Timekeeping for Virtual Assistants, and Complicated Cell Phone Questions.
February 10, 2011 8:41 PM Subscribe
How can I best keep track of my time when working remotely for another party? I'll be responding to inquiries by cell phone, and double-checking to make sure insurance information is kosher. But I have a problem: I have no idea how to keep track of my time.
posted by thelastcamel to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This will likely be in 1-10 minute increments, done between classes. I'll be checking voicemail, and responding to calls. How can I track this? Are there any good phone apps? Part of the problem is that (and I'll talk this over with my employer this weekend, but I want to have some good ideas) I have no idea what phone I'll be using. My employer wants to use the pre-existing phone number, and doesn't want my personal phone number involved in any way.
So, while my first thought was a time-keeping app for my iPhone, I'll most likely be using a cheaper phone that she provides that will not be a smart phone. Is there any way to dump the call time data from a regular cell phone, either into an app on the computer, or into a spreadsheet? I thought about having calls forwarded to my iPhone, but then there's the problem of calling people back, and of keeping time spent on my personal calls separate from time spent on business calls.
I'm also interested in applications for the computer, as part of my time will be spent doing paperwork online. Keeping track of time in less than ten minute increments would be a pain in the neck to do manually, and likely very inaccurate as well. Has anyone else had to deal with this, and found some nice tools or solutions?