Technology helps you account for all your billable hours.The American Bar Association reports that failing to track billable time immediately causes a 20% drop in time billed. In other words, incorrect time logging could be reducing your billability by multiple hours per day. This is work that you are doing but not getting credit for and time that is benefiting your clients at no charge.Consider using specific billing software to track your hours. If you insist on tracking manually, at least be sure you are using a spreadsheet to maintain your hours, and update that data constantly. If billable increments aren't captured, you aren't getting the benefits of all the work you're doing. Capture every moment of billable work'unless you want to work for free.Technology improves file accessibility.You probably already use cloud storage for some of your work, but are you using it as effectively as you could be? Consider maintaining all your client files electronically instead of (or in addition to) in hard copy.With cloud storage, you increase your file efficiency in several ways:
- you can access files from anywhere, without wasting administrative time finding files, transferring files within the office, or even traveling to the office;
- you can search files for keywords, specific phrases, or'using artificial intelligence applications'even legal concepts, regardless of how they are expressed;
- you allow everyone who needs to see a file to have access to it at the same time, immediately, from wherever they are; and
- you keep all your documents up to date, without wasting time tracking down the newest version.