Hi Katharina. What is your job at vlow studio - and what kind of company are you?
Katharina: I'm a designer specializing in UI/UX, branding and illustration. We are mostly in the digital world with vlow studio, as a motion and design studio. Animations, 3D, websites and web applications, contemporary and modular branding, illustrations and the current zeitgeist, these are our topics. That's what we burn for.
Why are exact times important to you?
Katharina: Project hours give us a framework in all the creative work that ensures we don't get too caught up in our passion and are profitable. The longer we record our hours, the better we can estimate future projects more realistically and give our clients a pretty accurate orientation. The references also save a tremendous amount of time when preparing quotations and cost estimates. This makes us happy, but of course also our customers. In addition, there are always projects that are billed on an hourly basis.
What problem did you have with time tracking?
Katharina: Once you're in the flow at work, you don't remember to write down every hour. The time recording becomes increasingly inaccurate, because a lot of things that are done in between are lost or not recorded at all. As a result, our hours didn't line up with our calculations and we couldn't rely on them. So we looked for an automatic tracking tool. At the time, it was another provider. It worked well, but we had to create all our projects twice, once in our project management and billing tool MOCO and again in the time tracking tool. This was not optimal, and there was no direct link between the project and the recorded times.