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Hours Integrates with FreshBooks

Hey there! We’ve got some incredibly great news for you. We’re thrilled to announce that in the latest Hours update, we’ve teamed up with FreshBooks so that you can use the #1 cloud-accounting service with Hours. Starting right now, you can send your Hours data to FreshBooks and enjoy these long-awaited features:

  • Professional invoicing
  • Team time tracking
  • Data on the web, advanced reporting, and much more

Did we mention you can try this all for free?

You’re probably saying to yourself right now, “Oh my goodness, this is all I’ve ever wanted in life. How do I get started?” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We worked tirelessly on this process to make sure that you wouldn’t have to.

To get started, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Hours. Then, tap the “Get started with FreshBooks” button. From there, you can sign up or log into an existing account.

Once you’ve signed in, tap the “gear” button in the top-right corner of the screen. From here, you can add existing timers within Hours to sync to FreshBooks, send data with a single push of a button, and so much more.

Sync Hours with FreshBooks

Hours now provides you with all of the tools to be a time tracking and accounting wizard. Get the Hours update and start your FreshBooks free trial now!

Learn more about Hours + FreshBooks ☞

P.S. We saw the torches and pitchforks, and we embraced your feature requests with a smile. Your unparalleled passion for Hours only motivates us to make Hours bigger and better with every update. You can now customize your start day of the week! You’re welcome. We love you.

Are you as excited as we are about our new update and integration? Sound off in the comments below.

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Surprising uses for Hours (part 2)

Last week on the blog, I talked about how we designed Hours to track billable time. However, in an attempt to make the best app we could for our specific clientele, the Hours team created one of the all-around best time tracking app on the market (in my not so humble opinion).

It has been rewarding to see how Hours is helping a more diverse set of people than we could have ever hoped for. Last week I discussed productivity and how many people who love time tracking in Hours track ALL their time, not just billable hours. They say that using Hours helps them to see where they are wasting time and encourages them to be more careful.

This week I wanted to discuss an even more unique use case for Hours. This story came from a loving family faithfully tracking time for the therapies of their autistic son. They tried to use Hours to track tantrums, time spent playing with others, and time doing a single activity. They said that tracking his behavior can be difficult, but noted that the Hours reporting roll ups were awesome for them.

Unfortunately, they would need to be able to track time in seconds. Right now Hours only tracks down to the minute. Until we are able to find a way to implement seconds, they won’t be able to continue using the app. However, they thanked us for creating a great product and said they are waiting for us to make those changes so that they can start using it again.

It was lovely to talk to a family who was so supportive of what we are doing. I sure hope we can adapt Hours for them as soon as possible.

I was inspired by their story and began to wonder: how many more people could we help if we created different versions of Hours for different use cases? There are so many different ways and reasons why people need to track their time. Are there other features or versions we could create to cater to different populations? Parents of disabled children? Teachers? How could Hours help them? What features would they need?

If we add too many features for a smaller clientele, the app will become complicated and not as easy to use for the majority. However, if we were able to add certain features here or there, there are many more types of people that could find Hours extremely helpful. Finding the perfect balance is easier said than done.

I am sure the Hours team will continue to brainstorm and improve Hours. It will be interesting to see what they can do. Until then, I am excited to continue to hear from our lovely customers about all the unique and creative ways they use Hours.

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Surprising uses for Hours (part 1)

We designed hours to track billable time. We tried to make it the best app we possibly could for that purpose. However, after the release of Hours we were in for quite a surprise.

Almost as soon as Hours was released, people began adapting Hours for their own unique needs. It has been really fun to meet people who are using Hours to help them in ways we could never have imagined.

I believe that we found a principle with products. If you design a great product for a specific use case, your intended audience will evangelize it and your user base will grow. For example, Hours was designed for business men and women tracking their billable hours. The team did such a good job that people are now adapting the app to their situations, because it is the highest quality time tracker out there (in my ever humble and not so biased opinion).

One of the huge use cases we didn’t expect, was people using it not only for billable time, but for all their time. I read one blog post in which a woman reviewed Hours and raved about how tracking time in Hours is helping her with personal productivity. She went so far as to say that she could see how the app would become addicting. We set out to “take the pain out of time tracking,” but this was far better than we anticipated.

Sebastian Saldarriaga, Hispanic social media guru and inspirational speaker, talked about Hours in his podcast about increasing productivity. He focused on how he uses Hours to track his time on Facebook, email, and other potential distractors in his day. He was surprised to find that he was wasting time more time than he thought. Using Hours helped him to get back on track and stay there.

I was inspired by all this talk about using Hours for productivity and personal wellness, versus merely using it for billable time. When I tried using Hours in this new way, I was amazed by how much it helped me. So much so, that I wrote a blog post about it.

Productivity is just one of the many unforeseen benefits for Hours. Next week on the blog I will be sharing about a unique user we were delighted to meet.