CPA Practice Advisor

NOV 2018

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20 NOVEMBER 2018 ■ REVIEW: TIME & BILLING SYSTEMS Chrometa Time Tracking Chrometa is a time-tracking application well suited for accounting and CPA firms, as well as other professional firms and freelance professionals. Chrometa is unique, as it requires nothing from the user other than installation, automatically tracking all computer activity without any user input needed. Designed to work on both PC and Mac operating systems, Chrometa also offers a mobile app that will track phone calls and texts on any Android device, with users able to then send the billable time entries directly to a timesheet, invoice, or billing system. An iOS app is also available. Chrometa is a good fit for small to mid-sized professional firms as well as freelancers. Chrometa is designed to make it easy to keep track of all time utilized throughout the day, eliminating missed billing opportunities. Chrometa currently offers Solo and Team Plans, with Solo Standard running $19 per user per month, Solo Plus running $29 per user per month, and Solo Premium running $49 per user per month. The Standard and Plus plans work with up to six connected devices, with the Premium plan offering connectivity with an unlimited number of devices. Team Standard, Team Plus, and Team Premium plans are also available at the same cost as the Solo plans, with the Team plans including shared client, matter, and project capability. All plans include one hour of personal training time. Read the full review for this product online at: 12435021 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING ImagineTime ImagineTime Time and Billing is part of the ImagineTime suite of practice management applications. ImagineTime is well suited for accounting firms and legal firms of any size and can be utilized as a traditional desktop application or accessed via the cloud for anytime, anywhere access. ImagineTime also offers mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices that allow complete mobile timekeeping capability, making it easy to record time and billing information from just about any device. New for iOS app users is the ability to email invoices to clients as a PDF directly from any iOS device. ImagineTime uses a ribbon style menu that is completely customizable based on the employee roles. The product has also maintained its legacy menu, with users able to choose between the two during product setup. A report wizard simplifies custom report creation, with users able to save all custom reports for access at a later date. Prices vary for ImagineTime, with the desktop version starting at $295 for a single user. ImagineTime Cloud starts at $30 per user per month. Both options offer add-on modules that are priced separately. Read the full review for this product online at: 12435017 5 2018 OVERALL RATING TSheets Recently acquired by Intuit, TSheets offers an intuitive and accurate way to track employee time. While the product can be used to also track job and project hours, it is better suited for the former rather than the latter. Completely web-based, TSheets also offers good integration capability with a variety of third-party applications. TSheets offers excellent timekeeping options, particularly for smaller businesses, though the company does offer a 100+ user plan as well. TSheets currently offers three plans: a free plan that works well for freelancers and very small businesses, a 2-99 user plan which currently runs $7.20 per active user per month, and a 100+ user plan that is also priced at $7.20 per active user, per month. All plans include detailed reporting capability, access to any third-party integration available, the time clock kiosk option, an optional scheduling feature, payroll and invoicing capability, mobile apps with GPS tracking technology, overtime alerts, and PTO tracking capability, as well as unlimited customer support. Those interested can also download a trial version of TSheets. Read the full review for this product online at: 12435016 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING Time & Billing Apps For business owners and accounting firms that are looking for a simpler way to track time and expenses without investing a lot of money, there are a variety of apps available that may fit the bill. As an added bonus, along with tracking time, many of these apps offer a multitude of extra features as well. The following apps are definitely worth a second look: Toggl 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING ATracker 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING Harvest 4.75 2018 OVERALL RATING ClockShark 4.75 2018 OVERALL RATING Time Camp 5 2018 OVERALL RATING Read the full review for these products online at: 12435014

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