Entrepreneurs and the self-employed of the world rarely stop working long enough to take much needed breaks…
But, whatever entrepreneurial endeavor you might pursue, there is one constant: To keep track of your billable time and invoice it.
Unfortunately for some, that process may go something like this, “Let’s see, I worked a few hours on this Tuesday, 8 hours on that yesterday, 5 hours on this today…” Then out comes the pencil and paper. Or there’s the looking around and under items for those scrap pieces of paper with the hastily written information. Sound familiar? How’s that working for you?
Well, if it’s not working very well there may be hope for you yet. Keeping track of work hours is a lot easier if you have some type of automated tracking system. On the Job by Stunt Software may fit that bill nicely.
On the Job is time tracking and invoice generating software that is very straight-forward and easy to use.
You can set up client profiles, create a job, create a task, click the start button and On The Job will automatically keep track of your time spent working on a project. There are four basic categories: Timed, Fixed Cost, Quantity and Mileage. Data tracked within those categories range from Hours, Cost, Start and End Dates, Notes, and Description.
Even with its many features, On the Job ‘is only human.’ It can’t push the start/stop button for you, nor can it automatically detect that you forgot to switch while working between multiple tasks. With that in mind, On the Job does allow you to easily edit your data. And, you can lock tasks to make sure they aren't accidentally selected.
If you happen to step away from your computer, say, to take a coffee break, On The Job detects when the computer is idle and will stop the tracking process (after a predetermined idle interval is reached, set from the preferences). When you do return, the idle time detector will alert you, giving options of removing that time (if you were on a break) or keeping that time (you were just away from the computer but still working on that task).
On The Job has predefined templates you can use for generating your invoices, or you can build your own custom template. The template editor also has the flexibility to create items like time-sheets and quote-sheets. Jobs can be archived once they are complete. Apple Mail is integrated into the user interface for emailing your invoices or you can save them as PDF files.
On the Job v3.0.3, available for a free 20-day trial period, is priced at $39.95 for new users and $14.95 to upgrade from version 2.