Bill4Time is an application that can be useful for professionals, lawyers, freelancers and accountants. It offers an easy way for such professionals to track the time spent on a project accurately in order to submit professional-looking invoices to their clients. Bill4Time enables its users to easily track the time and expenses related to a project from the web app, a desktop widget or from one's mobile device. Information about one's various projects and clients can be kept in a single, secure place using Bill4Time. Users can also create professional invoices to send to their clients that includes the user's logo and unique design and can be sent via email to speed up the payment process and offer convenience for all parties. Users can also generate reports from this application including: time & expense, client & project, financial, productivity and more. Bill4time also integrates with QuickBooks making it so users do not need to input the information twice. Clients can also stay up to date on projects by accessing the Bill4Time customer-facing information through their own special portal. Bill4Time aims to become an important part of many professional businesses that rely upon billing by hour.
Bill4Time is used by a number of law practices, CPA's and universities such as Mayer Galligan Law, Intellect Marketing Group and HCMS Partners. The Bill4Time team is a US-based operation out of Bellevue, Washington. The company was founded in 2006 and its parent company is Broadway Billing Systems. Bill4Time considers itself "a leading web-based time billing software serving both small and large professional service firms."
Bill4Time is different from other time-billing applications in that it offers a comprehensive list of features and a number of customization options. Also, its client-facing portal is an excellent feature that differentiates it from other applications. Also, it is one of the few apps to work on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry operating systems in addition to its web-app functionality. The application also offers a free 30 day trial and offers student, affiliate and an entrepreneur's program.
Bill4Time is very straightforward. The app is clean, responsive and easy to use. There were no issues accessing any part of this application during the review. Additionally, users are supported by a solid technical support team and can request assistance anytime via email or phone. The site can boast a 99.99% uptime for both 2011 and year to date in 2012.
New users can sign up for Bill4Time by accessing the pricing page. From there, new users can select a price plan that works best for them, or just start off with the 30 day free trial. The application requests the following information to setup a new account: full name, email address (will be their username too), company name, a company ID (short code to identify the company), password and they will need to accept the site's terms of service.
As stated, there is a 30-day free trial available. From there, users can elect to stay on the Free plan which offers service for 3 clients, 5 projects and 1 additional user. The cheapest, paid plan runs $19.99/ month and is called Bill4Time's Lite plan This plan includes service for 20 clients, 30 projects and additional users can be added for $9.99/ month. Finally, Bill4Time offers a Pro plan that runs $39.99/ month. This plan includes service for unlimited projects and unlimited clients and additional users can be added for a special price of $9.99/ month.
Bill4Time is a good application for anyone who relies on billable hours for getting paid. This can include lawyers, freelancers, CPA's and other professionals. Additionally, its free package and free trial makes the service very accessible for different people. The only issue is that this serves a pretty niche market, but for those that do fall into these categories, this can be a very powerful application.