About Us

Hi. My name is Scott Johnston, CEO of 17NorthSolutions, and developer of ChronoBeans.

ChronoBeans came about as a result of observing my wife, an independent graphic designer and marketing consultant, deal with the frustrating monthly process of documenting work logs and creating invoices for clients. I would watch her spending hours piecing together notes and emails to create detailed logs for clients, and then total up billable time to create the invoice. None of this effort could be billed to the client and was lost time. While her level of work log detail was in my opinion a little overboard, it no doubt benefited her customers and clearly showed her billing was ethical. Because of the time involved and nature of this end-of-month task it was often pushed off, resulted in delayed billing and therefore longer delays in getting paid.

No off-the-shelf accounting packages, project tools, or CRM software seemed to resolve this problem. I could see that a simple application to record time and work effort, supporting various clients and projects, would be a great tool for any independent professional. So I got to work.

Another of my design requirements was for this to be a real application that runs on your own computer - and not just another tool in the cloud. I want all ChronoBeans users to be assured that their customer rate information, time entries, and invoice/payment data is only stored on your computer - not in the cloud.

ChronoBeans (released in 2017) is now on version 2.0 and has grown into a reliable desktop application for my wife (who thinks I’m a hero) and a wide range of self-employed people who appreciate easy to use time tracking and invoicing with payment accounting features.

Lastly, I understand the financial pressures that are inherent to the new gig economy, especially at startup. That’s why ChronoBeans v2.0 is FREE to download and use for up to 2 clients and 6 projects for as long as you like. This gives you the opportunity to see for yourself how ChronoBeans can help you track billable hours and simplify your billing process. As your business grows (or anytime you want) you can subscribe to ChronoBeans for only $7 a month. Are you ready to simplify invoicing so you can spend more time enjoying life?

Thank you for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. I invite you to use the Free version as long as you like.