Billings Touch for iPhone review

Billings Touch is a free time- and expense-tracking and billing app for your iPhone. It can link and sync with the Billings desktop application for the Mac (www.marketcircle.com, £29.99). Syncing with Billings and emailing invoices from Billings Touch require a £8.99 in-app purchase, though.

Billings Touch is project-based. It requires you to create projects, associate those projects with clients, and create slips to track what you’ve done on a specific project. Slips can include a variety of billable items including things you sell, mileage, expenses, fixed price services, and time-billed services.

To get to work, simply select the slip type that you want to use, add some basic information (such as hourly rate and a name for your slip), and then kick off the timer. Billings Touch’s timers run in the background until you pause or stop them, even when you’re using other apps. You can also use timers on fixed-price slips to help you keep track of how much time you’re spending, and how much money you’re making per hour, on projects where you’re charging a flat rate.

One of Billings Touch’s best features is its ability to create and send invoices. If there are items ready to be billed, you’ll see a small Invoice button at the top of the project screen. Tapping the button takes you to a new screen where you can select the active slips you want to include in your invoice. Once completed, you can send your invoice right from Billings Touch.

OUR VERDICT

Billings Touch can’t create and send estimates or statements; it lacks reporting features and some of the fancier templates found in Billings for the Mac. So if you want those features, you’ll have to buy the desktop program and use Billings Touch’s sync feature.

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