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Can anyone recommend an app or software for tracking billable hours to make it easier to put together and submit timesheets? I work for a small firm and all of our billing/invoicing is done manually. Every couple of weeks I go through my notes to type up my timesheets and I’m wondering if there’s an app that can record my time as I work and then put that all together categorized by client to submit for invoicing. I don’t need to note how much a particular client pays per hour.

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We use Inapp time

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I use Excel. I type in the time I start, the time I stop, and it calculates the time as a decimal rounded to the nearest 0.05 for me. Then I input those into the online service my firm uses to keep track of billables and generate invoices.

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If you don’t need timers, excel would work great. Put client and matter numbers in separate columns and then you’d be able to filter to get reports at client level or for an individual matter. (On accurate timekeeping, I was taught enter your billing contemporaneously ideally, or at least 2 times per day. You lose track of an amazing amount of time when you go back and reconstruct. I know because I get busy and have days I have to reconstruct. I always regret it!)

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Depending on what state you are in, your bar association may have a practice management program that can offer advice as well. The ideal time tracking program will integrate with whatever system/software you use for invoicing/bookkeeping.

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We use InTapp as well. With a little work, you could probably develop an excel spreadsheet that would meet your needs.

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We use TimeMatters; the multiple timers are the most helpful feature. Definitely have to track it in real time or all those 30-second 0.1s tend to fall though the cracks.

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I highly recommend daily time entry, and using a program that has timers. It’s such a time suck to go back and recreate it after the fact.

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We use PCLaw.

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So do we! It's terrible. So ancient.

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I input hours and expenses on a Canadian software cloud app called Freshbooks. It’s flexible, posts payments that I can align with bank statements, and customer support is great.

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We have a time tracking/billing software, but I love to use HoursTracker on iPhone with the Apple Watch widget. I often meet with corporate boards and the watch widget makes clicking in and out of matters so easy, same with going to court.

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Timeular

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