When you work as an independent contractor or own your own business, the last thing you want to do is turn it into a mirror of a corporate job. The whole point, of course, is to get more freedom, not less. Time tracking software can allow you to do that. You do, however, have to use it correctly.
When you’re freelancing, you spend a lot of time on non-billable tasks. Things like quoting, accounts, research, reading emails and using Twitter. These are all essential tasks, but to run an efficient and profitable business, you need to know exactly how long you’re spending on them.
Why track non-billable time?
About a year back, we got an email from one of our users, Glenn Murray, suggesting a few improvements to the Yast time tracker. Glenn’s a freelance copywriter who had tried nearly every time tracker on the net, only to be disappointed. Then he discovered Yast!
From the conversation that followed, it became clear Glenn was already something of a Yast power user. He was doing things with Yast we’d never thought anyone would do, and had feature requests we’d never imagined.
So when we decided to introduce guest bloggers to our blog, Glenn was the first name that came to mind.