Time tracking for freelance designers and programmers

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Hi,

My name is Vincy Chan and I am based out of San Mateo.

I work for a software firm specialized in mobile apps and my part is in design and development.

Since I will be working from home for the next 3 months, I would need your assistance in selecting a tool for tracking my time, projects, tasks, etc.

I would be happy if I can get all these done by a free tool, at the same time, would like to check out some paid options too, if its worth.

Could you please give me your thoughts on this and suggest me some time and project tracking tools, based on your experience?

Regards,

Vincy
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    • Profile picture of the author vincychan
      Originally Posted by replicontimesheet View Post

      It all depends on your requirements. There are software's as well as cloud based applications, which runs on cloud(other servers) and you would pay and use them, which would completely be hassle free as you dont have to worry about server maintenance or its up-time.

      If you want the hassle free one, you can try Replicon.
      Sounds interesting. I have added this tool to my check list now. Thanks.

      Vincy
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  • Profile picture of the author htmlthis
    Hi there, at one point in time I was working with The Invoice Machine | Online Invoicing Made Beautiful . It is an invoice generator but it has a time tracker tool too.
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    I have been using the free version of https://www.toggl.com for over a year and am satisfied with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucila
    I've used Toggl when I was working with clients and I needed to track time. I had the paid subscription because I like the ability oto integrate with Freshbooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author krad32
    Originally Posted by vincychan View Post

    Hi,

    My name is Vincy Chan and I am based out of San Mateo.

    I work for a software firm specialized in mobile apps and my part is in design and development.

    Since I will be working from home for the next 3 months, I would need your assistance in selecting a tool for tracking my time, projects, tasks, etc.

    I would be happy if I can get all these done by a free tool, at the same time, would like to check out some paid options too, if its worth.

    Could you please give me your thoughts on this and suggest me some time and project tracking tools, based on your experience?

    Regards,

    Vincy
    Hi Vincy,

    There are lots of time tracking software you can use in order to track time of freelance designers and programmers. I personally used Time Doctor. It tracks time accurately (website, application, documents that actively being used) and gives you an exact data where time is spend and how much of the time was productive and unproductive.

    You can also check this time tracking list.
    http://biz30.timedoctor.com/comparis...-as-a-service/
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  • Profile picture of the author vedremo
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    Originally Posted by vincychan View Post

    Hi,

    My name is Vincy Chan and I am based out of San Mateo.

    I work for a software firm specialized in mobile apps and my part is in design and development.

    Since I will be working from home for the next 3 months, I would need your assistance in selecting a tool for tracking my time, projects, tasks, etc.

    I would be happy if I can get all these done by a free tool, at the same time, would like to check out some paid options too, if its worth.

    Could you please give me your thoughts on this and suggest me some time and project tracking tools, based on your experience?

    Regards,

    Vincy
    I've been using Time Doctor for more than 2 years already. Here are some of its advantages:

    - There is monitoring of the web sites visited and applications used while the person is working. The manager can receive a report with this information. Managers can also receive a report with a list of "poor-time-use" websites such as Facebook and how long they were used.

    - Also you have the options of taking screenshots of the person's screen during the day. The process of reviewing these screenshots is extremely quick for a management or HR person. The software also monitors if the person is using their computer when they say they are on the computer. It also provides various online and email reports to management which allow you to see how time is being used.

    - The software turns off completely while the person is not working (on a break etc), and in this time the person can do anything they want and it will not be monitored. This is in fact less invasive than similar software which monitors all use use of the computer and does not distinguish the difference between working and non-working time.

    - About 20% of the benefits of the software come from the monitoring features. The other 80% are from implementing other time management principles in your organization. For example one major benefit is the ability to know exactly what your team are working on, and what their current priorities are. It provides a much closer communication with your team, reduces the time spent in unnecessary meetings and a host of other benefits.

    I find Time Doctor more efficient than Rescue Time which I've used for about a year. Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveDee
    I've been using hubstaff to track my time while working on multiple projects for a client. It's got similar features to most of the time tracking tools out there but what stands out the most for me is its ability to take screenshots on a timely basis and monitor your activity levels. Here are more of its key features:

    -Accurate Time tracking online and offline
    -Project Management
    -Automatic Screenshot collection
    -Unlimited Projects
    -Client invoicing
    -Timesheets
    -Advanced Reporting
    -Manager and workers can be a part of multiple organizations with a single account (great for freelancers, virtual team managers, etc.)
    -Activity monitoring for productivity improvement
    -Free training through Hubstaff University
    -Integrates with Basecamp, Pivotal Tracker, Asana, Jira, Freshbooks, Harvest with more on the way

    The app can be found at Hubstaff website
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  • Profile picture of the author alice0987
    Hi,
    The thread of comments, has some really great tools to suggest. I am soon going to try some of them and see which one best fits in my needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    Out of all the recommendations above, i would suggest you Toggl. Have used it and it's really nice
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  • Profile picture of the author akash47
    If you're looking for something free then the aforementioned toggl is great. If you're looking for something WAY more advanced, check out desktime. That tracker is CRAZY. I've had to work in a company using it and quit two months later. That thing tracks EVERYTHING. It's great for employers, but hell for employees.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbs
    You can check out the timetracker tool on Freelancer.com

    Once you have an ongoing hourly project with a freelancer, you can use the timetracker for free.

    It makes on-site invoicing very easy as well, but if you want, you can just use the time recording from Freelancer.com and pay off-site as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author arlenmark0987
    I'd recommend you to check out proofhub. Has native time tracking + this tool is very useful for managing projects too. Give it a go
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    I've been using Toggl (www.toggl.com) for several months. It automatically calculates fees, generates reports and acts as a semi-professional project management platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author holleythompson
      hi there, you can use slimtrimmer thats web based and free. its easy to google
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