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Yast – Time Tracking Software for Freelancers

Submitted by Craig Agranoff on Monday, 9 November 2009 18 Comments

yastlogo_thumbThere seem to be three major avenues of Web apps for the freelancer or small business: time tracking / task management, invoicing, and collaboration tools.  It seems like every other app that we see here at sCommerce is one of those three things or a combination thereof.

Yast.com is no different, it’s a time tracking app.  What sets it apart is its total simplicity.  It’s a time tracking app and that’s it.  No bells, no whistles, no extra widgets you probably won’t use.

For many of us, we don’t need to enter every little task we plan to do and track every piece of it.  Freelancers are usually paid for performance, not for task management and time spent working.  All we need is a way to track our time to be sure we’re being efficient and staying within our own parameters for the job.

For instance, if you’re a developer and you are working on a project that you bid by assuming it would take a total of 20 hours, 5 hours of which would be spent re-tooling their existing jQuery to match a new search tool’s needs, you’ll want to see if you get that done within that five hours.  Or if you’re billing by the hour for a quick-fix job, you’d want to be sure you were within the budget given.

Yast is capable of tracking multiple projects, so you can break down your project into tasks or have multiple projects listed at one time.  This way you can easily switch between projects and keep track of time spent on each one, individually.

In the end, of course, Yast is basically a stopwatch timer.  You pick a task, start the timer, and go to work.  When you’re done, you stop the timer.  If you stop for a break or lunch or for the day, you stop the timer and come back to it again later.

It’s a very simple tool, easy to understand and use, and it’s free.  A lot of freelancers will likely find it useful.  Most of us don’t really need a complicated time/project/client/task tracking and management tool, we just need to keep track of our time.


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    1) It's purely online so you can use it wherever you have an Internet connection.

    2) It has a very nice, simple-looking interface which hides away the details until you need to know about them.

    3) You have one simple view for choosing what to time, which you can customise.

    4) It doesn't force you to divide everything into individual tasks. You can choose to say what task a particular 'session' belongs to, but the choice is yours. Most timer apps force you to organize everything by project and task.

    5) It's easy and intuitive to edit the times you've worked, for when you didn't have access to yast or forgot to use it.

    6) You can sign up and log in with google. This is important because you need to be able to access an app like this very frequently, in different locations, without any minor hassle.

    7) The free version has all the essential functionality.

    In short, it does a very good job of not trying to be more than needs to be (e.g a to-do list, or a billing tool) which allows it to be exactly what you do need it to be. I'm impressed!

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    As a freelance writer I also use time tracking tools which helps me manage time efficiently. Using this tool it helps me maximize time to do more work. This way I can get more work from different clients. This is what I do for a living. Using a time tracking tool that tracks time accurately on different tasks, I can easily bill clients and get paid. Here’s the tool that I use personally, using this tool it also helps me to stay focus, keeps me organize and improve productivity.

  • Stephie Daniel

    Freelancing is a work that needs real time tracking. All the updates are required to be tracked on time and rigorous need is updated on the go. I too work as a freelancer and I prefer task tracking tools the better option to keep everything tracked and reports generated.

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    Similar to Yast, Proofhub.com is another time tracking software which I’d recommend you to check out. Recommended for freelancers.