Easy, inexpensive way to keep track of your time
January 11, 2019
As a freelancer, it’s essential for me to keep track of my billable time, and to be sure I’m billing the proper client for the appropriate time and expenses. In addition, I like to keep track of the time I spend marketing (i.e., Social Media), playing my cello, and–of course–working on my current fiction novel.
I’ve been using OfficeTime since 2015 and can’t recommend it highly enough. This is just SOME of what you can do with it:
- Use it on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch
- Track time and expenses by client, project, and category
- Invoice directly from the software, but only if you want to
- Program the software to run timers for multiple projects at the same time, pause them automatically, and round times up or down
- Download the software to multiple devices (but you can only keep it running on one at a time)
- Sync the software between your devices
- View reports, by date, week, month, year, or any customizable period
- Export reports for download to my computer
- Backup the software automatically
One of the things I really like about OfficeTime is that it’s a time and expense tracker. Meaning it isn’t complicated, it isn’t designed for teams of people, doesn’t entail a large financial commitment to purchase, and doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee.
When I first began using the software, it was free. Now, the cost is $47 –a one-time cost … and it’s WELL worth it. However, a 21-day free trial is available if you want to try it out before committing to buying it.
Although I downloaded a free version in 2016, and was able to continue using it indefinitely, I opted to pay the one-time $47 fee and upgrade to the newest version. The developer is working on an even more enhanced version, which is still in BETA, so more good things are coming. (Yes, I’m using the BETA version, too.)
And that’s another good thing about the software. The developer is accessible. If you email him, he emails you back quickly. (Note: he’s in the UK, so you need to be aware of the time difference.) He also has a support Facebook page where other users post questions and he answers them right on the Facebook page.
Now, you need to check it out for yourself. OfficeTime is the best investment you can make in your freelance or personal endeavors: http://www.officetime.net/