March to Time Tracking!


We wanted to let you in on some fresh news coming off our development
team. Your go-to invoicing software,

Zoho Invoice
, and your new
favorite accounting software,

Zoho Books
, now both include Time Tracking functionality.
With the addition of time tracking, we hope to help our users steer
clear off those project
billing bottlenecks and invoicing-time questions.


For starters, the time tracking interface in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books is tremendously easy to use. Y
ou obviously don’t want your staff spending  their precious billable hours making time sheet entries (thoughtful, isn’t it?). You can even let your contractors sign in and log their billable hours.


Log time for a project


Project details


Project billing details


What would this feature let me do?


Create
projects, assign tasks to staff, set permission to staff members, staff
users can enter time-sheets and of course, bill for the
projects. 



Will I be able to bill based on various criteria?



Absolutely, you can bill by the project’s rate, the hourly rate for staff or the hourly rate for tasks.


We’ll have more for you soon. Meanwhile please check out this new functionality, which is already live in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books. ‘Til next time!




73 Replies to “March to Time Tracking!”

  1. Hi, thank you for this post The best part is a time tracking interface in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books is tremendously easy to use. You obviously don’t want your staff spending their precious billable hours making time sheet entries. very useful information

  2. Using something like zoho is a huge relief. It is handy and easy to use and tracks nearly everything. And not only a great time tracking tool but also a competitive invoicing software for billing clients. I know it’s not free but it’s worth the price. Using this would save you a lot of time, effort and also money. I also find this blog that is also a good time tracking tool that I personally use.
    http://www.timedoctor.com/blog

  3. Using something like zoho is a huge relief. It is handy and easy to use and tracks nearly everything. And not only a great time tracking tool but also a competitive invoicing software for billing clients. I know it’s not free but it’s worth the price. Using this would save you a lot of time, effort and also money. I also find this blog that is also a good time tracking tool that I personally use.
    http://www.timedoctor.com/blog

  4. Hi there,
    I’m not sure if I’m missing something but I can’t see any way of assigning a task to a staff member. There doesn’t seem to be an option in Add Task.

  5. Hi there,
    I’m not sure if I’m missing something but I can’t see any way of assigning a task to a staff member. There doesn’t seem to be an option in Add Task.

  6. @paulwitcombeTaking the time tracking module into the iPhone app is something we would be doing in the near future@adminWe agree that having the same module across various applications is a tad bit confusing. We’ll be refining this with some closer integrations between our services in times to come.@leonpierresusanIf you are referring to a timer, that could keep a record of your minutes spent on the task, there’s good news for you. This neat little feature is on our radar.@jamesWe’ve forwarded your request to the product team for consideration. You’ll see us posting here, if there’s an update related to this.

  7. @paulwitcombeTaking the time tracking module into the iPhone app is something we would be doing in the near future@adminWe agree that having the same module across various applications is a tad bit confusing. We’ll be refining this with some closer integrations between our services in times to come.@leonpierresusanIf you are referring to a timer, that could keep a record of your minutes spent on the task, there’s good news for you. This neat little feature is on our radar.@jamesWe’ve forwarded your request to the product team for consideration. You’ll see us posting here, if there’s an update related to this.

  8. After creating a project estimate in Estimates it appears we need to then go ahead and setup the tasks all over again in a Project in order to track time.We are looking for a solution that allows us to track time against tasks that are defined in an Estimate, so that we can report on actual hours worked vs estimated for each project.Can this be supported with Zoho Invoice/time tracking?

  9. After creating a project estimate in Estimates it appears we need to then go ahead and setup the tasks all over again in a Project in order to track time.We are looking for a solution that allows us to track time against tasks that are defined in an Estimate, so that we can report on actual hours worked vs estimated for each project.Can this be supported with Zoho Invoice/time tracking?

  10. I have a feature suggestion. As a legal professional, most of my time is spent in a computer environment (drafting letters, reading a document, reading case information on a web site).It would be ideal if this time can be automatically tracked. In other words, if I spend time reading a client’s letter, the amount of active time I spend on the letter should be recorded. Similarly, if I switch to another client’s letter the time should be recorded for the other client. I have searched far and wide for software that can facilitate this, but I haven’t found anything that actually makes it easier to keep track of time spent on various documents.

  11. I have a feature suggestion. As a legal professional, most of my time is spent in a computer environment (drafting letters, reading a document, reading case information on a web site).It would be ideal if this time can be automatically tracked. In other words, if I spend time reading a client’s letter, the amount of active time I spend on the letter should be recorded. Similarly, if I switch to another client’s letter the time should be recorded for the other client. I have searched far and wide for software that can facilitate this, but I haven’t found anything that actually makes it easier to keep track of time spent on various documents.

  12. No offence – but what a major mess Zoho has made- Invoices in CRM
    – Invoices & time tracking in Projects
    – Invoices & time tracking in Books
    – Invoices & time tracking in InvoicesDo you have a Director of Technology? You need one or the current one needs to start doing more than just turning up for coffee.

  13. No offence – but what a major mess Zoho has made- Invoices in CRM
    – Invoices & time tracking in Projects
    – Invoices & time tracking in Books
    – Invoices & time tracking in InvoicesDo you have a Director of Technology? You need one or the current one needs to start doing more than just turning up for coffee.

  14. I agree with Wim, time tracking on the iPhone would be a great addition. I don’t actually use the iPhone app because of this. I instead use TimeWerks to track time on jobs (electrician) and then send the invoices from the app to my email and then transfer that across into Zoho Invoice. It would save a lot of time to invoice straight from Zoho.

  15. I agree with Wim, time tracking on the iPhone would be a great addition. I don’t actually use the iPhone app because of this. I instead use TimeWerks to track time on jobs (electrician) and then send the invoices from the app to my email and then transfer that across into Zoho Invoice. It would save a lot of time to invoice straight from Zoho.

  16. @eric:We do understand your requirement of exporting the CSV for time tracking by project and by staff. However we don’t have that feature available as of now. We are adding your vote for this feature request.@ajp1126 and Chuma:Current level of integration allows generation of invoices from Zoho Projects. But, integration of Zoho Invoice’ time tracking feature with Zoho Projects is not done yet. We would explore this possibility down the road.@Tetsuya:That is indeed a valuable suggestion and would be a great add-on to our product. We will figure out the ways for incorporating your idea in the Zoho Invoice’ time tracking module.Thanks & Regards,
    -Naren
    Zoho Invoice Team

  17. @eric:We do understand your requirement of exporting the CSV for time tracking by project and by staff. However we don’t have that feature available as of now. We are adding your vote for this feature request.@ajp1126 and Chuma:Current level of integration allows generation of invoices from Zoho Projects. But, integration of Zoho Invoice’ time tracking feature with Zoho Projects is not done yet. We would explore this possibility down the road.@Tetsuya:That is indeed a valuable suggestion and would be a great add-on to our product. We will figure out the ways for incorporating your idea in the Zoho Invoice’ time tracking module.Thanks & Regards,
    -Naren
    Zoho Invoice Team

  18. Great Feature!! But if you could, I hope that wanna see the actual amounts (beside unit costs) of each tasks in project detail screen.
    Regards.

  19. Great Feature!! But if you could, I hope that wanna see the actual amounts (beside unit costs) of each tasks in project detail screen.
    Regards.

  20. Maybe I have missed something, and I haven’t spent more than 15 minutes looking at this, but how does this new feature integrate with Zoho Project? The invoicing feature works GREAT – love it – but I have been doing all of my time tracking in Project, then generating invoices through a simple click on the “Generate Invoice” button and voila.Not sure how I would use this if I am already using Project.

  21. Maybe I have missed something, and I haven’t spent more than 15 minutes looking at this, but how does this new feature integrate with Zoho Project? The invoicing feature works GREAT – love it – but I have been doing all of my time tracking in Project, then generating invoices through a simple click on the “Generate Invoice” button and voila.Not sure how I would use this if I am already using Project.

  22. I wanted to test it with one of my developer. One thing is missing to use it for us. The export feature.My developer would like to be able to export all is time for a project X to be able to bill his time to me.For now he we use your time tracking he as to add his time for me here and then add his time in an Excel file for him.So for now we will keep using Excel because this way my developer add all his time in it and at the end he just send to me his excel file and I bill my client.Let me know when we can export in csv the time tracking by project and by staff.Eric

  23. I wanted to test it with one of my developer. One thing is missing to use it for us. The export feature.My developer would like to be able to export all is time for a project X to be able to bill his time to me.For now he we use your time tracking he as to add his time for me here and then add his time in an Excel file for him.So for now we will keep using Excel because this way my developer add all his time in it and at the end he just send to me his excel file and I bill my client.Let me know when we can export in csv the time tracking by project and by staff.Eric

  24. This is exactly what I needed for keeping track of the time I spent on my projects!

  25. This is exactly what I needed for keeping track of the time I spent on my projects!

  26. @Wim, Time tracking on the iPhone app is certainly on our agenda. We’ll update this space when this is made available.@francesco, absolutely valid suggestion. I’ve forwarded this to the product team for consideration.

  27. @Wim, Time tracking on the iPhone app is certainly on our agenda. We’ll update this space when this is made available.@francesco, absolutely valid suggestion. I’ve forwarded this to the product team for consideration.

  28. Will the timetracking be available in the iPhone/iPad application?
    (ideal to track project at the customer or on route)Regards
    Wim

  29. Will the timetracking be available in the iPhone/iPad application?
    (ideal to track project at the customer or on route)Regards
    Wim

  30. @kipawahouseboat, If you’d like us to help you with figuring things out and becoming a pro at time tracking, write to us and we’ll scheduled a personalized demo for you.

  31. @kipawahouseboat, If you’d like us to help you with figuring things out and becoming a pro at time tracking, write to us and we’ll scheduled a personalized demo for you.

  32. This is great but can it be use for cyber cafe timing for those managing cyber cafe business?

  33. This is great but can it be use for cyber cafe timing for those managing cyber cafe business?

  34. Great, perfect for me as a consultant (Talent acquisition) ! Need for figure a few things out, to make sure I use it the right way…and I don’t find tricks of the trade for it ???thanks it’s great !

  35. Great, perfect for me as a consultant (Talent acquisition) ! Need for figure a few things out, to make sure I use it the right way…and I don’t find tricks of the trade for it ???thanks it’s great !

  36. If you’d like to help us chisel out this feature just the way you want it to be, send in your ideal time tracking flow to support[at]zohoinvoice[dot]com or support[at]zohobooks[dot]com. Remember, we’ll never know your need unless you tell us.

  37. If you’d like to help us chisel out this feature just the way you want it to be, send in your ideal time tracking flow to support[at]zohoinvoice[dot]com or support[at]zohobooks[dot]com. Remember, we’ll never know your need unless you tell us.

  38. @David Troesch, We agree that an integration with Google Calendar would be fabulous. We do have this on our prospective additions and we’ll add your vote.

  39. @David Troesch, We agree that an integration with Google Calendar would be fabulous. We do have this on our prospective additions and we’ll add your vote.

  40. We are overwhelmed by the response to this feature. Thanks to everyone for posting your comments here! We aren’t done yet, you’ll see more inclusions to time tracking in the future.

  41. We are overwhelmed by the response to this feature. Thanks to everyone for posting your comments here! We aren’t done yet, you’ll see more inclusions to time tracking in the future.

  42. Great! It would be perfect to have the total of the costs for each project (rate/hour * hours for every task).

  43. Great! It would be perfect to have the total of the costs for each project (rate/hour * hours for every task).

  44. Very nice! What i was waiting for! Please put the open projects on the dashboard, so we can see projects that have to be done or be invoiced. Also don’t forget the VAT, would be great if this could be mentioned at the task hour rate. Thanks!

  45. Very nice! What i was waiting for! Please put the open projects on the dashboard, so we can see projects that have to be done or be invoiced. Also don’t forget the VAT, would be great if this could be mentioned at the task hour rate. Thanks!

  46. Sweet!!!! This is just what I needed to keep me from jumping to FreshBooks! Thanks guys!

  47. Sweet!!!! This is just what I needed to keep me from jumping to FreshBooks! Thanks guys!

  48. Your site is getting more refined as time keeps progressing. Excellent tool to an already awesome product.

  49. Your site is getting more refined as time keeps progressing. Excellent tool to an already awesome product.

  50. Looks great, I hope that this feature has some kind of ical-compatible feature addition coming at some point. If it can’t be tied into my calendar/google calendar I’m not going to be able to use this new feature.

  51. Looks great, I hope that this feature has some kind of ical-compatible feature addition coming at some point. If it can’t be tied into my calendar/google calendar I’m not going to be able to use this new feature.

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