Warning: this post is a shameless commercial promotion.
I have a secret. I have been working on an IPhone app. I am proud to announce that it’s finished and for sale in the App Store. Current price: $4.99. It’s called Bill It.
I created Bill It because I needed it myself. I am a consultant, and I use QuickBooks to bill my clients. The edition of QuickBooks that I use comes with a nice time entry feature that makes it pretty easy to bill my clients based on time and materials. But it’s inconvenient to open QuickBooks whenever I want to record my time. But if I wait, I forget, and that’s bad. I have used various mobile apps to capture my time — first on a Palm device, then on my IPhone. But this presents a different problem: double entry. It’s a hassle to transcribe hours from one screen to another, but the real problem is accuracy. Each transcription carries with it a small risk of error. Billing errors are bad.
So I created Bill It. Bill It lets me enter my time on the go with no friction. The time is accurate because I enter it when it’s fresh in my mind. When billing time rolls around, it’s a couple of taps to send myself an email with a file attached. I open QuickBooks, and with a few clicks the time is imported. No fear of errors, and very little hassle.
Bill It Lite
A pet peeve of mine is paying for an app that I will never use. Even if it’s only a buck. On the other hand I don’t mind paying a premium price for an app I will use regularly. So I created Bill It Lite, which lets users try out every aspect of Bill It before they pay for it. Another pet peeve is when I try out a lite version only to realize that I must redo a bunch of setup and data entry when I buy the full version. Not with Bill It Lite. Users can buy the full version right in the app. No new app. No redoing setup and data entry.