You glance at the clock, feeling blurry-eyed and exhausted. You can hardly believe it, but it’s already the end of your workday.

You take a minute to think back on everything you managed to accomplish in the past several hours. If your fatigue is any indication, you know you got a lot done. But, that’s about as specific as you can get—your entire day is just a blur of different emails and projects.

Yes, you know you worked hard. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you worked smart.

As a freelancer, you like to think that you’re in control of your own time. But, ask yourself this: Exactly how in control are you… really? How much do you know about where your working hours actually go?

Enter the beauty of time tracking. By closely monitoring your own working time, you’ll have the information you need to grab the reins and take better control of the clock and your income—even if you don’t bill by the hour.

Use Time Tracking to…

1. Maximize Your Billable Hours

You might feel like you spend the vast majority of your day working on actual client projects that generate a paycheck.

But, even after just a day of tracking your hours, you’re likely to see that a good chunk of your time actually gets sunk into tasks and duties that you can’t directly bill for—things like emails, invoices, and other general administrative work. […]



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