The other day I read an interesting Jared’s opinion in this article:
Freelancer Time Management and Why Time Tracking Sucks
were he is saying:
“The statement in the title is a bit bold to say and many people will go against me when I say it, but time tracking is a waste of time. Time management however, is your best friend.”
Why I use time tracking?
- Increases focus and concentration – When I am tracking my time I really focus and concentrate to do the job.
- Saves from admin stuff – Time tracking helps me save from all the admin stuff. Timesheets and Cost reports are automatically generated by software. Very useful when running more projects in parallel.
- Saves my time – I save a huge amount of time on not writing emails with details what I am doing and what I am working on. My clients can check it online.
- Saves client’s time – Clients don’t need to call me or write emails to know project status. They just go online and check it by themselfes.
- Saves Client’s money and My time – Because clients see what I am working on, they can stop me immediately if they think I should not be spending more time on a certain task. This may save weeks.
- Clients know how much it costs them. They can check cost of any task – in the real time.
- Clients know when I am working on their projects and when I am not. I don’t keep them in uncertainty – “Is he currently working for us .. or someone else?”
Also Jared’s is saying:
“They hate not knowing the final cost.”
This is true. Therefore I always tell my clients general project duration, but it’s impossible to tell how long it will really take. I have proven records quality of my work. Clients know that. What I do – needs to be done. And that’s what they pay for. If it takes longer – then it needs to take longer, if project needs less time then it is done quicker.
What do you think? How do you work?
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2 thoughts on “Freelancer and Time tracking – It’s not about money”
Interesting points here. Glad to see you took the time to write them down. I appreciate the conversation that article generated and everyones comments has given me some things to think about as well. Who knows…maybe someday in the future I’ll give time tracking a go again. 😀 Till’ then, take care!
Well ofcourse. Once you are owner you have to promote your project. LOL 🙂