Since heading into the freelance word, I’ve been experimenting with new applications and workflows. One of the first solutions I needed was for time tracking.
I’ve used Harvest before and liked it, but in this “experimental” phase, I decided to look into a free option or five to see what the competition is like before I commit.Free vs Paid Apps
Here’s the thing about the internet: there’s a lot of free in it.
There’s such a plethora of free and paid tools out there, some times it’s hard to decide which ones to “splurge” for and which ones to use the free version. I have no problem paying for quality products, but sometimes free ones are quality, too. This conversation has come up a LOT over the years in the ExpressionEngine community, right? I feel like countless times I read threads saying “Why should I pay for this?” with a lot of great answers about quality. I don’t think this makes anyone cheap, but just economical/curious/excited about different options.
I have paid for many apps, and then a month or two later, I realize it’s not for me or something better comes out, which leaves me with this, “ah shucks, i’m stuck with this now” feeling. No one wants to be the American Gigolo of text editors, but we’ve all Richard Gere’d at least a few: Espresso, Coda, ST2 anyone?Time Tracking Tools
So my bar is set with Harvest, and right now I am looking to see if there are any other comparable options. I’ve started with Toggl, which has an unlimited free version to use.
You can add clients, set projects to them, and run reports. I’ve been using the web interface so far. Every time you hit continue on a timer, a new entry is made. This could be a pro or con depending on what you are looking for. Besides that, it has been pretty straight forward and a good offering.
They have a desktop app that I haven’t tried yet. Has anyone tried this? Or any other time tracking options? I’m looking for at least one other for comparison before I commit.