Stauber Design Studio is a communications company in Chicago that works side-by-side with its clients to craft printed communications such as branding programs, identity systems, marketing collateral, annual reports and promotions, and user interfaces. Their holistic, collaborative approach helps ensure that client values and messages are conveyed clearly.
"We needed a simple, web-based system to track and check hours and expenses for various jobs and, in the case of one client, an efficient way to track time for numerous projects and bill it against a monthly retainer," said Joy Panos Stauber, "We wanted something web-based, so time and expenses for users in different locations could be tracked."
Before Stauber started using FunctionFox, they kept notes in their date books for project time, recording them at the end of each week on Excel timesheets and expense tallies. They knew they needed to improve, and began a search for something better.
"We did a lot of research about time-tracking systems. Looking back, I should have tracked that time!" said Joy.
Stauber had years worth of data in QuickBooks and in ACT, and wanted to stay away from software that also handled the books and contact database, since it would mean paying for functionality that would go unused, or spending an unrealistic amount of time re-creating that data in a new system.
It seemed impossible to find time-tracking software that was simple and focused in functionality. They had reached the point where they were designing their own system so they could have exactly what they needed.
"I was working on the design of the user interface for our own system when I received direct mail from FunctionFox.
FunctionFox seemed to be just what we were looking for, and it was much faster, easier and less expensive to subscribe to, rather than to continue building our own system," said Joy. "And it's worked beautifully."
FunctionFox has given Stauber the functionality, simplicity and flexibility they were looking for, without the hassle or expense of training or lengthy implementation.
"It only took an afternoon to set it up. It was really simple and fast to set up, assign passwords, and begin using, said Joy, "There's almost no learning curve, which is critical — otherwise people just won't use it. And the personal attention and support FunctionFox offers made it even easier. Anytime I've had a question or issue, I've emailed customer support and received quick, clear responses."
FunctionFox has helped Stauber save time that used to be wasted, especially in pulling together time and expenses for billing or to check project budget status. And like many other FunctionFox users Stauber Design Studio has discovered unexpected benefits.
"This may sound silly, but I'm a compulsive list maker, and I've found FunctionFox timesheets work well as a 'to do' list. I fill in days and jobs ahead of time with zero for the hours. It helps me quickly plot out the next couple of days then pull up that day's agenda."
STAUBER DESIGN STUDIO IS PLEASED TO HAVE FOUND A SIMPLE, WEB-BASED, ECONOMICAL TIME-TRACKING SYSTEM WITH GREAT SUPPORT – THAT LET THEM STOP DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR PROPRIETARY SYSTEM AND START SAVING TIME AND MONEY.
Joy Panos Stauber can be reached for further comment at 773-545-6556 or visit their website at www.stauberdesign.com.