The Way We Work

Being a freelancer or hiring freelance contractors often means working closely with professionals from around the globe—even just another part of the country.

Perhaps you’ve been there already: Your sound and connection test are done, your meeting prep is complete, and you join a meeting only to find no one else there. You soon realize you’re actually early—or worse, late—because you forgot to adjust for time differences.

If you are part of a large project that requires the cooperation of several people, or even if you are meeting one-on-one with a client or freelancer, things can get confusing if you can’t keep your time zones straight. Here are four resources and ideas to keep you on time, every time.

1. is a web solution that boasts a timezone converter and a world clock. The timezone converter allows you to convert any past, present, or future time and takes daylight saving time (DST) into account. You can even create a personal profile and configure your own world clock to include all the time zones that are relevant to your specific needs.

2. World Time Buddy (chrome extension)

World Time Buddy

Designed for at-a-glance conversions, World Time Buddy is a Chrome extension can also serve as a meeting scheduler.

3. World Clock Mobile App

World Clock Mobile App

The World Clock Mobile app is available for both iPhone and Android. Much like their website mentioned above, these apps allow for accurate conversions across timezones.

4. A Physical Installation

Timezone clocks

And if you are tired of relying on apps for everything, you can always go with an old school wall installation—multiple labeled clocks, each set to a different time zone. Or stack several watches to do the same! Keep in mind, however, that this will not save you from any sneaky DST changes; you will need to set calendar alarms for each zone you need to monitor.

Do you have a go-to method of keeping track of important time zones? Tell us in the comments!

images via TimeAndDate.comChrome Web Store,
iTunes, Jean L. on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

As the Social Media Community Manager at Upwork, Melanie Feltham works closely with the social team to engage Upwork's active social audience. Her spare time is spent walking the lakeshore near her home office in Toronto, drawing and painting wildlife, and working on passion projects–the latest, a book about misconceptions spread by popular media. Connect with her on Twitter @MelanieFeltham to find out more about… read more