One of the keys to being a successful freelancer is staying organised and staying on task. Not always easy when you’re working solo.

But there are plenty of time-tracking apps and online tools to help you with this, but not all are created equal. Some are created for those managing remote teams, while others prioritise individual freelancers. Others are ideal if you want to communicate with your clients through the app.

Doing your homework to find the best one for you can take a lot of time. So, we’ve narrowed the search for you by compiling a list of the favourite time-tracking apps of Australian freelancers, and shown you how much you can expect to pay for each one.

So, in no particular order, we suggest you check out the following time-tracking apps and implement one of these into your freelance business in 2018:

  1. Harvest

Cost: $12/month

Lots of Australian creatives love the features offered in Harvest. It enables you to track a number of different projects at the same time, even if they contain different tasks and rates vary. And if you’re working with a team, you can even assign various tasks within a project to specific team members.

  1. Rounded 

Cost: $14.95 per month for basic, $19.95 for pro

This cloud accounting app now offers time-tracking built-in, enabling simple project management tied to your accounting software. We’re a big fan of Rounded, because exactly like The Freelance Collective, it has been built by freelancers, for freelancers. Bear in mind you get your invoicing sorted at the same time, too.

  1. Basecamp 

Cost: $99 per month

Basecamp is also great if you’re working in a team, but can also be a great app for individual freelancers working on multiple projects. Admittedly, there are cheaper options out there for freelancers.

  1. TopTracker

Cost: Free

This app was built by a freelancing network with freelancers in mind, and isn’t tied to any job platform. It’s completely free and doesn’t come with any version limitations. It also allows freelancers to dictate what they track and how often.

  1. Toggl 

Cost: Free for basic, $5 month for pro.

This time-tracking tool allows busy freelancers to track in real time and even generate reports, so they can see where their time is best spent. Toggl also allows you to input work after the fact.

  1. Asana 

Cost: Free for basic, $9.99/month for premium.

We’ve heard of plenty of freelancers accessing Asana, particularly when working in teams. You can track anything by breaking down goals and ideas into actionable tasks, assigning work to teammates and communicating to move projects forward.

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