5 Timekeeping Apps For Your Small Business

Time is money, especially for small businesses on the hustle. Here are 5 apps to help you accurately log your actions.
Social Good Assistant Editor, Mashable
December 05, 2011

Time is money, especially for small businesses on the hustle. It's important to properly manage time and accurately log actions. It keeps employees (and yourself) accountable.

These five timekeeping apps will help your business keep track of time. Use timers on individual tasks and make sure your whole team is as efficient as possible. These apps work on a variety of platforms and mobile devices.

1. Time Master

The Time Master iOS app is a pretty comprehensive and easy-to-use app that's loaded with features. For just $10, Time Master lets you sort and arrange, as well as start and stop individual tasks or group them by a certain client. You can track expenses and import files into the app, which has a decent search function to help sort through all the data.

2. Timesheet

Timesheet is a free Android app that allows you to sort project-based time tracking. The app is a little pared-down compared to some of its cohorts, but it's a simple and reliable way to manage smaller-scale timekeeping. Users can easily track projects, add breaks and create notes for running tasks all within a bright, user-friendly interface.

These projects can then be exported in a number of formats for later use. Timesheet may not be a timekeeping hub for your small business, but it's a good, clean option for individuals who don't need complicated management features.

3. Harvest

Harvest is an all-around timekeeping powerhouse for Android, iOS and desktop. It has the important timekeeping features (individual and group projects, start and stop timers, search, etc.), and it can create online invoicing, generate reports and track expenses.

Harvest is simple enough that even a Luddite can figure it out, but it comes with features that cater to both casual and power users. Tiered pricing starts at $12 a month for unlimited access by one user. A free version is limited to one user, two projects and four clients.

4. Toggl

Toggl works on Android, iOS and desktop. It comes with the suite of tools you'd expect from a top-tier timekeeper, and it's compatible with other programs, such as Quickbooks, Basecamp and more. Toggl can instantly generate graphic reports of how you and your team spent the day, helping you maximize the efficiency of your business operation.

Toggl has a little bit of day planner built into it with "time budgets" and options for team reporting. Like Harvest, Toggl has tiered pricing starting at $5 per user per month. That base level has limited features but can be accessed by up to five users.

5. FreshBooks

All of these timekeeping apps provide ways to make sure your invoices are correct. Like its gargantuan sibling QuickBooks, FreshBooks is about efficiency. The app provides users with a wealth of ways to manage and compensate for logged hours. It is less focused on managing and tracking time spent on individual projects. Users can try the app for free and create a secure, unique login page on the website.

bunch of mobile options allow you to access the app. But downloaders beware, there are many complaints about syncing. Make sure you download an app that is currently supported by the FreshBooks support crew. For example, TimeAssistant seems like a safer bet than MiniBooks for the iPhone.

How do you keep track of your time? And how important is timekeeping to running a successful small business? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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