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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.
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In freelancing clients often request from freelancers to use time tracking / screenshot monitoring services. Even if clients do not require that – there are still many reasons for a freelancer to use such services – clients will value it. Lets see how a freelancer can track time for himself, and then share the time and screenshots with client.
Freelancers usually work from home and clients receive the results remotely. Since there is no physical monitoring, clients often want to use time tracking and screenshot monitoring software to supervise freelancers. While time tracking is very common, screenshot monitoring is still often met with fierce resistance by some freelancers. Should you resist or embrace screenshot monitoring? What are the Pros and Cons?
In ScreenshotMonitor the typical scenario is when a freelancer (or an employee) tracks their time and a manager looks at the submitted data on the ScreenshotMonitor.com website. But what if a company works on a project for some client with whom they’d want to share the same information? Or a freelancer tracks time for himself and then would want to share it with his clients? Easy!
ScreenshotMonitor.com offers a white label service that allows freelancer websites to integrate time tracking / screenshot monitoring functionality into their service fast and with minimal investment. Continue reading
Time between screenshots
Screenshot Monitor in Professional version can take screenshots up to 30 times per hour or every 2 minutes on average. Does it mean a freelancer has 2 minutes to do nothing between screenshot? Not with our program!
Let’s say you’ve set to take screenshots 12 times per hour (or every 5 minutes on average). Then in 90% of the cases a screenshot will be taken in 2 to 9 min after the previous screenshot. In 10% – and here’s the catch that won’t allow freelancers to cheat – a screenshot is taken in 1 min after the previous.
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Screenshot Monitor team has released a completely revamped version of its time tracking / screenshot monitoring desktop application for Mac OS X. The new time tracking application sports a native Mac OS X Cocoa user interface which is a huge improvement over the previous basic one.
Managing employees and freelancers from across the globe can be difficult. You want to ensure that your freelancers are spending their time performing the work that you have asked them to perform.
If you have employees working in an office, chances are that at a very basic level you want them to punch in when they come to work and punch out when they leave.
Time cards are antiquated and prone to human error. And contemporary time tracking software allows you to automate this process in such a way that your employees do not need to do anything at all to track their time. ScreenshotMonitor automatically starts time tracking when user touches a computer and stop when user walks away. (You have to check the options “Automatically start tracking” and “Lunch on Windows startup” for this to work)
ScreenshotMonitor has an additional advantage on tracking time for a specific project, adding notes for the current task, taking periodic screenshots at random intervals – all of this can be safely ignored or turned off and the program would function as an automatic time tracker with absolutely no input from employees.
The time for all employees is collected on the website, so a company manager can have a complete picture and reports of all the work through a control panel (using just a browser).
The downside may be that it is applicable for employees who primarily work on a computer, but it is the case for the majority of current office jobs.