You know that how you spend your time is important. You try to put as much effort into a task as possible during an allotted amount of time. That’s a good thing. You can only do so for so long however before reaching a plateau or experiencing burnout.
We usually forget something in this fast-paced world, especially in an office environment. This is that tools offer the best opportunities for increasing productivity and income.
People have put tools to good use since time immemorial, but it seems at times the message never quite sinks in. Sit back for a moment and consider some of the software tools and solutions. They might make your working life easier in various areas. These include project management, time management, and expense reporting. All of these can be time hogs.
Then, see how the following apps can save precious time and make work easier.
Looking for ways to upgrade your time tracking and expense tracking processes, as well as automate invoicing for your small business? Check out FreshBooks. This super-intuitive productivity app will manage all three for you and assist you with your proposals, estimates, quotes and financial reports as well.
FreshBooks is by no means limited to small businesses or startups. Large companies, creative agencies and freelancers also find this accounting software app an excellent resource that helps them stay very organized and save a ton of time on administrative tasks. Users can expect to spend less time doing paperwork and more time performing income-generating activities.
The time-savings is a huge benefit. FreshBooks will save the typical small business approximately 16 hours per month or 192 hours per year. That’s 24 days that would otherwise be devoted to manually creating and sending invoices, and shuffling through paperwork and spreadsheets.
FreshBooks has more than 10 million users worldwide, who save time while managing their invoicing, online payments, and expense and time tracking activities. Try it free for 30 days.
Jibble is a time and attendance tracking app that also tracks tasks and activities to support job costing, productivity improvement and client billing exercises. Jibble-prepared timesheets and reports stored on the cloud are available on demand or automatically provided on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
In addition to keeping team leaders up to date, the timesheets and reports provide invaluable payroll review information and can be downloaded in spreadsheet formats for accounting purposes. Jibble also prepares personal timesheets and reports for use by individual team or staff members.
Jibble-generated workplace and project statistics include average daily and weekly hours worked by teams or individuals, average clocking in and out times, and alerts when hours reported fall outside a normal range.
Jibble’s basic plan is free for an unlimited number of users.
The Invoice Plane authors’ goal was to provide an application a user could host on a server of choice; a goal that was achieved. This self-hosted open source invoicing application is especially suited for freelancers and self-employed individuals, startups, and small to medium size businesses.
Invoice Plane is free. It can be relied upon to manage your complete billing cycle, including quotes and estimates, invoicing and payments, and CRM-like management for maintaining and enhancing client relationships. Any one of 25 payment providers can be accessed to make payments as easy as possible for you and your clients. Invoice Plane’s themes and formats can be modified to fit your personal or business needs.
The app’s authors suggest downloading and viewing their demo before downloading the app itself.
AND CO is a beautiful, super-intuitive software solution for freelancers and design studios. AND CO is also free – completely! It’s available on the web as well as on Android and iOS devices. AND CO will handle your time tracking, invoicing and payment activities (including recurring payments).
It will also help you with task management and expense tracking. AND CO is used by more than 100,000 businesses.
TimeCamp can be accessed via a browser extension or downloaded to a mobile device or desktop. The SOLO package provides the basic time and attendance tracking and invoicing management functions for businesses and is free for freelancers.
TimeCamp integrates seamlessly with most of the commonly-used project management and accounting applications. 24/7 livechat support is available.
Minterapp makes it easy for you to track time spent on projects and convert the findings into invoices with the click of a button. Clients can pay the invoices online via PayPal or Stripe. Minterapp also tracks your invoicing activity, and you can check with the dashboard at any time to see which invoices are in the draft, pending, or have been paid.
This time tracking and invoicing app will help produce estimates for clients; professional-looking estimates that will help seal the deal.
If you run a small business, and you’re curious as to what you might be able to accomplish if you had an extra 80 hours a month to work with, Hiveage will give you an opportunity to find out. This invoicing, reporting, and billing application will save you generous amounts of time as it helps you prepare quotations, track time and expenses, and submit invoices to clients. With Hiveage you can manage one or multiple projects or teams.
Invoice Ninja is a free invoicing tool & suite of apps developed specifically with freelancers in mind. These free invoicing and time tracking apps will help you prepare professionally-designed estimates, quotations, proposals, and of course invoices. You’ll be able to offer your clients an attractive selection of online payment options. Bonus – Kanban boards come with the package to assist freelancers in organizing and managing their various project tasks.
With Scoro, you can say goodbye to using multiple tools, double-data entry, and managing endless disorganized spreadsheets. This business management software will take care of all your time and workforce needs, from project and task management, quoting and invoicing, client information management and reporting. All information you need will be there when you need it, with just a few clicks.
Freelancer? Small Company? Big Company? There’s an app for you. Most of these invoicing and time tracking apps are used by freelancers. They are also widely used by small businesses. But some are quite capable of carrying out invoicing, time and expense tracking. Other apps are handing project management tasks for multiple teams and multiple projects.
In any event, any of these apps should make your working life easier and more productive. They will save you a ton of time in the process.