Updated at 2021-01-23 13:03:15 UTC
The one axiom that will never cease to haunt us. Especially if you are a businessman, a project manager, an accountant, or a freelancer, time is a commodity more precious than anything else imaginable. For IT and business management industries that subsist on billable-hours, effective time tracking is an integral part of time management. The practice of effective time tracking can best be strengthened by a good time tracking software at your service.Keeping key factors in mind such as price, product strengths as well as product weaknesses, check out our list of the 30 most productivity-enhancing time tracking software:
Everhour is the most straightforward choice you can ever make in streamlining your time tracking needs. What makes Everhour an instant winner of the hearts of agile teams is its ability to embed directly into a variety of widely used remote employee management software, namely, Asana, Trello, and Basecamp. More than that, Everhour offers its users with basic task and project management features as well.
Easy Time Tracking – Everhour contains a built-in digital timer that can be used to log in and record the total hours spent on a task or a project. Team members can log and monitor their hours manually as well. Users can also track the progress of their work by adding the remaining time and hourly estimates on each project.
Team lead or a project manager can trace which team member failed to meet his/her deadline from the live dashboard that provides a central view of all project timelines with specific labels of ‘total time spent’ next to each task. Flexible reporting – In Everhour reporting is just as simple as tracking. With the use of filters, users can sort reports into a time range, order of importance, and customize these reports into 30 different combinations.
Users can assign due dates, milestones, and tags to each task to analyze the task in reference to their timeline. Good Compatibility – Everhour is a web-based tool that can be operated on any browser such as Mozilla, Chrome, and Safari. Traveling consultants and executives can manage timesheets and project timelines on the go by referring to Everhour on their mobile phones.
Single user plan – $8/month
5 members team plan – $5 per user/month
If there were ever an award of ‘Messiah of a Time Tracking Software’, it would go to Harvest. 12 years in the business, Harvest has helped millions perhaps billions in keeping a sedulous track of innumerable hours with a lightning-fast interface. Harvest empowers its users by offering the feature of tracking expenses in unison with hours spent on a task or a project.
Versatile Tracking – In Harvest users can log, update and monitor hours on a weekly timesheet. Either manually log their hours on a daily basis for each task assigned to them or use the Harvest button. The harvest button can be added to any to-do list or next to a task as a widget for quick and efficient time tracking. The Harvest widget, for time tracking, can also be used in any project management tool of your choice. It saves the unnecessary hassle of switching between tabs and also saves the tedious effort of transferring the same data from one app to Harvest.
In Harvest, users can also insert expenses next to each project and track the monetary changes made over the entire course of a project’s lifecycle.
Invoicing – Harvest permits quick and seamless invoicing with the help of the backlog of billed hours and expenses. The invoice board itself is a graphical representation of paid and non-paid invoices split into a monthly timeline. Team-Time Management – Harvest can be connected to one of its sister apps that goes by the name Forecast. Forecast helps project managers create a roadmap of all scheduled projects and tasks assigned to each team member. This way, project managers can achieve a precise estimate of which team member is on track, over-due or even overbooked with tasks. The forecast also presents a visual summary of how long each project will take to complete.
Automated Notifications – Each time a team member generates his/her time report, an automated notification is sent that can be picked up by the Project Manager to keep a closely monitored accountability.
Lack of a calendar within the app for a quick survey of tasks and projects
The user interface is less flexible.
Lack of reporting options
The mobile app contains a limited number of features
Single User – $12/month Unlimited estimates and invoices
If there is one-time tracking software that every user can blindly invest in, it is nTask. Although nTask is still a fledgling in comparison to Harvest and Everhour, it has everything which an Agile team wishes to find in a software tool.
Designed with a simple, user-friendly interface, nTask is a 7-in-1 project management tool that is ideal for both small and large teams. You can create multiple workspaces with as many tasks and projects as you like. Track and report issues, capture risks and formulate a mitigation plan to solve any roadblocks in your project’s development cycle.
Simplified Timesheets – Beautifully designed weekly timesheets that provide manual logging of hours linked to a suitable task or a project. Users can also update task effort for each day of the week separately in just a few clicks. Unified Tracking– With status labels next to each Project-specific timesheet, teams and individuals alike can quickly track the progress of their work. In addition to manually creating timesheets on the Timesheet board, users can directly log hours spent on their tasks from the Taskboard.
Flexible Reporting – Once a weekly timesheet is completed, users can submit them for approval to their project manager. Approved timesheets can then be sent back with feedback in the comments section. There is a separate dashboard for completed timesheets, where users can get a quick summary of which timesheet has been approved. Reporting timesheets in nTask is not limited to the app only. With the help of the Email option, team members can send their billable hours to clients, stakeholders or even the team lead directly into their email inbox. For record-maintaining purposes, reports can also be printed in a single click.
Gantt Chart View – Easily interpretable and self-generating Gantt charts that give a comprehensive summary of a project timeline from the creation date to its due date.