August 2, 2012

Cronsync –Time Tracking For Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

Freelancers and small business owners who juggle ongoing projects with multiple clients understand the frustration and complications that can arise when important organizational structures go off track. Cronsync is a web-application that aims to simplifying this mess by providing independent business owners with all the tools they need to manage time, invoice clients, and review project statistics from any desktop computer or mobile phone.

Cronsync is a robust application with a bevy of useful features, which means it may take you time to get comfortable with the platform. Type in each client’s name and all the current projects you’re working on, making sure to include information about the pricing structure you’ve agreed upon with the client. Once this information is in the system, Cronsync will begin helping you track the time you spend working on projects with an hourly fee structure. If you forget to log your time using Cronsync’s automatic timer, you can always add it manually. You can also use Cronsync to handle basic accounting tasks. Invoices—which can be created to include your personal logo—can be sorted in the system by number, client, date of invoice, payment date, or amount. When it’s time to collect, just print the invoice to mail or download it in a digital format.

Although Cronsync is an excellent tool for freelancers, it also offers a number of features that teams will appreciate. Groups of employees can log into a company account with their own usernames and passwords, and managers can designate unique administrative privileges based on each employee’s position within the company.

Practical Uses:

  • Keep track of the time you spend working on a particular client’s project
  • Send invoices immediately upon the completion of a project
  • Create proposals to send to potential clients
  • Track how much work each of your employees is doing for a particular client

Insider Tips:

  • Companies can set up multiple accounts for each employee
  • Freelancers can add a personal logo to their invoices
  • Invoices can be downloaded or printed
  • Cronsync works for iOS and Android

What we liked:

  • Cronsync provides real-time business statistics based on hours, rates, expenses, and project status
  • The platform calculates invoice prices based on time tracking details
  • External employees can be given limited access to a company’s Cronsync account
  • Cronsync facilitates multi-user time tracking

What we didn’t like:

  • Cronsync doesn’t offer many accounting tools beyond invoicing, which means small businesses may need a separate application to handle their financial tasks


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
  • Founded by: Jakob Lipps and Knut Schade
  • Web site:


  • $7 per user, per month


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