Did you know that by 2027, experts estimate that 50% of Americans will work as freelancers?
Whether you’re already freelancing or considering it for the future, you likely know that time management is one of the biggest challenges to overcome.
What’s a freelancer to do? One solution is to download and use a freelance time tracking app. These handy apps can boost your productivity and keep you on track to finish each project on time.
Wondering which one you should use? Here’s our list of the 7 best time tracking apps.
If you want your business (or just yourself) to run like clockwork, check out Toggl.
This popular app not only tracks your work time, but it sends out reminders and idle “alerts” to keep you on track.
It also goes a step further by breaking down your work hours by client, project, and task. This lets you analyze who and what is helping you make money–and which projects are actually costing you.
Another Toggl feature we love is that it syncs across every device you use. From your smartphone to your desktop app to a Chrome extension, Toggl never stops working for you.
If you’re juggling too many jobs and need an accurate count of your working time, download the HoursTracker app.
You can clock in and out (remember the good old days?) or manually enter your start and finish times. The app tracks your hours and earnings by the day, week, or month. This lets you understand exactly how you spend your workday and what you’re earning on each project.
The app comes preloaded with many common filters and tags you can apply to each job. This makes it easy to shuffle between jobs that are active, billable, or paid.
Need to export your hours into an email or spreadsheet? HoursTracker gives you complete control over what information goes into the report and makes exporting a breeze.
If you work with or manage a project team, Hubstaff could be an invaluable tool in keeping you organized.
With one glance, you can see what each team member is working on in real time. Online timesheets and productivity monitoring makes invoicing easy and lets everyone know where everyone else is at.
Do your projects often require travel? Are different team members in different places at different times? Use the GPS tracking feature to record your time on the road and at various job sites.
When payday rolls around, payments are automatically sent to each member of your team. You can set up their pay rates per hour or project and sit back while Hubstaff does the math.
For freelance time tracking on the go, look no further than TSheets by QuickBooks.
This mobile app has won numerous awards for its simple design features and versatility. Whether you use iPhone or Android, you can easily clock in and out and edit, review, or approve hours worked from anywhere.
You can easily create a schedule for the team and update it anytime, anywhere. The app automatically alerts your team members of any changes so everyone stays on the same page.
TSheets integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks, ADP, Gusto, and Xero, making payroll a cinch. Another cool feature? The time clock uses facial recognition technology so you know exactly who is clocking in and out.
With its sleek design and user-friendly interface, ATracker is the timekeeper app of choice for many freelancers.
One widget shows you everything your team has worked on during the day. You can download a simple report that reveals what each team member spends the most (and the least) time doing.
Want to set up automatic daily backups to Dropbox? Set it up with a click of a button. We also like that you can start or stop tracking a task without the need to unlock your phone.
If you want an app that looks good, you’ll love ATracker’s hundreds of UI design options. Customize the app to reflect your favorite colors, backgrounds, and icons. It’s so visually appealing, you’ll want to use it.
It may not be the most original name for a time tracking app, but Hours gets right to the point–and so does the app.
If you’re juggling lots of projects at once, you’ll love the app’s running list of timers. Easily switch between tasks with one tap of your finger.
The app offers reports full of insight into your work data you may not have been aware of before. The app’s oversized timeline also makes it easy to correct any mistakes
Whether you use it for yourself or your entire team, this app will keep everyone on track.
The Timely app out of Norway (advertised on its site as “designed by Vikings”) takes time tracking to a whole new level. Its unique calendar integration feature lets you plan out projects in advance so everyone is ready to work at the scheduled time.
The Memory Tracker automatically keeps track of your work time–even if you forget to clock in or out. This makes it perfect for those of us who tend to forget!
The app also goes one step further by grouping your recorded work and making suggestions for the most accurate time entries. All data is kept private and secure so only you can see or modify it.
As you tweak the suggestions, Timely actually becomes smarter. It learns from your edits and adjusts accordingly, so over time you can achieve 100% automatic and accurate time tracking.
Final Thoughts on Freelance Time Tracking Apps
Whether you work from home or use a co-working space, you won’t get much done if you don’t manage your time efficiently.
Download one of these time tracking apps today and watch your productivity soar!
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