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Top 5 Time Tracking Applications and How They Help Project Managers

written by: eschulze • edited by: Marlene Gundlach • updated: 12/18/2009

Time management software is great, but what is the best selection for interacting with Project Management? Let’s take a look at the best software out there for Project Managers to track their staff’s time.

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    Backpack is a way to organize your information and share it with your team. You can put frequently used forms on one page to make them accessible to your team. On the page, place your timecard sheet for your team to fill out. Often, the best time management is a simple timesheet provided to your team members which they fill out and return to you. Backpack also allows for efficient organizing of task lists and other documents meant to be shared with your team. Price runs from free to $99 per month. The free version doesn’t carry essential pages so if you are going to use backpack, you should invest in at least the $7 upgrade.

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    With Nozbe software, you can instantly see who has done what on your project if you have a multiple user edition. You can organize your information into groups and keep your tasks up to date. Accessing your information on your phone is a handy benefit. Price ranges from free to $6-$75 for 6 or more users.

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    Timesheet MTS

    Timesheets MTS software offers an older version for free. The only catch is that it is no longer being developed. If you are on a budget and want more comprehensive time tracking software, this provides you with an option. Their current version is a user friendly, highly efficient time tracking tool. Price is $64 per license.

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    Easy Time Tracking

    Easy Time Tracking is a great solution for the independent contractor all the way up to large firms. You decide how you want to track your time and what kind of reports you want to create. Easy Time Tracking allows you to receive notice instantly when a task has been assigned to you. The different views allow you to enter your information in a way that makes sense to you. Price ranges from free to $49.99 per license.

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    For web-based applications, DOVICO is a good time management and project tracking tool. Employee timesheets are online and provide professional web timesheet gathering and expense tracking. Price begins at $156, although you can get a free trial.

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    What is Best for You?

    Each of these applications has different benefits and drawbacks. Backpack and Nozbe are better fitted to individual or small creative teams that grasp computer applications easily. Timesheets MTS and DOVICO are better for analytical workers and Easy Time Tracking fits all categories comfortably, although like the other applications, you are dependent on your team updating their time sheets in a timely manner. Whatever application you choose, research it closely to make sure it is the right fit for you.