Why Tracking time is important for Freelancers?

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” as said by Laertius Diogenes

Proper timekeeping helps in improving productivity and efficiency. It also helps in identifying the most efficient time for profitable work. Let us find out how adopting the right time tracking software will improve the billing and invoicing process and keep accurate records of time spent on work.

Case Study

Let’s see a fictitious case study of John, who found it helpful to adopt a timekeeping system.

Before using a timekeeping software

John is a Freelancer by profession. He works for different clients, and project rates for each client are different. John would manually track his time using a spreadsheet. He would note down the start and end times for each session along with the project name. He would often forget to put information in his spreadsheet as it was not available to him, or he just forgot.

managing time

 

This manual time tracking was time-consuming, and it created issues while billing an invoice. Later instead of using a free form sheet, John decided to use timesheet templates.

Storing all templates properly, retrieving them from time to time for billing would often create problems. Many times he also misplaced the templates. This way of time tracking was not working for him.

After adopting a timekeeping software

He researched various sites and selected software suitable for him. Then, he created different projects and multiple tasks for each of the projects along with a billing rate. Now he started recording all his projects, tasks, and their rates in one place.

Managing work efficiently

 

To record time, John has to check-in to the system once he starts working, and once he has finished his work, he checks out of the system and records his work details for the projects he is working on. This timekeeping software made his billing process more straightforward and error-free, making him and his customers happy.

Lesson learned:

Without proper timekeeping, there are chances that:

  • You may over-invoice or under-invoice your customer.
  • You will not be able to get an idea about how much time you spent on which project.

Best practices for a freelancer:

  • Find the time when you are most efficient and productive.
  • Select a hassle-free timekeeping system.
    • A check-in, check-out based system is easier to use that calculates time duration automatically.
    • Check if the software you selected has a mobile interface so that you can enter information on the go.
  • Keep track of all work hours, even when you are not billing your clients.

What mistakes should we avoid for timekeeping?

  • Create a proper list of projects and their tasks. Fix the rates for each project in advance.
  • Try adopting a simple time tracking system instead of a complex system, as it will save time and money in the short term.

Best Time to work

A timekeeping system can only be able to track your work. It does not motivate you to work efficiently. We need to consider our biorhythms and figure out what time of the day we are most creative or efficient. An easy way to do this is to audit your time in 15 minutes increment for few days or throughout a week. You can use this chart we have created for this purpose.

Daily planner
Daily planner

Conclusion

For freelancers, adopting a suitable time tracking system will help them manage their time wisely. Explore how OfficeClip time tracking software will make you more efficient and productive.

Let us know how you guys are tracking your time?