• Want to Become a Mac Power User? Here’s How

    Mac power user

    It’s no secret that Apple’s Mac is the king of computers. (And it’s no secret that we are huge fans, being that we developed a Mac-centric app and everything.)

    Maybe that’s why, according to Statista, 5.3 million Mac computers were sold worldwide between July and September 2018 (yes, just in a three month span).

    The geniuses behind Apple’s technology continue to lead the way in innovation, efficiency, and clean design. And the Mac is a powerful machine, capable of much more than the average user would even realize.

    That’s kind of the beauty of the Mac—it’s able to keep things uncomplicated and uncluttered for the laymen, but dig in deeper and there is a whole other dimension of proficiencies that a user can spend endless time trying to discover and remember.

    In some more tech-savvy groups, mastering the Mac’s shortcuts and stretching its legs is a badge of honor, earning you the unofficial title of “Mac power user.”

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  • 3 Common Mistakes Freelancers Make

    Freelance mistakes

    Flexibility. Control. Being your own boss. Making your own schedule. Setting your own terms.

    There are many advantages to being a freelancer in today’s uber-connected world. Telecommuting eliminates some of the daily grind and provides a landscape for more productive and efficient work. On top of that, having the freedom to pick and choose which clients to take on allows you to feel more invested in projects.

    If you are currently freelancing, you aren’t alone. In fact, it’s estimated that the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelance by 2027.

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  • The Benefits of Daily Work Breaks

    Daily work breaks

    The rat race is real, people.

    We are continually hammering ourselves into the ground to be the best, earn the most, and prove our value to others.

    Although it’s great to have strong ambition and pride in your work, too much pressure and commitment to the grind can do the exact opposite of what you desire.

    Whether feeling the need to be connected to work 24/7, or cramming for a university exam, we often throw sleep and self-care to the wayside in favor of pushing unrealistic expectations upon ourselves.

    The result is detrimental—lack of sleep, relaxation, and exercise can affect not only the level of your work (it’s hard to be on your A-game when you’re a worn-out mess), but can also have negative effects on your overall health.

    That’s why it’s important to take breaks during your workday.

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  • Timing 2018.4: Calendar Integration, “Weekend Mode”, Project Colors, and More!

    We are happy to announce the release of Timing 2018.4!

    Among other things, the new version includes:

    • Calendar Integration: Timing Expert now shows meetings and other events in the timeline!
    • You can now disable tracking on weekends 😎
    • The new color picker lets you choose any color you want for your projects.
    • URL tracking support for Brave and Firefox Nightly.
    • And when you select activities in the activity list, its header will now show their total duration.

    Read on for more details on these changes!

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  • 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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