Here are our top five time tracking apps getting you the best bang for your buck in 2020!
Keeping an electronic record of employee hours is an important part of running a successful business and the most efficient way to achieve this is with time tracking software. You probably didn’t get into business to constantly think about payroll and billing, but, federal and state laws require you to track employee hours closely. Therefore, it is worth finding a quality (but still affordable) time tracking software that reduces administration and keeps your business compliant with employment laws and regulations.
Over the last 12+months Time Tracker has been through a major transformation adding loads of new features so we decided to start the year off by comparing our app against some of our competitors. In this comparative analysis, we have shared our findings so you can decide which timekeeping app is best for your operation.
Our Top Five Time Tracking Solutions
Time Tracker by eBillity. Our time tracking software focuses on affordable time tracking for small businesses, professional services and anyone who needs to capture time for payroll, billing and productivity. Our highlight reel includes; customizable settings like your dashboard so your most valuable reports are front and center or time tracking method so you can select the option that works best for your business. With Time Tracker you can also scale as your business grows – free payroll and accounting integrations, add-on expense tracking, job cost reporting and client invoicing, or try our Invoice Tracker app and get paid faster.
TSheets by QuickBooks. The strongest brand on this list with the QuickBooks juggernaut behind it, acquired by Intuit in 2017 TSheets focuses on all aspects of tracking time for payroll and it’s automatic sync with QuickBooks Online. They recently released an ‘elite’ account which includes some project management features, timesheet signatures and geofencing. They offer round the clock support and a clean and intuitive interface.
ClockShark. ClockShark is an app built to track shifts across multiple job sites, designed for the construction and field service industry they have a heavy reliance on GPS data. ClockShark’s crown jewel is the GPSFence™ tracking system, which alerts both employees and management if an employee is in an unexpected zone during their shift. This ensures that payroll is complete and fair, along with providing more data about how much time was spent on site without relying on potentially inaccurate time cards.
Boomr. Boomr’s time tracking app focuses on integration and syncing timesheets directly with Paychex, ADP, FreshBooks, QuickBooks, and more. Boomr focuses on a mobile-first experience and makes employee tracking easy and is fully integrated with Slack, great for IT and developers who are using the Slack communication app.
TimeCamp. TimeCamp has a slightly different focus than the others on our list, they lean more toward time tracking for projects and client billing. Their multiple pricing plans make it easy to scale up when necessary and their interface offers a smooth user experience. TimeCamp also offers the best discount for annual billing plans and non-profits.
Here’s how all this information looks in a comparison table:
The most important thing to remember about pricing is that all five of these time tracking solutions offer free trials, ranging from 14-30 days, with no credit card required. While a couple of those options definitely provide more value for a lower cost, it’s important to experiment and find out which time tracking software works best for your business. Most of the apps provide annual discount pricing so if you are looking to lower your cost you should definitely consider getting the most out of your free trial so you can save when it comes time to activate your account.
Each of these listed time and attendance apps offer some degree of free support. Be sure to take a closer look to see what that means for your timezone, and the method of contact available, for example: does it include phone, live chat, email, webinars, private demos and an online help forum. You should seriously consider support when deciding on a time tracking app because we may love technology but some days technology doesn’t love us!
The easier it is for employees and HR to access time clock data; the more accurate payroll and reports will be. Each of these solutions feature some sort of integration, and some focus on one or more areas. Due to their acquisitions you know that Boomr integrates completely with Slack and TSheets with QuickBooks, but consider the other apps they integrate with to improve efficiency and productivity, apps like; Zapier, Amazon Alexa and Google Home or connected apps that sync data like Google Calendar and Outlook/365. You can also consider other payroll, expense and accounting apps like ADP, Gusto, Xero, Sage and SAP Concur. You never know what is around the corner so explore all your channels to avoid a costly or time consuming product switch in the future.
All five options feature mobile apps available for both Android and iOS. While ClockShark’s app focuses specifically on GPS tracking and ensuring schedule adherence, any of the programs can be configured to allow employees to sign in on their own devices. If a company is looking to provide smartphones to their employees, any of these time tracking solutions can be pre-loaded to get employees tracking their time quickly.
Final Time Tracking Software Recommendations
We’re not going to do all the heavy lifting for you! We’ve given you an overview of our findings and now it’s up to you to sign up for the free trials and determine what time tracking software has the right features and benefits for your business and budget. Good luck!
Don’t go without starting a free 14-day trial of Time Tracker. You’ve already gotten this far.