Top 8 Time Tracking Apps For Freelancers In 2020

All freelancers should be using time tracking apps. However, not all time tracking apps are create equal. With that said, here are the top eight time-tracking apps for freelancers in 2020.

1. TimePanther

TimePanther is a well-rounded app for freelancers. It’s powerful and it allows you to track your hours right from your favorite web browser. With TimePanther, you won’t have to second guess how many hours you’ve put in on projects.

What We Like
  • Record Your Activity – Timers keep records of freelancers activities, but TimePanther’s timer app is extremely good at it. You won’t miss a second when you use their app.
  • Stay Organized – TimePanther makes it easy for freelancers to stay organized. You can organize timers by project and client, and you can reorder projects projects with ease. This is because TimePanther’s drag-and-drop interface.
  • Reporting – The app provides automatic reporting. You’ll know when you aren’t pushing yourself that hard, and when you are working hard.
What We Didn’t Like
  • Learning Curve – It’ll take a bit of time for you to get used to all of the app’s features. Generally speaking, it should only take you a short period of time to become acquainted with everything that TimePanther’s offers.

TimePanther is completely free. All you have to do is download the app and you’re good to go. If you want to use a quality time tracking app that doesn’t cost anything, then look no further than TimePanther.

2. TimeCamp

TimeCamp allows those who freelance to accurately bill their clients, measure profitability, as well as track billable hours. It’s easily one of the best time management apps around.

What We Like
  • Invoicing Features – We love the various features for invoicing. This includes tracking both non-billable and billable time, as well as receive notifications when a client has looked at an invoice. The invoices are professional looking, too.
  • Integrates With Project Management Apps & Software
    TimeCamp can integrate with various project management apps and software. This includes Insightly, Freshdesk and Github to name a few.
What We Don’t Like
  • Integrations Not Included With Free Plan – There’s a free plan you can signup for, but it doesn’t include integrations. For instance, you won’t be able to integrate TimeCamp with other management tools such as Xero and QuickBooks. You’ll have to upgrade to a paid plan if you want to integrate other tools.
  • No Clocking In/Out – Another thing we don’t like is TimeCamp doesn’t have a feature that lets you clock in or out. If you freelance for yourself, then this is fine. If you run a team of freelancers, then this may pose a problem.

The prices are as followed:

  • Solo Plan: Free
  • Basic Plan: $5.25 per month/per user
  • Pro Plan: $7.50 per month/per user

The solo plan may be free, but you’ll only have limited access to certain features. The basic plan gives you more access than the basic plan, while the pro plan gives you full access to TimeCamp’s features.

3. Toggl

Toggl is the perfect freelance management tool for freelancers. This app allows users a simple and fast way to track time.

What We Like
  • One Click Timers – When you want to create a new time entry, all it takes is one click. The same goes if you want to continue tracking a task you were previously working on.
  • Reminders – As a busy freelancer, you might forget to start your timer every now and then. When this happens, don’t worry because the app will let you know when you are not tracking.
  • App Integrations – Toggl has a button that can integrate with many apps. What this means is you can start tracking right away. For example, if you use Trello, then you can use the Toggl button to start tracking time within Trello.
What We Don’t Like
  • No Invoicing – You can’t create invoices with Toggl. Depending on the type of freelance work you do, this may be an issue.

Toggl offers a free plan, as well as paid plans that range from $9 per month/per user to $49 per month/per user.

4. Timely

Timely is known for its automatic time tracking feature. Individuals and teams alike can use Timely.

What We Like
  • Automatic Tracking – This is the best thing about using the app. Manually tracking hours can be a hassle and can slow you down. With Timely, you won’t miss any hours. The app does an amazing job at keeping users on track.
  • The Project Health Dashboard – Within your Timely account, there’s a project health dashboard. This feature makes it easy to keep your billable hours under control. In turn, you won’t go over your budget.
What We Don’t Like
  • No Free Plan – There is no free plan available. You’ll have to pay in order to use Timely.
  • Automatic Tracking Is Sometimes Difficult – Sometimes automatic time tracking doesn’t work that great, but this is only in certain situations. For example, if you mainly use Google Docs, then manual time tracking might be better.

Plans for solo users start at $7 per month, while team plans start at $20 per month/per user.

5. HubStaff

HubStaff can be used as a mobile app or desktop app. There’s even support for Linux, Chromebooks and other smaller operating systems.

What We Like
  • Automatic/Manual Functions – HubStaff’s app supports automatic time-tracking and manual time-tracking.
  • Productivity Scores – This feature is exactly what it sounds like. You receive a score based on your productivity. Scoring is a great way to keep yourself motivated when working on projects.
What We Don’t Like
  • Starts & Stops- Some people who have used HubStaff have mentioned that the app randomly starts up and stops.

HubStaff offers a solo plan that doesn’t cost anything. Team plans start at $5 per month/per user, and they increase to $10 or $20 per month/per user. The higher priced plans include access to more features.

6. Tick

Tick is a highly rated time-tracking app. It’s a basic app, but it is effective at tracking time. Not only that, but it’ll help you stay within your budget and maximize profitability.

What We Like
  • Custom Reports – You can create custom reports. These reports can contain things like names of clients, hours spent on projects and billable hours to name a few.
  • Easy To Use – Tick is one of the easiest time-tracking apps to use. It’s interface is easy to navigate, which means anybody should be able to use Tick without any difficulties.
What We Don’t Like
  • You Have To Create Tasks- The only thing we don’t like about Tick is you have to create tasks within the projects you set up. This can become time consuming when you have to set up multiple tasks within several projects.

You pay per project. One project wont cost you anything. Otherwise, you’ll pay:

  • $19 per month for 10 projects
  • $49 per month for 30 projects
  • $79 per month for 60 projects
  • $149 per month for unlimited projects

7. Harvest

Harvest isn’t your average time-tracking app. Sure, it allows you to track time, but it also lets you track both billable hours and expenses. It’s accounting features can help you stay on track with you budget.

What We Like
  • Invoicing – The Harvest app has built-in invoicing. You can easily and quickly create invoices right from within the app.
  • Reports – You can generate detailed reports. This is useful regardless if you only work on projects or you have a team of freelancers you’re managing.
  • Training – Harvest includes detailed instructions on using its app. At first, the app can be overwhelming to use. However, if you go over the instructions, then you’ll be a pro at using Harvest before you know it.
What We Don’t Like
  • Creating Projects Isn’t Fast – When you use Harvest to create new projects, then it’ll take a bit of time. If you only have a handful of projects you’re setting up, then this shouldn’t be too big of a problem. However, if you work on many projects at any given time, then expect to spend a considerably amount of time creating projects within Harvest.
  • The Interface – This all comes down to a matter of personal preference. In our opinion, the interface isn’t as user-friendly as it could be.

Harvest has a solo plan that’s completely free. The free plan lets freelancers create no more than two projects. After you create two projects, you’ll have to purchase a $12 per month/per user plan. The $12 plan allows you to create unlimited projects.

8. Clockify

Clockify is last on our list. This time-tracking app is used by many freelance professionals, as well as companies that rely on freelancers. This means if the app is good enough for large companies, then it’ll be good enough for you.

What We Like
  • It’s Free -Clockify is packed with many premium-like features, but this doesn’t mean you have to pay a premium price. In fact, it is completely free to use. You can create an unlimited amount of tasks within your Clockify account.
  • Timesheets – Sure, other time-tracking apps let you create timesheets, but not many allow you to do it as quickly as Clockify. With this app, you’ll effortlessly be able to generate timesheets.
  • Reporting – Creating reports will only take you a few minutes. Once you get the hang of using Clockify, you’ll be able to create reports within a minute or two. In fact, you can easily report two weeks worth of time in one or two minutes. These reports can include overviews of what tasks were done on what day. Not only that, but you can share your reports with your clients via a link.
What We Don’t Like
  • Visually Confusing – One thing we don’t like about Clockify is the interface can sometimes be visually clunky. When you track certain tasks, then the interface may make it hard to find certain things. This is why you’ll need to title your tasks in a way that makes them easy to locate.

Clockify is one of the few time-tracking apps that’s completely free to use. Unlimited users can access the same account, so if you work with other freelance professionals, then all of you will be able to use one account.

Those are the top eight time-tracking freelancer tools that freelancers should be using in 2020. It doesn’t matter what industry you work as a freelancer in, any of the above apps can benefit you. All you have to do now is decide which app you should try. However, we strongly recommend giving TimePanther a try first.