Best Time Tracking And Billing Software

    written by Zoran Stosic

    Time tracking software is a category of computer software that allows its users to record time spent on tasks. This software is typically used by professionals who bill their customers by the hour. It represents an electronic version of the traditional paper timesheet. Many such packages allow the automatic generation of invoices to the professional’s clients or customers based on the time spent and the hourly fee, and allow for the additional billing of related costs to each client or file.
    When used by freelancers, this software helps to create reports for clients (like timesheets and invoices) or to prove work.
    This post is going to help you to choose right software package for your use.


    Paymo is a cloud time tracking system that, in something of a novel extension, is soon to begin offering an invoicing system as an adjunct to time tracking. It nicely combines the time tracking and invoicing aspects of jobs and does so on a multi-language, multi-currency basis.
    In an important feature for time tracking, where every second counts, Paymo has enabled Google gears allowing offline use – it also has a desktop time tracking widget.
    Paymo has a lovely UI full of web 2.0 goodness – it has the requisite dashboard with some nice graphs showing company performance and also offers up a quick view of recent projects, pending invoices and other must have information.


    Fanurio is a time tracking and billing application designed to help freelancers manage their work and be paid for it. Fanurio is specially optimized to manage contracted work and billing for freelancers. Unlike most time tracking and billing applications that are built for both freelancers and small businesses, Fanurio is designed to solve the specific problems of freelancers. Here is a list with its most important features:
    - Organize your work per client using projects
    - Idle time detection to help you record all the time
    - Mark your work as billable (flat rate, hourly rate) or non-billable
    - Create partial invoices anytime during the project
    - Create invoices for single or multiple projects
    - Customize invoice templates using your own layouts
    - Import clients from other applications by means of a CSV file
    - Export data to a CSV file and import it in Excel or other applications
    - Create backup copies of your data


    FreshBooks is basically an online invoicing tool for freelancers and small business owners. After registering an account, you will be able add “Clients” to your account. Those are the people will be sending an invoice to, either for a work that you performed, or for your advertising fees and so on.
    - Easily create, send and manage invoices
    - Track time (for you and staff) and expenses NEW
    - Send invoices by snail mail or email
    - Accept payment with PayPal, Authorize.Net, & more
    - Automatically send invoices & late payment notices
    - Create robust reports and import/export your data

    iBiz 4

    IGG Software has announced the release of iBiz 4, a new version of its time-tracking and billing software for Mac OS X.
    iBiz is a time-tracking application that also enables users to bill back time spent on projects. It supports multiple task types, includes timers, estimates, billing accounts, integration with Address Book and more.
    New to iBiz 4 are reminders, client groups, user interface enhancements, expense tracking, customizable invoice generation, statements, synchronization with iCal, animated graphs, a document monitor menu, a new pop-up inspector that lets you edit and enter data faster, backup and restore capabilities and more.
    Mac OS X integration is excellent, though. You can add clients by dragging them from a Mac OS X Address Book window, and double-clicking the client in iBiz opens Address Book at the relevant contact in Edit mode.


    In June 2009 troii launched the revolutionary time tracking solution timr after months of preparation and hard work.
    timr is a web based completely mobile solution for time tracking using the mobile platforms of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile.
    By using timr on your mobile it is possible to track the position of your employees (with their consent). For short term requests you can simply send the employee that is nearest to the client, dispositioning will become much easier.
    timr provides instantaneous time tracking which means that you know the exact project costs minute-by-minute.

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  • Pablo Lara H says:

    July 19, 2010

    I love Freshbooks, but I am going to check the others….

  • Halvor says:

    July 19, 2010

    Hmmm, noticing that is not on your list…

    We will be back.


  • Sergei Tatarinov says:

    July 20, 2010

    YAY! I use freshbooks & yast. They’re great in tandem :)

  • clipping paths says:

    July 20, 2010

    awesome post!
    thanks a lot for sharing :)

  • Mario says:

    July 20, 2010

    I wouldn’t say that timr is “only” a “completly mobile” solution because they offer great online time tracking and Apps for mobile devices which automatically sync with the system.

  • Jessica says:

    July 21, 2010

    Bill4Time is another web-based time tracking and billing software to consider. You can track billable/non-billable time, create invoices, have light accounting, and more! You can also track your time on your iPhone/Blackberry. :) There’s a free trial if you’re curious.

  • James Korf says:

    July 21, 2010

    I’ve been using Freshbooks for billing but then switched to Curdbee. It an awesome app and free – which is ideal for any freelancer.

    Basecamp is my love for years now, and I am happy with its time tracking feature.

  • SILVER-CHAIN says:

    July 21, 2010

    hello! nice to met you..
    I love this post …:)

  • Lance says:

    August 24, 2010

    I’m a big fan of 1DayLater – which lets you track time, mileage & expenses – it’s more visually focussed than most software on the web and easy to use.

  • Daniela says:

    August 26, 2010

    Thanks for the list, but there are a lot of other good tools missing. (Of course you can’t cover all, but some of them are still worth a look…)
    In case you are looking for an installable version instead of a web application, check out our Xpert-Timer. You can track time, use the integrated To-Do list, create invoices directly out of the system and export all data. Find more information here:
    Also, an Andorid App will be released soon and an iPhone App is planned.

  • hersheys says:

    September 16, 2010

    For managing team members and also for time tracking is a fantastic program as it gives you one email each day for all your team and what they have accomplished, plus a list of tasks for the next day.

  • silverwink says:

    September 18, 2010

    To keep track of your hours worked and at the same time manage a remote team for recording hours worked is a easy to use software as it will give you an update on your teams daily accomplishments and what each of your team members will be targeting next to accomplish.

  • Joost Schouten says:

    December 19, 2010


    Time tracking is quite a crowded field. Though not many apps understand what is needed. Your post underlines and lists the apps that do realize how to make a quality web-app. Nice work.

    Just to add to the fun, I would like to share our recently released app with you. Our angle is slightly different though. We believe that a whole team knows more than a manager alone. Our aim is to give you better progress insights earlier by cleverly collecting estimated from your whole team. All from within your calendar.

    We are very curious to hear what people think and would love to hear your feedback.

    Joost Schouten

  • Leo Gao says:

    January 20, 2011

    Checkout Worksnaps (, which is a time tracking service which supports verification of work. It differs from other tools in the sense that you can not only account the time your users spent but also verify that they were indeed working on the tasks. I have nothing against the self-reporting time tracking tools, many of them are great products as described in this article. Our product tries to address a specific niche that is needed for some project teams.