Top 10 Free Time Tracking Apps for Freelancers

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time tracking apps for freelancers There are a lot of last minutes when it comes to freelancers and taxes. If you freelance full-time in the U.S, you’re expected to send in quarterly estimated payments, in addition to doing your yearly routine. Even though taxes can be fairly routine, it’s worth making sure that you’re doing everything you can to make sure all the details are taken care of. That helps to make sure there’s more money in your pockets, and it also means that you will limit your tangles with any tax agency you deal with.

Google Calendar


Google Calendar
Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a free universal tool to track your time, appointments and organize your freelance tasks. Google app may serve as a calendar or a to-do list. Besides, it’s easy to export Google calendar data to lots of project management solutions and thus, you can always keep an eye on your schedule.




OfficeTime is an elegant cross platform time tracking application. You can track your activity on your computer and iPad. OfficeTime contains advanced time management features: dashboard, spreadsheets data import and stat reports. Besides, the app has built-in invoicing options. So it enables you to start your freelance project, assign a rate per hour and generate the final invoice.



TimePanther claims to be a time tracker for freelancers. The app includes time management options that help set tasks, divide them between your projects and calculate your revenue. TimePanther allows you to sync all freelance tasks without any mess within clients.



Cube Anywhere is a nice time tracker for any device. Freelancers are famous for mobility; that’s why our time tracker must be a cross-platform product. Add your tasks, create a schedule and manage your earnings per hour. Cube has an easy sign-up from. You can quickly create an account with your Google ID.



Clockodo is an easy time tracking suite. It lets you manage tasks, track time and view reports. The stylish web app represents all information in a simple to comprehend way and turns time management into a real pleasure.



Klok is a cross platform time management program that work on Windows, Linux, Mac and Android OS. You can analyze your time consumption and share your calendar with freelance colleagues. Moreover, you can transfer data smoothly between Basecamp, Harvest or Fresh Books.



Paymo is a freelancer business center. The app has lots of handy features inside: time tracking, billing and invoicing, project management tools. It’s up to you to select the options you need. For example, you can count hours and create reports for your clients.



Chrometa has an exceptional approach to time tracking. It automates time tracking. Install a tiny app on your computer and it will record your software usage. Examine your daily reports and see how much time you spend on web surfing, Skype, Photoshop or coding. Thus, Chrometa lets you revalue your time and boost your freelancing productivity.

30 Boxes


30Boxes is a web calendar. Fill it with important tasks and alerts. Plus, place your personal reminders and track all key events in one place. This way 30 Boxes lets you balance your freelancing life efficiently.

Your Timer

As you see the list contains only 9 apps for freelancers to track time. The last but not the least can be a default timer app, your favorite spreadsheet program, or your watch. Let us know which time tracker you prefer that deserves to be on this list!


  1. Great article! Klok is a good one, but the one I use for my company isn’t listed. I use PayPanther. It’s a time tracking tool that offers many other features, such as invoicing, CRM, project and task management, etc.

  2. Sorry Anna, out of all the listed apps only OfficeTime has decent interface, but even it’s PC version is cumbersome to use. Majority of freelancers may be better off with – it tracks time and takes periodic screenshots in an intuitive easy interface. A freelancer then can share his time along with screenshots with an employer – this would make any employee happy.

  3. There are loads of mobile time trackers too but for both iOS and Android check out We created Easy Hours to ease your productivity burden so you spend your time doing and earning instead of remembering, tapping and typing. Why spend time when you just spent money on an app/service that requires a lot of babysitting? Easy Hours costs less than a cup of coffee and yet is both automatic and reliable. We even use it for our own timekeeping.

    Its available on both iOS and Android and comes out of the box with Dashboards, Timesheets, Reminders, Memos, Rounding, Notifications, Personalization, and Sharing. Customer feature requests are prioritized for future releases – turnaround is pretty quick. Give it a try and I’m sure you will find that you will be as satisfied as other reviewers.

  4. I’ll throw in a shameless plug for our app — Tiempo ( Disclosure: I’m one of the founders.

    We built Tiempo because we’ve been freelancers ourselves. We know what it’s like to struggle tracking time, billing customers, chasing down checks, and getting paid quickly.

    So, we built a beautiful, FREE time tracking and invoicing app designed specifically for freelancers. I think you’ll like it. We’re getting our freelancers paid faster…which is the whole point, right?

  5. Hi Anna,

    I’d like to suggest Fanurio ( which is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices.

    Fanurio is not free but it has a free trial. It costs 59 USD (which means about $5/month for the first year) and you can use it for life.

    I know that there are many freelancers who prefer to use a desktop application in order to keep their data on their own computers. Since Fanurio is a desktop application, it integrates very well with the platforms it runs on. On OS X, you can easily access timers from the the menu bar and from the dock icon menu. On Windows, you can start a new timer or control the active timer from the thumbnail toolbar or from the tray icon. You can also use global hotkeys to control the timers from within any running application.

    Fanurio is used by many freelancers not just to track time but to bill their clients as well. Fanurio can export invoices to HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and other formats so they can be printed or e-mailed. Invoice templates can be created manually, with a visual editor (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) or with the built-in template editor.

    I hope this helps.

  6. Thanks for the list, it has most of the big players. What I use personally is Mobile Worker ( It has one-click time tracking, simple invoicing, document sync with Dropbox, etc. The only issue is that it’s available for Android only. If you’re looking for something very light and neat, however, you might want to take a look.

  7. Nice List.
    But Currently using “Invoicera”( for Time Tracking Purpose in my Business. Kind of addicted to this software and its interface. Don’t need to switch now at least.

  8. Try this one: BizViz ( This app. is truly automatic, you put in your location once, and then via GPS it automatically tracks when you enter or leave work.

    I have it setup so that my phone vibrates when I enter or leave work. When I start walking into the office I feel it vibrate and it’s like I punched in, and the same when I leave. The only time I have to actually start the app. is at the end of the week when I email myself a csv file containing my hours that I copy directly into my timecard.

    It also has the capability to track and invoice your mileage.

    Give it a try.

  9. Timepanic is an excellent Windows based time tracking and billing tool for freelancers and offices that bill by the hour. It’s been around for more than 10 years and has been constantly improved.
    It makes time tracking incredibly easy. You have a weekly, monthly and yearly view of your time. You can setup custom/multiuser reports and invoices, reminders, calculate overtime, export to Excel.

    There is a Windows phone version as well for tracking time when you aren’t in front of the computer.

    There is a free version for non commercial use. It allows to have an idea of its features.

  10. Strange that Timeneye is not listed here:

    I am a freelancer and I’ve been using it for a year now. It FREE and it helps me manage my clients and send them a complete report of my work.

    It’s great as it integrates with one of my favourite tool: Basecamp!

  11. Hi,
    You should include TrackingTime to the list.
    TrackingTime is a collaboration app that helps companies manage their projects and tasks, track working times and measure productivity. It’s free, available for Chrome, iPhone and Mac.
    You can visit for more info!


  12. I wonder why TimeCamp isn’t listed here, because it’s great tool for time tracking! And i’ts even free for freelancers…
    I will recomend it because of automatic time tracking and invoice feature. Worth trying.

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