I've heard fellow practitioners complain for years about the sorry state of "time and billing" software. [Note that current vendors have almost all escalated at least their products NAMES to the "Practice Management" level.] The sad fact is that lower-end products don't have enough horsepower and upper-end products are too costly and too complex for many small firms. The Holy Grail in this genre' has always been a "lite" product designed to create a pool of small users all growing [in theory] into ready made customers for the "real" product. Frankly, no one has ever been able to pull it off. In past lives I spent many hours in meetings discussing this very topic and the conclusion was always the same: It's [almost] impossible to determine WHICH features to "leave out" of the starter product! Well, the news of the day is that Best Software has decided to give it a go via their CPA Software business unit. Read the press release here.
The offerring claims comprehensive time and billing capabilities for firms up to ten employees needing a robust and affordable solution. CPAPractice Manager – Time & Billing Edition is built for small, growing firms as an easy-to-use solution for effective management. It provides a direct migration path to Best Software’s CPAPractice Manager standard edition.