Best Free Timesheet Program


This is a very lucrative class of programs and consequently the very best programs are unfortunately, commercial products. However, with the increase of 'open source' programming there are viable alternatives available without paying a penny.

I have been researching a few new products which aren't yet listed below. I hope to update you all soon and until then here are a few suggestions.

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The best of the free programs is "Timesheets Lite"  from Moving Target Software. It's actually an older "lite" version of that company's full featured $32 shareware product. Its main limitation is that only one person can be connected to the program's database at any one time.

That aside, Timesheets Lite has all the features needed for anyone who bills on a time or project basis. Reporting is not possible without having Excel installed on your computer but this shouldn't be an issue for the majority of users. It can also export timesheet data to Excel for easy invoicing.


If you are looking for a completely free web based solution try Live Time Online. It offers Time Sheet recording, reporting and invoicing with no restrictions on the number of projects or users. It is compatible with most browsers and there is no need to install any software which is a bonus. Invoicing is built in so theres no need to have Excel installed as with other options.


If you want an alternative consider Timesheet Xpress Free. The free version is limited to a single account but if you can live with this it's worth checking out. The vendor's web site offers a "Cinderella" version - the full product becomes the free version after 35 days. A feature comparison is also available on the website.

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Timesheets Free

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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Bill time on an account or client basis, export to Microsoft Excel
Free version has a max of 3 users, can only be used by one person at a time
14.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
Windows 98 to 8

Live Time Online

Is a web service or web application
Works on a client, project or task basis, allocation of billable and non billable time. Web-based, no need to install software. Reporting and Invoicing are done via the browser so no need to have MS Office installed. Work In Progress tracks the time you have recorded that has not been billed.
Web-based so may be a problem for people with unreliable Internet connections.
Unrestricted freeware
Web based, IE, FireFox, Chrome, Safari or other browsers.

Timesheet Xpress Free

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Works on a client, project or task basis, very flexible allocation of non-billable time, records and allocates expenses and mileage, multiple billing rates, import Outlook tasks, appointments and contacts.
Free version does not allow reports to be printed or exported as Excel file, PDF etc which severely limits usefulness of product, large download. Single user.
9.7.0 (Build 0830)
11.1 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
Windows 95 to 7

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