Simple Isn't Easy

Feb. 17, 2018 by
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Simple isnt easy


Simple (adjective) - easily understood.

Easy - (adjective) - achieved without great effort.


Last week, I had a friend of mine say, “Why did you build a time tracking app? Somebody can copy it so easily. It seems so simple.”

I had to explain to her why “simple” does not mean the same thing as “easy”. Sure, many people can build a small time tracking application, but making it simple is actually the hard part. 



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How Much to Bill Clients

Feb. 03, 2018 by
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How much to bill clients

If you say business isn’t about money, you won’t be in business very long. Deciding how, when, and what to charge clients is very important for consultants.

Money is an indicator of how much value you bring in the form of currency. It’s not some evil thing that you should feel bad about. When clients are happy to pay, it’s a good sign that you’re doing your job well.

Here are some of our guidelines to think about when negotiating

Where to Find Clients

Jan. 20, 2018 by
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Where to find clients


In consulting, finding the right clients will literally make or break your business. 


Clients are the lifeblood of your business and getting the right ones is hard, so you’ll want a good process in place for finding and evaluating them.



Good Clients vs. Bad Clients

Not all clients are created equal. Just because you find a potential client, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good fit. Good clients actually build your business. Bad clients are a waste of time and

Spend time consulting, not tracking time.
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TRUELY.
SIMPLE.
TIME.
TRACKING.

Top 8 Books for Consultants

Jan. 13, 2018 by
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We believe reading is IMPORTANT!   
Why is it so important?

A simple answer: Ideas In = Ideas Out.

If you consistently feed your brain good ideas, you’ll excel at coming up with good solutions for your business. The ability to make great decisions will become instinctual because rather than relying on your own ideas, you’ll be using the ideas of accomplished mentors. That being said, here is our top 8 list of books for consultants.

1.) REWORK

Is Bad Posture Killing You?

Jan. 06, 2018 by
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As consultants, we sit A LOT.   

If your job relies on a computer, clients depend on you to be stationary. Initially, this isn't a problem.  However, after a year or two of consulting, your body will start to shout at you. 


Most of us fall into habits that cause bad posture without realizing it. Slouching in your chair or leaning forward to view your screen are natural tendencies that will cause problems in your lower and upper back

Our ONLY Blog Post in 2017

Dec. 31, 2017 by
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Happy New Year!   


As 2017 comes to a close, I realized that we haven't written a single blog post this year. In case anyone is wondering, we do still blog and we are still building the best software for consultants to track and bill their time.



The reason we haven't blogged is because we are a small business too!


When you don't have 50 employees to do the work for you, you have to roll up your sleeves

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Perseverance - The MOST Important Quality of Entrepreneurs

May. 04, 2016 by
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Perseverance

Perseverance - "Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success."

Perseverance is NECESSARY if you seek entrepreneurial success. The hardest part in entrepreneurship isn't finding the initial spark, it's 3 to 6 months in, after you realize your business is going NO WHERE. EVERY entrepreneur has a day where they are launching. They think, "This is it, I'm about to kill it. I'm finally going to start bringing in the $$$." Then, it falls straight on its…

Local Coffee Shops > Co-working Space

Mar. 26, 2016 by
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If you are running a tech business, you can work purely REMOTE. This means you are working from home, in co-working space, or in local coffee shops. I argue that local shops are the best option for these 5 reasons: 


  1. They serve you food for the same price - Co-working space can cost around $20 bucks a day. This serves 2 when you go eat at a local cafe. You can get 2 coffees, 2 breakfast sandwiches, and a nice

Don't Solve Problems You Don't Have

Mar. 16, 2016 by
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Don't create work for problems you don't have. Stay focused and ONLY work on things in the critical path to making your first dollar!

 It is really easy to ask yourself 'what if' questions all day. 'What if someone uses our product like this?' This thinking is dangerous for startups because it can pull you away from your main goal, MAKING MONEY. When you start running a business, everybody and their brother wants to give advice. It is up to

From Intermediate to Advanced

Feb. 04, 2016 by
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This blog is inspired by a talk I gave at SD Ruby. It was specifically meant for software developers, but I think it applies to any trade. I like to keep things short and sweet, so here we go... 


How to Go from Intermediate to Advanced 

1. TEACH OTHERS - When you teach others, you cannot BS yourself. You can't teach someone the wrong information, so it makes you accountable for know EXACTLY how something works. Other people will

How To Get Your Team on HoursLogger
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Which Business Legal Structure Should I Choose?
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Super Secret Features
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How To Use Hours Logger
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How to be a Good Estimator
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The Brand Checklist
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Jul. 25, 2015 by
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Value vs. Cost Based Pricing
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Maximize Your Worth
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How to Run your 1st Successful Business

Jan. 31, 2015 by
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As an entrepreneur, you don't run one business that's a homerun. You run many businesses that are base hits before your grand slam. Meaning, don't expect to run your first business and make 1 Million+. Entrepreneurs run businesses FOR LIFE. It's not a one or two time thing, it's a LIFESTYLE. Focus on small successes and they'll compound into large ones. 


So here is my advice on how to ACTUALLY run your first successful business. 

1. Run a service based

IT ISSSS ABOUT MONEY

Jan. 11, 2015 by
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It's one thing to hear "it's not about the money", from a mentor; but I CAN'T STAND when founders of start-ups tell me this. 

If you don't think it's about money ... you're not going to do very well in business. "Cashflow is the blood of a business. Your business WILL die without it." No one likes to work for free. For a few months, maybe. But years of working for free, just isn't feasible or very smart. Everyone…

How to walk away from $85,000/year

Dec. 11, 2014 by
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So you want to quit your job and start a business? The upsides are great. Unlimited earning potential, the freedom to do whatever you want with your time, no boss telling you what to do every day, you can work in your pajamas if you want, the list goes on and on. Well, what’s stopping you? Unfortunately there is no magic recipe for success, but hopefully sharing some of my experiences along my journey as a new entrepreneur will inspire

Thoughts From a College DropOut

Dec. 07, 2014 by
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I am Drew Haines, a 22 year old programming wiz. I'm an Electrical Engineering senior at SDSU and am 13 credits away from my degree. I like running businesses, programming web apps, and making money. Recently, I have been struggling with the idea of dropping out of school to purse my entrepreneurial endeavours in software. ###Reasons why school is NOT helpful anymore: 

1. TIME! - Engineering is a complex subject. It takes TIME to study, (if not, you WILL fail)…

Why software is the future of business - Programs and Automation

Nov. 10, 2014 by
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Software should create value for a business in one of two ways. It should either: 1. Increase Revenue and/ or 2. Decrease Costs If your software cannot do either of these tasks ... it sucks as a business application. 


The decision to chose the software route was based on the ability to AUTOMATE things with programs. I cannot stress enough, the importance of this when it comes to business. It is 2014 ... and well into the age of technology…

HoursLogger is Attending RubyConf 2014!

Nov. 07, 2014 by
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HoursLogger is excited to announce the team will be volunteering this year at RubyConf November 17th through the 19th at the San Diego Convention Center.


What is the International Ruby Conference?

"The International Ruby Conference -- more commonly known as RubyConf -- has been the main annual gathering of Rubyists from around the world since 2001. Focused on fostering the Ruby programming language and the robust community that has sprung up around it, RubyConf brings together Rubyists both established and


Spend time consulting, not tracking time.
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TRUELY.
SIMPLE.
TIME.
TRACKING.

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