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.
From System Management in Abtrac your business details can include information for multiple branches/offices.
These Offices or Branches can also be applied to each employee, job or project and carried through to invoicing and analysis.
You can then run reports by office – comparing performance and profitability between branches and managing workflow.
It’s also useful when you have one tax entity but different physical addresses, and different invoicing and accounting requirements between locations.
There’s also an option to limit access for Abtrac users by office, enabling them to only view and edit offices to which they have been assigned.
When using multiple offices in Abtrac there are a few things to bear in mind.
The Timesheet Entries report shows : timesheet comments, timesheet units and the total charge/cost extension for each timesheet line. It also provides detailed entries for employee and company disbursements.
There are quite a few variations on the ‘basic’ timesheet entries report with options for lots of different filters, groups and sub-groupings.
As well as looking at how much was billed each month end we recommend you look at your write off percentages. Use one of the WIP reports from Performance Reports > Management Analysis:
- WIP Write-offs and Write-ons by Invoice
- WIP Write-offs and Write-ons by Project, or
- Write-offs and Write-ons by Project and Invoice are all good places to start.
Some management reports in Abtrac review data by invoice, others do it by individual invoice lines. In particular some Employee Profitability, Fees Earned, and Write Off reports go into this detail.
If you want to analyse write offs (ons) at the employee or invoice level then the method you use to write off time is important.
When choosing an existing invoice line to assign WIP you need to be aware that this write off time will affect these reports. And reports already circulated will then have different recovery numbers which will obviously confuse some people.