Hubstaff Review
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Hubstaff Review

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Hubstaff is a time-tracking and scheduling tool that essentially revolves around increasing transparency for distributed and mobile teams.

Quick Hits

What We Like

  • Integrated payroll and project budget tracking
  • Multiple apps and extensions so employees can track their time
  • Configurable to work for multiple industries and purposes

Could Be Better

  • No option to set up a traditional clock-in station
  • Time-consuming set up process
  • Client and project budget tracking doesn't kick in until the "Premium" plan

The Blueprint Score

Determined and ranked by our resident expert based on firsthand knowledge and unbiased research.

Ease of Use 7/10
Support 6/10
Pricing 6/10
Features 10/10
out of 10

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Who is Hubstaff for?

Hubstaff is a time clock software created by a distributed workforce company, so its main focus is on distributed teams, both large and small. If you're a startup looking to connect employee schedules across time zones, provide tools for team members and contractors to track hours, and manage timesheets, Hubstaff offers tools to do all of that.

Hubstaff's Features

Hubstaff offers so many cool features that cater to so many aspects of your business (scheduling, client management, project management, payroll). However, most of them are not available in a basic plan.


Scheduling is a premium feature in Hubstaff that can help you keep track of weekly schedules for shift work or just manage time-off requests and vacations (more premium features).

Hubstaff sample schedule Monday to Friday showing who clocked in on time each day

See when your employees are working in Hubstaff.

Through Hubstaff, you can allow employees to request time off, and you can approve it with the click of a button. You can also set rules and limits for PTO and create holidays or non-working days that apply to your entire staff.

Hubstaff time off request form which shows name of employee, dates, a message, and status of request

Approve employee time-off requests (and see their PTO balance) with one click in Hubstaff.


Hubstaff's product is more of a time-tracking app than a traditional time clock. However, you can set up geofencing rules that prompt employees to start tracking their time on the job as soon as they arrive at a worksite. Hubstaff is also working on providing a more traditional time clock option where employees can clock in from a workstation or kiosk.

To track time spent on tasks and projects, employees can use desktop and mobile apps, as well as a browser extension. To verify that employees are spending their time on work tasks, you can also choose to collect screenshots and track the apps and URLs your employees access while on the clock. This capability is included in all Hubstaff plans and is the core feature that the system revolves around.

Hubstaff timer reading 17 minutes and 56 seconds that shows what workers spent this much time on.

Track time from your browser with Hubstaff's Chrome extension.

If you decide to upgrade to Hubstaff's scheduling tool, you can also track attendance to see whether your employees are showing up on time for their shifts.

Hubstaff attendance report that shows in depth report of one day

See when your employees started tracking time in Hubstaff.


If employees or contractors use Hubstaff's app to track their time, their hours worked will sync with their timesheets. After approving timesheets, you can also choose whether you want to automatically send payments or send them manually via integrations with several payment apps. You can do this in a "Basic" plan, but you'll be limited to a certain number of payments in a given period. To track those payments, Hubstaff's payroll tool integrates with most popular accounting softwares.

While your employees are working, you can easily ensure that your payroll costs are staying on track with client and project budgets. You can also easily invoice clients from Hubstaff based on tracked hours and billing rates for different team members and tasks.

Hubstaff budget feature showing cost of employee time compared to budget for that project

See how project budgets stack up against the hours your employees have worked.

Teamwork and collaboration

Hubstaff has its own project management tool, but it also integrates with popular tools like Asana, Trello, and Wrike so you can track employee time and project progress from Hubstaff. If you're using Hubstaff for scheduling, you can set up the system to send updates and alerts to both management and users.

Hubstaff to do page where you assign a task from a drop don menu to an employee

Assign tasks within projects to your team members in Hubstaff.

Benefits of using Hubstaff

Using Hubstaff, you'll be able to make sure that your distributed team stays on task. If you employ hourly employees or contractors, you'll be able to accurately and fairly compensate them for their work. However, I think you'll see the most benefit out of using Hubstaff's "Premium" package, where all tools (time tracking, scheduling, payroll, budget management) are integrated in a central solution, saving you time (and therefore money) you might otherwise be spending toggling between systems. But to see those benefits, you'll have to decide if you want to pay more for the privilege.

Hubstaff pricing

Hubstaff is free for one user, which includes time-tracking, activity levels, limited screenshots, and limited payments. If you want more users and more features — such as integrations, payroll, and unlimited job sites — you'll need to upgrade to Basic ($7/month per user), Premium ($10/month per user), or Enterprise ($20/month per user).

Hubstaff pricing tiers

Hubstaff pricing plans: Free, Basic, Premium, and Ent. Source: Hubstaff software.

A 14-day free trial is available for all pricing tiers if you want to try out the software first.

Hubstaff's ease of use

For employee time-tracking purposes, Hubstaff is very easy to use. Just download a desktop or mobile app or their Chrome extension, press a button, and start tracking time. On the managerial side, you can easily toggle on or off the different time-monitoring methods, such as recording apps and URLs access or taking screenshots, in the settings.

While Hubstaff's time-tracking tool is pretty straightforward, you might find you need help setting up the more feature-rich trial or plan of the system. Those who need help navigating the solution will find that Hubstaff's self-help library is extensive. However, if you're looking for more hands-on help, you can also access Hubstaff's help desk or get in touch via their in-system live chat tool.

Getting started

All you have to do to get set up in Hubstaff is add and invite team members (including yourself) to use the system and then download a time-tracking app. You can then create projects and tasks for your team to work on to get more specific information on how employees are using their time.

I think the only issue with getting set up in Hubstaff that people might run into is how often you run into "premium" features and tools that are only accessible in a more expensive plan. Simple time tracking is available in all plans. However, if you want to streamline time tracking, schedules, client management, and payroll, you'll have to upgrade to the "Premium" version of Hubstaff, which starts at just under $10 per user, per month for smaller teams.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Hubstaff have a free plan?

Yes, but only for a single user. So if you're only tracking your own time, you don't have to pay a dime. But if you're looking to manage your team, you'll have to start shelling out.

Which industries does Hubstaff cater to?

Because of its flexible usage as a time-tracking and scheduling tool, Hubstaff could be used for any industry. However, for its basic plans, it caters more toward project-based teams. By upgrading to a premium plan with more capabilities, though, you can also use it to track shift work.

So does Hubstaff have a time clock or not?

Hubstaff doesn't currently offer the option to set up a traditional workstation on a desktop or tablet (but it's working on that). However, you change the settings in Hubstaff to prompt employees to start tracking their hours at a certain time or when they arrive at a specific location. So in that respect, it functions more like a traditional time clock tool than most other time-tracking systems.

Check out Hubstaff if you need a tool to track employee time on different projects and tasks.

Check out Hubstaff if you need a tool to track employee time on different projects and tasks.

How Hubstaff Compares

Time Tracking Schedule Building Clocking in & out Payroll integration or exporting
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