July 27, 2005 in 4 out of 5 stars, Free, Hosted software, Productivity

What is it?

SideJobTrack:  Side Job Track is an easy way to track and manage project-related information for small, single person jobs.


Who makes it?

R. Marie Cox

Why is it the killerest?

Side Job Track allows you to store a set of default information for services and/or materials you commonly use performing your side-work. Simple entry screens give you the flexibility to be as vague or detailed as you desire and a reporting system gives you the information you need to expand your side-work. It is an easy way for anyone to track and manage his or her side projects quickly. Why spend hundreds of dollars on complex software when you can save that money and take advantage of a system you will actually use? Supports multi-currency & currency format.

What could be improved?

More support multi-currency for big-10 major currency. Indonesian Rupiah - IDR already support.

How much does it cost?

Free / Gratis / Cost-you-nothing


Reviewed by Viking KARWUR

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This is one app with a good idea and functionality but a design and layout that completely kills it for me. I found the side-by-side panels to be very confusing. Half the time the left panel contains notes and help and then it suddenly switches to a listing which controls the right hand side.

I gave it a go but got quite lost. BaseCamp, while different in intention, is better layed out in my opinion.

OT: WorkHappy is a gorgeous site. Like the distilled information you give and the design is clear and functional.

Posted by: Paul Watson | Aug 7, 2005 7:47:08 AM

Hi Paul, thanks for the additional information about SideJobTrack, great to have the comparison with Basecamp.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Aug 8, 2005 10:45:01 AM

I'd like to piggyback on Paul's review. I tried out SideJobTrack from a link on a "Best of Web 2.0" list. The graphics are really sharp and the CSS styling made the path easy to follow but I did feel like the "drilling down" functionality missed the mark.

I think the success of Basecamp and BackPackIt has much to do with their focus on making plain old lists or groupings that are easy to drill down into. I was hoping that SideJobTrack would allow me to make lists of my assignments and then sum up my rates or something. Like Client > Project > Tasks with Dollar Sum of Each Completed Task > Dollar Sum of Accumulated Tasks. But either I got confused or that's not how it works. Since most of my work is edits and not one uber-project with one end date, it's difficult for me to follow this scheme. I also did not like the way "Project Clients, Services and Materials" are listed under my project. These seem like areas that should be off to the side as callouts or expandable and collapsing areas, not the meat of the main area. They get in the way and I don't really have "materials" for most of my work.

Anyhow, I think SideJobTrack looks great. But I would like to see more flexibility in the layout.

Posted by: John Cory | Apr 16, 2006 8:23:54 AM

I'm a big user of SideJobTrack. It does for me what I need, which is provide a billing track record. I can easily bill my clients, through email or hard-form.

I guess it fills some holes in for me. Where I find Basecamp good in managing my project, I find SideJobTrack makes it easier for me to bill my clients.

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