Getting started with your invoicing normally starts with a few reports to see who you’re invoicing and for how much. This can then be checked with project managers to confirm they are ready to invoice the clients and if they are happy with the amounts.
There are two basic reports that can get you going. Unbilled Work Quick Summary and Timesheet Entries.
Unbilled Work Quick Summary
Unbilled Work Quick Summary is found in the invoicing section and as the name suggests this will be a summarised report that you can run against one or all jobs to see quickly whats outstanding out of all your billable time.
Timesheet Entries (Billable WIP Only)
The Timesheet entries reports are found in the Timesheet Entries section and can be used for invoicing and also general reporting. The trick is to tick ‘Billable WIP’ (shown below) to only show information that hasn’t yet been billed.
The timesheet entries report shows information based on timesheets which may be easier for a project manager to confirm what’s billable, what to hold for the next billing cycle or what may need to be written off.
As mentioned this is the simplest way to get information to show what may be billed. Both of these reports have a number of grouping and filtering which can change the information shown, and there are also other reports that show the information in greater detail. If you would like to know more about reports used for invoicing please contact us.
Simple, fewer pieces of information to load means you will have a faster system.
Screens such as the searches, timesheet entries, invoices, and some reports all load with the current data that is available in the system, so it’s pretty straightforward to think that making items non-current will give you a quicker response for all these pages.
Modern browsers are getting smarter (or scarier) and can remember the information you have put into forms on websites and this is not just AbtracOnline but any form you fill out.
Sometimes this information will be automatically put into AbtracOnline if the browser thinks that it’s saving you time by adding the information for you.
Here are the instructions on how to turn that off if you find it more of a hindrance than helpful. (n.b. these instructions are accurate as at September 2018 and may change as the browsers change. Feel free to call us for assistance if they don’t make sense.)
Work Items are a list of things to do on a job. They are lower than tasks, (aka stages or phases). They are small steps of work that can be ‘ticked off’ as they are completed. If you already have a QA Check List of some sort for each project, then Abtrac Work Items are quite possibly the exact same concept. Examples of a work item might be a day-long site visit, or a 4 hour piece of work in the office to write a report. Each of these and more may be all under a task (aka stage or phase) of “Feasibility Planning”.
Most offices start the week and look ahead several weeks sketching out work to be done and spreading it around the office for people to do. Using Abtrac work items the benefit is everyone knows what is being done and how long it is expected to take.
We recommend you run AbtracOnLine with Google Chrome where possible. When doing so you can take advantage of the Chrome language settings, and the customisable dictionaries within the Google Chrome browser.
Before you start using Actual vs Budget reports it’s useful to understand where the data they display comes from. We’ve included a definition for the relevant columns, (including an example calculation where applicable) in this article, to be read side by side with Creating and managing tasks, and Actual vs Budget Reports.
You can export any data from Abtrac to Microsoft Excel for analysis via the reports screen.
In some instances, for commonly exported screens and reports the data is ‘pre-cleaned’ and will export in a similar format to the report preview.
In other instances the export may result in ‘messy’ data, where the formatting is not as expected. This export format depends on the report data, your version of Abtrac, and your version of Microsoft.
You may need to ‘clean up’ the exported file in order to remove blanks and groupings from the original report. Read on for tips on using excel to tidy your exported information, and how to export data from reports and other screens in both AbtracOnLine and Abtrac5.
There’s a difference between how to do things, and how things work.
If you are new to AbtracOnLine, be it coming to Abtrac from our desktop version or another system we have a few pointers to ensure you get off to the best possible start.
This article contains a lot of our tips and tricks about the Abtrac interface. When you are getting started it’s worth a read to learn all the little tweaks and tricks to ensure you have Abtrac looking, feeling and working in a way that suits you.
Read on to learn how to use AbtracOnLine, and how to…