Timesheets are an important part of doing business.

Most companies with hourly employees use timesheets for payroll. Even if your entire staff is salaried, though, time tracking is a good idea.

Filling out timesheets on a daily basis can also help reduce a business’ productivity leaks by 80%. However, studies also show that 8 out of 10 manually completed timesheets contain errors that need to be corrected.

You can prevent those errors with an automatic time tracking app.

Your app should make it easy to automate timesheets and track billable hours. Use it to track attendance, even when your team works in the field or from home.

The best apps also help prevent time theft and give you insights into your team’s productivity.

Here are some of the top options for you to consider:

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The 9 best timesheet apps for 2021

We researched the best timesheet software to suit different types of businesses. The apps in this list are flexible, but there might be one or two that are the perfect fit for your company.

Here are our top picks.

1. Hubstaff

Hubstaff timesheets

Managing a team is always a challenge. That’s especially true when the people you manage are all in different places.

Hubstaff streamlines employee management and payroll for in-office, remote, and field teams. It’s easy to automate your timesheets no matter where and how your team works.

Automatic timesheets save hours and dollars. Think about how much time you spend on payroll right now. Instead of chasing down timesheets every pay period, you can just click “approve” and get on with more important work.

Hubstaff’s geofencing takes mobile time tracking to the next level. It’s an affordable GPS solution that’s easy for your team to use.

Employees install Hubstaff on their phone. When they arrive at or leave a job site, time tracking starts and stops automatically.

Advanced reporting allows you to create detailed time reports, calculate project costs, and review employee attendance records. This data empowers you to make more profit in the same amount of time.

You can also use Hubstaff to manage time-off requests. Employees simply request time off through the app, and then you approve or deny it on your end.

Key features:

  • Online timesheets
  • Time tracking
  • Geofencing
  • GPS tracking
  • Detailed reports
  • Shift scheduling
  • Project budgeting
  • Payroll management
  • Online invoicing
  • Employee scheduling
  • Integration with accounting software
  • Employee monitoring
  • Productivity measurement

Pricing

Hubstaff offers the following plans:

  • Free plan (for one user)
  • Basic plan ($7/user/month)
  • Premium plan ($10/user/month)
  • Enterprise plan ($20/user/month)

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2. BeeBole Timesheet

BeeBole

BeeBole Timesheet is a web-based app that helps business owners and managers understand how employees are using their time throughout the workday.

If you want to connect your billing software or other programs, this is a good choice. BeeBole focuses on flexibility by allowing you to connect through their API.

As you gather insights about the way your team works, you can analyze that data with Google or Office tools. You can also create custom reports to view in the app or export to another program.

Use BeeBole to manage attendance and maintain your holiday calendar. Employees can schedule vacation time and you can track attendance across your entire team.

Key features

  • Time tracking
  • Employee attendance and absence tracking
  • Timesheets
  • Reports

Pricing

BeeBole Timesheets has only one plan, which costs 5.99€ ($6.97) per user per month.

3. Timesheets.com

Timesheets

Timesheets.com allows both manual and automatic tracking. They focus primarily on software teams, but you don’t have to work in software development to use this tool. It works well for both in-office and remote teams.

In addition to the time and attendance tracking you expect from a timesheet app, Timesheets.com can track mileage and expenses.

Timesheets.com is browser-based. However, they offer browser-based mobile tracking so that your team can clock in on mobile web.

If your team uses the mobile option, you have some limited GPS data about where your team clocked in. This isn’t the same as geofencing, but you can use that information to check that people are where they’re supposed to be while they’re billing time.

Key features

  • Time tracking
  • Time-off and PTO management
  • Mileage and expense tracking
  • Reporting

Pricing

Timesheets.com offers three plans:

  • Freelancer ($0/month)
  • Standard ($4.50/user/month)
  • Nonprofit ($3.60/user/month)

4. Timesheet Xpress

Timesheet Xpress

Timesheet Xpress is a straightforward time tracking system that works for most types of businesses. Your employees enter their time and you approve it.

You have some control over how your team bills their time. By controlling who has access to which projects, you can maintain some privacy and make sure that each employee sees only what they need.

If you want more advanced tracking and reporting features, Timesheet Xpress might be a little light for you. But if you’re looking for something simple and easy for everyone on your team to use, this can be a solid choice.

It’s especially useful for big teams that don’t want to pay a monthly fee per user since the software is available at a one-time cost.

Key features

  • Timesheets
  • Time tracking
  • Employee attendance tracking
  • Project budgeting
  • Reporting

Pricing

Unlike other solutions on this list, Timesheet Xpress doesn’t charge a monthly fee per user.

You can purchase the software for a one-time fee of £75 ($95.59). This includes unlimited usage and 12 months of email support and upgrades.

5. ClickTime

ClickTime

ClickTime works on your employee’s computer or phone for flexible tracking. You can easily see what your team is working on and how you’re tracking on budget.

It’s easy to track overtime, scheduling, and employee performance with real time data. The reporting feature is robust with more than 80 report templates.

Use ClickTime to plan how you’re going to use resources.

Of course, you can also use it for timesheet management and attendance tracking, too.

Key features

  • Time tracking
  • Time-off management
  • Overtime management
  • Expense tracking
  • Project budgeting
  • Reports

Pricing

ClickTime offers the following plans:

  • Starter ($9/user/month)
  • Team ($12/user/month)
  • Premier ($24/user/month)
  • Enterprise (custom pricing)

6. Tempo Timesheets

Tempo Timesheets

Tempo is a time tracking solution for Jira and Zendesk. If you need a good Jira time tracking tool, this is the app for you.

The Tempo Timesheets tracker embeds in Jira or Zendesk so you can track time while you’re working. It also integrates with Google and Microsoft calendars to seamlessly track meetings, too.

While you’re tracking time, Tempo Timesheets also helps you track expenses, budget, and resources. Build custom reports to see exactly the data you need.

Key features

  • Timesheets
  • Cost tracking
  • Resource planning
  • Budget management

Pricing

Tempo has three types of plans: Cloud, Server, and Data center.

How much each plan is going to cost you depends on which features you need, how many users are going to use the software, as well as whether you plan on paying monthly or annually.

You can use the pricing calculator on Tempo’s website to get an exact quote.

7. BigTime

BigTime

BigTime is designed for remote consultants. It handles time tracking, client billing, and resource planning for teams that do creative work from home.

Though it’s primarily a timesheet app, BigTime has some project management features to help you streamline some internal processes.

It’s easy to integrate with the tools you already use. Instead of creating a separate ecosystem, this tool aims to fit in with your existing tech stack.

Key features

  • Time tracking
  • Expense tracking
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Payment processing
  • Workflow management
  • Resource management
  • Project management
  • Reporting

Pricing

BigTime offers the following plans:

  • Express ($10/user/month)
  • Pro ($30/user/month)
  • Premier ($40/user/month)

8. Timesheet.io

Timesheet.io

Timesheet.io allows businesses and freelancers to track time spent on projects and generate accurate timesheets.

It’s also useful for simple project management and expense tracking. There’s even an invoicing feature to help keep your client billing organized.

This is a good tool for individuals or small teams who are just starting out with time tracking. You can export data to look for insights about how you and your team work.

Key features

  • Mobile time tracking
  • Detailed reports
  • Expense tracking
  • Invoicing

Pricing

Timesheet.io has a free plan that supports basic time tracking and project management. There are also two paid plans that come with more advanced features:

  • Plus ($4.66/month)
  • Pro ($9.33/month)

9. Timely by Memory.ai

Timely

Timely is powered by AI. Its goal is to automatically track your work time without you needing to do anything to start or stop the timer.

Tell Timely which programs and apps are work related and it will automatically generate a timesheet for you at the end of the day. Instead of switching the timer when you switch tasks, the software figures out what you were working on to track time appropriately.

Aside from time tracking, this tool offers some project management features and a nice visual scheduling tool.

Key features

  • Timesheets
  • AI-powered time tracking
  • Project timelines
  • Team scheduling

Pricing

Timely offers plans for both individuals and businesses:

Individual plans

  • Moonlight ($7/month)
  • Freelancer ($14/month)
  • Professional ($23/month)

Business plans

  • Small ($49/month)
  • Medium ($199/month)
  • Large ($449/month)
  • Enterprise (custom pricing)

Finding the best app for your business

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best timesheet app for your business. How big is your team? What are your growth plans? Do you have any industry-specific needs?

Don’t just shoot for whatever option is the cheapest. The right app for you is out there.

Have you used any of the apps on our list? Do you have any recommendations for apps we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was originally published in January 2017, and was updated by the Hubstaff Blog Team in October 2020.