The average American earns $44,720 per year.
That doesn’t sound terrible – until you factor in the reality that younger workers (between the ages of 20–24) are making $28,000 per year on average.
No matter where you fall on the spectrum of pay in the U.S., chances are that you’d like to raise your own income up a couple of notches.
You want to boost your earning potential….but do you believe it’s really possible?
You might have a packed schedule, a limited educational background, or even work in a career field that doesn’t bring in a ton of cash.
We’re not intimidated by these barriers, and neither should you be. It is possible to boost your earning potential, regardless of the stage of life you find yourself in, your current income, or your (perceived) lack of resources.
Here are four tips on how to boost your earning potential without switching careers:Read More…
Ashley Baxter is building With Jack, a platform that helps keep freelancers in business. Ashley enjoys sharing her experience of bootstrapping a business as a solo founder in one of the least start-up friendly industries in the world. In this guest article, she outlines why having business insurance is crucial for many freelancers.
Insurance should be a vital part of every freelancer’s toolbox alongside invoicing and working with a contract. Despite this, I’d estimate only a quarter of freelancers are properly insured. This is because insurers do a terrible job of explaining how insurance is useful to you and the type of risks you face on a regular basis.
We’re going to cover some of the common problems freelancers face and the role insurance plays in helping you in these situations.
Apple recently held its long awaited-for Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
For Apple’s loyal following (including us!), this is the event of the year, where developers get to geek out and get excited about everything from fresh new products to much-needed updates.
This year was no disappointment, as Apple made more than a few announcements that anticipate fresh new design, amped-up products, time-saving apps, and more.
Once again, Apple is helping to make life more efficient, streamlined, and fun for their users.
So, what new products and updates does Apple have in store for us this year?
Is your company meeting the new time tracking requirements set by the European court?
On May 14, 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that European member states “must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured.”
The ruling comes after a lawsuit by the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), a Spanish trade union, against Deutsche Bank. CCOO requested the German bank set up a system for tracking time each day, to help ensure labor laws were being met. Deutsche Bank argued against recording time due to the fact that Spanish law didn’t require it.
Ultimately ECJ decided that, “…in the absence of a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured, it is not possible to determine, objectively and reliably, either the number of hours worked and when that work was done, or the number of hours of overtime worked, which makes it excessively difficult, if not impossible in practice, for workers to ensure that their rights are complied with.”
This measure is essential to ensure the maximum weekly working time — including overtime and rest periods have been complied with. This protects both employers and workers by verifying whether those rights are complied with.
Now that employees are responsible for tracking their time, are you worried about how your team will comply? Timing is the ideal solution!Read More…
Last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) saw the exciting unveiling of macOS 10.15, which will officially be released to the public in the fall. This latest version of macOS includes plenty of useful new features, including new book apps, TV apps, music apps, and maybe most relevant to freelancers: Screen Time for Mac.
Screen Time is still a relatively new feature that, up until now, has been exclusive to iPads and iPhones. It’s basically a time-tracking device that helps you see how much time you’re spending (or wasting) on your handheld devices – including specific applications, and even categories, such as “Entertainment,” “Productivity,” or “Social Networking.”
One of the most valuable aspects of Screen Time is that it lets you know how much time you’re spending on a daily – or weekly – basis on your device. And, it will tell you just how much you’ve gone over or under that average.
Not only that, but Screen Time gives you the ability to schedule time away from your device with “Downtime,” or set your own time limits for specific, time-sucking applications with “App Limits.”
You also get to see how many times a day (or hour) that you pick up your device…and how many notifications you receive.Read More…
It happens to the best of us: We plan to have an incredibly productive day, only to be pulled in a thousand different directions. Surprise meetings, client calls, or even having to pick up your sick kid from school, can disrupt your plans. You feel guilty, as if you’re not accomplishing what you set out to.
Worry no more! With Timing, you can keep track of the time you spent on the go, not just on your computer. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that you really were being productive in all those meetings. You’ll have proof to show your boss just how you spent time away from your desk. Or you can show your clients just how much of your time they take when they call you at all hours of the day.
Unfortunately, the kind of automatic app tracking that Timing does, would not be possible on iOS, as that operating system is much more locked down than macOS. You can use iOS’ “Screen Time” feature there for a similar outcome, though, but that data can’t be exported from iOS (and thus not incorporated into Timing).Read More…
Apple rarely fails to impress and delight us with new iPhone updates, products, and industry announcements.
And the iOS 12 software update has not disappointed, especially with a newly released feature designed to increase your awareness of the time you spend on your iPhone: Screen Time.
Screen Time could change the way you think about your iPhone or iPad by allowing you to review how you are using your device and how often, and make adjustments accordingly.
Here at Timing, we’re applauding – Obviously, we’re all about time tracking for increasing productivity!
And while there are significant differences between Timing on macOS and Screen Time on your iPhone or iPad, we’re still excited to take a deeper look at what Screen Time offers you, and how it can help you review and improve your time usage.Read More…
Do you ever have one of those days where you can’t seem to focus your brain?
You might find yourself trying to get started on a task, but other things keep disrupting you. Or you might just feel a little tired and foggy.
We’ve all been there, and we know how frustrating those days can be. After all, we all have a lot of things to accomplish! These tasks are often tied to work, which directly impacts our income. That’s why having a productive day isn’t just beneficial for our mental well-being, but for our quality of life as well.
Though there are some life factors that you don’t have control over, you do have a say in how you start your day every morning.
That’s why we’ve pulled together our recommendations for waking up on the right side of the bed, ready to take on the day.Read More…
We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2019.1! Read on for the update’s full release notes.Read More…
In order to make smart, informed business decisions, you have to be acutely aware of how you are spending your time.
Freelancers tend to have a more innate realization of this, since the impact of time spent versus value received is more obvious. After all, it’s imperative to a freelancer’s direct income that he or she properly bill clients for hours spent working or projects delivered.
However, this concept also applies to larger businesses—actually even more so. If being conscious of time is important for a single worker, think of that significance as you multiply the amount of people working.
Productivity and awareness are critical to a lean team, and the impacts can seem more apparent on a smaller scale. But with a bigger team, the seemingly minor effects of wasted hours can add up—creating a big hole in productivity and earning potential for a business.
That’s why being cognizant of how your employees are spending their time each day can have such a colossal impact on your bottom line.Read More…