I don’t bill by the hour very much anymore, but I still like to keep rough track of time spent on individual client projects, for my own purposes. I currently use a simple spreadsheet, with tabs for each project/client. Yesterday I asked on Twitter what tools people were using for this purpose:
What tools do people use for per-project time tracking? For internal use, not necessarily client-facing or tied to billing
— Boone B. Gorges (@boone) February 10, 2014
Here are some responses I got. I can’t personally endorse anything on this list, but it might be a helpful starting point for others.
@boone https://t.co/inB5TxBO1t by @jtauber
— John Boy (@jboy) February 10, 2014
@boone Used to use RescueTime, then backfill for billables. Now it's Harvest and whiskey-gingeys.
— John James Jacoby (@JJJ) February 10, 2014
@boone After trying online tools, I still stick w/ good ol' pen & paper.
— Jess Sand (@sDesignLabs) February 10, 2014
@boone for per-project timing – http://t.co/en3XGnOu11 + ChronoMate
— One Big Idea (@wp_site_manager) February 10, 2014
@boone if you've 5mn 😉 http://t.co/GcSiGpwB9o
— Dan (@danbpfr) February 10, 2014
@boone I’ve been using Paymo: http://t.co/493T3nzaKD It’s free for small-timers.
— David Cavins (@daveycavey) February 10, 2014
@boone Hello Boone, you should give us a try, it combines time tracking with project management & it’s cloud based http://t.co/XFycSchEHi
— Paymo Time Tracking (@Paymo) February 11, 2014
Hi Boone! If you rather have an installed software solution, check out our Xpert-Timer. The data is saved on your computer and the handling is much better than on web applications.