Time management is a constant battle for most people in their day-to-day lives. It is a vital part of any workflow, even more so those in which billing is dependent on time worked. Several applications make it easy to log, calculate, and even create invoices based on the information collected.
Most of the applications can also manage tasks associated with a project and can even assign project to individual clients that have specific needs. A delicate task, time tracking is crucial, after all, this is how you earn your money.
A very nice application with many counterparts, Billings provides very professional looking invoices, and makes time tracking super easy. Billings also keeps track of tasks related to the project and allow you to create that professional looking invoice in one click. To complement the app is a Menubar timer (for quick access), and a soon-to-be-released iPhone app.
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, however Mac OS X 10.5 or later is strongly recommended.
Being fast, easy, and streamlined definitely has its perks, especially when time is of the essence. Harvest is a web-based time logger that can also invoice clients within the web-app. It’s intuitive nature means little learning time and more productivity.
Billable, soon to be ProfitTrain, is a fairly simple application that quickly creates and manages invoices of payable services. PDF invoices can be sent to the client in one click, making it a little easier to bill them.
Developer: Clickable Bliss
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
Also an easy to use solution, On the Job has nice features for power users, but keeps everything simple enough to do it’s job effectively and efficiently. On the Job has support for multiple currencies for individual clients, custom hourly rates, and a menu bar icon for quick and easy access.
Developer: Stunt Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
iBiz is a great application that integrates well with Mac OS X, allowing you to sync projects, events, and more to iCal. iBiz also has the ability to remind you of upcoming invoices and is also capable of displaying statistics about your work graphically, with dynamic charts.
iBiz also has a companion Dashboard widget.
Developer: IGG Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
A simple widget on your dashboard provides a desktop client to the Freshbooks web billing platform. The widget simply records time spent on tasks, and reports the information collected to the full service Freshbooks website.
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later
Although I have covered what I believe to be the top 8 time tracking utilities for the Mac, I’m sure your list would be different. Feel free to tell us how your top list would look like!
It’s also worth noting that there are many excellent web-based time tracking systems available (such as Harvest, mentioned above). These are also worth looking into, and the flexibility can be useful when working on other computers.