2020 is officially here, and with it comes a new set of goals, aspirations, and — everyone’s favorite — a look back at the past year.\nLet’s get to it. Here’s how 2019 went for Hubstaff, our team, and our customers. And here’s what you can expect from us next year.\n\nLet’s look at Hubstaff Tasks\n\nBaremetrics Open Startup stats\nLike any good startup, we’re driven to report on our growth and set goals that keep us on track. Here’s a quick recap of our growth in 2019 from our Baremetrics dashboard.\n\n\n\n\nIn their own words\nOf course, our success relies solely on seeing our customers succeed. That means more people growing their businesses and working more efficiently.\nHere’s how they did it with the help of Hubstaff in 2019.\n“When you have over 40 people sending in their timesheets with the total number of hours worked, it’s incredibly tedious and time-consuming. Not to mention there’s no way to verify the hours printed on those timesheets and invoices. With Hubstaff, it’s all online and the hours worked are verifiable via the monitoring function.”\n― Christian Mairoll, founder and CEO at Emsisoft\n“Switching to Hubstaff from Upwork saved the company thousands of dollars in freelancer payment fees.”\n― Cody McLain, Founder of SupportNinja\n“The desktop application and mobile app have proven extremely easy to use for our remote team, and forecasting our spending has never been easier for our management team.”\n― Kahl Orr, Founder at Rise\n“Hubstaff allows me to take automation of administrative tasks to the next level, and has been critical to ensuring my virtual staff is taken care of. I don’t have to worry about manually managing payments or vacation days, Hubstaff can do it all for me.”\n― Brad, Founder of Spekless Cleaning\nManage field service teams easilyLocation-based, automated time tracking and moreTry it free\n“It was easy to set up the new hires in Hubstaff and link them with a financial payment institute. We were able to track their hours and pay them right away.”\n― Jing Moore, Chief Financial Officer at WRS Health\n“Using the Projects and Tasks features, we’re able to essentially use a magnifying glass to focus our energy and start a fire.”\n― William Lipovsky, CEO of First Quarter Finance\nOur personal favorite (because we love saving customers money)\n“If we were still using freelance services to pay and manage people, it would cost us $170,000 per year than what we’re currently paying to use Hubstaff.”\n― David Judge, Co-founder at Affordable Staff and Online Specialists\nOther milestones to celebrate\n\nHubstaff <3s Gusto\nJust like Hubstaff is designed for how modern businesses track, manage, and empower their teams, Gusto’s “all-in-one people platform” makes it easy for businesses to pay, onboard, and protect employees.\nWith this integration, you can manage time tracking, employee info, payroll, and compliance insights with Gusto directly inside Hubstaff.\nIt’s a perfect pairing for efficient operations.\nRead our love story >\n\nWe made the Inc. 5000 (again)\nWe’re pretty thrilled about our 498% three-year growth, but earning a spot on the 2019 Inc. 5000 because of it is even better. \nThis is the second year we’ve made the list, thanks to our amazing customers and remote team. This year, however, we climbed to the top 1000 to the 852nd spot.\nWe’re one in 5000 >\n\nWe launched Hubstaff Tasks (and emojis in comments 🥳)\nAfter years of refining, testing, and using it ourselves on a daily basis, we released Hubstaff Tasks to the public.\nThe Agile project management software was created to help teams easily work together and accomplish their goals more efficiently. It was built for the same reason we started Hubstaff: to help growing businesses run better.\nIt’s visual, scannable, and ideal for people who like getting stuff done.\nHow we stayed on Tasks >\nWant to try out Hubstaff Tasks?Take this Agile PM tool for a test drive.Sign up free\n\nWe launched job sites for automated time tracking\nThis is a big one. In 2019, we launched job sites: geofenced locations that use your mobile device’s GPS to automatically start and stop time tracking.\nYou can use job sites to track when team members enter and exit specific locations, and how much time they spend there. Just create a job site, edit the radius, and add team members to it.\nEnable automated time tracking for your team members when they enter or leave a job site, or choose to just send them reminders.\n\nWe’re geofence fanatics >\nDesktop app redesign\nWe updated all our desktop apps with a new look and streamlined functionality. We’re heading into 2020 with a fresh look because why not? \n\nThese are just the major milestones from this past year. Next, we’ll go over all the product updates and new features that made Hubstaff more robust and user-friendly.\nFeature releases 2019\nTeams\nCreate teams and easily add members and projects to them. You can also assign team leads with extra permissions, and filter reports by teams.\n\nSave report filters\nFinding the data you need is quick and easy when you save your report filters. Save your preferences including filters, how report data is grouped, and your column views to be used again in the future. \n\n \nNew integration setup and management\nHubstaff offers 37 integrations with the most popular products in project management, accounting, help desk, and payment processing. Setting up and managing these integrations is faster and easier than ever.\n\nScheduled reports\nSchedule and customize your reports to automatically send by email with the day, time, format, and frequency that works best for you.\n\nBillable & non-billable hours\nEasily set your time to billable or non-billable. This gives you more flexibility when creating projects, budgets, sending invoices, or viewing reports.\n\nAchievement badges are live!\nYour team can earn badges based on the performance metrics that you set. Members will receive badges in their dashboard and you’ll get a weekly email to show your team’s progress.\n\nRecurring budgets\nCreate budgets that reset monthly for projects and clients. Get automatic alerts when limits on hours, bill or pay rates are approached.\n\nWeb timer\nOur web timer allows you to track time to projects and tasks right inside your browser. This timer does not record activity or screenshots.\n\nDownload screenshots\nDownload screenshots for any member of your organization. Just look for the download icon on the screenshots page.\n\nDuplicate projects\nEasily duplicate a project and what’s in it. Choose what you want to duplicate or leave out in Hubstaff Tasks (project members, workflow settings, tasks, and all their details) or Hubstaff (members, to-dos, client, and budget).\n\nNew schedules page\nThe schedules page has a new look and more options to view. Check out the daily, weekly, and team views all with a click.\n\nOffer per-user pricing\nAdd or remove members from your organization whenever you wish with our per-user plan. Only pay for each user you add after two people. \nRecurring holidays\nChoose from our list of preset holidays, or set a custom holiday that recurs every year. You can even auto-add members who join later.\n\nNotification center\nStay up-to-date and informed with specific alerts from your organization. See each notification until you have completed an associated action.\nNew payments dialog\nWith two clear steps, you know when you’re marking time as paid, and when you’re exporting and sending payments to your team.\n\nIntegrations: Auto-sync new projects\nHubstaff can now automatically add new projects from some of our most popular integrations, so they appear like magic. Works with Asana, Clickup, Trello, JIRA, Pivotal, and Teamwork.\n\nMark to-dos as complete\nYou can now mark a to-do as completed right in your browser. Just go to the To-dos menu, and click the ‘Actions’ drop down.\nApps & URLs report by member\nWhen you’re looking at apps and URLs, you can now customize the report to group data by member, project, or date.\nFilters on members page\nView what you need faster with page filters. See new member role descriptions, and information about your plan, all on one page.\n\nNew settings menu\nWe reorganized the Settings menu into groups so you can find what you’re looking for faster.\n\nShow hide features in the sidebar (add-ons) \nOrganization managers and owners can remove features from the sidebar so you only see the ones you use most. Check out the More features item at the bottom of your sidebar to add or remove each one.\n\nFilters on the timesheets pages\nView timesheets by idle time and activity percentage. This makes it easy to quickly review, edit, and bulk delete.\nView schedule details\nClick on any shift to open a detailed view of the team member, see shift hours, and edit options.\n\nNew reports page\nWe refreshed the look of the reports page and made things easier to find, by removing any reports that aren’t available to you. You won’t see ‘management only’ screens anymore.\n\nStar reports\nEasily view your favorite reports by starring them so that they show up in your sidebar.\n\nMore charts & graphs in reports\nReports are more visual and easier to scan. With charts and graphs, you can get a clear view of your data. Check it out on the Reports page.\nNew sidebar design\nThe new sidebar is wider, lighter, and easier to collapse. You’ll quickly find what you’re looking for and then hide the sidebar once you get there.\n\nQuickly switch between products \nWith a helpful dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the app, you can switch between Hubstaff, Hubstaff Tasks, and Hubstaff Talent.\n\nWhat’s next?\nMark your calendars for …all of 2020 because we have some big announcements coming throughout the year.\nHubstaff\n\nZapier integration \nSyncing all app timers (view, start, stop timer from any device) \nInstant syncing to HS Tasks \nWork orders and jobs \nImprovements to timesheets, time off, invoices, activity, and more\n\nHubstaff Tasks\n\nAutomated standups\nEpics\nTime tracking in Hubstaff Tasks\n\n\nHubstaff behind-the-scenes\nNow that we’ve covered the highlights, let’s take a look at what our team did in 2019.\nWe’re up 15 team members\nWe went from 40 members of our Slack organization at the beginning of 2018 to 55 now. Growth!\nTop Slack users (by messages sent at the end of 2019)\n\n\n\nCarlo Soriano\nRJ David\nSarah Craig\nJared Brown\nMichal Hantl\n\n\n \n \n \n \nWe met up in Mexico\n\nThis year, the Hubstaff team gathered in Cancun, Mexico, for our annual retreat. Volleyball was played. Presentations were given. Karaoke was sung. Friendships were formed to carry us through the next year. \nWe asked the team to summarize the experience:\n“My favorite part of the retreat was the different ways Hubstaff really values a culture of appreciation.\nThe first thing we did to break the ice as an organization was looking one another in the eye, shaking hands, and saying thank you to one another for making the effort to travel and be together.”\n\n\n\n“My favorite part was the last night dinner toast held by Dave and Jared. It added so much value to the entire group, it felt like being part of something great!”\n\n“Just getting time to hang and relax with everyone.”\nFavorite projects from 2019\nWe asked our team what they enjoyed working on the most, and what they’re looking forward to in 2020. Here’s what they had to say.\n“Geofences work. It was new and lots of fun to play around with.”\n“Improving the onboarding experience was a fun one to work on. Teams, new desktop apps, Sprints, and Achievement badges were all fun, too.”\n“I worked on a lot of cool stuff being in QA. I get to experience new features firsthand. However, I would say that the top 3 items that I worked on in 2019 were stand-up updates, job site location tracking and shared tracking state. This last feature introduces the ability to have all time trackers (i.e. desktop, mobile, web timer) to start tracking automatically and sync up the time being tracked when tracking is started in one of our apps.”\n“The best thing I worked on in 2019 was getting Hubstaff listed on RemoteOnly.org. We are a remote only company empowering remote organizations with time tracking, “proof of work” and project management software solutions, and it is awesome to be listed alongside companies with similar values like GitLab, Buffer, Zapier, InVision, Automattic, and others.”\n“Continuing to develop the Job sites UI on the Hubstaff app. Why? Because it was challenging and I got to learn more and more about the new Vue JS framework we started adopting throughout our apps.”\n“I made an Error system for the Payroll Integrations that makes all the errors we display to customers much better and more descriptive. This was a really noticeable change down in support tickets from what I saw.”\nLooking ahead\n“I was recently promoted to become the Director of Customer Experience, and I am PUMPED to be leading our team of awesome customer pros!”\n“We have some big projects planned for the field service industry in 2020, so it will be fun to see that growing.”\n“I want to get the new Payroll integrations added and update the PayPal API to use the new version they have.”\n“I’m looking forward to continuing to see Hubstaff grow and expand into various markets. And I’m really looking forward to our 2020 retreat!”\nWant to get feature updates more often?\nSubscribe and get updates straight to your inbox.