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January 25, 2020

Time Tracking Tools for Freelancers

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Whether you track hours to bill clients or just to know where the day goes, here's our growing list of the best time tracking tools for freelancers that we've come across. Many of these time trackers are online tools, some are downloads and a few are both.

By all means let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below. And, if you know of a tool not listed, by all means let us know about it. We'll review it, and assuming we find it worthy, we'll add it to the list.

Thank you and enjoy your time!


Toggl is a time management tool that helps view how you actually spend your time. It's fun and can help you get the most out of your time every day.

Stop Working for Free: Your time is your product. Every minute you spend working that goes unaccounted for is like giving away your product for free. Tracking your time accurately is essential to staying profitable.

Slim Timer
Slim Timer
SlimTimer - Time Tracking without the Timesheet.

Manic Time
Manic Time
Manictime sits in the background and records your activities, so you can just forget it is there and focus on your work. When you are finished you can use collected data to accurately keep track of your time.

Function Fox
Function Fox
TimeFox - Simple, affordable, online timesheets and expense tracking for creative companies.

Rescue Time
Rescue Time
Time management software that shows you how you spend your time & provides tools to help you be more productive. Free trials for business as well as individual plans.

Time Management, Timesheet, Time Tracking online solution. enables you to track your work time, the projects you work on and tasks you perform. It is web based and can be used from any location at any time.

Simple time tracking, fast online invoicing, and powerful reporting software. Simplify employee timesheets and billing. Get started for free.

Track My People
Track My People
Trackmypeople is the best free web based time tracking application complete with daily timesheets, graphical reports and easy desktop widgets.

Time tracking and billing software highly appreciated by freelancers for its simple project-based interface, flexible timer and detailed invoices. 30-day free trial.

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October 28, 2011 - 3:13 pm
I would recommend checking out TSheets. I've found it easy to learn and use with all the functions I needed as an independent contractor. I can see the benefits it would provide to small businesses as well. Check it out!
David M
July 19, 2011 - 7:27 pm
Great tool list, but i've always found the problem to be jumping between systems when tracking everything. At one point I was managing CRM, projects, time tracking, and invoicing through separate apps, and the lack of integration was a headache and a half. Inefficient workflows, just an overall mess! Just an FYI, I've found it much more useful to use an integrated system that lets me manage everything I'm doing at once, it makes a great difference when it comes to workflow efficiency and overall organization. Using WORKetc right now, which allows me to manage all contacts, leads, projects, timesheets, toDos, calendars, invoices, and other stuff in one web based app. People, it makes the difference to have everything you need in one system! IE managing the entire client lifecycle through one system has been a huge added benefit.
online project management
July 4, 2011 - 7:15 pm
As a freelancer, remember the integration needed for smooth workflows. I tried to manage things between 3+ apps and it became a mess, while costing a ton. I would suggest picking up a system that integrates your time tracking into the rest of what you're doing, i.e. project management, contact management, collaboration, and billing. With the app I currently use, WORKetc, time tracking is integrated with billing, project management, crm, and other features which helps me manage every aspect of my workflow through one system. It saves a lot of time!
June 18, 2011 - 1:55 pm
I use Freshbooks and love it.
June 8, 2011 - 11:58 am
At last, someone comes up with the 'right' anwser!
May 6, 2011 - 5:44 pm
Using is another fair option!
Modern Freelance
May 6, 2011 - 5:04 pm
Thanks Joost - We'll look into
May 6, 2011 - 9:37 am
I am a big fan of Fanurio . It helps with the less appealing aspects of freelancing like invoicing and keeping track of time. It's a useful application, with a user-friendly interface.
Happy guy
April 21, 2011 - 12:49 pm
Track my people is recommended by me... : )
April 21, 2011 - 10:23 am
Using time tools is essential for freelancers, every freelancer should use any of time tracking softwares mentioned above
Tom Beek
April 20, 2011 - 4:25 pm
Klok is a good Clock : )
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