Remember punch clocks? Everyone from factory workers to office workers to free lance professionals are required to answer to the clock.
If you’re a Mac user and you need to track your time for billing purposes, you know what a pain it can be, even with the world’s most advanced digital device at your fingertips. Enter PunchClock for the Mac. It’s an easy way to track your time on your Mac, and upload details to an online billing or project management service.
Tracking Time Without A Clock
For professionals who bill clients by the hour, tracking time is easy. Look at your watch, note the time, begin the work, finish work, look at watch again, do the math, enter the time in your billing system.
What could be easier? Anything that will reduce a few of those steps, eliminate what’s prone to error, and make billing automatic.
PunchClock does all that in a surprisingly elegant interface, with just the right amount of effort. Click. Click. Done.
Online time tracking, billing systems, project management systems are all the rage. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a built-in punch clock system on your Mac that would link to the most popular online tracking, project, and billing systems?
I’m Dropping Names. Pick One Up
PunchClock works with the best. Is it easy to set up and use? Yes. Start with Preferences. Then it gets easier.
Preferences are a no brainer for Mac users. The next step is to enter information regarding your online billing or project management service. For example, I use MarketCircle’s Billings. Fill in the blanks.
Easy so far, right. Alright, now it’s time to get down to nitty gritty, and begin tracking your time and attaching it to a project. The PunchClock window is drop dead simple. Simply click to select the project. Then, click to start the timer.
I warned you that it would be drop dead simple. The PunchClock window is small and unobtrusive, yet available with a click. It also resides in the Menubar for easy access when windows clutter your Mac’s screen.
Features? Who Needs Features?
PunchClock represents our slow but steady move toward online services. Set it all up in Preferences, use a simple device to mark time, click to upload data into the service.
That could not be much simpler unless your accountant was standing over your shoulder.
PunchClock lets you add multiple projects with ease. Clicking to start the timer on one project automagically stops the timer on another project (no double billing for the same time; bummers).
Step away from your Mac for awhile and PunchClock knows you’re gone, and puts the running project on hold. There’s just one caveat.
PunchClock is Mac only, of course. No iPhone version. PunchClock needs an iPhone counterpart to sync online, and re-sync back to your Mac. Then, it would be drop dead simple, and super mobile.