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Meet Chrometa: Track Every Second Of Billable Time Passively

Meet Chrometa: Track Every Second Of Billable Time Passively

Bethenny Carl
Website Planet had the chance to sit down and chat with Chihab Bahhadi, CTO of Chrometa. We discussed how the company started, what makes this time tracking software stand out, and what opportunities are out there for aspiring entrepreneurs in the SaaS industry.

Let’s introduce Chrometa to our audience. What is it and how does it work?

Chrometa is a passive time tracker: It’s an application that records every document you work on, every website you visit, every email you work on and every application you use on your Mac or PC, and for how long. It is similar to your Chrome or Firefox browsing history, but extended to all applications and programs on your computer and not just to your internet activity.

How did it all start, and what are your achievements to this day?

Back in 2007, a friend who was also a lawyer, was facing the stopwatch problem for his timekeeping: Oftentimes, you forget to start or stop the stopwatch and end up with an inaccurate timesheet. He suggested creating an app that would automatically record your work and build a timesheet from the logs.

By 2008, Chrometa for Windows was on the market, followed by its Mac version in 2010, and in 2011 we moved to the cloud.

Since then, we extended the product to include passive time tracking, automated screenshots, automatic time allocation and over 50 integrations.

How does your mission differ from the other companies in your niche?

Early on, we recognized that time tracking is a tedious and boring task, regardless of the solution.

So we took a different approach to the user experience:

The LESS time you spend in Chrometa, the BETTER.

By having an application running in the background, collecting data, allocating to clients and projects and then exporting to third party systems, we offer a frictionless experience to our users, who just need to login to their usual accounting system or practice management app and the data – processed by Chrometa – is there.

Who are your typical clients and what problems do they have when they come to you?

About 60% of our clients are in the legal industry, 20% in accounting and 20% of freelancers. The number one problem they have is being able to account for all the billable hours, especially when the work happened a few weeks back.

And what makes them eventually choose you over your competitors?

The main reasons for choosing Chrometa over the competition are:
  • The robustness of the product
  • A wide selection of integrations
  • A frictionless experience
  • A dedicated support team

Can you share one success story from your customers? What was their pain point, and what results did they get thanks to Chrometa?

For the past 35 years, Philip L. Schwartz, a partner at the Law Offices of Schwartz, has dedicated his decades-long career to creating family law and divorce strategies and solutions. He strives to achieve the best possible results for each client based upon their specific needs.

Through Chrometa, Law Offices of Schwartz is able to more effectively manage, budget, and bill these complex matters and their many customers.

Easy Setup
Despite needing a comprehensive solution with access controls and custom timekeeping integrations, Law Offices of Schwartz was able to get started with ClickTime almost immediately.

“It’s so easy to set up. I was able to build a comprehensive system very quickly,” said Philip L. Schwartz. “In minutes, all my emails were automatically transferred to Clio as billable time”

Powerful Reports
With dozens of staffing, productivity, and employee utilization reports, Chrometa gives the Law Offices of Schwartz a 360-degree view of their business. The time tracking and project management software empowers Law Offices of Schwartz with actionable data that enables them to more effectively budget and staff projects of all sizes.

“It was clear from day one that Chrometa is built for businesses like ours,” said Schwartz. “It’s easy to map out costs, employee availability, and project budgets.”

“Chrometa is truly one of a kind,”said Schwartz. I’ve explored the competitors, and Chrometa rises above the fray. Whether you have five employees or 500, the system offers a robust solution for time tracking, budgeting, and staffing optimization.”

What do you see in the future of your industry, and how do you plan to cope?

AI is definitely disrupting all industries, including ours. We simply cannot offer the same products with the rise of AI assistants. Our plan is to incorporate AI as much as we can, while protecting our users’ data and adding more value to our customers

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