Good time management is immensely important these days. Whether you’re a business owner, a manager, or an employee, it’s equally vital to keep track of your work time. Moreover, we’ve seen a huge surge in remote work due to the pandemic. Employers were either forced to make the switch or made the decision themselves. Nonetheless, home office has never been so popular.
A part of employees isn’t used to home office at all and have trouble with assigning the right amount of time to various tasks. That’s where time tracking and management software comes in handy. In this review we’re going to tackle TimeCamp, automatic time tracking software.
Time tracking software
Free - $7.50 per month per user
What is Timecamp?
Founded back in 2008 from the initiative of Kamil Rudnicki, TimeCamp is a Polish tool whose primary aim is to improve productivity and time management. The app found its origins in a note-taking app which was a class assignment given to the CEO. Now it’s an intuitive, comprehensive app that offers a solution for freelancers, and business owners alike. Project managers will also find this incredibly useful.
Who is it useful for?
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager or a freelancer, you’ll find TimeCamp useful. Its features are very universal for any sorts of work activities and projects. Even if you’re working solo, it’s a great way to keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to measuring your productivity and tracking your working time. Especially if you work for yourself from home, it’s essential to know how much you work, as it’s pretty easy to get consumed by your job. Moreover, TimeCamp makes it easier to keep track of your billable hours.
TimeCamp has been trusted by some big names as well:
I’ve been using TimeCamp for the better part of my entrepreneur career. I believe that it’s a tool that helped me immensely in organising my own time as a business owner. It’s fairly easy to use, although it does take some time to get a grip on all of the functions. If you have a large team, it really shows great possibilities as a time tracking system. Paired with the integrations, it becomes a very powerful tool.
Neal Taparia ‧ Forbes journalist, and CEO and Founder of Solitaired, an online Solitaire provider
How does TimeCamp work?
It’s incredibly easy to jump into using Timecamp. The platform offers a 14-day free trial. All you need to do is to register on their website and you’re free to try everything out. The trial includes the pro version, as well, so you’re not going to miss any features. After you log in, you’ll be met with this screen:
From this dashboard, you can start adding your entries, manage your projects, look into your reports, check your invoices and look up billed hours. That’s the heart of TimeCamp. Inviting new coworkers requires their email address. After that they get a message to their inbox that you’d like to add them to your team. There’s also an offline TimeCamp app you can download from the website that provides additional features.
TimeCamp has lots of tools that can help you with all the things associated with time and productivity management, and more. It’s relatively easy to use, although it takes some time to get used to all of that.
Time tracking tool
The first, pretty obvious, feature, is tracking time.
All it takes is one click to start the timer. You can describe a task with notes, as well as assign it to a particular project. From here, you can also set is as billable or non-billable. All of the stats are tracked and are divided between people, tasks and projects. You can see who has worked the most in the form of a leaderboard and give them a score. Furthermore, you can also see the specific activities performed on a device at a particular time period.
Productivity, profitability, and performance tracking
As I’ve noted before, you can track all the things you’ll ever need to keep your finger on the pulse all the time. Apart from the time, you can track one’s income, the costs associated with them and generate attendance reports easily. You can set the cost and income for each of the employees, as well as the amount of hours they should work daily. The productivity reports can be seen in the Reports tab under Attendance.
Here’s how it looks:
Below that there’s a table with each day:
As far as invoiced, billed and unbilled hours go, you can also clearly see that in the form of an easy-to-read, digestible table:
Moreover, you can also look at the revenue, cost and margin of each project and task.
And as for time reports, here’s how it looks like:
This here is a detailed report, although you can also choose to see a summary, a daily report or a custom one.
Apart from all that, you can also edit your projects, associate a budget with them, choose a project manager, and see a productivity chart for each one.
And that’s just the online app.
After downloading TimeCamp’s desktop application, new features become available:
You can track the time spent away from any activities,
Divide your activities into categories and see how much time the employees spent doing them,
See them on a timeline,
Set goals for yourself or the users,
Measure a user’s efficiency,
And see the employees statistics.
All of those features especially come in handy when you’re managing your own time. As a manager or a freelancer it becomes fairly easy to track all of that with your time divisible into categories. Setting goals for yourself or your users can become a great motivation, too. Seeing your efficiency ramping up is also satisfactory, as well as noticing how much work you’ve done.
I’m a software developer and I value my time above all else. I’ve been working on plenty of solo projects and TimeCamp has always let me keep up with what I’ve been doing. It gets hard to remember everything I’ve done in a particular week, and that’s when I use TimeCamp to my advantage. I can clearly see how much I’ve done, how much should I charge and if I need to pick up the pace.
Dima Suponau ‧ Software developer, CEO and Founder of Number For Live Person, a database of live customer support numbers
Custom billing rates
You can fully customise your billing rates. You can set them to be different for each user, project, task, you’re free to do whatever suits your needs. There’s lots of possibilities here.
Quick timesheet approvals
With TimeCamp, you can automate your timesheet submissions and approval, on which you can leave your feedback and comments. This way, you can create a routine for your users that’s easy to follow and remember. Also, you can set reminders for yourself so as not to miss any timesheets to approve. Once approved, a timesheet is locked and only the manager has the option to edit it.
TimeCamp has an integration with PayPay and you can quickly generate invoices based on the timesheets. The tax rates are all adjustable according to the country, you get to automate the approvals and, share and export your invoices to accountant software easily as well.
TimeCamp has plenty of integrations with the best project management apps such as Trello, Todoist, and Salesforce (there’s many more than that, it’s hard to list them all). Furthermore, you can integrate TimeCamp with other software including Zendesk, Slack, Dropbox, Azure DevOps, Quickbooks, and Zapier. There’s a lot to choose from to upgrade the functionality of TimeCamp. Plenty of various industries will surely find use in that smart piece of software.
Here’s TimeCamp’s price tag straight from their website:
$7.50 for the Pro version per user per month is not too shabby if you count all of the functionalities and possibilities of integration. You may also try the tool for free if you like, as the trial is 14 days - more than enough time to test all of the features.
TimeCamp Pros and Cons
TimeCamp Review - Conclusion:
I believe that TimeCamp is a great little piece of software. It can come in handy for various industries and businesses. I believe that all working people (especially those who work remotely) can make good use of it. And I don’t only mean project managers and CEOs, but also freelancers who want to keep track of their activity. All in all, TimeCamp seems like one of the best time tracking systems for anybody who doesn’t want to lose their way in the business world.
Author Bio: Zachary Hadlee
Zachary Hadlee is a technology and marketing journalist from London, currently based in Malaga. He writes stories about how the internet works - and how it is changing. From artificial intelligence to UX, things are happening today at a pace that can seem bewildering. He puts his interests in digital marketing and growth as well.