TickTick is a new web application in private beta for the service industry, or any industry really, that provides a simple way to track time used on projects. I’ve tried many time tracking solutions, and there are some that are very nice, though they often are complicated or get into too much detail. When it comes to tracking time, I want to simply add a client and associated projects, then add time to them and view reports when needed – which is pretty much the basic run-down of Tick. I don’t want to have to fill out a biography for every client or have to fill in all these little details to submit a timecard (much of it is based on personal preference or business needs though, so preference may vary). At the end of the week, all that is important to me is how many hours have been put in and what projects are running low on budgeted time. Tick does very well with this and it is because it’s focus on two main things: time and budgeted time.

As the Tick website states, what makes Tick… tick? First off, I must say Tick has a very appealing interface. Great use of colors, usable interface, Web Standard design, and Ajax used only when it best helps performance. Another thing that I love about Tick is it’s Basecamp integration (using the Basecamp API) which allows you to easily link projects from your Basecamp account to Tick and work with each other simultaneously. This is a major plus for me being that my company uses Basecamp and having the ability to work with both makes things much easier and saves a lot of time. Tick also does a great job at getting straight to the point with things.

Immediately when logging in you are directed to the Timecard page that lets you submit time to a project and manage any other timecards in no time. On the top, placed horizontally, is a simple weekly calendar which shows the 7 days of the current week as well as left and right arrows on the sides to navigate through previous weeks. Selecting a day of the week will set that day as active and allow you to submit a timecard to it and manage existing timecards submitted that day. But before you can submit timecards, you must have projects to submit time to. Let’s take a look.

To get started, head over to the Projects section and select “Create a new project” on the right. As you guessed it, we’re adding a project. Unlike many time management services that I have used where you are required to create clients and then add projects, Tick allows you to create a project and assign it to your self or add a client as you create the project. Now, if you have a 37signals Basecamp account and set it up in the settings area, you can skip all this by clicking the “Link a project from Basecamp” and simply selecting your Basecamp project from the list. If you don’t have a Basecamp account, again with the little details required, adding a client is as simple as clicking “add a new client” and filling in a name – that’s all. You then fill in the projects name, the total budgeted hours for the project, tasks (optional), and even email notifications to keep everyone updated on the progress of the project. Once you’ve got that set, your ready to submit Timecards. But before I continue, lets take a look at project tasks as they are very helpful for tracking progress on your projects.

Tick allows you to assign tasks to each project that you create so you can easily track time used on specific tasks to completion of the project. It allows you to add as many tasks as needed, but what I like most is that you can also include total hours available for each task taken from the total budgeted time for the project. Tick then allows you to add timecards to individual tasks of a project. You can then view reports for not only the project itself but the projects individual tasks making it very easy for you to know your place in a project.

Tick also reports your progress for each project nicely using color-coded progress bars and timecard overviews. Browse to the Projects section and you will already see an overview of progress of all open projects. Select a project to drill down further allowing you to see overall progress in a project, progress for each invidual task of a project, and even each timecard submitted with notes and time totals. I love the use of the progress bars in Tick. When working on a project, most of the time the bar will be green. However, as you near the end you will notice the bar turns yellow to inform you that the end is near so don’t spend too much time on a task or you will go over the budgeted time. If you do happen to go over the budgeted time, you will find a red progress bar stating how many hours you have gone over the budget with. For the most part, I find the project overview section is all I need to keep up on things, but if you want more, you can find more in the reports area searching by date range.

Overall, Tick seems to work great and keeps your focus on your projects and their budgeted time. Will I be using Tick for my company? I believe I will as it is currently the simplest option that I am aware of that is easy to follow, includes visual reporting for quick progress checks, and only requires the basic information needed to manage timecards. Not to mention the Basecamp integration is a real winner in my book because we use Basecamp heavily in our company. Tick is great for anyone performing services including freelancers, small businesses, or even large scale companies.

Tick is not yet publicly released, although I can view the pricing plans and they are as followed: Tick has a free plan, limited to one open project at a time (closed projects do not count against your plan), and four other plans ranging from $9 to $79 dollars. I am not sure if these are the final prices, but for the most part they aren’t bad. The $9 dollar plan offers only three projects open at a time (which I feel is a little low considering free plan offers one and the next plan up is 15) while the $79 dollar plan offers unlimited everything. Again, being that Tick is in private beta at this time, I am unaware if these are the final prices.

Read Devlounge’s Tick Preview for more including screenshots.

10 Comments on “Tick to Track Time and Hit Your Budgets”

  1. Geof Harries says:

    Although it does borrow a little from the Basecamp/37s interface design style, Tick’s extra refinement and polish make a huge impact on me. Of course I haven’t had a chance to use the app yet, but my initial impressions are quite positive on looks alone.

  2. Victor Rottenstein says:

    Totally agree, they are using google-like waiting list too…

  3. Tom Rossi says:

    Guys, thanks for the kind words about Tick! We are really excited and letting people into the preview as fast as we can. We still have some refining to do before we go full out, but it shouldn’t be much longer.

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  5. Victor Rottenstein says:

    Tom, it seems you have a great web app. there!
    I’ll be waiting in the guests list.


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  8. jimbo says:

    The interface isn’t quite as refined but I think the features are better at timetrackit.com

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