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.

What is Your Effective Billing Rate

 

You’re a consultant, right? Do you know your effective billing rate?

Or are you afraid to go there?

Don’t be. Your effective billing rate is easy to calculate. Standard Time® does it automatically.

You can too.

Just divide your revenue by total working hours. Done. That’s your effective billing rate.

Want to compute it for last month? Or last year? Or for a certain job?

Then you need Standard Time.

Download it from stdtime.com.

Run your numbers and celebrate!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK8e2dcej3o

Project Proposals Earn More Business

 

Listen up, fellow consultants!

Do you send project proposals or quotations to your clients?

Then you should take a look at Standard Time®. It creates proposals to help you get new business.

And when you get a new gig, use Standard Time to track time and expenses.

Plus, you can:

  1. Send invoices to your new clients
  2. Mark project proposals as complete
  3. And prepare more proposals

Project proposals in Standard Time help you win more business.

Visit stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwoNHuq3luU

Freelancer Discovers Time Tracking

 

Hi! I’m a freelance consultant, and guess what I discovered!

The Standard Time® time tracking app.

I downloaded, and it wasn’t long before I had a few clients. They liked my weekly invoices, so I invited them to check project status any time. They’re using ProjectBot.

A few other freelancers joined me.

And a few more clients.

Thanks to Standard Time, I guess I’m no longer a freelancer.

Because I own the company!

Here’s where I got Standard Time: stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sNj-5xSpjA

Project Mgrs like Task Linking

 

Project managers like task linking. And they like using Standard Time® to do it.

Here’s why:

First off, some tasks just cannot start until others finish. Sort of like finishing the foundation and framing before installing a roof.

Project managers like task links because they reflect reality.

  1. When tasks slip, schedules are bumped out
  2. Emails inform team members of task status
  3. Project completion dates become a little clearer

Click to try task linking in Standard Time.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8LY5lvBBsU

 

Fixed Bid Contracts Rule the Universe

 

Every consultant and freelancer knows that fixed bid contracts… and Standard Time®… rule the consulting universe!

  1. You sit down with the client
  2. Agree on a fixed price
  3. Set some milestones for payments
  4. And start the gig

Now you go to work with Standard Time. Track your billable hours and invoice clients for each milestone.

Click, click, click.

It’s just about that easy.

That is why fixed bid contracts… and Standard Time®… rule the consulting universe!

stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpX1-jl-oN0

Manufacturing Runs on Standard Time

 

If you manufacture products, you might already be running Standard Time® to track hours.

Here’s why:

  1. Engineers love task tracking like pocket protectors
  2. Project managers see ‘time and cost triangles’ in their dreams
  3. HR can’t track PTO and vacation without it
  4. And employees don’t hate the timesheet!

Oh… one more thing: Standard Time tracks manufacturing time with barcodes!

Here’s the download link… on the odd chance you’re not already running Standard Time.

Try it at stdtime.com

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvXndRO6hXw

Project Managers Track Time

 

Window 1: I’ve added ten new project tasks in Standard Time®.

Window 2: I’ll assign them by skill. Engineers will start getting emails

Window 3: I got the tasks linked into the schedule

Window 4: Aghh! The resource allocations blew up!

Window 5: Three engineers are over allocated. No prob… fixed.

Window 6: Users are already entering hours into their timesheets!

Window 7: Ten new time logs from an iPhone and four Androids just showed up

Window 8: The new tasks must be sync’ing from the cloud already

Window 9: Stuff happens fast in the modern world!

Window 10: Yeah, like speed limits are already up to 6 mph!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJyYJv8QBF0

 

 

Tracking Time for Customer Support

 

You provide tech support for your clients, right?

How about on-site support?

In any case… are you tracking those hours in Standard Time®?

Here are some good reasons to:

  1. You’ll know which clients require the most support
  2. And which kinds of support are the most time intensive
  3. And you’ll see exact support costs without any guessing

With all that information, you can adjust priorities to match reality.

Click here… and we’ll see you out at stdtime.com.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms9_VkBQ468

What is a Project Triangle

 

Hello, project managers!

Are you familiar with project triangles? Have you seen them in Standard Time®?

Here’s a quick overview that might inspire you to use them regularly.

Every project has at least three competing demands:

-          Time

-          Cost

-          And Scope

Any one of these three could cause trouble for your project if not managed.

Use project triangles to watch for:

-          Exploding schedules

-          Budget busters

-          Lame deliverables

Click to try project triangles in Standard Time!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyDyHNz2da8

Bad Time Tracking Apps

 

Woman 1: When’s our next break?

Manager 1: 18 hours

Woman 1: What if I showed you how to be more efficient with something called Standard Time?

Manager 1 (woman): A new steam engine to make these machines go faster?

Woman 1: No, for time tracking and project management. We could work less hours

Manager 1: What do you know about modern time management? Back to work!

Woman 2: I know it saves admin time and reduces human error

Woman 3: Better than the old-fashioned spreadsheets and paper time cards we use now

Manager 2 (man): Trouble over here?

Woman 1: Just saying how efficient this place is. Have you lost weight, sir?

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EckN1qrIpRg

 

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