Now that I gave you reasons to log your time, I should give you some tips on how to do it. Here is the way how I do it. I’m not saying it’s the best way, because it’s not. I’m actually working on improving my log system.
I’m a freelance artist, I usually make a quote on a project for a fixed or very well estimated number of items and then charge a set price. That means that I better have a god idea of the time it’s going to take me to finish or I can lose money, badly.
I usually have a computer folder for each project I work on. In this folder I keep a spreadsheet that relates only to this project. In it, I list the date I started and the date I finished a project as well as the time spent everyday and what I was working on during that time (animations, gui, backgrounds, etc.) Then I use it to divide the money I made by the time it took and see how much I got an hour to see if I should charge more for a similar project later on. It looks something like this:
Tracking billable and non billable hours
Do you track your billable and non-billable hours? If so, how?
My worksheet is awful but when I wanted to update it, I thought that there has to be a better way. My projects range from 5 to 60 hour things and I often have more than one going at the same time, at different stages of completion. I didn’t find a software that allowed me to log my time more conveniently yet.
Also, so far I haven’t been keeping track of my non-billable hours but I’m wondering if it would be worth it to keep track of them to see how much I really DO make an hour. Does anyone do that?
Do you also use the same system to keep track of who owes you what or is that a completely different system?
According to Microsoft, you can use Outlook to track your billable hours, here’s what they have to say about it.
*note: This is an old draft that I wrote to go with this post. I then proceeded to forget about it. I’m posting it on the off chance that it might be useful to some. It might not be complete but I can’t for the life of me remember what I wanted to do with it.*