If you struggle with tracking your time on client or company projects, you might want to check out Toggl for time tracking.  It is a web-based time-tracking tool to help you manage projects and how much time you spend on them each day.  I joined with a free subscription for this review.

Many applications offer some type of time tracking tool, but I’ve seen very few with the speed and ease of Toggl.  You can see in this screenshot that you click the little timer, enter a description and it starts timing your work. Click it again and it stops, records it, where you can instantly see it on the dashboard.

Toggl Time Tracking Toggl: Time Tracking Made Easy

Let’s say you have a project that you jump in and out of through the day. You can simply open that task and start timing your progress again.  Or, you can create a new task against that project or client and it will auto-fill based on your previous entries or put in entirely new data.

Premium level users can let a team track time on a project, integrate it with Basecamp, and track your earnings. You can also create reports with your logo if you have to submit them to clients separately. Plans start at $5 a month up to $99 a month.

Best features:

  • Downloads to CSV format for Microsoft Excel junkies
  • Free account is very robust and let’s you slice and dice your project data by task, by project, by client and has decent reporting for no cost.
  • You can run it as a standalone desktop application and it syncs up to the web when you connect again. Pretty cool.
  • Right out of the gate, or off the home page I should say, they make it super easy for the user.  You can sign up by using your Google account (if you have one) username and password as your Toggl account setup.  They offer a Mac, Linux, iPhone, and Windows version of the application, too.
  • You can choose if the project is “billable” or not.

Toggl standalone tracking app Toggl: Time Tracking Made Easy

What could they do better?

It is an elegant tool and one that doesn’t claim to do anything other than track time, but if I had to ask for one thing: It would be an alarm or timer that tells me when I’ve reached the amount of time I’ve actually scheduled for myself. One that rings loudly would be good!

Who is it for?

Any freelancer or small business owner who tracks their hours for customers or for internal projects. If you charge by the hour, Toggl is worth exploring.

Learn more about Toggl.

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