Timesheet & Project Management Blog

The goal of this blog is to provide tips and ideas for improving time tracking and project managment for our customers and other interested people.

Track Time with Multiple Barcode Scanners on a Computer

Using Standard Time® for manufacturing time tracking? Now you can connect multiple barcode scanners to a single computer. Go ahead and connect twenty barcode scanners to a PC and use them to track manufacturing, packaging, and shipping time. All those hours go into a single database where you can instantly see who is scanning, and how much time they have spent today, this week, or this month.

You'll instantly see:

  1. Who has their timer running right now
  2. How much time they have worked today
  3. How much time they have worked this week
  4. How long each product takes to manufacture
  5. Where all your manufacturing time is going

Watch the video to learn more about multiple barcode scanners on a single computer.

 

 

This video is about using multiple barcode scanners to connect to a single PC and track time within Standard Time®; for manufacturing or other office purposes. It’s not about how to connect a barcode scanner to a PC. You will have to have these connected if you want to track time in Standard Time for multiple users on a single PC. So consider this more of an advanced video that discusses the configuration of Standard Time and time tracking there. Let’s get started.

I have switched back to my screen and I have the TimeLog tab selected. Go ahead and press F4 to bring up the barcode window. You’re probably used to barcode scanning where you would scan things like the category, user name, project, the timer starts you look back in the time log tab and you can see that record. Then scan stop to stop the timer, you can see the timer is no longer running. When you use multiple barcode scanners for a single PC things are a little different. In this case you have to program into each scanner a prefix. A prefix is a series of characters that you program in that are sent from the scanner every time you scan. Let’s click the barcode prefixes button and you can see that I have set up three guns and I have programmed the prefixes into those guns. Mygun1, mygun2, mygun3; you can choose any text you’d like I just happened to choose those but you need to have unique text. So that the software knows which scanner is scanning at any given time. When they scan text they will emit this series of characters every time. Every time you scan you will get the prefix that comes out. You’ve probably noticed that down below that there are some defaults that you can select. Whenever this prefix is scanned these defaults will be chosen. Let’s say you have a gun that’s associated with a certain user only; you don’t want to have to scan that user because this gun is always for that user. Go ahead and select a user, same thing with project. If this gun is associated with a certain project you can program that in. Same with tasks or categories, all these prefixes can be set up with default values. In this case we have a gun that is set up with not enough default values to start the timer. We would have to wait for more information from the user. Let’s click OK and go over, scan some text and see what happens.

I’ve scanned, you saw the prefix and the text go into the window up here. And in this case I scanned a user named Dan, it’s waiting for some more information. I’m going to scan some more information with gun1; in this case the timer actually started because it had all the default information it needed. I’m going to scan with a different gun, you see that in the list, you also see that the timer started for that one too. For gun3 it’s still waiting for some information, let’s give it a category, then a project; now the timer has started. That is a way for you to set up prefixes that would be associated with scanners and be able to use multiple scanners on single PC. There is one thing to consider here, the end users should probably see or have line of sight to the video monitor that they are working from.

 

Watch this video: How to start a timer with a bacode scanner, Part 2: Barcode scanning for manufacturing, Part 3: Barcode TimersStart and timer with an RFID tag readerStart a timer with a mag card reader

 

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR1qf1tRA5Q

Define Consultant, Freelancer, Contractor

 

Meet Zach

The educator of project geeks

And Standard Time® boss

Ask Zach

Define Consultant:

                Superhuman genius

Who trades intergalactic secrets

For coffee and snacks

And money

In Standard Time, that means

                Managing projects and tasks

                Checking project billing rates

                Invoicing clients

Zach wants to know

???

Which client invoicing feature

In Standard Time

Do you use the most?

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T52cI8KdQk

Define Time Management

 

Meet Zach

The educator of project geeks

And colossal user of Standard Time®

Ask Zack

Define Time Management:

Closely monitoring

The time you spend

On tasks and admin

So your project doesn’t bonk!

In Standard Time, that means

                Completing tasks

                Invoicing clients

                Getting paid

Zach wants to know

???

How many hours a day

do you use

Standard Time?

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9naqIQd6iMc

Electrical Contractors Track Client Hours

 

Hey, Sparky! You’re an electrical contractor, and you’ve been zapped so many times, you work as if everything is hot.

You wear your gloves, check power, and stay safe.

But here’s one thing you’ve probably forgotten:

Tracking client jobs with Standard Time®.

Don’t let this shock you, but you’re losing some huge business intel.

Like:

  • Billable verses non-billable time
  • Your effective billing rate
  • Average time for client jobs
  • Mileage deductions

Download Standard Time, and light it up for every job!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu2JoG4DiTU

Sales and Marketing Management Consulting

 

What happens if you’re a Sales and Marketing management consultant, and not tracking client hours with Standard Time®?

You soon forget which clients are paying the bills, and priorities go out the window.

Bad idea!

Standard Time lets you set goals and compare them with actual hours spent.

  • Don’t burn precious time on secondary clients
  • Don’t forget to invoice clients
  • Don’t forget your priorities

Happy sales, road warrior! And keep Standard Time open every minute of it!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crboH8m8xV0

Track Time for Computer and Networks

 

Here’s a job for the Standard Time® time tracking app:

computer and network maintenance.

You install and maintain networks for clients, right?

And all their workstations and servers?

And all their crazy apps?

Then you should track billable hours in Standard Time!

Here’s why:

  • Client invoicing
  • Profitability reporting
  • And your own sanity

Seriously, aren’t all those scraps of paper and spreadsheets driving you nuts? Why not put it all in one place.

One database. One app.

Standard Time.

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srMUi7TTNvY

Web Developers Sling Code

 

If you’re a web developer or coder, you see a lot of websites.

You’re slinging HTML, CSS, and code for clients every day. And in most cases you’re recording the time spent developing those websites.

Have you seen Standard Time? It’s a time tracker that thinks the way you do.

  • It’s simple and lean
  • Runs on the cloud, Windows, Android, and iOS
  • And collects client hours for invoicing

Sling code, Internet god!  And don’t forget Standard Time.

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RT-4WUKM5g

 

How SEO Experts Track Time

 

S-E-O experts usually work for a lot of clients. And the time spent on each client website is huge. That’s why Standard Time® is important.

You only have so many hours to make a web property perform.

You’ve got:

  • Social
  • Blogs
  • Back links
  • S-E-O tuning
  • And a lot more

So… are you tracking S-E-O hours with Standard Time?

No???

Then how do you know how much time you’re spending for each client?

Click to download Standard Time now!

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYF_y3t0q80

What Can Project Portfolios Do For You?

 

If you’re a project manager, you should consider using project portfolios. Standard Time® can help.

What’s a project portfolio?

Basically, just a collection of projects.

Want to see revenue for one collection of projects compared with another?

Want to compare estimated hours with actuals on an entire collection?

Project portfolios let you view collections as “black boxes” without regard to the actual projects inside. That’s a high level project management technique.

Get Standard Time now, and try project portfolios!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL9mPhjrQNw

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HR Needs a Vacation Tracker

 

Hello CEO’s! I’m your online business coach, and I’m about to point out one of the most costly tasks you’re overlooking.

Ready?

PTO tracking and accrual.

You know… vacation, sick, and personal time for employees.

You burn hundreds of hours just managing everyone’s bank of hours, and how much they earn every month, just so they can take vacation.

Did you know Standard Time® does PTO accruals automatically?

And there’s a built-in employee timesheet too!

Download Standard Time right now: stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3HLF5zIcNw

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