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TimeCamp: automatic time tracking your team will actually use

May 21, 2014
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Time Tracking Made Easy

Most businesses use project management software to get things done, quickly and efficiently, but trying to keep track of your time while using these programs can be cumbersome. Many employees work on-the-go, from mobile devices, and keeping track of this time on-the-clock can be exceptionally difficult and can leading to inaccurate billing for your clients. One solution is TimeCamp. TimeCamp manages your timesheets, reports, projects, invoices, budget, to-dos, integrations, and employee permissions in a single location.

TimeCamp breaks down in to three parts: timesheet software, desktop time tracking, and mobile time tracking. Each part focuses on time billing software, employee time tracking, and/or project time tracking. The heart of the software being the timesheets because when you are can accurately bill your customers; you can more accurately manage your company’s resources.

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When you begin using TimeCamp, you simply enter the name of a project you are working on, how long the project will last, and click “start tracking” to work on your project. If you are currently using project management software, you can integrate it with TimeCamp. Some programs include: Easy Redmine, Asana, Wunderlist, Basecamp, Jira, Trello, Podio, Pivotal Tracker, QuickBooks and Assembla.



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TimeCamp automates the boring stuff

The employee time tracking tool lets you see if your team is engaged with your project and accomplishing their goals. It lets you see which projects are going well and which need more encouragement. It also allows you to reassign tasks from overly tasked teammates to those with less assigned. The real benefit here is that your employees do not have to spend time filling out reports; the TimeCamp timer does it for them. The same is true for the project time tracker.

The desktop application has an “automatic mode” to fill your timesheets automatically by running in the background and registering all of your actions, documents, websites, and applications used, recording the time spent on each; allowing you to keep working without worrying about starting a timer to signify you are on-the-clock. At the beginning of a project or task, you will assign key words (names of files, applications, or words unique to the assignment), so TimeCamp can detect them and begin tracking time when these words appear; filling in the time and automatically assigning it to the appropriate category. Note: there is a manual mode, if you need to correct anything, or forget to assign keywords before beginning.

Add a dash of mobile

The mobile app allows you to keep track of the time spent in meetings, on the phone with clients, and working on a project on-the-go. It can be used with tablets or smartphones. Simply select the right task from your menu and press the “start” button to begin the timer; when you are done, just press “stop.” TimeCamp logs every minute into your timesheet.

While employees only have to click a single button at the beginning of the day, there will still be employees who forget to click. TimeCamp is a good tool for managing everything in one place, but you may still need to go back and manually enter some data; either because employees forgot to start the timer, or the keywords did not place the data where you needed it. I think, given a little while to fine tune the keyword system, TimeCamp could save businesses time and money over manually entering all time-related data.

Jennifer Walpole is a staff writer for AGBeat and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.