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    Bronwen O’Brien
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    Hi there KostaKondra – I’d recommend FreshBooks. They have an web-based time tracking tool that is easy to use and you can convert reports, etc. to Excel or PDF. I use it in my business and have to say that it’s been great. Let me know if I can provide any more details for you :)

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    snicho
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    If you are after something simple that’s not web based, then here’s one I’ve used quite successfully:
    http://www.cratchit.org/TimeTool/index.htm

    It lets you set up separate account areas (projects), and whenever one is highlighted then your time is accumulated against it. ie. works on the principal that you can only work on one project at a time :-)

    If you take a break during the day, you can either stop the clock altogether and restart it again later by highlighting a project again, or you could add “lunch break” as a project and track how much time you spend on breaks.

    At the end of the day, you can export to a .csv file which can then be opened in Excel.

    I have found it to be basic, but effective. It also doesn’t take up heaps of space or resources on your computer, and it doesn’t require any installation.

    Oh, I forgot to mention – it’s Open Source and free.

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    Ecosystem
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    Been using Paymo for the past 18 months
    No cost, they even support it (very promptly as well) for those of us with less than 3 employees.
    Couldn’t be happier.
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Lizzie
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    I know you don’t want to spend money — but I really do find a time tracker to be invaluable. For one thing, you don’t LOSE time you spent working! I use TimeSlice. I have a Mac, but this may be one of those softwares that works on both platforms.

    And even if it’s not, I know there are many time tracking options out there, because it’s such a common need. Beyond suggestions here, I’d do a search on “time tracking Windows” to see what comes up. I’d be willing to bet there are a number of low-cost or even free options out there.

    Good luck.

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    Lisa Humphries
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    I’ve been using TimeStamp for years – http://www.syntap.com. It’s a very small download and exports to Excel, from where I merge with Word to invoice.

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    mybusinesshelp
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    I use myhours.com and its free.

    Ta
    Amanda

    KostaKondra, post: 22263 wrote:
    Devan you are a god. Thanks. I’ll check it out.
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    [Former] FS Concierge
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    Hi all,
    A reader has also suggested Timesheet Xpress. I haven’t used it myself, but apparently there is a free version and cinderella version available. You get to try out everything for 35 days, then it reverts to the free ongoing software. http://www.timesheetxpress.com

    Cheers
    Jayne

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    Rachel Reeves
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    Here are a few to look at:

    GoTimer.com
    EasyTimeTracking.net
    http://www.basecamphq.com/index
    http://www.myhours.com
    http://www.clockingit.com/
    http://www.nlideas.com/TimeTracker.aspx

    Can’t say I’ve tried any of these, but have heard good things about Basecamp and TimeTracker and ClockingIT.

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    BundyTimeSystems
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    I know I might be a bit late on this forum but this was the exact reason we created the free tool on our website (see my signature).

    We couldn’t find a simple one out there on the web, they all seem to want complicated setup, or logins, etc….

    Kosta what you describe is just what we made – and it’s available to access anywhere while your online – add your tasks and press START.
    You can save your tasks under a login if you want, and retrieve them from another computer – but it’s not required.

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    Buy Buy Sell Sell
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    Kosta_Kondratenko, post: 21749 wrote:
    Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it (really). I actually thought there was only one response and this is not a top priority and then I looked and I got a lot of replies.

    So… let’s go.

    1) I’m not using a Mac… like the other 96% of people on Earth. (I have nothing against Macs btw, just stating a fact, Mac people tend to get offended when you state these facts whatever).

    Adam Randall: I’m not taking my wallet out. Maybe later when I’m doing a billion dollars and I can justify software but here’s my belief business is about people not the “next software breakthrough”. It’s pretty simple what I want, a few projects, a timer that I can start and stop and it logs what time I work. Open source is a great thing and for little apps like that there is always something you can get for free or for a small price or all ready hacked and delivered to your door. Sorry, it’s a fact of life I don’t remember last time I paid for a piece of software. Please feel free to report me my company name is Kosta’s Importing and my direct line is 0415932797. This is the problem I’ve had with every software vendor company, you ask them for roller skates and they want to sell you a time machine… and I don’t play golf, maybe when I put on a few pounds and lose my stamina I’ll start. Wow, I really burnt you. Sorry I’m sure you do great work, I’m just not looking for a full software solution at the moment and can’t justify it financially on an ROI basis.

    FS Concierge: no mac, I’m on Win xp

    Bradzo: keystroke logger isn’t going to help, I make calls, file stuff, brainstorm, read up reports all kinds of things.

    Everyone who reccomended me products: I will check them out (Basecamp/Get Harvest). Thanks guys you make the internet what it is.

    Regards

    Hi Kosta, health before wealth:) Identify where you can release control and reduce overdependency on your skills and time.

    I recommend having a look at the free videos here;
    http://tryautopilot.com/

    Good luck with everything,
    Tom

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    PowerofWords
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    Kosta_Kondratenko, post: 21749 wrote:
    It’s pretty simple what I want, a few projects, a timer that I can start and stop and it logs what time I work. Open source is a great thing and for little apps like that there is always something you can get for free or for a small price or all ready hacked and delivered to your door. Sorry, it’s a fact of life I don’t remember last time I paid for a piece of software.

    Regards

    I use Time Tracker (again, Mac based). Why don’t you look for a mobile App because they are quick and affordable? SmartCompany had a Top Tech Toolkit webinar and the top 20 Apps for Entrepreneurs. You can download the eBook here: http://bit.ly/nUcbGc

    I also like the fact you can get the 10X Calculator on an App, if you’re into calculating profits.

    Jennifer
    Editor, Netpreneur Magazine
    Issue 1 released July 30! News, events, helpful articles for Netpreneurs… free PDF. http://netpreneurmagazine.com.au

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    IgniteDM
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    I use Basecamp as well to manage projects and time.

    I combine this with Track Record – but this is a mac based program so no good for you.

    What I would recommend is checking out this section (and the rest of the page) on the Basecamp website – http://basecamphq.com/extras#time
    It outlines a number of different mac and pc time tracking programs. Some have integrated reporting in them – some work in conjunction with other programs like Freshbooks. I find it a great page of resources about useful programs… both cloud based and local.

    Cheers
    Tara

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