Trisha of Time Saver VA and I started a cross blog conversation awhile ago but I think both of us kind of dropped the ball on keeping up with it. I’m happy to say that we’ve picked it back up. I love getting Trisha’s question and responding to hers!
If you missed our first conversation you can check out my response to her question (and see what question I asked her) here. And don’t forget to check out Trisha’s blog to see her answer to my first question.
The next question Trisha has asked:
What do you use to keep track of your hours and clients projects?
Another good question Trisha! To keep track of my time I use a program called Time Stamp. I’ve used Time Stamp since the beginning, never tried anything else and probably never will. I love it. It’s simple to use and easy to understand.
As for keeping track of client projects I do a couple different things. I have a planner that I keep on my desk and every Sunday I sit down and write out the client projects for that week. Every night before I go to bed I’ll check the next day’s projects and fill in anything that I might of missed on Sunday. I love having a planner on my desk to write my daily to do lists in. In my planner I include anything that pertains to Caleb and I – it’s not just client projects. Writing all our stuff in helps me to see what hours I have available over the week if someone is looking for a last minute project to be done, etc. I rely mostly on this method. And I love having a planner right on my desk with the week filled out because then if someone calls me about a project (or even if a friend calls & wants to go to lunch) I just flip to that date and I can see right away whether I have the time or not.
I also use Google Calendar. I love using this because I assign different colors to my clients and have a calendar for every one of them. I have to admit that even though I do love Google calendar, I haven’t been using it as much lately.
And then I also have a big calendar (one of those big desk calendars that you can get at Wal-Mart or an office supply store for like $7.00 or something) that hangs on my wall next to my desk. Again, I don’t use this as often as I used to.
So I guess my answer could of been a lot easier if I would of just wrote that I use my daily planner for keeping track of client projects. LOL!
Ok Tricia it’s your turn now!
Where do you see yourself taking your business over the next year? By this I mean do you have plans for starting a newsletter, releasing any info products, etc.