Managing your time has never been more critical. Many folk juggle freelance assignments, and even working on staff can mean stressing over several projects.
So say hello to Timely: an activity tracker that reveals where your hours go.
First, sync the app with the website and install the Memory tracker on your computer. You then give Timely access to your software – a Google Calendar or Office 365 for example. The app also works with popular workplace planners such as Trello, Asana or GitHub.
List the projects you’re undertaking and input data for each client. Add more people if you want to track an entire team rather than just yourself.
In each case, you tell Timely what the hourly rate is and set a total budget for a project. Voilà: an automatic way to log what you're doing. You can manually start and stop a timer and schedule work, thus creating a plan for upcoming jobs. Enable GPS tracking and you'll capture the time spent travelling for clients too.
With Timely ticking away in the background, there’s no ambiguity about what you can charge for. The Apple Watch companion app is an at-a-glance way to check your status. At the end of every period, Timely can generate reports, broken down by project or staff member.
Timely comes with a free 14-day trial, so you can see if your business will benefit. After that there’s a cost per user. But if it means you don't miss out invoicing for billable hours, it’s more than worthwhile.