As many readers of this blog realize, I’ve been searching for financial programs that run on Mac OS. Unfortunately all of the software that I’ve tested thus far has sucked something fierce. Enter Billings 2 written by Marketcircle.
Billings 2 is a program that manages time tracking and invoicing.
The basis of time tracking is the “Time Slip.” A Time Slip can be thought of a piece of paper that identifies what you’re working on and how long it takes. (I think a lot of contractors can relate to this time tracking philosophy.) Time Slips are then bundled together into Invoices.
The application also tracks taxes, estimates, and retainers.
The application data seems to be stored in SQL Lite. This makes reporting easier.
This leads me to my favorite part of the application - the reporting engine. It is the most powerful reporting engine feature that I’ve come across. If you are familiar with Oracle Reports, or any other reporting engine then you can pretty much jump right into creating your own Invoices. For an in-depth look at the reporting engine and how to create custom invoices, check out the Report Engine Concepts document.
Overall, I definitely think that any consultant looking to change applications, or looking to make the switch to Mac should take a look at this application.