Track your time automatically and create timesheets and invoices effortlessly. Chrometa captures every minute of your time as you work on your PC and/or Mac. For more information, check out Chrometa.
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Chrometa is a tool for office workers which has an agent you run on your PC that tracks what you do, the documents you work on, and keeps it in a log which you can use to assign time to jobs/clients. There are also iOS and Android apps which can be used to track time/calls as you do them. This application lets you worry more about the details of your work, and does much of the time tracking in the background for you.
Time tracking, for better or worse, is part of the road to self-improvement in accounting. If you don't know how you spent your time (or if you're not conscious enough to track it contemporaneously), you may not see where you're wasting time and getting stuck in your work. If you bill by the hour (even though you should probably be moving to value pricing models), If you will use Chrometa, I think you'll pay for your annual Chrometa license in the first week you use the tool by capturing additional billable time (assuming you have the will to bill that extra time). Even if you don't end up billing the time, you will gain powerful, indisputable data about where you go on the internet during the day, what e-mails you sent, and what you worked on in apps like OneNote, Evernote, and others.
A final caution - time tracking is like exercise, and Chrometa is like a gym membership - it doesn't work if you don't use it. Track and review the data on a daily basis, especially for the first six weeks, which are critical in forming/breaking habitual behavior. And never forget - applications like Chrometa can't help people who, at their core, don't want to be helped, or won't acknowledge their problems with time tracking.
Brian Tankersley, CPA,CITP, CGMA
Former Technology Editor, The CPA Practice Advisor
Although I am a Xero user, I have not integrated the billing as it is not something my clients need.
My boss liked the Activity Detail I submitted with my invoice so much that she now includes a blurb in her sales pitch and proposal about how detailed and accurate we are with our time reporting.
I run Chrometa on the PC in my office, my Mac at home, and on my Android phone. It captures the time I spend on each device and syncs it up centrally for me in my main account.
I use Xero as the central source of my client list. Chrometa syncs up with this list, so that I can assign my time entries to the right client (or better yet let the rules do this for me) - and then I send the time entries back across to Xero as invoices.
Once you start keeping your time automatically you'll never go back to notes and timers!
EDIT: The review below this, from Dragos Ailiesei, says my claim is not true, because there are reports you can export. Unfortunately, the reports you can export are not very useful for billing. That is why Chrometa charges for the useful ones.
EDIT: Motivated by Dragos's response, I tried Chrometa again and they have indeed improved their reporting enormously. As this was the only thing making it useless, I am trying it again and so far it is looking good.