Basic time tracking and invoicing for a solo consultant

14 Aug 2008 - 7:52pm
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Michael B. Moore
2008

I'm neck-deep in looking at various options for doing basic time tracking
and invoicing just for me, not a whole agency. I've wasted a ton of time on
this and figured I'd tap the collective wisdom here.
Up until about a year ago I used a pretty simple timer on my Treo and an
Excel spreadsheet for the invoices. Then I migrated over to iPhone/MacLand,
and I've used an online timer called Toggl and iWork Numbers, but Toggl is
buggy and the Numbers thing each month was getting to be a pain.

I've looked at stand-alone apps and web apps, and despite the recurring
cost, I'm leaning toward a web app, as I do work at a variety of client
sites and don't always have access to my personal laptop.

Here's what I'm looking for:

1. Time tracking that can use either time as you go, or direct entry
2. Ability to track multiple projects in a day
3. Multiple clients, and for each client, multiple projects
4. The ability to track number of hours against a total for a given
project
5. The ability to track number of hours against a monthly amount for a
given project
6. Basic invoicing - create a PDF and email it
7. Invoicing that allows me to bill multiple projects in one invoice
8. When billing multiple projects, show subtotals for hours and dollars
9. A way to have custom info for each client invoice (vendor#, cost
centers, etc.)
10. Some ability to track invoice payments

Nice to have features might be:

- iPhone access
- A way to track prospective clients and make them active once a contract
is signed

Stuff I really don't need:

- Task management / to do lists (I'm using OmniFocus)
- Checkbook functions
- Electronic payment / client logins
- Project management

So far, I've looked at:

- Harvest - so far my top contender, but it doesn't do #5, 8 or 9. But
the design is lovely and it doesn't waste my time.
- CreativeProOffice - seems like overkill for what I need
- Cashboard - looks promising, but I haven't spent the time to really
evaluate it
- Blinksale - invoicing only (I could consider Harvest + Blinksale, but
then we're talking $24 a month)
- Simply invoices - same issues as Blinksale (invoice only) but a bit
less cost
- Freshbooks - could be a contender - if anyone's used it, let me know!
- SimplyBill - also looks promising

For stand alone applications I've looked at:

- Billings - looks pretty good, but can't invoice two projects at once
- Office Time - Does what I need, but clunky timing
- On the Job - looks good and is cheap, but doesn't appear to be well
supported
- TimeNet - clunky and hard to use
- TaskTime4 - can't send one invoice for two projects together to a
client
- iBiz - overly complex and can't send one invoice for two projects
- Studiometry - expensive but can do everything & then some, but seems
overly complex and tedious for what I need

So as you can see, I've looked at a lot of stuff and given myself a massive
headache and no income to show for it.

If any of you have used these programs, or know of something better that
meets my basic needs, I'd be forever grateful for your advice!
Thanks
Michael

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Comments

15 Aug 2008 - 6:49am
Nachtjaeger
2008

Hi Michael. It looks to me that what you are in fact looking for is
TSheets.com.

We meet each of your requirements, and have a few extras you didn't
mention. How about the ability to take your time tracking with you
on the go? We're developed the first iPhone specific time tracking
app that will work seamlessly with your browser based TSheets
account. We were recently featured on TechCrunch:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/08/tsheets-lets-you-clock-in-to-work-from-your-iphone/

Come have a view at:

http://www.tsheets.com

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15 Aug 2008 - 8:45am
Dan Gebhardt
2008

Please consider trying the time tracking service LiveTimer.com. We've worked hard to make LiveTimer the best way to track your time, whether you're using a desktop browser or an iPhone.

LiveTimer features very flexible classifications and powerful reports that should meet your needs for time tracking and reporting. We're currently working on adding invoicing and expense tracking to LiveTimer, and hope to be done by the end of September. At that point, LiveTimer should meet all of your requirements.

Thanks for your consideration!

14 Aug 2008 - 11:57pm
PK Shiu
2008

I am in the same boat and tried many of the apps that you have listed. I do not
need invoicing, but need good time tracking.

I have it narrowed down to Harvest or Office Time. Feature wise Office Time does
everything I need, although it is not as sexy as harvest, and it is
"desktop" (I use Mac) only.
I had problem using the timer UI until I got use to it.

Harvest seems to be the app that I want to use in theory, but it has
several very annoying
problem -- 1) the use of decimal time, 2) do not track actual
start/end time of each
entry. I want to track start/end time of each task so that I can see
how my days went,
i.e. what I did in the morning vs afternoon etc. 3) Lack of subtotal reporting.

I am on my last few days of the free trials of Harvest time, and I am
seriously thinking
about switching back to Office Time.

P.K.

www.pkshiu.com

15 Aug 2008 - 3:22pm
gjhead
2007

I've been using Freshbook regularly for my freelance work and it's
been working like a charm. My wife also uses it for a Conference we
are working on now too.

I've found it to work well, and especially well with the time
tracking.

I've had odd number of clients ask about it too. In fact, I know of
at least 2 that ended up using it simply because they were impressed
with how well it worked.

Also - it sort of makes me look good when I bill :)

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15 Aug 2008 - 2:54pm
Jennifer Brook
2008

We are using Intervals (www.myintervals.com) and love it.
Michael, I reviewed your requirements and I believe it will fit the bill
nicely.

We explored many options before finding Intervals and even went through a
painful six-months with an enterprise software.

My Intervals top three:

1. Cost-effective hosted solution (iphone friendly)
2. Awesome timer functionality
3. Outstanding reports

Let me know if there are specific requirements you need me to wax ecstatic
about.

Jennifer Brook

15 Aug 2008 - 10:14pm
subimage interactive
2004

Hi Michael, Cashboard does all of those things you require.

Sign up with promo code CASH_ALPHA and get 60 days free instead of 30
on any account plan. My gift to you and the IxDA list ;)
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Cashboard - Estimates, invoices, and time tracking software - for free!
http://www.getcashboard.com
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Substruct - Open source RoR e-commerce software.
http://code.google.com/p/substruct/

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 5:52 PM, Michael Moore
<mmoore at pureinfodesign.com> wrote:
> I'm neck-deep in looking at various options for doing basic time tracking
> and invoicing just for me, not a whole agency. I've wasted a ton of time on
> this and figured I'd tap the collective wisdom here.
> Up until about a year ago I used a pretty simple timer on my Treo and an
> Excel spreadsheet for the invoices. Then I migrated over to iPhone/MacLand,
> and I've used an online timer called Toggl and iWork Numbers, but Toggl is
> buggy and the Numbers thing each month was getting to be a pain.
>
> I've looked at stand-alone apps and web apps, and despite the recurring
> cost, I'm leaning toward a web app, as I do work at a variety of client
> sites and don't always have access to my personal laptop.
>
> Here's what I'm looking for:
>
> 1. Time tracking that can use either time as you go, or direct entry
> 2. Ability to track multiple projects in a day
> 3. Multiple clients, and for each client, multiple projects
> 4. The ability to track number of hours against a total for a given
> project
> 5. The ability to track number of hours against a monthly amount for a
> given project
> 6. Basic invoicing - create a PDF and email it
> 7. Invoicing that allows me to bill multiple projects in one invoice
> 8. When billing multiple projects, show subtotals for hours and dollars
> 9. A way to have custom info for each client invoice (vendor#, cost
> centers, etc.)
> 10. Some ability to track invoice payments
>
> Nice to have features might be:
>
> - iPhone access
> - A way to track prospective clients and make them active once a contract
> is signed
>
> Stuff I really don't need:
>
> - Task management / to do lists (I'm using OmniFocus)
> - Checkbook functions
> - Electronic payment / client logins
> - Project management
>
>
> So far, I've looked at:
>
> - Harvest - so far my top contender, but it doesn't do #5, 8 or 9. But
> the design is lovely and it doesn't waste my time.
> - CreativeProOffice - seems like overkill for what I need
> - Cashboard - looks promising, but I haven't spent the time to really
> evaluate it
> - Blinksale - invoicing only (I could consider Harvest + Blinksale, but
> then we're talking $24 a month)
> - Simply invoices - same issues as Blinksale (invoice only) but a bit
> less cost
> - Freshbooks - could be a contender - if anyone's used it, let me know!
> - SimplyBill - also looks promising
>
> For stand alone applications I've looked at:
>
> - Billings - looks pretty good, but can't invoice two projects at once
> - Office Time - Does what I need, but clunky timing
> - On the Job - looks good and is cheap, but doesn't appear to be well
> supported
> - TimeNet - clunky and hard to use
> - TaskTime4 - can't send one invoice for two projects together to a
> client
> - iBiz - overly complex and can't send one invoice for two projects
> - Studiometry - expensive but can do everything & then some, but seems
> overly complex and tedious for what I need
>
> So as you can see, I've looked at a lot of stuff and given myself a massive
> headache and no income to show for it.
>
> If any of you have used these programs, or know of something better that
> meets my basic needs, I'd be forever grateful for your advice!
> Thanks
> Michael
>
>
> --
> Michael B. Moore • Pure InfoDesign • www.pureinfodesign.com
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15 Aug 2008 - 10:34pm
Michael B. Moore
2008

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for the tip - it wasn't really even on my radar. When I looked at the
time video, it seemed like you have to do a lot of clicking around to enter
some time. And I wasn't really clear if the "module" part was required or
not - it just seems like an extra layer of categorization I don't need. (For
me, all I really need is Client->Project->Task). Also, do you have to set up
all the tasks beforehand? For one of my clients the tasks aren't established
at the start of the project - it is an ongoing gig and I work on things as
they become priorities.

If these impressions are wrong and it really is easier than the video
suggests, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks
Michael

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Jennifer Brook <jbrook at fastpivot.com>wrote:

> We are using Intervals (www.myintervals.com) and love it.
> Michael, I reviewed your requirements and I believe it will fit the bill
> nicely.
>
> We explored many options before finding Intervals and even went through a
> painful six-months with an enterprise software.
>
> My Intervals top three:
>
> 1. Cost-effective hosted solution (iphone friendly)
> 2. Awesome timer functionality
> 3. Outstanding reports
>
> Let me know if there are specific requirements you need me to wax ecstatic
> about.
>
> Jennifer Brook
>
>

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18 Aug 2008 - 8:30am
Todd Warfel
2003

Actually, you can track hours against an original estimate w/Harvest
(close to #5).

We use Harvest and then manually generate invoices using Pages. I'm a
real stickler for how I want our invoices to look, which is the only
reason we use Pages to do this. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with
Harvest. I do like that they have an invoice option, but we haven't
used it yet.

On Aug 14, 2008, at 8:52 PM, Michael Moore wrote:
>
> So far, I've looked at:
>
> - Harvest - so far my top contender, but it doesn't do #5, 8 or 9.
> But
> the design is lovely and it doesn't waste my time.

> Here's what I'm looking for:
>
> 1. Time tracking that can use either time as you go, or direct entry
> 2. Ability to track multiple projects in a day
> 3. Multiple clients, and for each client, multiple projects
> 4. The ability to track number of hours against a total for a given
> project
> 5. The ability to track number of hours against a monthly amount
> for a
> given project
> 6. Basic invoicing - create a PDF and email it
> 7. Invoicing that allows me to bill multiple projects in one invoice
> 8. When billing multiple projects, show subtotals for hours and
> dollars
> 9. A way to have custom info for each client invoice (vendor#, cost
> centers, etc.)
> 10. Some ability to track invoice payments

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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18 Aug 2008 - 8:33am
Todd Warfel
2003

On Aug 15, 2008, at 3:54 PM, Jennifer Brook wrote:

> We are using Intervals (www.myintervals.com) and love it. Michael, I
> reviewed your requirements and I believe it will fit the bill nicely.

Personally, I couldn't get past that interface — looks much more
confusing than Harvest, kind of too much in there for me, and the
colours... what did they sample the Gerber baby food palette?

Yes, the UI and aesthetics are something I consider for products we'll
use at our company.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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Email: todd at messagefirst.com
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In practice, they are not.

18 Aug 2008 - 9:13am
Michael B. Moore
2008

Thanks for the idea Todd. Do you go to Reports and export out the data you
want as a .CSV file, import it into Numbers, then move it over to Pages for
formatting? I don't see any way to edit the Harvest invoices directly.

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 6:30 AM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com>wrote:

> Actually, you can track hours against an original estimate w/Harvest (close
> to #5).
> We use Harvest and then manually generate invoices using Pages. I'm a real
> stickler for how I want our invoices to look, which is the only reason we
> use Pages to do this. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with Harvest. I do
> like that they have an invoice option, but we haven't used it yet.
>
> On Aug 14, 2008, at 8:52 PM, Michael Moore wrote:
>
>
> So far, I've looked at:
>
> - Harvest - so far my top contender, but it doesn't do #5, 8 or 9. But
> the design is lovely and it doesn't waste my time.
>
>
> Here's what I'm looking for:
>
> 1. Time tracking that can use either time as you go, or direct entry
> 2. Ability to track multiple projects in a day
> 3. Multiple clients, and for each client, multiple projects
> 4. The ability to track number of hours against a total for a given
> project
> 5. The ability to track number of hours against a monthly amount for a
> given project
> 6. Basic invoicing - create a PDF and email it
> 7. Invoicing that allows me to bill multiple projects in one invoice
> 8. When billing multiple projects, show subtotals for hours and dollars
> 9. A way to have custom info for each client invoice (vendor#, cost
> centers, etc.)
> 10. Some ability to track invoice payments
>
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> *Contact Info*
> Voice: (215) 825-7423Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com <http://toddwarfel/>
> Twitter: zakiwarfel
> ----------------------------------
> In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> In practice, they are not.
>
>

--
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18 Aug 2008 - 9:36am
Ronald The
2008

Hey,

14dayz http://www.14dayz.com/site/ is a really cool online time-tracking web app. Clients, projects, categories of activities.. As many users (subcontractors etc) as you want. Very nice reporting (excel pdf export).

The interface is simple and smooth.
Still no invoicing though. I think they are working on that.

Greets
Ronni

18 Aug 2008 - 9:34am
Todd Warfel
2003

Actually, I go to reports, run reports per project and then take those
totals and manually type them into our Pages template. Sounds a bit
awkward, but it only takes about 5 minutes. We bill by task.

The biggest issue I have is that we have two bill rates: one for
consultants and one for principals. This is one thing Harvest doesn't
do well and we end up doing manually — kind of. The tables in Pages
can do calculations. So, we have a template setup with the formulas
and just type in the # of hours per task and let Pages calculate the
totals.

On Aug 18, 2008, at 10:13 AM, Michael Moore wrote:

> Thanks for the idea Todd. Do you go to Reports and export out the
> data you want as a .CSV file, import it into Numbers, then move it
> over to Pages for formatting? I don't see any way to edit the
> Harvest invoices directly.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
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Twitter: zakiwarfel
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In practice, they are not.

18 Aug 2008 - 9:47am
Michael B. Moore
2008

Ah, that sounds more reasonable. Perhaps I can wean my clients from the
detailed line item view.
For rates, can't you just assign a default rate to each person and leave the
hourly rate blank for the tasks? (Assuming all tasks are billed at the same
person-rate.)

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 7:34 AM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com>wrote:

> Actually, I go to reports, run reports per project and then take those
> totals and manually type them into our Pages template. Sounds a bit awkward,
> but it only takes about 5 minutes. We bill by task.
>
> The biggest issue I have is that we have two bill rates: one for
> consultants and one for principals. This is one thing Harvest doesn't do
> well and we end up doing manually — kind of. The tables in Pages can do
> calculations. So, we have a template setup with the formulas and just type
> in the # of hours per task and let Pages calculate the totals.
>
> On Aug 18, 2008, at 10:13 AM, Michael Moore wrote:
>
> Thanks for the idea Todd. Do you go to Reports and export out the data you
>> want as a .CSV file, import it into Numbers, then move it over to Pages for
>> formatting? I don't see any way to edit the Harvest invoices directly.
>>
>
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> Contact Info
> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> Twitter: zakiwarfel
> ----------------------------------
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> In practice, they are not.
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18 Aug 2008 - 9:53am
Todd Warfel
2003

Perhaps, but then I'd have to run reports by person instead of
project, which probably wouldn't give me what I want. But I'll give
that a try and see what happens.

On Aug 18, 2008, at 10:47 AM, Michael Moore wrote:

> Ah, that sounds more reasonable. Perhaps I can wean my clients from
> the detailed line item view.
>
> For rates, can't you just assign a default rate to each person and
> leave the hourly rate blank for the tasks? (Assuming all tasks are
> billed at the same person-rate.)

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
AIM: twarfel at mac.com
Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
Twitter: zakiwarfel
----------------------------------
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In practice, they are not.

18 Aug 2008 - 2:43pm
subimage interactive
2004

> Actually, I go to reports, run reports per project and then take those
> totals and manually type them into our Pages template. Sounds a bit awkward,
> but it only takes about 5 minutes. We bill by task.
>

Wow, all that sounds like a lot of work. Why don't you expect your
solution to handle pretty invoices for you?

You know Cashboard allows you to fully customize your invoice /
estimate templates with basic HTML and CSS, right?

http://www.getcashboard.com/tour/fully_brandable

> The biggest issue I have is that we have two bill rates: one for consultants
> and one for principals. This is one thing Harvest doesn't do well and we end
> up doing manually — kind of. The tables in Pages can do calculations. So, we
> have a template setup with the formulas and just type in the # of hours per
> task and let Pages calculate the totals.

Cashboard also supports multiple billing rates per person. Seems such
a pain that other software doesn't.

;)

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-----
http://sublog.subimage.com
-----
Cashboard - Estimates, invoices, and time tracking software - for free!
http://www.getcashboard.com
-----
Substruct - Open source RoR e-commerce software.
http://code.google.com/p/substruct/

18 Aug 2008 - 4:34pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

As co-founder of a boutique design & development consultancy, we have
various product ideas on the back burner that we can pursue to fill
up time between client projects and enhance our portfolio.

All I can say in this thread is that I'm abandoning any further work
on our time tracker concept...way too much professional competition
out there! I hadn't found any great yet simple solutions out there,
but clearly my research was lackadaisical. Rock on, all!

Cheers,
Liz

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19 Aug 2008 - 5:39am
Formulate
2007

Hi Michael

I use Office Time and love it. I find it very flexible and quick to
use. I can get all the reports that I need and these are exportable.

I specifically chose a desktop - rather than web-based - application,
as I like to retain ownership and control over my business data. If
you use an online application, you need to be comfortable with the
idea that another company has this information of yours and is
responsible for its safe keeping. Also, you're reliant on them to be
able to access the data. But, this is a very personal aspect of the
decision.

I haven't used Office Time for invoicing, so I can't comment on
this feature.

I hope this helps,
Jessica

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19 Aug 2008 - 9:02am
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

Hey,

I used to use some desktop software (mac only) called Studiometry..
it's been a few years since I was a freelancer, but it did everything
I needed then. HTML or Illustrator invoice templates, client
management, time tracking...

Matt.

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 6:39 AM, Jessica Enders
<jessica at formulate.com.au> wrote:
> Hi Michael
>
> I use Office Time and love it. I find it very flexible and quick to
> use. I can get all the reports that I need and these are exportable.
>
> I specifically chose a desktop - rather than web-based - application,
> as I like to retain ownership and control over my business data. If
> you use an online application, you need to be comfortable with the
> idea that another company has this information of yours and is
> responsible for its safe keeping. Also, you're reliant on them to be
> able to access the data. But, this is a very personal aspect of the
> decision.
>
> I haven't used Office Time for invoicing, so I can't comment on
> this feature.
>
> I hope this helps,
> Jessica

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20 Aug 2008 - 9:12am
Anonymous

Hi Michael,

Here's another one: http://www.izepto.com/. I have a friend who uses it (to manage his remote team), but I haven't used it myself.

Question for you (or anyone else reading this):

I am the founder of a seed-stage Travel 2.0 startup and I am looking for an IxDA-type person to help guide us down the road from concept development to prototype, including everything in between, such as defining and refining the core features, user experience and interactions, flow, personas, stories, information architecture, flow, interface, etc. Please contact me through to discuss. We have a budget in the thousands of dollars (not the tens of thousands).

Here's the question:

What is the best way to find and reach this kind of person. It's quite frustrating. I was/am thinking of starting a thread on here or posting to the email list, but I don't want to spam people either. I'm new here and could really use some help. Maybe you are even a potential consultant for us, as the title of your post mentions "solo consultant"?

Thanks,
Chris

PS: You can see our video pitch/teaser here: http://buzzpal.com/seedcamp.

19 Aug 2008 - 1:33pm
Anonymous

HI Michael,

I was in the same boat as you a couple of months ago and have been searching for a good time tracking app as well.

In the end, I can feel comfortable saying that I think OfficeTime is the best one out there at the moment.

Initially, I overlooked OfficeTime because of it's clunky interface. But after reading a lot of positive user reviews, I decided to give another shot. This time, I read all of the "Tips of the Day" hints as well as the FAQ. I quickly realized that there was a lot more flexibility in the program that wasn't immediately apparent.

You mentioned that you felt that the timing was "clunky". Was there anything specific you were referring to?

~ Salman

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Salman Sajid
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22 Aug 2008 - 5:28am
Anonymous

Hi Michael,

I think Fanurio http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com is perfect for
your needs. It has all the features you mentioned. You can also
request a customized template for free, even if you don't buy the
product.
It's surely worth a look.

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26 Aug 2008 - 12:52am
Michael B. Moore
2008

Thanks Karen, I hadn't heard of Fanurio. It does indeed look like it covers
the bases, so I'll give it a try.
Who knew there were so many ways to track your time and bill?
Best,
Michael

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 3:28 AM, Karen <cosmina.stefanache at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
>
> I think Fanurio http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com is perfect for
> your needs. It has all the features you mentioned. You can also
> request a customized template for free, even if you don't buy the
> product.
> It's surely worth a look.
>
>
>

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Michael B. Moore • Pure InfoDesign • 415.246.6690 M • www.pureinfodesign.com

26 Aug 2008 - 2:59pm
Benedict Steele
2008

Hi Michael,

Can I add another timetracking/invoice sending/tea making site into the pot?
I really like Free Agent Central - http://www.freeagentcentral.com - I've
been using it for the past couple of months to manage my business accounts
and track time for various projects. It's quite UK centric from a tax point
of view, but it does offer an international version.

If you sign up using this referrer code - '251zcyke' - then we both can get
a 10% discount, which is nice.

Kind regards,

Ben

2008/8/26 Michael Moore <mmoore at pureinfodesign.com>

> Thanks Karen, I hadn't heard of Fanurio. It does indeed look like it covers
> the bases, so I'll give it a try.
> Who knew there were so many ways to track your time and bill?
> Best,
> Michael
>
> On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 3:28 AM, Karen <cosmina.stefanache at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Michael,
> >
> > I think Fanurio http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com is perfect for
> > your needs. It has all the features you mentioned. You can also
> > request a customized template for free, even if you don't buy the
> > product.
> > It's surely worth a look.
> >
> >
> >
>
> --
> Michael B. Moore • Pure InfoDesign • 415.246.6690 M •
> www.pureinfodesign.com
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26 Aug 2008 - 4:32am
Anonymous

Michael,

You're welcome :). I hope you'll find the best solution for your
needs.

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26 Aug 2008 - 4:05pm
John Reeve
2008

Jennifer, thanks for mentioning Intervals. As one of the developers,
let me clarify a few things. Intervals is certainly a more
comprehensive app then the siloed web-based apps most of us are used
to (basecamp, etc). There are additional layers of complexity that
are intentional. Intervals is based on the core idea that time should
be tracked against tasks. Modules allow another layer of granularity
for reporting.

Intervals is not for everyone. There is definitely a small learning
curve when starting to use Intervals, but once you are in and
tracking your time and tasks with it, you won't look back. The
functionality behind in Intervals is based on our 9 years of
experience as a web development agency. Intervals is designed to
handle the typical workflow of an agency like ours (Pelago).

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26 Aug 2008 - 10:46am
PK Shiu
2008

This has been a great thread. I tried a few others that I didn't know about, but
I finally have decided on officeTime, paid for it and everything ! My original
comments from earlier still stands, the UI and the data tracked just worked
for me best. The web based solutions are not there yet. Now only if OfficeTime
do an iPhone version...

P.K.

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