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How to become successful as a freelancer

17 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

For many, quitting your job to be your own boss as a freelancer is the dream. But for many aspiring freelancers, it’s often too good to be true. We explore what it takes to become successful as a freelancer, sharing practical steps to secure repeat, high-quality and well-paid freelance work.

Essential software for every small business

14 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Starting any business is daunting, but for small businesses it’s even harder. Luckily, the software market is saturated with tools to help; the hard part is choosing them well. We’ve put together our choice of small business software – managing everything from communications and projects to taxes.

Should you bill for client communication?

10 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Client communication is an essential but almost invisible task. Few of us track the time we spend on client emails, calls and meetings; fewer consider it to be billable. But communication is just as valuable as any other time-based service you provide. Here’s why and how you should charge for it.

The dangerous power of habit

09 August, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

When it comes to change, humans have a funny way of stalling their own progress. A lot of us regularly rely on hard-wired habit to make decisions, even though it's highly irrational and limiting. We explore exactly why overcoming habit is essential for enabling personal growth and long-term happiness.

Is remote work healthy?

07 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Fitter, happier, more productive – is remote work too good to be true? As a company with a 40% remote workforce, we know remote work isn’t for everyone. This article breaks down the impact remote work has on mental and emotional health, to help you decide if it’s the healthy choice for you.

Technological innovation is a healthy and wholly expected part of running a business. But your new technology is completely pointless until people actually adopt it. We look at some of the main reasons people resist technological change and explore strategies to encourage rapid technology adoption.

How to only run effective meetings

25 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

People love to hate on meetings, but it’s for good reason – unproductive meetings cost the US economy alone $25 million a day. Yet meetings are still essential vehicles for cross-company collaboration. We explore six different ways to lead more effective meetings and control your hidden internal costs.

The anxiety trade-off: should you work on vacation?

24 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected world, working on vacation has become a very real option for a lot of people. But even if you can now work from anywhere, should you? We explore the psychological factors driving people to work on vacation and how to find out if you’re actually ready to take the plunge.

Attracting only the “right” candidates is a sure-fire way to make recruiting more bearable. Having just hired 10 such people to the Timely team, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to do it. Here are our top pointers on writing job adverts that really pop.

Time tracking for consultants

20 July, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Timely is an automatic time tracking app designed with the active consultant lifestyle in mind. We caught up with a few who already use the tool to see how they use it to bill honestly across clients, create profitable estimates and improve their own efficiency.

No one wants to work on vacation, but for some it’s unavoidable. Yet vacations exist for a reason: you *need* a break. To keep the balance between work and play just right, we’ve put together a working vacation checklist for staying healthy, productive and happy.

Office fitness challenges help teams strengthen relationships and focus on personal wellbeing. But how do you get people to actually commit to them? Technology may well be the answer! Here are the best office fitness challenge apps we’ve found for simple, memorable competitions.

Time tracking for teams

11 July, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time tracking provides teams with essential work transparency. We designed Timely as a tool employees can actually trust, to help everyone in your team become the master of their own performance. By tracking all your team’s time automatically, everyone can just get back to what’s actually important.

How to write a cover letter that actually sells

09 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Cover letters can make or break your application. They are your one opportunity to speak directly to employers on a personal level. But to get noticed, you have to sell yourself right. This visual guide breaks down how to write and structure cover letters that employers actually enjoy reading.

Should developers track their time?

05 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When you work in irregular flows, is there any point in tracking time? While it’s hard for developers to value their work in time increments, time tracking can still massively improve their self-management and productivity. We explore the benefits and best software for developer time tracking.

How to estimate projects accurately with certainty

03 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Poor project planning is dangerous and can cost far more than your profit margin. But you don’t need to invest in heavy project management tools to improve project estimation. We break down the only project planning technique you need to master to consistently scope and deliver profitable projects.

AI productivity apps for every professional

25 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

AI is becoming an increasingly normal feature of the workplace, with thousands of professionals integrating AI apps into their workflows to automate and simplify tasks. We explore how AI increases workplace productivity and the essential AI apps every professional should have.  

A change of plan can increase employee engagement

21 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Research shows that creating a simple daily plan can increase employee engagement – but choosing the wrong type of plan can actually harm it. We explore time management planning and contingency planning to discuss exactly how employees can make the right plan to stay engaged and in control.

Legal software is often treated as an immovable piece of furniture. But without regularly scrutinizing essential technology, attorneys run the risk of selling an unfair and inefficient service. We break down the basics of automatic time and billing software to discuss how this new technology is set to radically change the way legal firms operate and trade.

Pricing your work shouldn’t involve a standoff between flat rates and fixed fees. Fair and sustainable contract-based business depends on a combination, and you need to be ready to quote for both. We’ve broken down how to choose the most profitable rate for your work, including examples of when to use flat rates and hourly fees.

Simplicity is the beauty of the fixed rate. But while you don't need to record every second of your working life to get paid, it still makes supreme sense to do so. We explore why time tracking is essential for running a fair and sustainable flat rate business, and how you can go about it with minimal effort.

The best project trackers are automatic

11 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Forget about spreadsheets – all the activity and time you spend on your projects can now be tracked automatically while you work. There’s no more need to log project time manually or cross-reference multiple documents: capture, review and manage projects performance from one place.

How we hire remote workers

01 June, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Hiring remote wokers has a few nuances that only come with experience. Having hired 50% of the Timely team remotely, we’ve pulled together a few pointers for other teams looking to hire remote employees – from how to structure a remote interview to what interview questions to ask remote candidates.

The power of project time tracking

01 June, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

As an essential lightweight project management tool, you’re going to want to get a project time tracker set up. Project time tracking helps improve every aspect of project performance – from estimation and management, through to accurate reporting and invoicing. See how to do it without wasting any of your own time.

Time tracking for developers

18 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Despite working in highly irregular creative flows, developers can get a ton out of time tracking. See why Timely is the time tracking app of choice for developers looking to continuously improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability – whether freelance, remote or agency-based.

Give constructive feedback in 4 steps

15 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Feedback is just a misunderstood term for communicating effectively. It’s in everyone’s power and interest to give feedback; we just need to get a whole lot better at how, why and when we dish it out. Here’s how reclaim the F-word and start giving constructive feedback in 4 simple steps.

The best employee time clock isn’t a time clock

10 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Every company can benefit from employee time tracking. But as our tools turn digital, manual time clocks aren’t up to the job. We explore how time clocks work against employers, how modern time clock apps repeat their mistakes, and how automatic time tracking apps solve the problem.

Team building activities for total strangers

06 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team building activities aren’t about forcing strangers to have weirdly structured “fun” together. And they don’t have to be eye-wateringly awful. Take a look at our top tried-and-tested team building activities, and how to go about choosing activities that truly include and motivate everyone.

The essential company meetup checklist

04 May, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Company meetups are a great idea for every business, but for companies with remote teams they're essential. Here at Timely, 50% of our workforce is remote and, having just held another roaring international gathering, we’ve think we've cracked the formula to the perfect meetup. Take a look at our essential checklist (and save a copy of our handy infographic) to help plan your own cracking company meetup.

Your time could be tracking itself

03 May, 2018 • 1 minutes to read

Time tracking is a necessary evil for every company. But as more of our work turns digital, we can't rely on analogue tools alone to accurately capture our essential business records. A cheaper, efficient alternative to manual time tracking does exist – and it could mean never creating another timesheet again.

The concept of “tracking” is scary, but in the workplace, it's essential for improving employee productivity. We explore the careful decisions managers and developers need to make in order to avoid supporting tracking tools that beat the very people they were designed to serve.

Remote employee time tracking isn't just for managers

24 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

As the popularity of remote working rises, so does the need for effective work tracking tools. But despite the slew of invasive software out there, remote employee tracking doesn’t have to be creepy – it simply requires light-touch collaborative time tracking.

KPIs for measuring employee performance

18 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Measuring employee performance is an essential part of assessing your business’ financial health. Since your people are your biggest asset, you need to ensure your investment in them is actually paying off. We’ve put together some of the best universal KPIs businesses can use to quickly check high-level employee productivity and effectiveness.

How to work productively at a coffee shop

18 April, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Studies suggest working from a café can boost our productivity. But with all the noise, bustle and abundance of caffeine, it's not always easy. We've condensed the art form of productive coffee shop working into a compact guide, to help you get the most from flexible working.

Time tracking for freelancers

16 April, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

You can’t run your freelance business (let alone invoice for work) without an accurate running account of everything you get up to. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking app to automatically capture all your freelance hours.

A freelancer’s guide to managing multiple projects

11 April, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Freelancers, look no further. If you’re taking on more clients and wondering how to keep all your projects on-track, take a peek at this handy guide. We lay down the key project components you need to keep in order, as well as the tools which make managing multiple projects second nature.

What makes useful automation?

11 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automation has become a tech buzzword. Tons of companies build automated features into their apps without delivering real substance. To cut through the noise, we’ve put together a few thoughts on what valuable automation actually looks like, from increasing efficiency to protecting your own sanity.

The workplace presence problem

29 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

We need to talk about workplace presence – specifically, our weird socialized need to be “visible” and immediately available at work. We call it the presence problem.

23 lessons from remote working

27 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Remote work is becoming increasingly popular, but it doesn't suit everyone long-term. Timely’s remote team share some of their main remote work lessons – from how to adapt your communication style to how to deal with work moving into your home – to help you assess whether it’s the right move for you.

How to motivate employees to track time

27 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Since time tracking began, managers have been hounding employees to log their hours. It’s a problem many companies still haven’t cracked, but we think we have: the best way to motivate employees to track time is to remove the dreaded burden entirely.

The top 10 benefits of time tracking apps

23 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

We’ve been using time clocks and timers for centuries, but more of us are increasingly turning to time tracking apps – either on desktop, web or mobile devices – to do the job. Why? We asked Timely users that very question to find out the main benefits.

Our toxic relationship with non-billable time

23 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

In business, making good use of time is crucial to staying profitable. But the focus on our bottom line often leads to a crude valuation where billable time is the only time well spent.

How to choose the best time tracking app for you

19 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to choosing the best time tracking app for you, the internet is a minefield. We breakdown the key time tracker points you should consider to find a time tracking app that provides features you’ll actually use at a fair price.

Why time trackers are essential freelancer tools

16 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Some tools are essential for the job. For freelancers, time tracking apps are on a par with a reliable laptop. Their value far extends just creating accurate timesheets, to become an essential tool for developing profitability and performance. See how time tracking transforms freelance business.

Time tracking helps employee management

09 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking and employee management go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t manage teams, spread workloads, reduce costs or improve employee performance without tracking employee time. Our short infographic breaks down the key time tracking insights which enable effective day-to-day employee management.

Distractions at work: deal with every type

27 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Workplace distractions cost businesses thousands in productive time every day and stop employees from producing their most satisfying focused work. We explore the main work distractions we face on a daily basis to discuss what you can actively do about them. Beware: many distractions are structural.

Office design isn’t just about physical space

26 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of redesigning your office? Read this first. Office design can make or break wellbeing and productivity. We assess the strengths and pitfalls of modern office design trends to explore what a good office design looks like, and why it goes well beyond simply styling a physical space.

Put task tracking in perspective

22 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Most project managers already use task tracking tools for organization. But few actually know what’s going on operationally. Time tracking helps managers turn lists of project tasks into meaningful data they can actually learn from – keeping projects efficient, profitable and to schedule.

Why we work remotely

19 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of working remotely? Looking to hire remote workers? Or just want a better sense of how it works in practice? This one’s for you. Our hybrid office/remote model has just entered its fourth year of smooth sailing and we want to share exactly how it works, why we do it and how we created it.

Working remotely is not working from home

15 February, 2018 • 1 minutes to read

For office workers, remote working can appear to be some lazy working ideal. But remote working doesn’t mean “working from home” in the classic sense. We tackle one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding remote work to explore what it actually means. Spoiler: it’s not as exotic as you’d hoped.

Why are you still using a work timer?

13 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Work timers are one of the worst time tracking tools going, yet tons of professionals still use them to track tasks and billable hours. We trace the industrial origins of work timers to uncover their biggest limitations, and explore the most accurate alternative available.

Create a killer project dashboard

09 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Project dashboards are lifesavers. From weekly project status reports and stakeholder updates to real-time project monitoring, dashboards quickly show you everything you need to know. We explain how to create a killer project dashboard without fiddling around with confusing segmentation rules.

The huge benefits of project task tracking

09 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Project task tracking reveals a whole host of insights which help you improve project management, budget estimation and timeline scoping. And it doesn’t need to require any extra administrative effort. We explore just how project task tracking helps you run efficient projects and how to go about it.

Time beyond money

06 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time can mean money – we spend it, waste it, profit from it. But in a world where we bill by the hour, it’s important to realize time’s value extends beyond financial gain. We explore a new approach to time that ensures we all get the most out of our single shared resource.

Increase employee productivity with time tracking

02 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking offers a huge opportunity for increasing productivity, helping employees become more efficient and engaged with work. We look at exactly how tracking time can increase employee productivity, and the time tracking tools that make sure you don’t waste more time getting there.

Five essentials of team effectiveness

01 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team effectiveness relies on a few core principles – whether you manage a fixed in-house team, freelancers or remote employees. We break down the five key areas you need to nail to get the most out of every team member.

Why your timesheets are fundamentally flawed

30 January, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Timesheets are the lifeblood of your business but they are riddled with problems. We discuss the main problems with timesheets, from inaccuracy and overhead through to the negative impact they have on teams, and explore the new alternative of ai-powered automatic timesheets.

Automatic time tracking benefits everyone

29 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automatic time tracking redefines the way entire businesses value and bill for their time. We break down what automatic time tracking actually is and discuss the benefits of automatic time tracking for managers, employees and business leaders alike.

What are automatic timesheets?

29 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automatic timesheets completely redefine time tracking. You never have to log hours or make a timesheet ever again. We look at how automatic timesheets work, why they use AI, and how accurate they really are.

Why you should track non-billable hours

26 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

If you only track billable hours, you’re only tracking half your work. Understanding where you spend non-billable time enables you become more efficient, more economic and a better employer.

When to work: discover when you work best

25 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

There’s a lot of pseudo-science floating around online about the best time of day to work. Sadly, there is no neat universal answer to this question – you need to conduct your own productivity investigation! And we’ve got a stupidly simple approach to help you get there.

Time tracking for designers

24 January, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Timely is the first automatic time tracking tool to be created by a designer. Track design project budgets, performance and profitability all in one place using a simple and beautiful interface. From Sketch to Photoshop, Timely tracks all the work you do in your favourite digital design tools.

The most commonly missed billable hours

23 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Tons of billable hours never make it to your timesheet, because it’s nearly impossible to accurately remember everything you do in a day. We explore the most common unreported billable hours across industries, and show you how to capture all your billable hours – wherever and whenever you work.

Make 2018 the year of small AI

03 January, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

AI news tends to focus on blockbuster headlines and sells a very misleading view of AI’s future. We take a deeper look at the current state of AI research to appreciate the overlooked small AI advances taking place around the world, and underline the importance of grass roots AI.

Is tech stifling your productivity?

19 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Whilst new technology can boost our productivity, it’s also one of our biggest sources of distraction, time wasting and social anxiety. Understand what the most dangerous tech habits and behaviours are to work out whether your relationship with tech is healthy or dependent.

The biggest problems with time tracking

07 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Employees hate time tracking, but if your business bills by the hour, you can’t do without it. We tackle some of the biggest issues employees have with time tracking to help you restart the conversation. Use our useful strategies to help get your employees to track time.

How to do deep work effectively

07 December, 2017 • 5 minutes to read

Get started with deep work using our practical 8-step guide on how to do deep work. We look at how you can create the perfect conditions to get the most out of deep work, as well as how to stick at it. It all adds up to greater productivity, a higher quality of work and greater work satisfaction.

What is deep work and is it worth the hype?

05 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Everything you need to know about deep work in one article. We explain the deep work method, why people are talking about it, what deep work means, what deep work does for productivity, how to do deep work, and whether this latest work philosophy fad is even useful.

How to manage time for study

29 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Bachelors, masters, PhDs can be overwhelming in their lack of structure. We run through the basic laws of study time management that will ensure you meet tight study deadlines and research goals. Track and understand how you study to improve productivity and make sure you put study time to best use.

The secret to time management

28 November, 2017 • 3 minutes to read

You can’t manage time effectively without knowing how you spend it. We explore the single time management hack that lets you understand all your commitments, plan time effectively and see where you waste time.

The dangers of overtime

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Do you have overtime under control? We look at the biggest problems linked with regular overtime, and what it means for productivity, company culture, workplace morale, employee self-worth, and wellbeing to help you answer this important question.

Why are you still chasing timesheets?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Late timesheets can cost your business serious money, but there’s no reason to chase for a timesheet ever again. We look at the best strategies around to ensure you always get your employees’ timesheets in on time, including apps that create your timesheets for you.

Is it ethical to track employees?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

This is a really important question to feel comfortable answering. Kudos for looking into it – you clearly actually care about your team. We discuss how to track employee hours and productivity the right way.

Why everyone should track overtime

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Tracking overtime is the only way to stay in control of it. It can also reveal important insights about our own capacity, workflow, productivity and destructive behaviours. We explore exactly why it’s important and show you the easiest ways to track your overtime.