The time tracker we've always wanted

By Gjermund on

We've done nothing but run our own companies, yet neither me nor Anders are "business people". We just loved — and still love — to make websites, and had to start a company to take our hobbies full-time.

When you're a freelancer in your early twenties that gets paid to do you what you love, it's easy to lose track of time and budgets, and just dive deep into a project. For the most part, that's a great thing. There's no better way to hone your craft than to be holed up in whatever office you have, with coffee and without responsibilities, motivated by every sign of progress, spending the night on tweaking something that wasn't even part of the spec.

At some point though, stuff gets more serious. When we joined forces and started Tight, responsibilities kicked in, and we needed better tools to run our business. Especially within time tracking.

For us, tracking time is not about spending fewer hours on a project. It's about knowing how much time something takes, so we can price ourselves accordingly. It's too easy to give clients the benefit of the doubt if a project takes longer than planned, and you didn't log your hours.

Getting into the habit of doing this can be hard, especially if you use a shitty piece of software. After fiddling with home-grown spreadsheets and trying every tool we came across, we decided to create our own. We envisioned a time tracker that was tailored for people running their own show. Like us – not the economy software made for middle managers. Then we came to our senses, figured it was a crazy way to spend our time, and aborted the project. So we tried the spreadsheet-route a bit longer, realized how miserable it made us, and started working on Ding.

After using Ding for almost a year, we're proudly letting everyone in. Our business runs smoother with Ding, and we hope yours will too.