• How to Re-Sign (& Renegotiate) Client Contracts

    Client contract negotiations

    It’s that time of year again. And no, we’re not talking about holiday spirit or New Year’s resolutions (though if you want to read about personal planning ahead for the upcoming year, check out our latest article: Setting & Achieving Goals for 2019).

    We’re talking about another kind of planning—the kind that pertains to companies of all sizes and shapes. We’re talking about budgeting.

    If you are a freelancer, your clients are likely busy putting together projections, goals, and contracts for the coming year.

    As a vendor, your services are currently being evaluated and discussed. Even if you are lucky enough to have a contract signed with a particular client that covers you for future months, your performance and value are still being weighed against operational costs.

    It’s the natural cycle of business—as 2018 wraps up, plans to have a more successful (read: profitable) year in 2019 are set into motion.

    That’s why it’s important to get ahead of the game, get your data together, and discuss contracts with your clients.

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  • Setting & Achieving Goals for 2019

    2019 Goals

    It’s hard to believe, but the New Year is just around the bend. As we wrap up November and charge full steam ahead toward the end of the year, it’s time to pause, take a breath, and set our intentions for 2019.

    Talking goals becomes the norm this time of year as people start to firm up their New Year’s resolutions. However, completion rates tend to be low.

    According to Inc., which cited a research study conducted by the University of Scranton, 92 percent of people who set New Year’s goals fail to achieve them.

    That’s a startling number, but don’t let it discourage you! This annual ritual of setting goals only gets a bad rap because people don’t properly set themselves up for success. It’s important not to dwell on the stats, but rather to focus on why this happens.

    Only you are in charge of putting yourself in that victorious eight percent. So let’s get to it.

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  • Keeping Data Secure as a Freelancer

    Freelance cybersecurity

    In an increasingly digital world, most businesses are relying more and more on online tools for communication, file sharing, and content creation programs.

    We email, type notes, design, use software, surf the Web, enter financial information, message coworkers and clients, and even conduct calls and video chats right from our desktops, laptops, or mobile devices all day long.

    Our entire existence is hosted online, for better or for worse. Though it’s beneficial to see instant results or have immediate connections, having sensitive information online makes us vulnerable to security breaches.

    For the most part, companies understand the severity of this and go to great (and sometimes costly) lengths to keep data safe.

    And, as a freelancer, there are a number of steps to both safeguard your own information and be a trustworthy partner for your clients.

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  • Why it’s Crucial to Invest in Your Business

    Freelance tools

    It’s no secret that we all want to make as much money as possible—to fulfill our essential needs, and to offer us some freedom and security in life.

    It’s been embedded in our brains since a young age that money makes the world go ‘round, and as we’ve grown older we can see just how much that rings true.

    For most of us, this means that we want to keep a tight grip on any money coming in, and be mindful about how it eventually (and inevitably) slips from our grasp—especially for freelancers.

    Without the safety and consistency of a salary, it’s understandable that you would want to reserve as much of that hard-earned coin as possible.

    However, as a one-person show, you are essentially running a business. And, whether or not you have an LLC, personal website, or lawyer and accountant on speed dial, your work should be treated as such.

    Just as the success of a large corporation depends deeply on the funds being invested back into the company, so does the success of your personal business.

    In order to get the best results, it’s important to know where to focus your finances. Let’s get started.

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  • Steps for Finding (and Securing) New Business Opportunities

    Freelance Business Development

    We talk a lot about being a freelancer or small business owner, and the benefits of being your own boss.

    You can be selective about projects, have flexibility in your schedule, and control your own processes and outcomes. We outlined a lot of the advantages of being out on your own in our previous article, Are You Ready to Freelance?

    However, being the CEO of your one-person business comes with additional, CEO-level responsibilities, including project management, bookkeeping, new business development, and billing.

    Your income (and, likely, livelihood) is dependent on your ability to maximize your time and pack as much work into your desired daily, weekly, or monthly goal.

    Throughout every freelancer’s journey, there is a constant need to assess workflow—have you taken on too much at once, or are you actually not filling enough of your time?

    In this article, we take a look at how to know when it’s time to take on new projects, and the steps necessary to do just that.

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  • Timing’s Look at the iOS 12 Update

    iOS 12

    There’s always a lot of excitement surrounding an Apple announcement—and for good reason.

    The brand is an innovative leader in technology, and has made many products that have seamlessly integrated into our lives to make our daily routines easier, smarter, and better connected.

    It should come as no surprise that we here at Timing are big Apple fans (Timing tracks all your time spent on your Mac—and off of it—after all). We love perusing what experts and customers alike have to say following a big announcement from the industry giant.

    New iPhones, an Apple Watch update, and iOS 12 were all topics of discussion at Apple’s September 12 press conference, and we’re going to take a look at all of them.

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  • Timing 2018.3: Dark Mode, App Integrations, and More!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2018.3!

    Among other things, the new version includes:

    • Support for macOS Mojave, including a great new Dark Mode
    • A design refresh for light mode
    • Advanced tracking support for Mailplane, Bear, Dash and Opera
    • Integration with GrandTotal, letting you easily create invoices from your Timing tasks
    • 你好! A Chinese translation 🇨🇳
    • And dozens of other improvements (many of which are based on your feedback), for a total of 38 changes in the release notes!

    Read on for more details on these changes, as well as some important notes for using Timing on macOS Mojave.

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  • Tips & Tricks for Categorizing Your Time

    Timing time tracking

    If you’re already a user of Timing, then we don’t need to tell you how time tracking can seriously improve your productivity, earning potential, and attitude.

    Facebook even recently announced that it will allow users to track and limit the amount of time spent on its social media app to have a positive impact on mental health.

    And, as a Timing customer, you likely immersed yourself (or hopefully at least skimmed) our email course during your first week playing around with the app.

    Timing offers a lot of capabilities and features, but your situation might not require every single one. To get the most out of the software and become as efficient as possible when tracking time, we rounded up our best tips and tricks in one place.

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  • How to Make This School Year Your Best Yet

    Productivity for Students

    Hey, students! You’ve likely spent your summer break traveling (lucky duck), interning, on your parents’ couch, or working to pay for next semester’s tuition (kudos to you).

    Whatever the case, it’s time to dust off the notebooks and hit the library stacks, because university is back in session.

    The back-to-school wave can bring on a number of emotions. We always personally loved the feeling of starting a fresh chapter—it seemed like an infinite oasis of opportunity to take the bull by its horns and really live up to the potential we knew was inside of us. We wanted to commit to our studies and accomplish a laundry list of endeavors for the year. (A little overzealous, but a good attitude nonetheless.)

    On the other hand, it can feel a bit daunting. You go from having at least some control over your schedule to being inundated with lectures, class assignments, pressures to map out the future, and the non-stop flow of social engagements.

    But, our friend, have no fear. Timing is here to help you tackle the new semester and set yourself up to have your best school year yet.

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  • Are You Ready to Freelance?

    Full-Time to Freelance

    Have you noticed how much more common the concept of freelancing is today?

    What used to be a term seemingly reserved for writers—reporters, columnists, copyeditors, etc.—has now transcended across nearly every industry.

    (According to Merriam-Webster, the word “freelance” seems to have started in the early 1800s to describe a medieval soldier who would fight for the side willing to pay him the most. It was first mentioned in Ivanhoe, a novel by Sir Walter Scott.)

    Especially in an increasingly digital world, the demand for developers, digital marketers, and tech whizzes has skyrocketed. Particularly when it comes to specialized needs, experts can find themselves in a position where they are being paid top dollar without having to make a full-time, on-site commitment.

    Are you in a place in your career where going out on your own and “being your own boss” is something that feels right?

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