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Simple Timesheet Templates to record time

by Deepa 13. May 2020 19:55

Working remotely is a new reality that is here to stay for some time. Many people are used to it while it is difficult for some of them to follow this new trend. Remote work also needs a proper schedule of work, where you need to prioritize your projects and plan the time slots for various tasks. For this reason, it is also important to understand how the working hours are spent on which project and tasks.

To resolve this issue, OfficeClip has timesheet templates in various formats that will help you to record your time, work details, and projects you have worked on. These templates can be printed, downloaded, and customized as per requirement. At the end of the week or month, you will be able to analyze where your time is spent exactly, and this will help you to make better estimations for next week or month and also increase your productivity.

To learn more about timesheet templates, check this link: https://bit.ly/2WsN3n2



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Managing Work from Home during lockdown

by SK Dutta 24. March 2020 11:47

With the Coronavirus outbreak mostly all the organizations have asked their employees to work from home. Work from home can be highly productive but it can also go wrong. Without the proper work environment and prioritized schedules, it is easy to get distracted.

So if you are dealing with this situation here are some things to consider:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-work-from-home-during-lockdown-sk-dutta/

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Checklist for Finding a Good Freelancer

by Deepa 26. June 2019 11:14

 

To efficiently run a business, I have often used freelancers to provide quality work at affordable pricing. Based on my experience I have written this article with the hope it will help my fellow small business owners and managers.

 

Freelancers

Below are seven checkboxes you should make sure to cross during your search for the right freelancers.

ADVANTAGE OF FREELANCERS, ISSUES WITH THEM!

Like everything in life, there are two sides to the freelancing coin, and it is essential to be well aware of the possible issues that come with hiring a freelancer, as well as the goodies they bring to the table.

 Freelancers are quite easy to manage, thanks to their flexible and independent nature. But this also makes it challenging to plan and project the allocation of work accurately. Freelance services are also cost-effective, especially if more work opportunities can be guaranteed. But most often, freelancers can choose to go after a better-paying client if the opportunity comes their way.

 The skills brought to the table by freelancers are mostly quite exceptional, but there may be a slight variance in the style of one freelancer to another, and if not checked may affect the image of your business. The best solution is here is to create unique brand guidelines (Content guidelines, design guidelines, etc.) that would guide freelancers to produce a uniform styled result for your business.

 OUTSOURCE, NOT OUT-TASK

 Finding the right person to do your work is often time-consuming, and having to do it many times creates a drain on your company's valuable resources.

 Thinking your work as a series of individual tasks and assigning them to different freelancers over time is called out-tasking. Whereas, outsourcing is finding the right set of freelancers and use them over and over again.

 So, how do you know if you found the right freelancer in the first place?  In the initial phase, you can give a small task to many freelancers and monitor their quality of work and their attitudes and judge if you can work with them. Once you zero down to one or two freelancers, you create a permanent relationship with them. It will also have an added advantage that you become a long term customer of the freelancer, and they will be willing to work on your terms.

 CLEARLY STATE YOUR REQUIREMENTS

 While working with freelancers, you will often find that the result is not quite you expected in the first place.

 It is always important to clearly express what you need to whomever you are looking to hire. Take your time and do your research on what you think you need, and check out some samples to be sure you are on the right path. Then take your time to describe what you need, what you expect, and what purpose you hope it to serve your business.

 Be sure that the freelancer also understands what it is that you are asking for, before going into an agreement with them. It is essential, for both your sake and the sake of the freelancer that you both are on the same page, before sealing the agreement.

 EVALUATING A FREELANCER

 There are 2 phases involved in the process of assessing freelancers before contacting them. We could describe it as the final shortlisting process, and it includes;

 Review their past jobs and projects which are similar to the service you need from them. You could also go through the feedback of their previous clients (depending on how you meet the freelancer). These will give you a general overview of what to expect from each freelancer. 

 Analyze the freelancer to be sure if they do the job or if they are simply middlemen. While some individuals would like to speak with the worker directly, some individuals wouldn't mind working with an intermediary, if it doesn't affect the quality of the delivery.

 FINDING FREELANCERS

 The process of finding freelancers has been made easy. Freelancers are individuals like us, and they are mainly present on networking websites.

 Freelancers are very much present on social networks like Facebook, Craigslist, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. These types of websites allow you to build a personal rapport with whomever you may hire.

 There are also platforms that are specifically built to serve as a marketplace for freelancers and those who need their service, to meet. These platforms have provided the necessary features you may need from the phase of finding a freelancer, to the point of payment and execution. Some common examples of these types of websites include; Fiverr.com, Upwork.com, Toptal.com,  Guru.com, Freelancer.com, and more.

 TRACKING FREELANCER PRODUCTIVITY

It will also come in handy if you could find time to learn more about the tools used to track the productivity of freelancers. Tools such as Everhour, TimeCamp, or OfficeClip Free Time Tracking Software can be used to monitor timely productivity of freelancers, providing you with useful insight on where to put more effort and where everything is efficient.

Hiring freelancers is the new norm, and getting it right holds so many possibilities.

 

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Top 10 FREE Productivity Tools for IT Professionals

by SK Dutta 27. November 2009 23:06

Top 10 Productivity Tools Here is a list of my top 10 productivity tools that a small business can use. Although these tools are most suited for IT professionals, they are valuable resources for any small business. Although I use them in Windows environment, some of these works in other environments like Unix, Mac etc.

Given below are some of my thoughts on these tools. What is your most favorite tool?

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Developer Resources | Small Business Tips

Go Green: Manage your business with the Web!

by Admin 9. September 2008 17:09

There's a lot of discussion about going green, but many articles I've come across advising small businesses on how to go green have focused on actual products they can buy to use in their offices. These include light bulbs, recycled paper, electronic equipment, cleaning supplies, etc., which are very good ideas and most certainly helpful to the environment. But what about actually helping your business run better and being green at the same time?! This is where web based business management software comes in.

Perhaps one of the biggest "green" benefits of web based business software comes from the almost complete lack of paper needed for things like old timesheets. Employees and contractors alike can enter their hours for projects from any web browser on any computer, cell phone, laptop, etc.  Stacks of paper with everyone's hours are no longer needed-so the paper is being saved, along with money, AND time is managed effectively and tracked in real-time.

According to Business Wire, there are many Fortune 1000 clients that have implemented online timesheets and contact manager software to reduce paper, increase organization and improve customer relations. Web software is affordable for SMEs as well...OfficeClip's Premium Suite can be downloaded for $80 per user or hosted online for $10 a month.

And the ways to go green with web management software don't stop there...another HUGE benefit is the ability of employees to access their data from anywherePatricia Faulhabber mentions telecommuting as a great way for small businesses to easily compete with the larger companies that are going green. Enabling employees to telecompute from their homes once or twice a month or even once a week will save them money in gas, wear and tear on their vehicles and give them greater flexibility in their schedules, which can lead to improved productivity.  

Web software provides all the means to make this happen and so, while making your company more productive, organized and efficient, and your employees happier, you can also boast being green.

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