TimeCamp Review & Alternative
TimeCamp is one of the most popular tools when it comes to time tracking. In this post, I will compare its features with a new tool, ClientFlow. ClientFlow has time entries as one of its many features, all of which I will be discussing in this post. If you are looking for a time tracking tool, this post will help you take an informed choice depending on your use-case as they are built for different use-cases.
1. Knowing your Requirements
Before deciding on a tool, it is of utmost importance that you are clear about your expectations. Do you want the tool to just track time of your various employees or you wish to communicate with each other also along with tracking time. This important difference of ‘communication’ is the defining difference between TimeCamp and ClientFlow.
Let me give you a few more real life examples for you to understand better. Suppose you own a shop and you have to pay your employees just for being present at the store, TimeCamp can prove to be a very useful tool. Another good example can be if you work in construction and you have to pay your workers on per hour basis.
But let’s say you work in any tech or marketing firm, and you have outsourced a particular job and you have to pay them for the work being done and not the no. of hours or employees it took for the work to be completed. In such cases, apart from keeping the time it is being taken to complete the work, communication between you and the people who are working for you also plays an important role. If this sounds like your use-case, then ClietFlow is for you.
2. Team Management
Both TimeCamp and Clientflow has the option of creating and managing team but again, the use-case is totally different. Again, you should use TimeCamp only if the communication aspect between your team members in not important. For example, say you have to manage an automation centre which runs all along the clock and you have four workers to manage it. Then you can use TimeCamp to create a team and keep track of which worker was present at what time so that if an error occur, you would know whom to hold accountable for it. Also, you can obviously see the amount of hours each of your worker put in. Time Camp also has feature to mark attendance and number of hours your employee is pitting in.
As of Clientflow, the communication is always the priority. ClientFlow gets your personal email conversations, your team’s group email conversations and Client communication on a single shared platform. It has all the essential functionality for you to manage personal, team and client conversations. Also, you can have internal discussions with teammates in the comment section. The shared inbox feature (which i will explain in detail in the next point) that it provides simplies the communication a lot and you can be assured that all your teammates are on the same page.
3. Managing Conversation better with Shared Inbox
First let me explain you what a shared inbox means with an example. Suppose you are in the support team of your company which consists of three members and you want mails coming to your [email protected] gmail account to be accessible to all three members and anyone of them should be able to reply, you create a shared inbox. ClientFlow’s shared inbox facilitates team collaboration like never before. It is one of the most important tools for an effective and efficient communication. It is a very big boost to the productivity of the whole team.
As TimeCamp is a time tracking tool, it obviously doesn’t have shared inbox feature.
4. For Time Tracking Purposes
I hope by now, you would have got a clearer idea about your use-case and would now have started to tend towards a particular product. As far as tracking time with efficiency is concerned, both TimeCamp and Clientflow do well. In both the tools, you add a particular task, assign it to a project/client and then just start the timer. But as TimeCamp is a fully dedicated time tracking tool, it has some additional features related to time tracking which Clientflow doesn’t have at present such as like automatic time tracking and monitoring computer usage ( it can track the websites and applications that users are spending time on).
For Clientflow, along with the time tracking feature, you also get access to all its other features for efficient communication and project management.
5. As a Project Management Tool
As a Project management tool, I expect my tool to allow me to list down my projects and tasks, assign them to concerned people in my team and track them. Apart from this, I also the expect it to help me keep track of my clients’ work and facilitate an easier communication with my team.
Clientflow allows me to do all that whereas TimeCamp fails in the communication part (especially with client communication) as it was never meant to be used as a project management tool. At most you can use some of their integrations to close the gap but you will have to switch back and forth from one app to another. Also, for every integration, you will have to pay extra.
Clientflow has features such as pre-built templates, client approval mails, project templates and its simple UI which gives it an upper hand as a complete Project Management Tool. Add to it shared inbox feature and you can have all the communication and tasks on a single platform. It will increase your efficiency by multitudes.
6. Niche vs Multi-utility Product
The best way I can differentiate between TimeCamp and ClientFlow is that TimeCamp is a very niche product. It’s utility is relatively small when compared to ClientFlow. It can be used only for tracking time you are spending on tasks for a particular project and client. No doubt, it is one of the best tool to do that, but it does just that. Clientflow has three main use-cases. They are-
Time tracking– Like TimeCamp, you can track the time you are spending on various tasks and assign your tasks under projects and clients.
Shared Inbox– As already explained, with Shared Inbox feature, your communication with your team becomes much simpler and you can be sure that all your team members are on the same page.
Project Management Software– With Client communication as a priority, Clientflow has many features such as pre-built template, approval mails, project templates etc. which makes it as one of the best Project management software out there.
7. Cost of product/ Billing
TimeCamp has three paid plans which are Basic and Pro costing $7 and $10 per month per user respectively. In Basic feature, you will be given the facility of multiple users, mobile & desktop apps and integrations whereas in pro version, you will also be given the facility of invoicing, real-time dashboard etc.
As for Clientflow, there are no plans. You pay $19 per month per user and get all the features of time tracking, shared inbox and project management tools
So which tool would you prefer?
From the above comparison, I would suggest that if the utility of your software is time tracking alone, you can opt for TimeCamp. But if your use-case is wide and you are expecting your tool to facilitate communication between team members, track time, can be used as a project management software and increase the overall productivity of your organisation, opt for Clientflow.