How to choose time-tracking software
If you own a small business, choose the right time-tracking software to help take control of your company’s expenses and increase employee productivity.
You need to know why you’re buying time-tracking software. You can use it for increased employee productivity, payroll expense control or time-billing accuracy for clients. There are various types available to help you do this.
There is software that keeps track of employee leave or vacation time as well as who’s working on what task. This can be especially important for a growing business. Employee-tracking software can also keep track of labor time of subcontractors, as well as payments for materials per project.
Then there is client-tracking software like Tenrox that tracks client billing time on specific projects along with employee labor time related to each project.
You can also consider stand-alone time-tracking software. It should integrate seamlessly with your other business software, preferably from the same developer.
There are some web-based time-tracking services like actiTIMEwhich are updated through your browser or Smartphone. It is a good idea to compare them with free trials before subscribing. Remeber that any web-based time-tracking software should be compatible with your computer operating system and your e-mail and other business software.
Another idea is time-tracking software that is a module of accounting or business software suites like QuickBooks or Time Trader. Watch your bottom line improve after you get a handle on your time.
In 2007, the New York City Schools Chancellor fired a worker whose movements were tracked for months through his GPS-enabled employer-issued phone.