thanks @peter105 for the cost calculator -- was just looking for something different to use. i'm familiar with these project management tools:

  • Gnome Planner
  • GanttProject
  • dotProject
  • Tutos
  • ProjectPier

Would love to hear status update if anyone has a better/best tool. Also, let me know of good project manager salary resources, as my friends are telling me my salary is lagging behind the industry.