3 Time Tracking Iphone Apps for Business Professionals

Many business professionals, whether they charge hourly or by project, want a more efficient and accurate method to track and bill time.  This is especially important when you are on the go as you may not have access to your time tracking software.  The iphone has been a boon in this regards in that it provides a plethora of time tracking apps.  The problem, of course, is that finding the right app can be an overwhelming and confusing process.   I have selected 3 popular apps, all under $10, for review:

 

1. On-Core Time Master:

Price: $9.99.  Invoicing and Quickbooks Modules:$9.99 and $5.99 respectively.

Features:

  • Time and billing rates can be categorized by client or sub-categorized by client, project or task.
  • Expense tracking allows for setup of recurring or one time expenses
  • Contacts can be imported directly from contact list. 
  • Allows export to CSV
  • Multi Currency Capability using fx rates from Yahoo.
  • Additional module allows export to Quickbooks via an IIF file.
  • Tax calculation capability for Canada.

Complaints:

  • Does not track outstanding balances, deposits
  • No Lite version available 
  • Does not integrate with a credit card provider

2. Timewerks

Price:$9.99

Features:

  • Track time and allows for customization of rates
  • Allows for tracking of expenses
  • Contacts can be imported directly from contact list.
  • Manage sales taxes
  • Email HTML-formatted or PDF invoices.
  • Support multiple currencies.
  • Export data to CSV file
  • Has Lite version to test out
  • Accepts credit card payments via integration with Credit Card Terminal (sold separately by Inner Fence).

Complaints:

  • Does not create an IIF file to export to Quickbooks
  • Does not track outstanding balances due from Customers, deposits
  • Does not have tax or multiple currency capability
  • No invoicing module

3. iTimeSheet

Price:5.99

Features:

  • Compelling and customizable interface
  • Track time and allows for customization of rates
  • Allows for tracking of expenses
  • Export data to CSV file
  • Has Lite version to test out
  • Analyze time spent by client, task or project with analytic module

 Complaints:

  • Does not allow for import of contacts.
  • Does not create an IIF file to export to Quickbooks
  • Does not track outstanding balances due from Customers, deposits
  • Does not have tax or multiple currency capability
  • No invoicing module

The decision to purchase the app will depend on the specific functionality that you either need or can't do without.  Since, having the ability to export to Quickbooks is a huge time saver for me (and I'm prepared to pay the extra $6), my first choice would be Time Master.  If a lot of my clients paid by credit card, I would be tempted to go with TimeWerks. Regardless, all three 3 apps provide fairly comprehensive time tracking abilities.  If one can exercise discipline i.e. actually record time after each task , these are excellent tools that can greatly simplify the (often dreaded) time tracking process.