Billed as a “timesheet killer,” Toggl is great way for freelancers and team-workers to keep track of their time spent working for The Man.
The free service comes in several flavours: a downloadable desktop widget for Mac, Linux and Windows, an iPhone/Android application and an iGoogle gadget that runs on all the major browsers – Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera.
Designed to make it easy to keep a firm grip on how long you’ve spent working on particular projects, Toggl comes with two timers to suit different users.
Timer Classic (below, left) offers more functionality while the aptly named Timer Nano (right) is a smaller package optimised for fast and intuitive usage.
Basic for free
If all you’re after is basic time-tracking and reporting features, the the free version should do the job nicely, as it has no limits on the amount of projects you can have on the go (although there’s a maximum of five team members).
The paid Pro version serves up extra features geared towards business users, like hourly rates, swishy reports with your logo and time rounding, etc. Here’s the pricing details:
As time tracking tools go, they don’t get much simpler or easier to use as Toggl.
So long as you can get in the habit of remembering to hit ‘start and ‘stop’ when you’re beavering away all day, this app should prove a real boon to freelancers.
We use the free version ourselves and recommend it thoroughly.