Consultants: How do you keep track of your billable hours?

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  1. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    I'm sorta looking for a web application to keep track of my clients/projects and billable hours, which I could either feed into quickbooks, or just type in manually. Yes, I could write something, but alas, I am lazy.

    My first problem is being onsite, finishing up, and wanting to type out some notes about what and how many hours I am billing for. If I wait until my next stop, or to get home, I won't do it as accurately.

    Any good solutions out there?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Write your own app. Either a web app, or win/java app. Use a MySQL database for the backend. Use a smartphone/pda to access the web interface so you can work with accounts. If you don't have a pda with cell-based inet access, you can write a sync app that lets you transfer a "docket" of the clients you're visiting that day... then when you're back in the office, sync the accounts back to the DB.


    If you need something already done, then the only one I've used is Sugar CRM. That requires either web access, or a laptop running MySQL and Apache.
     
  3. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    I'm ok with the web access as a requirement. I don't have the time to write an app.

    I'll look at Sugar CRM, thx
     
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    It's not exact on what you need, but it's the clostest I've used. It's a decent opensource CRM product.
     
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    Notepad and Excel? No need to over-complicate this.
     
  6. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    Excel for me.
     
  7. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Excel or Access for something quick.

    QuickBooks actually works for me just fine.
     
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    Excel here.
     
  9. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    I currently use Google Spreadsheets, which works good as a remote solution, however my issues are that i'd like to run reports over periods of time, etc. And I don't want to go to multiple Excel docs to do that.
     
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    I use OneNote to track hours through the week then input them into our billing system at the end of the week.
     
  11. MrBrotato

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    My Dell Axim has Excel.
     
  12. Leb_CRX

    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    excel for me
     
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    I'll have to echo Excel one more time. I can't say my consulting work has been too extensive but Excel hasn't let me down yet. :dunno:
     
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    outlook. (either with my treo, outlook via the vpn, or outlook web access) I just make an appointment for the time i was there, and add notes about rate / meeting notes/etc.
     

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