An increasing number of jobs is billable by hours, requiring accurate tracking of time spent on each individual project. TimeCamp is a tool that records the time employees spend on certain tasks, increasing their productivity and allowing for identification of the most common distractions.
“I started programming when I was 15,” says Kamil Rudnicki, the founder and CEO of TimeCamp. “When I went to Wrocław to study informatics, I was making my own small projects. One of them was piconote (competition to Evernote in 2008). I went with this idea to startup incubator, we chose another one, and this is how TimeCamp started.” A year later, the company acquired $20k initial capital from Venture Incubator. In 2010, it gained support and $100k from Asseco Poland. Currently TimeCamp has over 1300 paying customers, from freelancers to companies such as XTB, Rainbow Tours, DSV or LiveChat.
The platform automatically recognizes work-related and non-work-related activities and records the time spent on them. It is also possible to switch to manual data input if required. All data is collected in a report visible to all employees, so they can assess their time management skills and productivity, while the employer easily monitors the progress made in each project. An additional option switches off time recording during breaks and manages days off and vacations.
One of the most important features of TimeCamp is recognition of programs and websites. Users can manually assign them to various projects or let TimeCamp do that automatically by keywords. Reports, once supplemented with detailed descriptions of each task, can be presented to clients.
Another powerful option of TimeCamp is goal setting that allows for measuring a project’s profitability. The program remembers how much time was needed for a particular project. Thanks to this option, users can more consciously estimate the cost and time required by each subsequent one.
Users can export all reports to Excel for further processing. To top it all off, TimeCamp can be easily integrated with project management software such as Trello, Basecamp, Podio, Pivotal Tracker, Wunderlist or Jira. Detailed integration tutorials are available on TimeCamp’s YouTube profile.
You can choose one of three subscription plans. The freeware version is suitable for freelancers, as it allows one user to track unlimited projects or tasks. The basic version ($6 per month) enables adding an unlimited number of users, while the pro version ($9 per month) adds special features such as invoicing or priority support.