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7 best project time-tracking software apps and their features

Written by Barbara Matthews
May 27, 2024
Barbara Matthews


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It's easy to lose track of how much time you spent on a project. With the proper time-tracking tools, remote employees and employers can make sure that their billing is accurate. In this article, we'll introduce seven of the best project time-tracking software solutions out there, making accurate time tracking stress-free.

7 project time-tracking software systems

To help you decide which project management time-tracking software is best for you, here are seven of the top ones on the market today.

1. Remote

Remote HR Management offers a project time-tracking solution for your team members – all in one place. It's an excellent solution for business owners with small or large remote teams.

Team members can manually or automatically log their working hours from any location or mobile device through the Time & Attendance Tracking feature. Anyone can easily track how long it took to complete their tasks through one platform.

Screenshot of time tracking dashboard in Remote

Whether your team members are remote employees, freelancers, or contractors, they can add detailed notes to their time entries. Managers can then easily see the number of hours team members worked on specific tasks or projects.

With data on actual time spent on projects, you can see progress on projects and adjust work loads when needed. Plus, with built-in payroll time clock software, you can have peace of mind knowing your timesheets are accurate and compliant with international working hours regulations.

Key features

  • International compliance: Remote’s compliance monitoring feature measures the amount of time an employee has taken off against legal requirements.

  • Automated timesheets: When employees track their time, it’s automatically saved to the system. Employees can easily finalize and submit their total number of work hours.

  • Timesheet review and approval: Employees can choose when they want to submit their timesheets, whether that’s daily or at the end of the week.

Best for:

Companies looking to expand internationally, efficiently manage remote teams, and ensure compliance with local laws.

Pricing options

  • Free HR Management platform

  • Contractor Management: $29 per contractor per month

  • Employer of Record: $599 per month

  • Payroll: $50 per employee per month

2. TimeCamp

TimeCamp is a time-tracking and project management tool designed to increase productivity. In addition to project time tracking, the tool helps you track expenses, clients, and tasks with visual timesheets and reports.

TimeCamp offers both manual and automatic time-tracking options to help your team accurately record how much time they spend on different activities. Managers can assign tasks, track team members’ time, and analyze productivity to improve collaboration during projects.

Key features

  • Automatic time tracking

  • Visual timesheets and reports

  • Project profitability analysis

  • Attendance management

Best for:

Businesses looking for detailed information on time spent on projects.

Pricing options

  • Free trial

  • Starter plan: $2.99 per user per month

  • Premium plan: $4.99 per user per month

  • Ultimate plan: $7.99 per user per month

3. Tick

Tick helps team members track their time against the budgets of individual tasks and projects. Managers can monitor project progress in real time and make informed financial decisions based on time spent. With Tick, users can generate reports on project progress, budget usage, and team productivity.

Key features

  • In-app running timer

  • Project-specific timecards

  • Multi-platform accessibility

  • Chrome extension

Best for:

Businesses that need to track time accurately for individual projects.

Pricing options

  • 30-day free trial

  • 10 projects: $19 per month

  • 30 projects: $49 per month

  • 60 projects: $79 per month

  • Unlimited projects: $149 per month

4. Time Doctor

Time Doctor offers project tracking for individual and team activities. It gives you real-time reports, helping you and your team determine where time is being spent. With this information, managers can make improvements to project workflows.

Key features

  • Automatic time tracking

  • Screenshot recording

  • Website and application monitoring

  • Detailed productivity reporting

Best for:

Businesses that want to gain information on employee work habits to improve team productivity.

Pricing options

  • Free 14-day trial

  • Basic plan: $5.90 per user per month

  • Standard plan: $8.40 per user per month

  • Premium plan: $16.70 per user per month

5. Clockify

Clockify supports unlimited users, tracking, and projects. This makes it a great choice for businesses looking for a cost-effective solution.

The platform has a simple, intuitive interface that makes it easy for teams to start tracking their work hours against specific projects. Users can track time using a timer or log hours manually.

Key features

  • Location tracking for on-the-go

  • Scheduling and managing team assignments

  • Handling time-off requests and approvals

  • Recording and analyzing expenses

  • Creating and managing invoices

Best for:

Teams and freelancers looking for a cost-effective timekeeping software.

Pricing options

  • Free plan

  • Basic plan: $3.90 per user per month

  • Standard plan: $5.49 per user per month

  • Pro plan: $7.99 per user per month

  • Enterprise plan: $11.99 per user per month

6. Timely

Timely stands out with features like AI-based categorization of time entries. It automates project time tracking by capturing work hours directly from web and desktop applications. This kind of automation not only saves valuable time but also ensures accurate billing without manual time entries. 

Key features

  • Enhanced privacy settings to secure personal data

  • AI-driven assistance for organizing time records

  • Smooth integration with familiar tools and apps

  • Real-time insights into project budgets for better financial management

Best for: 

Businesses that want to simplify time tracking and gain AI-generated data on work patterns.

Pricing options

  • 14-day free trial

  • Starter plan: $9 per user per month

  • Premium plan: $16 per user per month

  • Unlimited plan: $22 per user per month

7. Toggl Track

Toggl Track is an time clock software that helps over 70,000 teams track their employees' time. It stands out for small business time tracking, as employees can "punch in and out" through the platform.

It also allows employers to assess how their employees are utilizing their time — for instance, what portion of each employee’s day is spent on billable work.

Key features

  • Timer feature so employees can press “pause” when taking a break and stop the timer when they finish their work day

  • Provides charts and graphs on how long your employees or contractors work on each project

  • Tracks billable time and creates invoices automatically 

Best for

Independent teams with a high degree of autonomy

Pricing options:

  • Starter plan: $9 per user per month

  • Premium plan: $18 per user per month

How to choose the best project time-tracking software for your business

The right project time-tracking software for you and your team depends on your unique needs. Here’s what to consider to get the most out of your project management time-tracking tool:

How to choose the best project time tracking software
  • Decide on your business needs. Consider the types of projects you manage and the level of detail you’d prefer for time tracking.

  • Identify essential features that will support your workflow. 

    • What kinds of entry methods do you need — manual, automatic, timer-based, or a combination of all of the above? 

    • Do you need reporting features for data? 

  • Check if the software has integration features with other software. Your software should be compatible with your existing tools and platforms to prevent major disruptions to your workflow.

  • Look for software that is user-friendly and accessible across devices so that your team can use the tool with minimal training.

  • You’ll also want customizable settings. This allows you to tailor the system to fit your business processes and project management style.

Project time tracking with Remote

Balancing productivity with accurate timekeeping during projects can be difficult to get right, especially when your team is scattered across the globe. 

With Remote, no matter where your team members are, you always have an idea on the amount of time they spend on different projects and tasks. And it’s easy to approve PTO and track public holidays for when they’re off the clock through the Time and Attendance Tracking feature.

Chat with Remote today for solutions to HR Management, including project time tracking.

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