You need to track time, but not ready to pay for this? There are some free options for you.
There is a huge difference between free time tracking and cheap time tracking, right? No credit cards, fees, expenses and heart problems! If you’re limited with a tiny budget not allowing you to pay for time tracking then you have to find some free solutions.
After creating the Time Tracker Selection Guide I decided to spend enough time to explore what free time tracking solution does the market offer today and now I present you the juice of it. Enjoy!
Completely Free Time Tracking Software
First of all there are some naturally free time tracking applications. Try them and probably they will satisfy your needs.
TrackingTime offers you basic task management and time tracking functionality allowing you to track clients, projects, tasks, services and team members. It supports the several major platforms and offers basic team collaboration functionality.
This simple downloadable Windows application allows you to organize your tasks and track how much time you have spent on each of them.
This free online time tracking application will help you to estimate how long it takes you or your team to do your job. It also allows to send reports to clients and get your money.
It’s probably the most stylish timer tracking utility I’ve ever seen. It has a nice and handy interface and allows your to distribute your working time among the projects basing on what applications and web sites you’re working with.
Free Plans of Commercial Time Tracking Software
If you’re not satisfied with the free time tracking apps mentioned above you may still use some online time trackers for free, taking advantage of their free plans. Of course, some limitations will be applied, but probably it will be enough for your small tasks.
First I’d like to summarize what I got while researching this matter:
- For small teams actiTime (has an invoicing feature) or Toggl may be a good solution
- If you need unlimited users try Tick
- If you want to see your contractor’s screenshots try Screenshot Monitor or Hubstaff. The first one supports two free employees, while the latter supports only one, but allows to pay your contractor basing on the tracked time
The following table summarizes the major free plan limitations of commercial time trackers today. An empty cell means no limit.
|Software||User Limit||Client/Empl Limit||Project Limit||Other Limitations|
|RescueTime||Tracks time in websites and applications only + goals + weekly email report|
|Toggl||No billable rates and estimates|
|Time Doctor||Desktop, mobile and web app, statistics, monitoring and email reports|
|DeskTime||Free for individual use|
|Screenshot Monitor||3 screenshots per hour|
|Hubstaff||6 screenshots per hour|
|actiTime||Downloadable only, limited reporting, no tracking time for future days, no locking time-track from further modifications|
|Tick||No recurring projects|
|ManicTime||No timesheets, usage statistics only|
|Ronin||One contact per client|
|TimeCamp||No integration, screenshots, invoicing and real-time dashboard|
|Invoice Machine||3 invoices per month|
|CreativeWorx||7 day timesheet history|
|Tsheets||No dial-in and texting, five job codes only|
|WakaTime||1 week history only|
If you know any other free time tracking software I’d be happy if you share with all of us in comments. Thanks!