Om Malik has a post on project time tracking over at the Web Worker Daily blog. His post is only a question to the readers regarding what they use for time tracking their various projects, but the comments are filled with great suggestions including:
- FreshBooks (http://www.freshbooks.com/)
- Basecamp (http://www.basecamphq.com/)
- Tick (http://www.tickspot.com)
- SlimTimer (http://www.slimtimer.com)
- Harvest (http://www.getharvest.com)
- 88 Miles (http://www.88miles.net)
- 14dayz (http://www.14dayz.com/site/)
- Time Tracker (http://www.formassembly.com/time-tracker/)
- Side Job Track (http://www.sidejobtrack.com/)
- 1time (http://www.1time.ie/)
- myHours.com (http://www.myhours.com/)
- On the Job http://www.stuntsoftware.com/OnTheJob/
- Timeless Time & Expense (http://www.magsoftwrx.com/)
I didn’t realize there were this many applications available for time tracking. We use FreshBooks at EvolvePoint for both our invoicing as well as time tracking. I like the fact that these two operations are integrated into FreshBooks. There are times for separating functions, but I’m not 100% sold on time tracking as one of them. The problem of having a separate, stand-alone application comes when it’s time to actually do the billing. Now you have to export, re-enter hours, or cut and past data. None of these options are preferable in my eyes. It’s a huge time saver to be able to directly transfer project hours straight into an invoice.
If you don’t have this need, I can definitely see the appeal in having a simple time tracking application especially for personal projects or those that aren’t directly billable.
One feature I’d like to see in these applications is more integration with QuickBooks. FreshBooks is starting to do this (they have a single report for export to QuickBooks), but I’d like to see a more robust and flexible feature set in this regard. As QuickBooks is pretty much the standard for small business bookkeeping and these services primarily target the small business, I’m not sure why there hasn’t been more of a demand for tighter integration.