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Free online timesheet app

Automated online timesheets make payroll a breeze.

Easily calculate hours, breaks, overtime, and wages to streamline your payroll prep and labor cost reporting with free online timesheets from Homebase.

Timesheets don’t need to be tedious.

While your employees clock in and out, Homebase does the hard work for you with automated online timesheets.

  • Automatically calculate total hours, paid and unpaid breaks, and overtime.
  • Add tips and compute wages, including employees with multiple wage rates.
  • Track salaried employees and calculate non-exempt salaried overtime.
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Timesheets with Homebase

The fact that the time card collection is built right into the same app is really helpful. The seamless way the data goes over to Quickbooks and I can run payroll with a couple button clicks is great.

Keith Zimmerman

Owner Plum Creek Farm, Bernville, PA

Get more control of your labor costs.

Reduce time theft, prevent overtime, and set labor to sales targets.

  • Manage labor leakage by preventing early clock ins and using auto clock outs.
  • Get alerts when employees approach overtime.
  • Track your labor costs by hour, department, role, and more.
  • Import your sales data to track labor vs sales and set targets.
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Get help to stay compliant with wage and labor laws.

Use Homebase to accurately track hours and reduce your stress.

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Save time on every payroll run.

Quickly prepare your timesheets at the end of each pay period.

  • Get alerts to fix missed breaks or clock outs.
  • Have your managers review, approve, and lock timesheets before you run payroll.
  • Sync hours right to Homebase payroll or export timesheets to another payroll provider.
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Pay your team right from Homebase.

Simplify paying your hourly team with timesheets and payroll all in one place.

  • Instantly convert your timesheets into hours and wages in payroll.
  • When you run payroll, Homebase sends direct deposits to your team, and tax payments to the government.
  • We automatically process your tax filings and issue 1099 and W-2s.
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Homebase time tracking makes payroll a breeze.

Run your payroll with Homebase or easily export timesheets to your payroll provider.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT Timesheets

What is a timesheet?

A timesheet allows an employer to track how much time an employee spends on their work. Originally tracked within a table on a sheet of paper, modern timesheets are digital spreadsheets or documents with real-time functionality that can automate calculations necessary for invoices based on billable time. 

Homebase provides a free online timesheet to improve your workflow without the hassle of using paper timesheets.

What is a timesheet app and how does it work?

A timesheet, or time card, is a record of clock ins and clock outs for hourly employees that work in a small business. It’s used to track work hours and time entries and calculate payroll for employees paid for the number of hours they work. Work hours are also called billable hours in certain white-collar industries, like law and accounting.

Different types of teams (including student research teams and employees) also use daily timesheets, project timesheet templates, or time trackers for projects and tasks. These types of time tracking tools are useful for determining how much time was spent on a specific area of work.

Learn more about why you should use a free timesheet app instead of an Excel timesheet to save time by reading our articles on weekly timesheets and monthly timesheets.

How do hourly teams use timesheets?

Small businesses with hourly teams use timesheets to track their employees’ time spent on specific tasks, projects, or clients in a certain period of time. Homebase then automatically calculates total hours, billable and non-billable time, making payment easy.

How do I calculate lunch breaks?

Homebase timesheets ensure that your team members are taking the right amount of time off during each shift they work.

Read our article on timesheets with lunch break calculators to learn more on how to calculate lunch breaks with Homebase timesheets.

You can also read our article on timesheet templates to learn how to make calculating work hours even easier.

Why should a business use timesheets free of charge?

Time tracking for a team can be tricky if your small business relies on printable timesheets or Google Calendar. Most businesses use timesheets to track employee time. They are essentially spreadsheets, so it makes sense that many businesses use Excel templates. But with free timesheet software like Homebase, you don’t need to worry about time tracking hourly rates or manually tracking hours worked.

Homebase offers free online timesheets for employees so you can better improve your business’s time management practices and manage employee timesheets free of charge.

How accurate are automatic timesheets?

Our timesheet app comes with free monthly timesheet templates for employees and makes payroll both easier and more accurate because it also acts as your time card calculator. We’ll calculate hours worked so your employees get paid accurately. We’ll also let you know about any timesheet errors, and you can compare scheduled hours to the actual number of hours worked by your employees.

Automatic timesheets are also much more beneficial because they’re online and in the cloud. To learn more about how online timesheets can improve your business, read more about online timesheets here.

Forgot to submit your timesheet?

Not only does Homebase offer a timesheet app free of charge, but we won’t let you forget to submit your timesheet submissions for payroll. The payroll process is easy, considering we integrate with top providers like ADP, Quickbooks, and plenty of other top companies. We make sure you never miss a submission by syncing your data to payroll with top providers.

By using our timesheets application and integrating it with your payroll provider, you’ll be able to save hours on the timely process. The Homebase time tracking app does all of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to totaling hours, collecting tips, subtracting breaks, and calculating overtime.

What is a mobile timesheet?

A timesheet mobile app is a modern solution to the timeless burden of tracking employee hours. It also works to give businesses the ability to use web-based, online timesheets.

Learn more about mobile timesheets by reading our article.

Mobile employee timesheet software is also known as a timesheet app, which you can learn about in our explainer article.

Why would you have your employees use timesheets?

Your employees will love Homebase time tracking because they’ll be able to know exactly how many hours they worked — and their expected earnings — right from the free app for mobile devices.

Since our free timesheets for employees are so easy to use and provide so much information, your employee will be completely up to date, no matter what day of the week it is.

How do you find your timesheet?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employers store their employee time cards for years, even if the employee is no longer working there. On the Homebase Essentials plan and above, employee time cards are stored securely in the cloud for four years, so you’ll be able to access employee time cards with edit history at any time. Employees can also access their hours worked, fix any errors, and track their pay for free in the mobile app for iOS and Android.

How else do you use automatic timesheets?

Using timesheet software also unlocks a bevy of reporting options, like a report of who’s arrived on time for their shifts most frequently in a given pay period or how labor costs stack up against sales. With timesheet software, time reporting is easier than ever.

If you have a business with multiple locations, tracking hours worked across the locations is critical to make sure you’re calculating overtime pay correctly. With Homebase, you can see labor costs and projected overtime by location, department, or employee. This is especially useful if you have a supervisor working in multiple stores.

Homebase allows you to view all your employees’ total hours worked in one place. If you offer sick leave or paid time off accrual, you can set up a PTO policy in Homebase too.

How can you calculate work hours?

First, start by subtracting the time an employee clocked out from the time the employee clocked in, as well as any breaks you took during the day. For example, if you clocked in at 8am and clocked out at 5pm, with a lunch break between 12pm and 1pm, you worked eight hours.

Homebase also calculates the hours for you, so you don’t have to worry about week and month totals when it comes to work hours. Even if you run on a bi-weekly basis, our app will have you covered. This way, you can focus on other project management tasks instead of wasting time on labor hours.

What do our customers think about Homebase timesheets?

With thousands of five-star reviews, it’s safe to say our customers approve!

Why should a business use timesheets?

Time tracking for a team can be tricky without the right software. Most businesses use timesheets to track employee time. Timesheets are essentially spreadsheets, so it makes sense that many businesses use Excel timesheet templates. But with time tracking software like Homebase, you don’t need to worry about timesheets or manually tracking hours worked.

How do you complete a timesheet?

Luckily our automated timesheet takes the guesswork and difficulty out of completing a timesheet. Homebase automatically keeps a running list of missed shifts, missed clock-outs, and missed breaks with our free scheduling software and helps you stay compliant without having to do any extra work. You can prepare your timesheet without a calculator and save hours every payroll period.

How does timesheet software affect productivity?

Most businesses spend about four hours a week on payroll, though it can be much more with larger teams. With Homebase time tracking and timesheets, you and your managers can cut the amount of time you spend on payroll by 75% — so you’ll save about three hours per week.

Why should I use automatic timesheets?

Automatic employee time tracking will save you hours every pay period on payroll. With an integrated and free time clock app, it’s easier than ever to track time worked for your employees. There’s also a desktop time clock available on Homebase paid plans that make it easy for your employees to save time on web time entry.

How often should you complete a timesheet?

A good rule of thumb is to complete your timesheet as soon as you can– but don’t worry! Homebase can help with that.

Should salaried workers track time?

Homebase works well for non-exempt employees too. Salaried employees — like restaurant management staff — often still have to fill out time cards. What’s more, some salaried employees may still be eligible for overtime if their salary falls below the Department of Labor threshold, which is currently being updated.

What is a timesheet in payroll?

A timesheet is a way for employees to track their time, which makes running payroll easier, especially if you have hourly employees. A timesheet includes the time the employee clocked in and when they clocked out at the end of the day, as well as any breaks they took during their shift. A timesheet makes it easy to run payroll accurately.

How does timesheets GPS work?

In the words of Homebase user Matthew Marcom of Pelican’s Snoball:

“I do a lot of off-site events, like birthday parties. With the mobile GPS clock-in feature in Homebase Essentials, I can just have my employees clock in once they get to the event location, rather than having them clock in at the store first, lowering my labor costs.”

Why use a timesheet to track employee work hours?

Using a time clock that integrates with timesheets is a much easier way to calculate work hours. When you clock in or out, those times are automatically added to your time card, and at the end of the time, your time worked is calculated automatically. With the free Homebase mobile app, employees can also estimate their earnings for their hours worked.