• The Freelancer’s Guide to Creating and Tracking Invoices

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    As a freelancer, you rely on invoices to get paid for your efforts. Creating useful invoices can mean the difference between getting paid on time and having to wait months before receiving payment.

    Sending invoices is a vital part of being a freelancer. Creating a smooth invoicing process will help your cash flow remain steady and get you paid without too much hassle. Getting paid quickly happens when you have and utilize efficient procedures. If your clients don’t know what to do once they receive your invoice, it’s going to take extra time to get paid.

    Today’s post will help you as a freelancer understand the best ways to create and track your invoices. When you have better project-tracking practices, you’re in a better place to get paid for all of your efforts.

    Create Different Invoices For Various Types of Projects

    There are two significant ways freelancers can charge for their services: hourly and per project. Each method has different types of invoicing and different ways to track work.

    Billing hourly is simple to track. All you need to do is find a way to track the time spent on each project and charge for each hour you complete. Some clients have a maximum amount of time you can spend on their tasks each week. If this is the case, you need to have measures in place to stop you from working too much. If clients have listed a hard limit, they won’t pay you for any work done over that.

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  • Why You Should Schedule Breaks Into Your Day

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    Every freelancer has the same basic goals: Slay tasks. Stay focused. Finish projects in a timely manner. Of course, all of these require that you remain effectively glued to your Mac for hours on end. But in this effort to really get your work done, you may be missing out on one critical key to attaining killer levels of productivity: scheduling breaks into your work day.

    If you’re struggling to tackle your workload and meet your deadlines, it might seem counterintuitive to take breaks. You need to work more, not less, right? Not necessarily. Scheduling 10-15 minute breaks throughout your day can actually help you get more done, more quickly. Breaks can help you remain focused, creative, and rested, in turn preventing productivity-killing burnout. Finally, breaks can help you achieve a better sense of overall well-being — making you a happier, more fulfilled worker.

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  • Timing 2019.4: Paths for Search Queries, Google Docs and YouTube Videos, Duplicating Projects, and More!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2019.4!

    Read on for more details on all of the new features.


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  • How Productive Were You in 2019? Performing a Year-End Review with Timing

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    2019 is coming to a close. Other than feasting on holiday cookies and shopping at end-of-year sales, you might be setting aside time to reflect on the past year and to create resolutions for the new one ahead. Typically, we review our finances, health, and relationships as January approaches. But we often overlook one critical piece of the previous year: our overall productivity.

    Why Review Your Productivity?

    Your personal productivity has a direct impact on every other goal you set.

    Let’s say you wanted to increase your income by 10% in 2019. Reviewing your time usage will help you to see why you succeeded — or failed — in meeting that benchmark. Maybe you wanted to expand your client base, with a few valuable clients added to your roster. When you review the hours you spent on specific projects or existing clients, you’ll be able to see exactly how you were — or were not — able to make room for new business.

    Or, like many others, you might have set a New Year’s Resolution that was health- and fitness-oriented. Looking over your time usage will give you insight into why you were able to squeeze in a daily 6 AM workout…or not.

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  • How To Use Time Tracking To Beat the 9-to-5 Grind and Work Fewer Hours

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    Conventional wisdom has told us that working from 9 to 5 is how you support yourself and your family, build wealth, and save for retirement. But things have changed.

    Younger workers, especially millennials, are looking for more out of their occupations than a steady income and a 401k. People want work-life balance, flexibility, and jobs that combine skill, passion, and purpose.

    With the advent of digital nomadism and cloud-based systems, working when you want and where you want is more common than ever. In fact, by 2027, freelancers are anticipated to make up a majority of the U.S. workforce (!)

    In theory, freelancers have the ability to mold their own schedules, pursue their own clients, and work exactly where they want — whether that’s on their living room couch, at a local coffee shop, or heck, at a downtown brewery.

    That all sounds heavenly to us. But is it realistic to work as a freelancer, and still work fewer than 8 hours a day?

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  • Time-Tracking Hacks for Students

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    One of the joys of being a student is managing your own time. If you’re a night owl, you can study until 2 AM and sleep in. If you’re an early bird, you can frontload all your work into the first half of your day, and be finished by 1 PM. But time management for students can be tricky, especially with distractions from your social life, extracurriculars, and more.

    Thankfully, there are hacks to time management that still help you create the lifestyle you’re looking for. These strategies can even raise your grades, help you meet your academic goals, and cut down time spent in the library.

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  • How to Manage Your Team’s Projects and Times with Timing and Zapier

    Two weeks ago, we explained how you can use Timing with Zapier to streamline your billing process. Today, we will build on these foundations to help you manage your team’s projects and times through Zapier. If you are unfamiliar with the process of connecting Timing to Zapier, have a look at that article for a detailed example.

    In particular, you can have Zapier automatically create projects for each of your team members, then send their tracked time to a shared Google Sheet for reporting. That way, you can quickly consolidate your time tracking and billing in one place.

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  • How Timing’s “Tasks” Feature Can Make Your Time Tracking More Useful

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    The ultimate goal of Timing is to give you time-tracking results that are accurate and useable. That’s why Timing has created a special function to help you fine-tune your time-tracking: Creating Tasks.

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  • How to Streamline Your Billing Process with Zapier and Timing

    One of the most common questions we hear at Timing is: How can I bill my clients for the time I track with Timing?

    Thanks to the Timing Web App and its Zapier integration, we now have a much better answer to this question. Our Zapier integration lets you send your times to hundreds of other billing and time tracking services, such as FreshBooks, Quickbooks, Toggl, and many more!

    Zapier is a web service that lets you connect thousands of apps, sending data from one service to another. For example, you can use the Timing web app together with Zapier to automatically export tasks, create projects, and even post messages to Slack when you start a task. Zapier automatically processes your data in the background, so you can keep focusing on your work at all times. Simply set your “Zap” once and forget about it — no extra work on your end.

    Read on for a step-by-step guide on using Zapier to send your Timing tasks to FreshBooks for invoicing. This process works just as well for a whole lot of other invoicing apps, of course! Plus, we’ll inspire you with several more ideas for integrating your Timing data with other apps.

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  • A Deep Dive into Screen Time for macOS 10.15

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    If you’re using macOS 10.15, then you most likely already know about this brand-new operating system’s time-tracking system: Screen Time.

    Screen Time for Mac is an exciting new crossover from Screen Time for the iPhone and iPad, which has already helped some of us gain surprising (and sometimes scary) insight into how long we’re spending on Instagram, and how often we pick up our phones per day (or hour).

    No doubt about it: Screen Time for the iPhone has been a game-changer, and we’re feeling more productive, focused, and disciplined as a result of gaining in-depth knowledge about our iPhone usage.

    Does Screen Time for Mac deliver the same kinds of results?

    In this article, we’re taking a deep dive into Screen Time for Mac, and looking at the features, benefits, and limitations of this new tool for time management.

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