Remote working is often about practicing what you preach. Got an outdoor adventure brand? No chaining your employees to their desks then. Built your company late at night? Forget the nine to five. But what if your company is all about tracking time? Harvest explains. Read more »
If you’re just getting started out as a freelancer, the sheer volume of advice out there about what software to pick up can be intimidating. Luckily, there’s a new Mac software bundle that actually acts as a really good one-stop shopping solution for new freelancers. Read more »
Being able to work online has its benefits, such as having the flexibility to work nontraditional hours with clients from countries around the world, but it’s also easy to get distracted. Fortunately, there are several tools available to help improve concentration and productivity. Read more »
There have been a number of recent productivity apps to help individuals track where their time goes. TimeDoctor offers to do the same thing for companies, including those with remote teams, by tracking the time that remote employees spend on different tasks. Read more »
RescueTime makes time tracking and monitoring tools for organizations and individuals. A new addition to the RescueTime stable is the Productivity Meter, an extension for Chrome and Firefox that automatically tracks the amount of time you spend on different web sites. Read more »
I actually love working in Freckle. What that said, it’s always been kind of a hassle to take time tracking info from Freckle and build my invoices, so I was thrilled to hear that the Freckle team had added invoicing to the service. Read more »
The folks at workingProgram have just released a new version of their time tracking tool Qlockwork, and to celebrate have kindly offered us three licenses of the app (which retails for $49.95) to give away. Read more »
Most time tracking and management applications require some up front work before you can roll with them, but not Chrometa. This app starts working for you as soon as you install it. Running in the background, Chrometa tracks all your computing activities. Read more »
This year, in an effort to get a better grip on the ways I generate income, I’ve been looking for a free, simple app that will allow me to track my income easily.This was my first priority; I wanted to track my time more closely as well. Read more »
Lots of clients like you to track your time and submit reports detailing your daily activities, so they know their money is being spent well. It’s good practice for them, and it’s good practice for you Read more »
Knowing just how much time you’re spending on particular projects can be important, especially if you charge by the hour. There are plenty of easy-to-use time tracking tools out there, with a lot more features and options than a spreadsheet and a timer. Newcomer Yast has […] Read more »
Just like most people with web access, my life is well documented. If a future grandchild idly wonders what I did last October 24 in the afternoon, some notebook, blog post, or social networking site will hold the answer. I decided to take this a step […] Read more »
LogMyTask, a collaboration-friendly time-tracking web app, launches into closed beta today, and we have an exclusive invitation code to let you try it out. Simply head to the LogMyTask web site and sign up using the invitation code “WWD” to get your free account. Time entry […] Read more »
I’ll admit, I haven’t always tracked my time when it comes to my clients and their projects. Although I always knew roughly how long things took me to complete, until recently, I never kept up with a more detailed view of my time.
The longer I continue this practice, the more I’m coming to appreciate it.
Here’s why it pays to track.
#1 It helps with finding the “time sucks.”
You might realize after tracking your time for a while that certain types of projects are less profitable than others. For instance, if you’re a ghostwriter, you might make considerably more writing blog entries than in-depth white papers. If so, you can adjust your pricing or service offerings to compensate for the difference.
You might also find that a particular client is more demanding on your time than other clients, and as a result, you might decide to drop him, charge him more going forward, or change your methods for working with him in order to be more efficient.
#2 It helps with staying on track.
I currently have a very specific goal to keep me on track – work four paid hours per day. I can quickly glance at my time sheet for a given day and see if I’m anywhere near that goal. If I’m not, I know I need to concentrate on acquiring new projects.
The more consistent you can be about hitting your own daily goal, the more consistent your income and work load will be. Read more »
Though CRM, project management and invoicing are often separate applications, more companies are producing software that does more than one of these tasks by combining them into one package. Severa is web-based software that provides you with an all-in-one software solution for managing your business. The […] Read more »
There was a lot of buzz that it might come today, and it has. Apple just released Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.7 for download via Software Update. As one, let us install and restart our computers. Maybe the Internet will pause for a second in our […] Read more »
Some of you may recall my article a few weeks back, Time Tracking Via the iPhone: 5 Apps Reviewed. In recent weeks, I have continued to experiment with a few different time tracking apps. That was until I came across Time Master, one of the most […] Read more »
MySpace CEO Ousted; Chris DeWolfe’s contract not being renewed, co-founder Tom Anderson’s role in the company uncertain. (release) With this announcement, Om likens MySpace to an 80s rock band whose time has come and gone. The Guild Goes Up on Amazon; seasons 1 and 2 of […] Read more »
Last month, Aelgo launched the latest revision of its Manhour time-tracking application for Mac users. WWD regularly covers time tracking, accounting and billing applications, but Manhour’s new release and its specific support for OS X users makes it a good time to cast our critical eye […] Read more »
If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you may be interested in track-tracking and invoicing app Timewerks. Timewerks is probably best-suited for those who don’t have laptops with them all the time. But for web workers wanting a more portable invoicing solution, Timewerks is still […] Read more »
Based on the number of time tracking applications we’ve covered here on WebWorkerDaily, and the frequency with which new ones are being introduced, it’s obviously an area that’s in high demand. Even among the team here we all seem to be on our own missions to […] Read more »
Some time-tracking applications come with invoicing built in and others don’t. There are a bunch of great invoicing apps out there; the trick is to find the one that matches your web working style. Fanurio may hold the answer for those seeking a combined time tracking […] Read more »
Lately I’ve been on a bit of a streamlining kick. That is, I’ve been trying to find simple, elegant solutions to multiple problems in one convenient package. Easier said than done, unfortunately. The problem is getting everything you need in one place, in exactly the way […] Read more »
A look at Harvest, a time tracking application. Read more »
Videography is my chosen profession and I love it. However, no passion goes unscathed by inconvenience, regardless of how small. As a freelancer, I am constantly burdened with the need to track time for clients. Brian Warren a few days ago wrote a very in-depth article […] Read more »
It’s been nearly two-and-a-half years since we reviewed On The Job here at TheAppleBlog, and we gave it high marks back then. Today Stunt Software has released On The Job 3.0, their time & expense tracking and invoicing application. The new version has some nice new […] Read more »
I’m in the airport preparing to head out to San Francisco for 3 days. Sitting close to me is a road warrior who needs to get wireless, and I mean peripherals, not connectivity (notice power plug and mouse). Read more »
There are a large number of project management applications and service out there; we’ve looked at many of them in the past. Most of them are explicitly directed at coordinating a team working on projects for a client, and are a poor fit for a single […] Read more »
There are plenty of time-tracking applications out there; we’ve reviewed more than a few over the years. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no innovation left in the field. Case in point: BubbleTimer, which wants to make tracking your time into an effective time-management tool rather […] Read more »
You’ve just found yourself starring in your own personal horror story. Your laptop has been stolen while you are in the middle of a business trip and all you can think about is the sensitive data that is now in the hands of a not very […] Read more »
It may have garnered its fair share of complaints, but Apple’s iPhone is still a hit with consumers, at least according to marketing firm J.D. Power and Associates. In their 2008 Business Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study, the results of which were released yesterday, the iPhone […] Read more »
For the most part, the applications we cover on WWD are web applications. But every once in a while a desktop application comes along that’s worth consideration by dedicated web workers. Billings 3, the latest release of this time-tracking and invoicing application, is one such. If […] Read more »
Whether you are billing by the hour or verifying your job time estimates, accurate time tracking is critical for most web workers. Despite this importance, it also tends to be one of the most oft ignored functions. While there are a multitude of widgets and services […] Read more »
Last week Microsoft upped the online SkyDrive storage capacity to 5 GB and several folks asked if you could mount the space like a network drive. Unfortunately, that functionality doesn’t exist yet although I suspect that will change in the future… just a guess, of course. […] Read more »
One of entrepreneurship’s great maxims is that it is vital that a founder know his/her market. But I’ve recently met a couple of really impressive entrepreneurs who have very little–if anything–in common with the markets their businesses purport serve. One of them is a cool Denver-based […] Read more »
Microsoft (MSFT) today announced “The Ultimate Steal” deal for Microsoft Office 2007 that gives students a chance to buy Microsoft Office 2007 for $60, a deep discount of 91%. (In comparison Microsoft Office for Mac costs $150 for Student and Teachers Edition.) This might be small […] Read more »
Clearly Apple has shown their affinity for putting software out there for the Windows crowd. To date Apple has produced nearly a half dozen software applications for the Windows platform. These offerings include Quicktime (and the Pro version), iTunes, Software Update, and most recently, Safari. So […] Read more »
As we’ve been counting down to this iPhone morn, our inboxes have been stuffed with applications and accessories geared for the year’s biggest phone phenom. Most are just addons that could likely fit on any phone, and are using the launch to goose sales, but some […] Read more »
So it finally happened: angry shareholders seem to have got their way, and Terry Semel, CEO of the flailing web giant, Yahoo has resigned from his post and will now become a non executive chairman. Jerry Yang, cofounder will become the CEO and Sue Decker will […] Read more »
Cellphones can make you impotent. They can cause cancer, and now you might not believe it but they can cause some serious damage to your hearing. Jon reports that some technical snafus can cause hearing damage for users of Siemens handsets. We had heard that K700i […] Read more »