October 7, 2010

Tempo – Time Tracking & Reporting

Tempo is an application that takes time tracking and reporting to new heights. Without being overly complicated or too feature-heavy, Tempo offers freelancers and small business owners all the tools necessary to track how much time they spend on any given project. With this information in hand, users can streamline their billing process and ensure each client is getting charged exactly the right amount.

When you start tracking time with Tempo, you’ll create separate project entries for all the clients you serve. Enter the name of the client, a short description of the assignment at hand, and any tags that describe what type of work you’re doing—whether it’s database, interface, management, or development. When you’re ready to get started, click on the project, hit “start,” and watch as the time starts rolling by. Tempo will track the time spent on a project down to the minute, including how much time has been spent in the past week, month, or in total. The application also lets you retroactively log in time spent working on an assignment when it is more convenient for your schedule. Keeping these detailed records makes it easy to create custom reports for each of your clients that include detailed activity logs showing how much time each member of your work team spent on any specific task.

Reports can be converted into colorful charts and diagrams that show trends and help pinpoint any missing entries or under-billing issues. These reports can also be exported into invoices, which can be creates for Quickbooks or Blinksale directly through the site. With so many features available through just one service, Tempo is a sure-fire application that freelancers in a variety of fields will be able to get use out of.

Practical Uses:

  • Keep track of how many hours you’ve spent on a certain project
  • Create invoices based off of the exact hours spent on an assignment
  • Collectively track how many hours everyone in your office has spent working for a specific client
  • Use charts and graphs to determine how you could better utilize your time

Insider Tips:

  • Use the bookmarklet and Mac OSX dashboard widget to log in your time
  • Log time manually from within the system, or through Twitter and email
  • Create custom reports with a combination of work hours from specific employees
  • See activity logs from each of your colleagues on one screen

What we liked:

  • Users can convert their reports into actual invoices that can be sent out
  • Tempo can be used on an iPhone or any web-enabled mobile device
  • Charts can help people notice which days weren’t spent working efficiently
  • Ability to import projects and team members from Basecamp

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:


  • Small plan is $12/month
  • Medium plan is $24/month
  • Large plan is $48/month
  • X-Large plan is $99/month

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