but not cheap. Depending on your situation, it may pay to shop around if you’re not too crazy about the $11 per user per month price tag.

Before we get into Asana’s prices, we’d just like to point you to our monday.com review, which is one of the few project management tools that narrowly beats out Asana to the top of the pile. As much as we like Asana, monday.com does a few things just a bit better. To see exactly how the two compare, check out our monday.com vs Asana article. Now, let’s talk turkey.

  • Asana’s Premium plan costs $13.49 per user per month on the month-to-month plan, while the Business plan is $30.49 per user per month. These costs go down significantly if you take out an annual subscription.

  • Yes, Asana is one of the best in the project management business for smaller teams and larger teams, alike. It has great features, is easy to use and has a fantastic free plan.

  • If you run a small business or are on your own, Asana’s free plan is probably just about perfect. A medium-sized company will do well with the Premium plan, while larger teams will most likely need to look into the Business or Enterprise plans.

Asana Pricing: Plan & Cost Guide

Asana has a four-tier pricing structure: you can get started with a generous free plan, there are two paid plans (Premium, Business) and a top-tier Enterprise plan. You’ll need to contact Asana directly about the Enterprise plan if you’re interested. We’ve put all prices in a table below for your convenience; we’ll talk the specifics of each plan after.

Free
  • Up to 15 users
Premium
  • Price is per user. unlimited users, expanded features
Business
  • Price is per user. unlimited users, even more features
Enterprise
  • Custom pricing, advanced security features

How Much Does Asana Cost?

As you can see, the Asana pricing is all pretty logical, though there is a big jump in price between the Premium and Business plans. Also, when we contacted Asana, they gave us a very conditional price for the Enterprise plan of $600 per user per year, assuming a team of 100 people and all standard Enterprise features.

Is There a Free Version of Asana?

Asana has an excellent free plan, and it ranks among the best free project management software because of it. Like Trello (we compare the two in our Asana vs Trello article), it offers an almost full experience for free users, meaning that small companies could conceivably plan all their projects and workflow without spending a single penny.

There are a few limits, of course: for one, the free plan limits you to 15 users (Jira, in contrast, limits you to 10, as you can read in our Jira review). You also can’t have more than 1,000 tasks active at any one time, though how you’d get that many with just 15 people, we don’t know.

More interesting is what the free plan does allow, such as unlimited file storage. File size is capped at 100MB, though. However, it’s still a better deal than most unlimited cloud storage services.

how to use asana task details
The list view is where you’ll do most of your input, as it gives you a great overview.

Free users also get access to the list view, which you’ll need to input most tasks. They also get a kanban board to keep track of tasks’ status and the calendar to see when they’re all due (that’s more than Trello offers, as you can read in our Trello review).

The Premium Plan

The nice thing about Asana’s pricing structure is the progression between plans: the more advanced the features, the higher the price. A good example is the Premium plan, which removes the 15 user limit and has all the same views and options as the free version, plus a few more for $10.99 per user per month, assuming you opt for annual billing. 

That’s not cheap, but comparatively it’s OK: monday.com’s pricing is a little better, but you could argue Asana packs more into its plans. Comparing Jira vs Asana, the latter is more expensive, but Jira is a much simpler program. Overall, we would say that Asana is an example of getting what you pay for, and the Premium plan gets you a lot.

For one, Premium removes the cap on tasks, and you can also invite unlimited guests — people that can view the board without being able to interact with it. You also get an admin console, so you can keep a closer eye on what team members are doing and the option to rein in their abilities.

The biggest draw for upgrading is the new views you get, the timeline and dashboard, which both give you even more oversight on how tasks are progressing. The timeline lets you plan the duration of tasks and projects, while the dashboard gives you even more at-a-glance information, vital for people managing several projects.

Asana task management timeline
The timeline view lets you schedule the duration of tasks in advance.

Asana Means Business

The last two plans, Business and Enterprise, we’ll lump in together in this section, as their focus is mainly on advanced-level security, which we expect to be a little out of the bailiwick of most of our readers. Besides that, the Business plan does have a few more accessible features we’d like to mention, though whether they’re worth the $24.99 per user per month price tag, we’re not sure.

We really like the three additional views, especially the “workload” and “portfolios.” The third, “goals,” is basically a long-term strategy tool, which is handy, while the others are more useful. 

The “workload” view lets you see who on your team is doing what, but also how much of it. This lets you plan out everybody’s respective workload, which is important for any manager looking to avoid burning out their team. Portfolios is a view of multiple projects, which is going to be vital for anybody juggling multiple teams.

asana pricing workload
Asana’s workload feature lets you plan team members’ tasks in advance, keeping their limits in mind.

Overall, we think most users will probably be satisfied with the Premium plan, while the Business and Enterprise plans are very high-level and aimed at large businesses up to the level of multinational corporations, rather than small teams. We’re not sure if their consultants bother reading Cloudwards, though, so we’ll skip the details.

Final Thoughts

Asana isn’t the cheapest piece of project management software, but it’s definitely worth the money, especially the Premium plan. That said, you can get Asana for free as long as you have a small team fewer than 15 users and don’t need any advanced features, so we recommend anybody try it out. You don’t need a credit card or anything.

What do you think of Aana’s pricing structure? Is it the right fit for smaller teams or the number of users you have? Did we miss any vital angles, or do you have a better suggestion? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thank you for reading.