Capture Every Billable Minute With Time Tracking Software
Every second counts. Start tracking your time and see exactly how long you spend on clients and projects. And when the work’s done, easily generate an invoice.
Sleep Peacefully Knowing How Productive You Are
Get an at-a-glance view of how long tasks take to see where you’re spending time and adjust your schedule as needed. Managing projects just got easier.
Focus on Your Work, Not on the Clock
Um, how long did your team spend on that big client project? Don’t ballpark it. Get your team using timers in FreshBooks, so they can keep the focus on work.
Time Saving Time Tracking Features
FreshBooks goes above and beyond basic time tracking features:
- Timekeeping for your entire team
- Record time against a specific client
- Add detailed time entry notes
- Automatically bill for tracked hours
- Weekly and monthly views of your tracked time
- Track and manage time for a specific project
- Daily breakdowns of your tracked work hours
- Built-in, easy to use timer on desktop and mobile
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Time Tracking work in FreshBooks?
You can use the FreshBooks time tracker to document your business and team productivity or to bill back to a client for your services. The time tracker saves all of your time tracking entries until you’re all set to bill for them later.
You can use the FreshBooks time tracking app in two ways to support your time management needs. You can either use the timer to log your hours while you work, or you can add time manually after the fact. Either way, you’ll log every minute of work and productivity in a much cleaner way than with paper timesheets or Excel spreadsheets.
To track your time automatically with the timer, click on the Time Tracking section of your account, and from the Day sub-tab, click “Start Timer”. Once the timer opens up, you can add Client or Project details, the type of Service, and the task you’re working on. When you’re done working on the task, you can click the Stop button.
If you’d rather try manual time tracking, you can do this from the Time Tracking section of your account. You can either add time in the Day or Week sub-tab. You can click the New Entry button, then add project, client, service, and task details the same way you would for automatic time tracking. You can also fill in the amount of time that you worked in the “HH:MM” field.
Can I automatically bill for my time?
All the hours you and your team log with the time tracker can be automatically pulled onto an invoice and billed directly to a client to help get you paid faster.
If you’d like to invoice for tracked time for a specific Client, you can set up a Recurring Template that will generate future Invoices with any time tracked during that period. You can read more about how to set up a Recurring Template for automatic billing here.
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Does FreshBooks allow for team collaboration with Time Tracking?
Yup. FreshBooks was built as your go-to time tracking software. With the FreshBooks time tracking app, both you and your team can collaborate on and track time towards the same projects and clients. Each team member can track their time for specific projects and clients that you can view at the drop of a hat to keep a close eye on progress.
When it comes to productivity apps, the FreshBooks time tracking app makes automatic time tracking an afterthought for any employee, freelancer, contractor or team member. All teams that bill for their time can find value in FreshBooks time tracking software.
To review time tracked by your team members, go to Time Tracking and click the “review” tab at the top.
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How do you track your time and automatically apply it to your Retainers?
When you’re tracking your time in FreshBooks (either by setting up the timer or tracking time manually), you can check off the “Apply to retainer” box while you are filling in the Client/Project information. You can then view how many hours your time tracker has logged in the Retainers section of your FreshBooks account. It’s easy to see just how integrated the FreshBooks time tracker is to other features like retainers, projects, and invoices, making it easy for you and your employees to track time, manage tracked time and stay organised.
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How do I generate an invoice from tracked time?
In FreshBooks, you and your team can track time to Projects. Those Projects are then assigned to individual Clients, which makes it easy for you to then Invoice your Clients based on that tracked time.
Generating an Invoice allows you to pull all unbilled time tracked by you, your team and your Contractors onto any Invoice easily. With our time tracking software, when time is pulled together for invoicing it’s automatically marked as billed.
Time Tracking + Invoicing in FreshBooks lets you add unbilled time to a new Invoice a few different ways: