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Everything you need to know about coworking spaces

14 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Whether you’re a freelancer, small business or startup, you’ve probably heard about coworking spaces. But what’s getting everyone so excited, and how do they differ from regular offices? To help you decide whether to invest in one, here’s everything you need to know about coworking spaces.

Increase productivity by defending your time

05 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But most of us are far less productive than we think. It’s not that we’re not working – we’re just not working intelligently. The most basic way to increase productivity is to defend your time. Here’s how to work smarter, not harder.

How to pitch to complete strangers

22 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

There are times when even the most independent entrepreneurs must reach out to strangers for help. But how do pitch when you don’t actually have a network? Whether you’re contacting trade publishers, journalists or CEOs, here’s how to pitch to complete strangers with repeat success.

How to build a design portfolio without working for free

28 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

You don’t have to work for free to break into the design industry. It’s a staggering misconception that discredits your skills and undermines the value of design work. You don’t need to get noticed by selling yourself short. Here’s how to build a design portfolio without working for free.

The downsides of remote working

10 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Tell people you work remotely and chances are they’ll assume you’re a ‘digital nomad’, working wherever and whenever you want. It’s tired, it’s boring, it’s misrepresentative and we need to start admitting that there are some serious downsides to working remotely. Here are six of the biggest.

The unglamorous side of freelancing

05 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

As a work model and lifestyle, freelancing is massively misunderstood. People have wild ideas of limitless flexibility and independence, and don’t discover the downsides until they’ve taken the leap. So, we’ve made a big list detailing the unglamorous side of freelancing everyone should know about.

Dealing with bad clients

04 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Whether you’re freelance or agency-based, at some point you’ll run into a bad client. From endless demands to creative conservatism, some client relationships seem unsalvageable. But how do you respond to them? We’ve broken down three common examples and solutions for dealing with bad clients.

How to work abroad as a digital nomad

22 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Waking up in paradise is no longer a dream – at least 4.8 million Americans have made continuous travel possible through working remotely. But how exactly do you work abroad as a digital nomad? We put the question to expat freelancers and remote workers for their expert tips on getting started.

Should designers ever work for free?

21 November, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

Free design work is by no means a new concept – it’s been kicking around the creative industry for decades. But why hasn’t it gone away? Why do designers still wrestle with entitlement to their labour? What is the real value of free design work? And should designers ever work for free?

How to make dead time useful

07 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Want to work smarter, not harder? Start by making use of your dead time: all the minutes in your day suspended by commuting and dependencies. We explore how to identify your dead time – including unconscious behaviors that might be holding you back – and actually make use of it.

The best places to work remotely

02 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Flexibility is the beauty of remote working - when you’re sick of your home office, you can just pack up and work from somewhere else. But there’s an art to finding the right remote workspace. To help you find yours, here are the best places to work remotely according to the Timely team.

The best iPhone apps for mobile work

25 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While more of us increasingly work remotely or offsite, mobile work isn’t always plain sailing; unreliable Wi-Fi, heavy design and slow load times can kill efficiency. Thankfully, there a ton of brilliant native iPhone apps that keep it simple. Here are six of the essential business apps for iPhone.

44 everyday time management tips

10 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As the one finite resource we all share, we could all be a bit more careful with our time. But for those of us really looking to get more out of time, we first need to master it. Here are 44 simple time management tips to help you towards a more productive, enjoyable and meaningful everyday.

How to know if freelancing is for you

03 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Hype aside, packing up your 9–5 job to start freelancing can be downright scary. And if you’ve never actually done it before, how do you know if freelancing is right for you? Before you dive in feet first, make sure you know where you stand against these essential freelancer traits.

Six of the best Android apps for business

01 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Mobile work is becoming increasingly normalized with every new tech development. And the sheer amount of it we can do from our phones is insane. From capitalizing on travel time to moving projects forward, here are the six of the best Android apps for business you should keep in your pocket.

The biggest challenges freelancers face

26 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While being your own boss can sound like a dream, freelancing comes with a unique set of new challenges. They can be terrifying to navigate and as a freelancer you’re pretty much alone in solving them! We break down the biggest freelance problems we’ve encountered and how to go about fixing them.

The emotional cost of productivity

31 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected, progress-obsessed world, it’s hard not to ask more of our own performance. But while some level of challenge is good, we need to recognize the emotional cost of productivity. Using Elon Musk as an example, we explore why success is as much about attitude as hard work.

How to make "remote" work

22 August, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

While the idea of remote work is not new, going “remote” is now easier than ever. But not every story ends in success. This guide – informed by Timely remote workers’ 17 cumulative years of experience – explores what remote workers and managers can practically do to make “remote” work for everyone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.