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In Abtrac, you can change the way the invoice looks, for ease of viewing or to suit your preferences.Continue reading
The purpose of this functionality is to categorise the reasons for write offs and write ons, and therefore more easily report on them. The starting point is putting together a list of valid reasons.Continue reading
This is applicable to users with the Debtor Management ModuleContinue reading
In Abtrac, a percentage admin fee can be added onto an invoice.Continue reading
If you are within a mobile coverage area, or on Wifi, you can access and use AbtracOnline on your mobile device, IPad, tablet or laptop.
This is useful for managing timesheets, looking up contact details and addresses in particular while away from your desk.Continue reading
Two Factor Authentication
When using Abtrac two factor authentication, a code will be sent to the user’s email address which is required to be entered before gaining access to Abtrac. This will confirm the device they are working on is a trusted device.
Each user can opt to remember this device for 30 days or they can get a new code every time they login in.Continue reading
Whether you are evaluating a trial version or getting ready to go live with Abtrac, you’ll need to adjust/enter some default settings before you start.
Typically your Abtrac account will have no data, nor any customised settings when you first login. This article contains a step by step quick guide for administrators – taking you through page by page to verify that the settings in Abtrac suit your company’s needs.Continue reading
It’s possible to limit access for Abtrac users by office, enabling them to only view and edit offices to which they have been assigned.
This is useful to help employees find information related to their particular office or even if you have multiple companies within the one Abtrac data file, it helps keep your companies separated.
We recommend that if you are interested in using this feature that you satisfy yourself that all relevant data in Abtrac has an office assigned.
If you’ve been using multiple offices for some time this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you are new to multiple offices or otherwise wary of data inaccuracies then the Abtrac support team are available for consulting to ensure accuracy and a smooth transition.
A Job/Project Task is the bit of the job you are working on – and can budget against. Sometimes they are called Stages or Phases.
What if I use the same tasks all the time?
When you set up Abtrac we recommend you create a non-billable client for your own company, and within that client you can setup some template jobs and assign the tasks which are structured with the details of the most common types of jobs you undertake.
Once you have template job and tasks created, each time you create a new client job you can choose to Copy Tasks from the template job to the new job.
If you find that you work on the same types of jobs/projects and some of the information is the replicated from one job to another, then you can use the Clone Job/Project feature in AbtracOnline. This will simply duplicate the job and selected details and save the job to the existing jobs client.
You can setup template jobs/projects for the different types of work you do and then clone these jobs when you have a real job of the same type.
If you find that you work on the same clients and projects from one week to the next you can use a previous timesheet as a template and save some data entry. Here’s how to clone all the clients, projects, and tasks from one week to the next.
Once you’ve started using Tasks for your projects and timesheets you can learn from them over time.
Tasks(also known as Stages, Phases or Matters) can be used to see how good staff are in getting through work allotted to them, as well as how good you are in your estimates.
You can analyse data entered against tasks either as hours worked or a budget amount.
Even if you don’t have a budget or estimate for a task (be it a variation, or something that you are charging at an hourly rate) it’s a good idea to assign the item of work as a task to your project. You can leave the hours and fee value equal to zero.
Later on you can look at the actual time and cost assigned to the task and get a better idea of budgeting for the next job of the same type. Or you can use the tasks to simply know approximately how much time these variations to jobs typically take (and how they can affect staffing and scheduling of other jobs).
After using Abtrac for about 18 months, one of our clients, told us “I work out the budget very scientifically and then I add on 30%”.
He’d learnt after using Abtrac for that period of time that he was under-quoting and thus writing off to that extent on nearly every project.
We’d recommend reading this article about Actual vs Budget reports in conjunction with our Creating and Managing Tasks article, and also this one here which includes a glossary of the data within the Actual vs Budget reports.
If you are using AbtracOnLine reports for KPI’s it’s possible to balance the reporting of employees working overtime by looking at scaled cost rates.
Scaled cost rates spread an employee cost across their actual hours worked, as opposed to cost rates which work with the required hours for the period.
The following reports in Abtrac include an option for scaled cost rates:
- Invoice Listing
- Invoices vs Time and Disbursements by Project
- Fees & Cost by Employee, Client & Project
Scaled Cost Rates are a modified version of the cost rate. They effectively scale back the cost rate across an excessive number of hours to those specified in an employees required units per timesheet.