That’s even more true if you’re like me. I get paid by projects, and most of that is in billable hours, so I need to keep track of every minute. Yes, time is money. Here’s a good way to track your time and turn it into billable hours.
iTime And iExpense iTracking iApps
When it comes to tracking time devoted to a project or task there’s no real secret. It’s more a matter of discipline than technology or accounting.
A simple notepad that documents all the time you spend on a task and which project and when and all the associated details will suffice.
But that’s the problem. A notepad is a pain in the neck to use and manage and record all the details of your work.
Mac and iPhone to the rescue. Thankfully, there are clever apps like OfficeTime to help automate the detail tracking with more precision than the manual methods.
What OfficeTime does better than more time tracking and billing apps is focus on the essentials. As you start working on a project have OfficeTime begin tracking the time.
It’s smart enough to know when you’ve stopped working on your Mac and gives you quick options to get back on track with your time.
All the expenses you want to track are easily accessible for each project. Project name. Amount. Comment. Date. Category.
Using OfficeTime is simple, too. Click the Menubar and select the QuickStart project to start the timing. It even syncs and plays nice nice with Calendar on your Mac.
Two other components of OfficeTime make it a good choice to use. Not only does it track time and expenses, but you get two visuals.
A Summary Graphs which displays a chart of the entire project and components. And, an invoice with all the details which you can send to clients.
Meeting times from Calendar are automatically pulled into OfficeTime and tracked accordingly.
Invoices can be created with a click and display a summary and total, or as much detail as you need for each client.
There’s also an iPhone and iPad version of OfficeTime if you’re always on the go and the Mac stays back in the office or home office.
I’ve used a number of time tracking apps and services but this is the one that has stuck around through thick and thin. The latest version can even recognize expense items which may show up in Calendar and import them to OfficeTime. Even project notes can be added to the invoice templates.
OfficeTime also syncs up between Mac and PC, as well as iPhone and iPad. That makes it a better solution for multi-platform offices.