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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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Quick Selection Guide

Timesheets Free
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

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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by Philthy82 (not verified) on 19. April 2012 - 3:17  (92273)

Word of warning with Live Time Online - some of their Google Ads are a bit dodgy, thai girlfriends and the like. Presented this as a timesheet solution to a client who is a counselling service for victims of violence and a thai girlfriend ad popped up on the first page, they were not impressed.

by Anonymous on 20. February 2010 - 0:45  (44009)

this works well for me --
free online billing manager from Intuit (publishers of Quicken):

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(I edit the "free legal information on the web" page for Gizmo's Freeware )

by Anonymous on 9. February 2010 - 17:31  (43175)

Haven't used this is but have it lined up to try soon, LiveTimeOnline -

it's a web based free time sheet

by phcd30 on 17. November 2010 - 18:01  (61332)

I liked it so much I've included it in the review above.


by Anonymous on 5. October 2009 - 23:49  (33995) is surprisingly good, we just started using the web version and the mobile version. It seems to be very good at the KISS rule, no bells and whistles but all the important features are there. Of course no idea how long this will stay free and how long the website will stay online

by hallie on 29. April 2009 - 13:02  (20757)

Thanks for the review, I am not familiar with Timesheets Lite but it's good to know what kind of products are available on the market. On the other hand I work with time clock and so far it stands up to my medium size company standards.

by Anonymous on 13. July 2008 - 4:33  (4189)

I am an independent IT guy with about 40 regular customers. I have been using for free for about 2 years. Produces great reports had never been down.