5 free time tracking tools

Wouldn’t we all love to know what we actually do with our time? There’s 24 hours in a day but how many times have you lost track of time completely? To tackle this issue many people use time-tracking software.

Time-tracking software allows its users to record time spent on tasks which is great for professionals who bill their customers by the hour such as fellow bloggers and freelancers.

It’s also a great way for managers to keep a track of hours spent on specific projects within a team when it comes to personal development reviews and objective settings.

Here’s a handy list of 5 free time tracking tools


Toggl works on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, and almost every browser. You can track your time directly in Toggl and then export your time with its many integrations (including, but certainly not limited to, AsanaAtlassian JiraBasecampFreshBooksGithubGoogle DocsOpen ProjectQuickbooksSalesforceSlackTeamwork, and Trello).

Users can also log their time offline and sync their data after it’s recorded.

It backs up every 24 hours to several different physical locations, and keeps all of its information on Rackspace, so it’s very secure.

Most users who upgrade do so for task management (projects don’t break down into tasks). The basic version doesn’t allow users to tweak billable rates or create a team greater than five users.

The basic plan is free but you can upgrade to a starter, premium or enterprise packages which offer additional features.


Is an incredibly easy-to-use app that is rising as a powerful Trello and Asana alternative but unlike those two powerful project management software options, Trigger comes with time tracking.

And the best bit – it’s all free!

All time reports – even in the free version – can be allocated to specific tasks instead of a messy spreadsheet.

This is great news for businesses who can use Trigger to figure out which clients are best for their business, and which ones they’re over-servicing.

The app also provides templates and storage so project managers don’t need to start from scratch at the beginning of every project – very handy!

Trigger also offers timesheets, automated invoices, and online reports, and all that information syncs with XeroFreshbooks, and Zapier.

It’s time tracking solution works with just the click of a button (or can be logged manually), and all that information gets filtered into invoices, timesheets, and reports. Brilliant.

The basic plan is free but you can upgrade to a standard or premium account which allow unlimited team members and projects as well as a host of other additional goodies.


The free system is best for a single user who needs to provide transparency for multiple stakeholders.

Small teams can easily use this app’s full functionality for free.

Hubstaff opens users up to its 30+ free integrations.

In addition to its free integrations and unlimited use for one user, Hubstaff’s timesheet templates and task-specific reporting features are what set it apart from other free time tracking tools.

If you’re a small business or freelancer, Hubstaff will likely fit your needs.

The basic package is free but you can upgrade to a basic or premium package to unlock extra features.


If you’ve ever used a timer before, you can figure out how to use Tick.

A really useful feature of Tick is that it will automatically update users of budget changes with each time card. That means no more budget tracking in a spreadsheet of nightmares – woohoo!

One project is free and there’s price plan options billable per month up to an unlimited package.


Users can submit their timesheets in bulk via Excel, or simply track their time online.

Managers can approve or reject timesheets straight from the app.

If you forget to track your time AccountSight regularly sends you messages that nudge you to turn your clock on.

The basic plan is free for one user, two client, two projects, and unlimited invoicing and unlimited travel and expense. You can upgrade to a basic, small group or enterprise package and there’s discounts available for larger teams.

Now you know how much time you’re spending on tasks this leaves you more time to do the creative stuff.

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If you’re not sure how much time your team spends on tasks then these 5 free time tracking tools will come in very handy


Do you have any other useful time tracking apps or software which you use? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Rachael,
    Thanks for sharing these great tools! They’re so useful, primarily when you’re working remotely or as a freelancer.
    My time tracker is TimeCamp https://www.timecamp.com, it helps me know where my time goes. I especially like its automatic time tracking feature that seamlessly adds my activities to particular projects. Perfect for such absorbed person like me!

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