Time Management Tools For Freelancers And Contractors

Time management tools are very useful for contractors and freelancers. Not just for your client so they can see where the hours have been put in, but also for yourself. Using a tool like this allows you to track your work if you charge by an hourly rate, but also should help you keep your productivity up. The feeling that something is watching over your work makes for time well spent.  Many of these tools are also available across mobile and tablet devices, so useful if you’re working out of office.

So with that in mind we thought we’d give you the low down on some of the best time tracking tools out there.


Toggl is a great and esay to use tool, which you simply stop and start when you begin and end work. It can massively aid in productivity and it’s fun to use. The basic version is free, to gain access to more tools and features there is a fee of only $5 per month.

Yanamo Yanomo

Yanamo is particularly useful if you’re working in a team. It syncs with your Google calendar, tracks your time and you can share updates with team members. It does come at a price, but you can try the free trial for 47 days!

TSheets TSheets

TSheets is paid software but it’s probably money well spent if you want to track manage and report your time. Especially useful if you have clients that are strict about where your hours have gone. It’s easy to use and has a clean interface. There’s a 14 day trial if you want to test it out.

Get Harvestharvest

Harvest is a time tracking, reporting and invoicing app and desktop tool. It is available at 3 different price plans, but the basic plan is all you’ll need as a solo freelancer. With a simple intuitive interface, this is a handy tool for your daily timekeeping.

 SlimTimer SlimTimer

SlimTimer is a very simple to use time tracking tool which can also run reports which you can export. To track time you simply name a task, click on it and click again to stop. You can also sign up for free!

So those are 5 of the best time tracking tools we’ve found, do you have any other recommendations? Let us know below.

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  1. As usual, creating a to-do list holds the first spot in your time management techniques too. Most of the time management blogs that I read today had the same. This shows the importance of making a to-do or priority list and going with it.

    I do make my own to-do list every night for the next day and try to complete the tasks early in the day, so that i have good time to work on other tasks.

    Moreover the tools that I use helps me do tasks in the given time slot. They are Replicon – http://www.replicon.co.uk/time-bill for time tracking and Google Calender for task management.

  2. Another management tool I would like to recommend for freelancers & contractors is Proofhub. Super simple, easy and feature rich. Check out http://www.proofhub.com

  3. Another time management tool which freelancers and contractors would love to try is proofhub. It is very effecient and feature rich tool. Has all the required features.

  4. Hi! Cool list but Im missing TimeCamp
    I started using it lately because of the free account for freelancer and automatic tracker.
    You should try http://www.timecamp.com

  5. Hi. :)
    I would love to recommend TimeCamp because it has automatic time tracking and is absolutely free for freelancers :)

  6. Thanks for the info! As a freelancer you need to make sure that you are managing your time and tasks well to ensure your productivity. Using web-based time tracking tools is an effective way to make sure that you are handling your time well. Websites like https://www.clockspot.com/ can help you find the best time tracking tool for your projects.

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