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13 Timekeeping Apps for Small Businesses

Time is a precious commodity, particularly for entrepreneurial small-business owners that have to manage it themselves. Whether for billing or keeping yourself accountable, there are a number of mobile apps to measure your time.

Here is a list of mobile apps to manage time. There are time-tracking apps for invoicing and time-monitoring apps to keep you on schedule. There are both free and paid apps, for Android and Apple’s iOS.

Timekeeping Apps

TimeBox. TimeBox is a configurable time management application that employs the Pomodoro Technique, a proprietary time-management system — see PomodoroTechnique.com. Cycles are typically 25 minutes with a 5-minute break afterward. After four such cycles, a 15-to-20 minute break is taken. Available for Android. Price: Free.

Smart Plans. Smart Plans is a plan monitor that includes a timer to log project tasks, such as phone calls and client meetings. Tasks can be grouped into structured or freestyle plans. The app also includes a task list, contacts manager, goals manager, and more. Available for iOS. Price: $4.99.

Timesheet. Timesheet is an app for simple project time tracking. Record your work with the push of a button. You can easily add breaks and create notes for an ongoing task. Clear overviews and statistics will show the current work, project details and more information. Export data to Excel (XLS, CSV) and XML. Available for Android. Price: Free.

GoTime. GoTime is a time-management app that helps you stay on schedule. GoTime syncs with your iPhone calendar and address book and uses your iPhone GPS to determine the travel time to upcoming calendar events. Available for iOS. Price: $0.99.

TimeTracker. TimeTracker is a time-tracking and reporting application to track time spent on the job. It also allows emailing or exporting of Excel-friendly files directly to the desktop. Available for iOS. Price: $2.99.

myWorkTime. This is a timer for tasks and projects. It features 113 currencies for billing, notes, contacts. Export data as CSV via email. Timers keep running even when you are not running the app. Available for iOS. Price: $2.99.

Harvest. Harvest is a complete time-tracking application that is ideal for teams. Run start and stop timers throughout the day with the click of a button, or quickly type in your time on the weekly timesheet. Track time on mobile device, desktop widget, or via Twitter and Gmail. Manage and approve your staff’s time, and automatically remind employees to submit timesheets. Create invoices and track expenses. Available for Android, iOS. Price: Free version is limited to one user, two projects and four clients. Plans start at $12/month for up to 3 users.

Hours Time Manager. This is an app to help you manage your time. See at a glance when you worked and when you slacked off. Concentrate by setting a timer. Social timeline and ranking make you feel like your peers are nearby, even when in isolated environment. Available for iOS. Price: $6.99.

TimeLog. TimeLog records your working times on the go. You can assign a client and a category with an hourly rate to the recordings. The recordings can be exported in various formats (text/iCal/XML). Available for iOS. Price: $4.99.

Toggl. Toggl is a web application that provides an easy way to track time spent on projects. It works well for both teams and freelancers. The application supports both online and offline modes. It’s compatible with other programs, suck as QuickBooks and Basecamp. Toggl can generate reports on how you and your team are spending the day. Available for Android, iOS. Price: Free plan available with basic features for up to 5 users. Premium plans are $5/month per user.

Timewerks. Timewerks is a time-tracking and invoicing application for anyone who needs to track time and materials, and send invoices. Back up and restore your data with one tap. Calculate sales taxes, discounts and support multiple currencies. Available for iOS. Price: $2.99.

Time Master. Time Master tracks time and expenses. You can track time using start and stop times, duration, and/or timers. Sort, arrange and start and stop individual tasks — or group them by a certain client. Track expenses and import files into the app. Apply filters to sort and view only what you need to see. Available for iOS. Price: $9.99.

Time Recording. Time Recording is an easy-to-use time manager. It features task assignments, daily and detailed notes, project overviews, and integrated backup and restore. Export data as CSV, HTML or XML. Available for Android. Price: Free. Pro Version is $2.95 for ad-free integration with Google Calendar and Dropbox.

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Comments ( 7 )

  1. Avi Kaye December 21, 2011 Reply

    An excellent list, with some new apps I have’t tried out yet (and I will :)). By the way – the screenshots are, for me at least, a good way of deciding if I want to try the app or not, as a good UI and sleek design are important to me. If all the apps had screenshots, that would be great :)
    If you’re looking to combine time management together with project management, by the way, look no further than HappyTodos (http://www.happytodos.com) – If you need to manage time just for yourself, or for yourself and your team, this is exactly what you’re looking for.

  2. Sue June 1, 2012 Reply

    Hey,

    In business/time management app, I’d like to recommend a great one which integrated an interesting concept; saving time from your notes. This app, Beesy, generates automatically a ToDo list from a smart note taking. Also, the advantage is you can esasily send your minutes by email. I love testing new business/ productivity apps such as Evernote, Penutilmate, Omnifocus, Awesome but it’s the first time I see an app so well done.
    I recommend Beesy for people which often have meetings
    (http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/)

    Great post :)

    Sue

  3. vin.churchil April 22, 2013 Reply

    Good list. I am sure this list is based on a certain priority, if yes, kindly let me know. As I need to know what criteria you have taken into account while selecting this list. Moreover, I would like to suggest another best timekeeping software- Replicon – http://www.replicon.com

    _Editor’s Note: The list is in no logical order._

  4. Carla Fotea May 16, 2013 Reply

    Hey, you should also check out UpYourTime. It’s a really awesome time management tool because it has all the features you need if you’re a freelancer or an agency. And it’s really easy to use and customize and it’s also sort of fun to play around with.

    Give it a look on http://www.upyourtime.com.

  5. apps February 15, 2014 Reply

    There are loads of mobile time trackers but for both iOS and Android check out Easy Hours (http://easyhours.30xi.com). We created Easy Hours to ease your productivity burden so you spend your time doing and earning instead of remembering, tapping and typing. Why spend time when you just spent money on an app/service that requires a lot of babysitting? Easy Hours costs less than a cup of coffee and yet is both automatic and reliable. We even use it for our own timekeeping.

    Its available on both iOS and Android and comes out of the box with Dashboards, Timesheets, Reminders, Memos, Rounding, Notifications, Personalization, and Sharing. Customer feature requests are prioritized for future releases – turnaround is pretty quick. Give it a try and I’m sure you will find that you will be as satisfied as other reviewers.

    App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/app/id688640127)

    Play Store (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thirtyxi.handsfreetime)

  6. Steve August 11, 2014 Reply

    Handy Tools, But It could be great if you would have added few more free tools like Proofhub. It’s the best value for money and makes my life a great deal easier!

  7. Mindaugas Jocius November 28, 2014 Reply

    Nice list, and I have one more to add — Mobile Worker (http://www.mworker.com). It’s a free one-click time tracker, which has project document sync with Dropbox/Google Drive, expense tracking, invoicing, and other regular functions. Available for Android only. If you’re looking for something light and simple-to-use, you might want to give it a try.

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