For many freelancers, the hardest aspect of getting your business up and running is acquiring your initial set of customers. And with the U.S. projecting its workforce to be nearly 50.9% freelance in 2027, it’s imperative you’re able to cut through the noise and get in front of your target audience. However, with the wide range of platforms available today that allow you to show off your work, finding your ideal clients has never been easier.
To help drum up additional business and receive the greatest ROI from the time you invest in building out your portfolio, we’ve put together a list of the most popular freelance platforms to showcase your work and attract new clients.
No matter how good a project manager you are, these are essentials: things you should – no, ought to – no, must know and revise from time to time to ensure the success of your projects!
7 out of 10 Projects Fail – Why?
Not everything is rainbows and unicorns in the kingdom of project management. According to these rather sad stats, here’s what’s going on:
- 70% of all business projects fail;
- 17% of IT projects go so badly, they threaten the existence of the company;
- Only 42% of organizations report having high alignment of projects to organizational strategy.
How did we (or, rather, they) come to this? There can be multiple reasons but often it happens due to the fact that the project manager failed to take all the important elements of project management into consideration and was unable to deliver as a result.
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Most projects nowadays require specialists with a varied set of skills. Developers can sometimes act as project managers, graphic designers may also be capable of some front-end development, copywriters are often quite knowledgeable about SMM, and so on.
Acting in a different capacity other than your main profession has become a norm for most projects in the IT industry, especially when it comes to freelance work or projects whose members are spread across several cities or even countries.
However, when it comes to tracking the working hours and calculating the pay for these specialists with multiple roles in the project, most time-tracking tools fail to deliver the proper solution – unlike Screenshot Monitor.
Maximizing your business potential requires more than just management – you must be aware of different project management types and know, in which situations they should be used.
Every business executive’s goal is to achieve bigger and better results while spending less time, effort, and money. Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal recipe or go-to guide for that – an effective manager has to be knowledgeable about all the possible ways of achieving those results.
“A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder” – D. Meyer couldn’t have put it better when he was explaining the importance of project management for business. We are going to elaborate on that a bit.
According to an Economist Intelligence report, 80% of global executives believe that project management was the main reason why their companies had managed to reverse the negative trend helping them to remain competitive during and after the period of recession. Continue reading
If your job offered you an option of working from home or working in the office – would you take it? Would you be more productive working in sweatpants vs your usual business casual? Would you have more time for you family if you do not have to spend two hours commuting every day? Would you miss the corporate environment or would you enjoy solitude? Can video conferences, phone calls and remote access really make you feel like you are part of the office when you are not physically present? If you are confused about what option is right for you – here are a few things to think about.
Screenshot Monitor uses system API to determine user activity level.
100% activity level means there’s some hardware or software issue (like faulty mouse) that makes system think that user types or moves mouse constantly. In this case the app will not auto-pause and users would have to stop it manually by pressing button Stop themselves. Try disconnecting the mouse for a few minutes and see how it affects time tracking. If activity level is back to normal – replace the mouse. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about it on our side.
In Screenshot Monitor you have an option to either take the screenshots of your employee monitors or not take them. We have just added a new “Blur all [screenshots]” option that allows you to do something in between.
If “Blur all” is selected, all screenshots will be permanently blurred like below. Blurred screenshots give some idea of what the employees do while protecting their privacy and sensitive information.
To set it up go to Screenshot Settings and select “Blur all” for everyone on your team or for some of your employees only:
If you company works on projects for multiple clients, you will appreciate the ability to create Clients, group your projects by Clients and run various reports by client. To start – go to the Clients page and add your clients:
Next, assign your Projects to clients. Your projects will appear grouped under the customer title like below:
You and your employees will have easier time identifying the Client as everywhere where you have previously seen a project name you will see “Project ● Client”
And finally on the Reports page you will see a new “Clients” drop-down allowing you to filter by clients, a Clients bar chart allowing you to visualize time spent on each customer and option to group by Client for easier report:
Note that if you have not added any clients, you will not see the options to assign projects to clients or any other references to clients on reports or other pages. This is done in order to keep the interface simple for our customers who do not use Clients.
Both employee and their managers can blur the employee’s screenshots on the timeline. This is useful when some sensitive information needs to be protected, but the user would still prefer not to delete the screenshot.
To blur the screenshot, mouse over the thumbnail or the full size image and click on a Paint icon in the top right corner:
The image is now blurred:
Note that once blurred, there’s no option to restore the image to the original clear non-blurred view.
If you would like to blur all of the screenshots by default, go to Settings > Screenshots and select “Blur All” option. Then all of the captured screenshots will be blurred. This may be useful in cases when you want users to retain a greater degree of privacy while still getting enough idea of what users do. In other words this option is a middle ground between normal screenshots and not capturing screenshots at all.