(March 2011 Update: I’ve added 11 more to the raw list of possible tools to use for time tracking. These tools range from barebones time tracking to also including tons of other features including invoicing. Some are apps that you install, some are web based. This is merely a raw list and not a review of the tools.)
(April 2011 Update: A few more tools have been added that can track time, however these are more project management tools that also allow for time tracking. They’re not strict time tracking tools.)
(October 2012 Update: Added Time Cockpit)
(December 2012 Update: Added Replicon)
Doing more independent contracting has caused me to need an elegant way of tracking my time usage for various clients and projects. I sent out a tweet requesting to learn how other independent contractors track their time for clients and received quite a bit of feedback. One of them included just using a simple Excel spreadsheet. That was actually encouraging to know that clients can be accepting of a simple spreadsheet and that I don’t necessarily have to “wow” them with pretty graphs and charts as well as offering 14 different ways to analyze my time.
Nonetheless, I think that it would be useful to have a range of metrics that can be analyzed as well as the opportunity to present the aforementioned pretty graphs. I’m not against eye candy if there’s at least some legitimate meaning to it. Making it easier for a client to see just what I’m doing for the money they pay me is certainly an added value.
I’ve collated the list of web based time tracking tools (some also have fat clients for PCs and phones) that many of my Twitter followers graciously suggested to me. I was hoping to write a full article about some of my findings on them, but I noticed that many of my online colleagues are also stepping out on their own into the indie contracting realm and were looking for these kinds of tools. As a result, I’m expediting things by simply dumping my current list of possibilities out for the benefit of those who may be looking for similar resources. A more thorough dissertation on one or more tools may be forthcoming.
- Let’s Freckle (Seriously, what’s up with that name? Suggested by @weareanalog)
- Fresh Books (As suggested and used by @rayners)
- Market Circle’s Billings Pro for the iPhone (Suggested and used by @Xuff)
- Get Harvest (Time tracking and invoicing tool. Suggested by @danielwanja)
- 1 Day Later (Suggested by @martiell)
- Toggl (Suggested by @coachproellen)
- Yanomo (Suggested by @YanomoApp)
- Liquid Planner (Suggested by @bdha)
- Mr. Tick Tock (Updated March 18 2011: Suggested by Jack in the comments below)
- FreedCamp (Updated March 18 2011: Suggested by Tadd in the comments below)
- Teamlab (Updated March 18 2011: Suggested by Tadd again)
- Clocking IT (Updated March 18 2011: Tadd again!)
- Project Hamster (Updated March 23, 2011)
- Invoicera (Updated March 23, 2011)
- Time Doctor (Updated March 23, 2011)
- TickSpot (Updated March 23, 2011 – Recommended by @kit_plummer)
- Paymo (Updated March 23, 2011)
- kTimeTracker (Updated March 23, 2011)
- Slife (Updated March 23, 2011)
- My Client Spot (Updated April 2011)
- Desk Away (Updated April 2011)
- Base Camp (Updated April 2011)
- Time Camp (Updated April 2011)
- Time Cockpit (Updated October 2012)
- Replicon (Updated December 2012)
Did I overlook any other services worth mentioning? Let me know in the comments.