I've jumped the gun.
MyCorbu goes live as of now.
What can MyCorbu do for you?
A fellow architect, Mark R. LePage, has been following my journey with MyCorbu, the free timekeeping app. Mark has a podcast on his website, EntreArchitect. Episode #164 features my interview with Mark that took place on March 22, 2017. Use this link to visit that episode or click the image above.
We have all experienced homemade timesheets. If you have also experienced networked or cloud-based timesheets, you realize that filling out a timesheet is just about the same no matter what the method - paper form, electronic spreadsheet, networked or cloud-based app. Beyond the input method is where the differences become more obvious.
Are you spending too much time on accounting?
One of the late realizations that I had after 20 years of using a powerful accounting program is that it was costing much more per year than it should. It wasn't the $1,000 per year subscription that cost too much; it was the time required to USE the accounting program. A true accounting program, like we were using, is very fussy. If it were a person, it would be considered “high maintenance”. In our case, the time spent on accounting was time that could have been spent on billable tasks. We could have easily afforded to farm out every accounting chore for what we were “spending” in lost opportunity.
Well, Beta testing is getting started this week after all. I caved, and I will be manually 'fixing' new accounts. At the same time, I will be feverishly looking for a permanent, automatic solution. The 'approval' step in the Sign Up process is pretty lame, but that gives me time to fix the records in the new account.
The other big advance this week is the completion of a User Quick-Start Guide - in case it isn't just you that will be using MyCorbu. Take a look...
I am getting close. This week MyCorbu enters a Beta Testing phase...
Well, I thought I had the pricing issue all figured out. But I have had second thoughts. And that is good news. I have decided ... *drum roll*
The "YES" FAQs Sheet
These are all the questions that I anticipate being asked frequently. If I have missed any good ones, let me know in the comments.
THE ANSWER TO EVERY QUESTION IS: YES
I am feeling good about launching by Valentines Day. I could still get caught by not knowing what I don't know, but there are less and less opportunities for that.
Adding and Testing and Fixing and Adding
Once I relaxed the deadline, the wheels fell off. Christmas may have knocked the wheels off anyway, but my progress has really sagged. But it hasn't died altogether. Here is what has been happening.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I think I have known for a while that I wasn't going to make it. The proximate cause is Xmas stuff. The real cause is that I can't get a solid version launched by the 31st. If I did, we (Users and me) would be sorry.
Enjoy the holidays!
New Deadline: Q1 2017
In my spare time(?) I have been thinking about the EXPENSE module that will be added sometime in 2017. The graphic above is a spreadsheet (Google Sheet) that I am using to sort out the issues. Here's the whole story.
MyCorbu has a new update as I inch toward launching the Timekeeping App. Here's what is new since the last TEST DRIVE version was posted on November 26th:
Go to the new TEST DRIVE #2 and see what you think
Send me your feedback (Thanks)
I noticed that when I post a couple of times a week, you see them in reverse order. So I am going to try a different approach. I am going to keep adding to the same post over the span of a week. Starting today, which is ...
Tech support said that if the field isn't a DATE field, then the program doesn't know "today" is a date.
Well, I guess I knew that; I just don't know what to do about it.
It looks like my strategy for filtering time records so that you have only non-invoiced time can work. If you want to use this feature, you would add a date to each Project-Phase when you prepare invoices. In the background a Task would run daily to compare all 'Last Invoiced' dates to this date. If the Project-Phase's 'Last Invoiced' date matches, then all the time records from the previous month are marked "Invoiced? = Yes".
There are still plenty of backstage issues to be developed, but the App itself is 90%+ complete. While you play around with MyCorbu here, I will explain a little about what you are seeing, below.
Now would be a good time to
reserve your subscription to MyCorbu
at a discounted price.
I think we have some good progress since late October. The logo is nearly complete - just a few tweaks needed. The main page of this web site is up and running as of today. Thank god for Weebly.
On the main page you can see that I have been playing with the numbers. I have committed to a pricing structure that should be attractive to MyCorbu's target audience - small firm (< 10) architects. That is not to say it won't work for larger firms, but somewhere short of 20 people, I suspect that there could be a full-time bookkeeper who can manage one of the major systems.
The first module, TIME, is coming along very nicely. What I have works without bugs (that I have noticed). The Knack support people are very helpful. The screenshots below show the status.
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