Want to know how many hours you spent last week on the website for your new client? Need to track your team's hours by function? Want to figure out your hourly wage by project? Or maybe you would like to monitor the time you spend playing solitaire or cruising blogs? Then what you need is a time-tracking software program. You have a bevy of paid and free options to track your time. Let's take a look:


Klok
This desktop application allows you to create a visual representation of your time, track by client or project, and export your time totals to your time sheets for clients. Available as individual licenses for $15.99. (www.getklok.com).
 
Paymo
This system provides free time tracking and three invoices for individuals. You may also use overview and reporting systems for businesses, for $3.99 per user per month. You can sort and track by user, client, project, and task, and track by iPhone or desktop. (www.paymo.com).
 
Toggl
One-click tracking on your computer or iPhone with Toggl. Free for up to five users; plans scale up from there. You can also embed Toggl into your favorite Internet application, like iGoogle or Gmail. (www.toggl.com).
 
RescueTime
RescueTime doesn't just let you track your time; it helps you focus by blocking distracting sites (Facebook, anyone?). It also creates time tracking reports and graphs. RescueTime's Solo Lite is available for free but is limited on features; Solo Pro is available for $6-$9 per month, and the Team Edition is available for $15/month or less. (www.rescuetime.com).
 
Clock My Time
Clock My Time is a desktop widget for Yahoo or Vista. You simply download the widget to your desktop and use it to track your time. You can monitor your or your team's time from any Internet-enabled computer. $10 per user per year. (www.clockmytime.com).
 
iPhone apps
If you are on an iPhone, you have a number of low-cost apps for your own tracking time, including ClockedIn, Timely, and Easy TimeSheet. Be careful when shopping for an iPhone app, though, as some require a membership subscription to a more powerful desktop application.
 
When evaluating your time tracking options, consider:
  • How many users you'll need
  • What reports and charts you'll want to create
  • How many tasks you'll be tracking
  • If you need access from other computers
  • What kind of storage you'll need
  • If you want to generate invoices from your time sheets, and if so, how many per month you'll be creating
Once you select a time tracking program, be sure to USE it. Just like a budget, it won't do any good just sitting on your desktop. Put it to use to increase your productivity and start saving time… and money!
 
 

 

As an online entrepreneur, you have tons of projects and ideas to keep track of, and hopefully, more than a few team members helping you get everything done. Making sure everyone is on the same page, that nothing is falling through the cracks, and that best practices are being documented for future use, are all part of business excellence.
 
You can invest as much – or as little – money as you would like in a solution that will work for you and your team. The key is to find a program that fits your budget, your requirements, and your future growth. There are dozens of project management programs available at every price point, but I don't want you to over-invest. So I've put together a list of three possible solutions, one free, and two at a monthly paid level. Let's take a look:
 
Free Option
  • Google Docs
This is part of Google's suite of business management tools. While it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles as far as communication, it provides a basic level of collaboration services, including document sharing, like spreadsheets, text-based documents, drawings, etc., as well as shared folders. It also has the ability to chat when team members are online and logged in at the same time.
 
As manager, you can create documents for each project and share with the applicable team members. Google Docs is a great, entry-level solution for small teams that mostly need file sharing and joint access to documents, and don't need a high level of interactivity or flow-chart planning. Cost: Free, but all members must have a Google account. Find out more at Docs.Google.com
 
Paid Options
  • Basecamp
This is the gold standard for online project management. With a variety of membership levels, there are several options for everyone from the independent freelancer to a ramped-up team of many. With tons of options, Basecamp provides you whiteboards for sharing brainstorming, messaging, milestones, and to-do lists for multiple users. The drawback? A commonly cited complaint is that there is a bit of a ramp-up before users feel comfortable with all the features and elements. Cost: $24 to $149 per month, unlimited users. Find out more at BaseCampHQ.com
  • Teambox
This is one of Basecamp's main competitors. It offers many of the same options, including file sharing, messaging, and assigning and managing tasks. One of the benefits is that it uses a familiar, Twitter-style interface for users, and you can be updated via RSS feed. The interface is a bit more intuitive than Basecamp. Cost: $12 to $299 per month, unlimited users. Find out more at Teambox.com)
 
When selecting your solution from these or other options, keep in mind that what works for you today may not work tomorrow and beyond. If you're hesitant to invest in a paid option right off the bat, you might want to start with a free or low-cost option so you can see what features and options you need, and then upgrade from there. Do remember that you're investing in a solution that will save you time, and therefore money in the long run, so any investment you make now will pay off over time.

Flickr allows you to easily upload photos that you can share publicly or just with friends or family. All you need is a free Yahoo account and you can use this service.

 
Step 1: Go to flickr.com to sign up
 
Click the “Create Your Account” button as shown below.
 
 
 

 

You will be redirected to Yahoo to sign in with your Yahoo account. If you don’t have one, you’ll be able to create one there.
 
Assuming you have an account, enter your username, password and click “Sign In”.
 
 
Once you’re logged in, you’ll be asked to create a screen name. Enter a name of your choosing and click “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT”.
 
 
Once you’re logged in, you have a few options. Let’s begin by personalizing your profile.
 
Step 2: Personalize Your Profile
 
 
Click “Personalize your profile” and you’ll see a few options. We’re going to start by changing the “buddy icon”. Just click “Browse” and choose the photo you want as your icon…aka avatar.
 
Click “UPLOAD” when you’re done.
 
Next you can “Choose your customr Flickr URL”. Enter a name that you’d like and is easy-to-remember, so your friends can find it.
 
 
Once you’ve clicked “PREVIEW”, review the following screen:
 
 
If you’re happy with it, click “OK, LOCK IT IN AND CONTINUE”. You’ll then automatically be taken to personalize your profile. You can add whatever information you’d like and skip whatever you’d like.
 
Click “NEXT” when you’re done.
 
 
You’ll then be taken to a screen where you can start uploading your photos.
 
Step 3: Upload Photos
 
Once your profile has been updated, you’ll see this screen. Click “Upload your first photos”.
 
 
You’ll then see a screen that shows the upload steps. Click “Choose photos and videos”.

 
Once you click that, you’ll be able to choose the photos from your hard drive. You can choose multiple photos by left clicking your mouse and holding down the “Ctrl” key at the same time. Click “Open” once you’ve selected your photo(s).
 
 
You’ll then see a screen that looks like the one below. You can choose to delete any files and choose your privacy settings. In this case, the setting is to allow anyone in the public to see the photos. Once you’ve chosen your settings, click “Upload Photos and Videos”.
 
 
Once the photos have loaded (it may take a while), you’ll see a link that says:
 
Click it if you want to add a description.
 
If you click it, on the next screen, you can add a description and tags for your photos to make them searchable. Click “SAVE” when you’re done.
 
 
That’s it. Then your photos have been added to your photostream and you can edit them anytime.
 

While good ole' paper and pen will create effective To-Do lists, there are more technological options available all the time. With all of these fantastic tools available, you might want to check out some of these options for turbo-charging your daily To-Dos:

1.    Remember the Milk (rememberthemilk.com).
With interfaces with Google Calendar and apps for Twitter, the iPhone and the Android, Remember the Milk is like a To-Do list on steroids. You can set up reminder messages to be sent to you via IM or email, you can share your tasks with others, and set priorities. Service is free.
 
2.    Basecamp (basecamphq.com).
Basecamp is on the list of many entrepreneurs' must-have tools. The online service provides task and project tracking, messaging, and file storage for multiple users. Basecamp may be more than you need for a daily to-do list, but check out the free trial. You may fall in love with its capabilities for tracking multiple lists across multiple projects and users. The basic service is $24 per month, with larger, more robust plans going up to $149/month.
 
3.    Ta-Da Lists (tadalist.com).
If you just want basic list capability without a lot of bells and whistles, Ta-Da Lists is for you. You can create multiple lists, share them with others, and download them to your iPhone. Service is free.
 
4.    Rough Underbelly (roughunderbelly.com).
This To-Do list service has a unique way of tracking priorities. You assign a certain number of points to each task, and your daily score is tallied and tracked over time. There's also a timer function. No collaboration or sharing. Service is free.
 
5.    Toodledo (toodledo.com).
Want to assign priorities, tags, and deadlines, set goals, create folders, and collaborate with others? Toodledo may be just the answer for you. A robust list function where you can store all your lists and notes together. Service is free.
 
6.    Mindomo (mindomo.com).
If you prefer to create mindmaps before assigning tasks to lists, check out Mindomo. You can create maps, embed notes, and work online and off. The basic version includes 7 maps and is free; upgrades are available for $6/month for an individual and $9/month for a team.
 
There are literally dozens of tools available to help you track your projects and activities. Don't get blinded by the glitz of the technology, though – the best tool is always the one that is easy to use and available when you need it.

If you're not into it yet, shopping carts are online applications that are quite a necessity nowadays and have become a crucial component to the success of your business. For small and just starting out businesses, a well thought of shopping cart can even bring about a break or make situation for them. This is why decisions on a shopping a cart should not be rushed. You should spend time thinking about what you want rather than thinking about how to resolve as situation later on.

When you are in the process of selecting a shopping cart application, it would be best to list down your specific needs from a shopping cart. You might not actually need all those additional features in the first place and purchasing them could be just a waste of your money.

However, do not limit yourself to the point that you will not avail of additional features ever. There will come a time that you will need some features to keep your shopping cart updated and at the level of your competitors. With this in mind, it would be best to keep options open and look for a shopping cart that offers future upgrades.

Because of the development of the shopping cart technology, you can choose from the simplest form to the more complex ones that have integrated webpages instead of just being an element of your online store. Again, it is a matter of knowing what you want. You can narrow down everything once you've organized your needs and expectations from the cart.

There are some very useful features nowadays that you should seriously consider. There's the option of the cart coming up with suggestions of other products that complements the current selection your client has at the moment. This idea appeals to the impulse buying behavior of individuals. The feature can be quite effective in generating sales and should not be totally ignored.

Another consideration, of course, is your budget. It is a very easy decision to select between a simple cart and one that is jam-packed with features if you know your budget. Things will be dictated by your budget, that maybe harsh but that's a reality that you will have to face.

It is okay to spend some money on a shopping cart but do not forget the other elements that will help make your online store successful. There's the payment gateway, additional manpower to maintain the shopping cart, hosting issues, and other stuff.

The point is to see this ecommerce shopping cart as a whole and not just in segments. You can invest properly by thinking that way. It will also help you to keep to your budget by factoring early on the costs of each component of your online store.

One of the most important tasks for an online business owner is keeping track of client invoicing. Once invoiced, who paid and who is outstanding. Freshbooks not only does all this but it also allows for us to receive payment using PayPal.

We can also, at a quick glance, see how much we’ve earned month to month which an excellent way to track growth! If you would like to find out more about Freshbooks and what it has to offer, click here.