3 Terrific Time-Tracking Apps for Freelancers & Teams
It can be easy to lose track of time when you and your team are working on a project. The problem is that time is money, and when you aren’t tracking everyone’s hours correctly or effectively, you are unable to discern how much time you might be wasting on certain tasks. Check out these three awesome time-tracking apps to improve your system!
Toggl has become one of the top apps for time-tracking for freelancers because of several important factors. First, it has the deepest list of integrations of any software out there. This allows you to connect it to your other apps and software and make it easy for you to track your time effectively. Secondly, it has the most companion apps (for your phone of any make, desktop of any operating system, plugins for internet browsers, etc.) of any system out there, so you will always be able to manage your projects with ease. Its user-friendly and sleek design makes it that much more attractive. Plus, you have full control over reporting, exporting charts and reports, and deciding what tasks are billable and which aren’t. With an insanely reasonable price to boot, it is truly one that you need to consider using!
Hours is also easy to use with its modern design. With a visual timeline, smart reminders, and clean reports (viewable online or exported to PDF or CSV), it is really simple to add to your toolbox. While it is also very reasonable price-wise, Hours has a few drawbacks. It is simple, which makes it easy to use, but also means it is missing some cool features and integrations other apps, like Toggl, offer. Additionally, it is only available for use on the web, or on iOS. So if you use an Android, you’re out of luck here for mobile tracking. While there are some great options here for managing teams and other administrative tools, you should consider all of the pros and cons before making a decision to go with Hours.
TSheets is a serious system for serious users. This is best used if you have a medium to a large-sized team or employees who work in the field in groups. It offers mobile time tracking, GPS tracking, time entry, PTO and vacation tracking, employee alerts, and scheduling. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for a business owner who is looking for software that can handle EVERYTHING all in one place. No matter how your business wants to track and manage everyone’s time, TSheets has a solution for you. Employees and contractors can clock in and out in real time, enter their time manually, or use advanced features to customize time entry for fields, projects, and tasks. You can also set reminders for employees to make sure that they remember to clock in and out every day, making after-the-fact adjustments a thing of the past! With apps available for all platforms and devices, TSheets is a great way to really take control of your team and make sure everything is tracked to the second. Pricing is a bit more for this software, but if you do need all of these bells and thistles, it is absolutely worth it.
Time-tracking can be super-helpful to you and your employees. You can make sure you aren’t wasting time, be sure you are billing for all of your time, and getting the information you need to be able to better estimate future projects. You should definitely be using a system of some kind, but be sure to pick the one that is right for your situation. You’ll be glad you have this tool in your toolbox as you move forward!
Abby Yetter is the CEO and Chief Consultant of Bright Ideas Small Business Solutions, LLC. She is a driven, enthusiastic businesswoman, with a talent for organizing the chaotic, and branding the unfamed. Abby strives to use her creativity, and experience, to solve the many problems of small businesses. With a background based in customer service management, social media, technological organization, sales, marketing, and customer experience specialties, she enjoys taking everyday complications, and finding the newest, most productive ways to execute the tasks.All stories by: Abby Yetter