Time is money.
The phrase has been around for ages, sure, but today it’s more relevant and meaningful than ever. In this fast-paced world of ours, time is the most precious commodity we could possibly have—especially if you need to close deals and run a business.
Managing your sales, dealing with prospects, and generally balancing your entire workload can be downright tricky and time-consuming. It can have you missing out on great business opportunities and leads you probably won’t get back, which is something we all wish to avoid.
Because of this, people have started using time tracking tools for their day-to-day tasks more and more over the past couple of years. What these apps do is collect and crunch your daily data in order to make you think about how you’re spending your time and help you (and your team) distribute it better.
There’s a whole variety of time tracking apps available online and not only do they stop you from procrastinating, but also keep you organized and help you grow your business and take it to the next level. In combination with a sales management tool, such as Platformax, you should have no problem doing this in no time at all.
We’ve compiled a list of 7 great tools in the hopes of helping you focus on your leads and business completely. It’s time to take full control of your workdays.
If you haven’t used Toggl already, you’ve probably at least heard of it by now. It’s ridiculously simple to use and allows you to tackle all of your tasks with style. All you have to do is press the big red start button when you begin working on a task and pause it whenever you want (or need to) take a break.
Aside from time logging (which is forever free in their basic plan), Toggl also offers reports, insights, integrations, and other cool features for a fee, which depends on the plan you pick. There is, however, a 30-day free premium trial available, in case you want to test run it in your team. Another great thing about this particular app is that it’s available for almost every possible platform out there—macOS, Windows, and Linux (desktop), iOS and Android (apps), plus their neat Chrome and Firefox plugins.
As their website says, TrackingTime Basic is free for teams up to three people, which can really be useful if you simply want to test it out. You can integrate it with your Asana or another favorite app of yours, download it for both your mobile and desktop, and import time entries from CSV.
However, the fun starts with the paid Pro plan, because you get the calendar view, custom reports, notes, multiple tasks, and so much more. All the things you need if you want to stay as productive as possible and make as many sales as a regular human being can.
Harvest offers a simple, pretty intuitive interface which helps both you and your team organize your daily assignments and actually complete them within the given deadlines. Thanks to its reports, you can keep tabs on your projects and budgets at all times, making sure that your business is profitable.
Another great thing about Harvest is that it also integrates more than 80 other applications, which means that it can do more than just track time. This particular app lets you automate various manual processes (such as data entry), and also features a sister app, Forecast, which lets you schedule your team’s time into the future.
Aside from Toggl, RescueTime is probably one of the biggest names today when it comes to time tracking. The main reason behind its popularity lies in the fact that it offers automatic time tracking. Just think about it—if you’ve ever used tracking apps, how many times have you forgotten to press the start button?
Well, RescueTime solves this issue by tracking everything you do, from using programs to visiting websites, without you ever having to press the start button. It runs in the background all the time and even divides the tasks you’ve done into productive and unproductive categories. If you opt for the Premium version, you even get to log your offline time and block out certain websites. RescueTime definitely won’t let you or the members of your team to lose track of another sales opportunity again.
Named “the perfect iPhone time tracking app” by Forbes, Hours comes with smart reminders, a visual and intuitive timeline, and your much-needed reports. The corresponding iOS app syncs with the desktop one, making it easy for you to move not only between devices without any issues, but also various timers (i.e. your tasks and projects).
Aside from the smart interface, what really makes Hours stand out in the crowd of time tracking tools is that it, in fact, doesn’t offer too many confusing features and it’s really very simple to use. The company recently also added an integration for teams, making it simple to track, analyze, and report time for all of your sales team members..
What’s interesting about Timely is that it uses a different approach to all this time tracking business. Namely, it combines tracking with scheduling, and helps you plan out your days and start logging time simultaneously. In other words, Timely is both your tracking and scheduler app, so you don’t have to use two separate tools.
Timely’s easy drag-and-drop features will have you moving your time blocks the way you want them and you’ll be able to easily see just how much time (and money) you invested in certain tasks. As is the case with other tools, Timely has a couple of plans you can get depending on the number of people on your team.
Designed with mainly teams (and developers) in mind, Everhour is a task management and time tracking app which will help you with “precise invoicing and painless payroll”. This app again tracks time spent on individual tasks, but it focuses in providing you with the reports that you can deliver to your clients in case you’re being paid by the hour. Of course, it works really well for in-house time management, too.
Everhour has in-app to-do lists and integrates with a variety of tools, including Asana, Trello, and so much more. Its dashboard displays real-time progress, which makes it easy for you see just who in your team is working on what in this moment, and even their past activities. All reports are customizable, which means you can organize them the way it works for you the best.
Deciding to track your time is not an easy call, but once you do make it, it can really be life-changing. It’s hard to believe that a simple app might be able to drastically affect how you work, the way you spend your time, and help you improve your closed opportunities ratio. Just imagine the smug look on your face you’ll be wearing once you get those sales numbers that one step higher, just by getting your task management a bit tighter.
All the time tracking tools on this list are great, but keep in mind that they’re all tuned for different needs. It’s best that you try a couple of them out, see firsthand what exactly they offer, and then pick the best one for your work, team, and tasks. We hope this list will help you out.
And don’t forget that these work best as an add-on to an already well organized team and sales processes. In case you’re still at that step, we suggest you check out Platformax as a complete inside sales management tool.