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Timely’s simple automated approach makes it the definitive Deputy alternative. Trade basic manual time clock functionality for accurate, detail-rich time tracking.

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An alternative to Deputy’s basic manual timers

Feel Helena’s pain? You’re not alone. Almost every time tracking app currently on the market shares Deputy’s essential design error: manual timer input.


Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time — particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. You only log the activities you remember working on, leading to incomplete timesheets. This subjectivity itself breeds extreme inaccuracy — even if you remember to log your hours every day, studies show that timesheets that rely on manual input are only ever 67% accurate.

Deputy is actually designed to be a digital version of a traditional time clock, not fully-fledged time tracking software. As such, you can only track the time you spend at work and on breaks — not the content of those hours. This may be sufficient if you are only looking for a basic employee payroll app, but is inadequate for managing projects and billing clients, which both require a detailed, precise breakdown of how time was spent.

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What makes Timely the best Deputy alternative?

Offering detail-rich automatic time tracking, Timely is quite a step up from Deputy’s basic time reporting. Alongside accurately capturing all employee work hours, Timely helps teams understand how they actually use their time — and translate time data into accurate invoices for billing. Here are a few reasons why Deputy users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates or overlooked billable hours from struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a completely accurate timeline of every day automatically, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Minimize time tracking overhead

Instead of starting and stopping timers as you move between tasks, Timely lets you stay 100% focused on your work. In addition to automating daily time tracking, it also minimizes timesheet admin by drafting time entries for you. Free more time for the work that matters!

Manage and report effortlessly

Report effortlessly with confidence

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Protect team trust

Offering user-level privacy by design, Timely is a tracking tool that teams can actually trust. Every employee gets their own private work timeline and they control what information goes public. We will never support creepy surveillance functionality — your private work data is for your eyes only.

Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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Why G2 users love Timely?

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

Deputy

Timely is rated highest for:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Policy compliance management
Timely has an average 96% satisfaction rating for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
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Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shapes and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than Deputy in almost every performance category.

Timely trumps Deputy on these features:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Billable time rate management
  • Performance and reliability
  • Invoice creation and delivery
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Reporting
  • Integrations
  • Workflow
  • Mobile user support
Timely is rated higher overall for:
  • Ease of admin
  • Ease of doing business
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of use
  • Product direction
  • Quality of support

Timely’s top features

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

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Automatic Time Tracking
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • AI-drafted timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
Effortless reporting
  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
Accounting and billing
  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history
Real-time visibility
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
10 minutes
Time spent on timesheets/week
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< 5 minutes
Time taken to onboard users
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100%
Time tracking compliance
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What people make of Timely

What past

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users make of Timely

“With timer-based apps, I wouldn't go to the trouble of signing in to capture 1-2 minutes of work on an email. With Timely, I was really amazed at how much time I was spending on things that I never billed for. I knew I needed it in my life.”

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Kristen via Typeform
Kristen via Typeform

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely just fit perfectly into our existing workflows. New employees in our studio are literally up and running in less than five minutes and it’s proven to be able to scale with us as we grow.”

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Vince
Vince

“A fabulous time-tracking app that makes it super easy to track your time using their nifty automatic Memory app. And they're super friendly and affordable, too.”

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Melissa via Typeform
Melissa via Typeform
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“With timer-based apps, I wouldn't go to the trouble of signing in to capture 1-2 minutes of work on an email. With Timely, I was really amazed at how much time I was spending on things that I never billed for. I knew I needed it in my life.”

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Kristen via Typeform
Kristen via Typeform

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely just fit perfectly into our existing workflows. New employees in our studio are literally up and running in less than five minutes and it’s proven to be able to scale with us as we grow.”

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Vince
Vince

“A fabulous time-tracking app that makes it super easy to track your time using their nifty automatic Memory app. And they're super friendly and affordable, too.”

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Melissa via Typeform
Melissa via Typeform
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