In any professional services firm the employees’ time is the firm’s most valuable asset. By increasing the billable hours the firm can boost its profitability considerably. The aim of this business software is to help management with analysis of billable hours/debitable rate and give them the information needed to take decisions for improved profitability.
The system comprises a range of flexible business software modules that can be customized based on your company’s exact needs.
Through the customer registry the user can set up a default hourly rate for a client. For each client a number of projects can be set up. A default hourly rate, if it differs from the client default rate, can be set up for each project.
Each project consists of a project structure (basically list of things to do). For a software development project, the project structure can look like this:
Each item in the project structure is called a project segment.
In short, the time and billing software handles both simple and complex projects and billing strategies thanks to its flexible design. Read more about how this is done below.
Once the project structure is set up, a work order can be registered for the project. When adding a work order the user will assign one or many project segments to the work order, thereby creating a to-do item. A to-do item is the combination of a work order and project segment, e.g. “Version 1.0 -> Project planning”.
The reason for this set-up is that it allows the company to accept multiple work orders for the same application structure. It may be, for example, that the client requires a new web design to be implemented in the project three months after completion of the project. Instead of having to create a new project segment for this requirement, which would become quite messy if repeated, the user just need to add a new work order. The user would assign the segment “web design” to the work order, thereby creating the new to-do item. This system works for any industry though and not just IT.
There are many more advantages with the work order set-up:
It is on the to-do items that employees book time (screenshot). The to-do items can have different hourly rates.
Different billing types can be assigned to to-do items such as:
In addition, a specific hourly rate can be set for an employee. E.g., the company may want to charge the client more for time spent by senior employees.
The time and billing module is linked to the company’s time clock system. This allows the system to make sure that all time that employees’ clock are booked. When the employees, through the staff self service portal book time (screenshot), the employees must account for how all clocked in time has been spent (even though some of it, such as additional breaks, may be booked as “employee unpaid”).
The module can be linked to the invoice management software (case) to provide maximum value. This gives management and administration access to a range of powerful reports.
The company is now storing all information on what employees should get paid for, what clients should get charged for and how exactly time has been spent; so the company has got a great opportunity to do data mining and analysis. Some of the reports that have been included in the business software are:
Fast and accurate billing data means that you can bill your clients quicker, improve cash flow and profitability.
The system is scalable and neatly structured. Even if your company is working for the same client for years, the to-do list will stay clean and uncluttered, and you will still have 100% control of the budget of specific tasks.
As budgeted tasks are grouped together into work orders it is easy to keep track of profitability of a specific work order. You can track over-budget projects easily.
As all time (both billable and non-billable) will be linked to a client you will be able to analyze profitability of a client for any given time period.
Contact LiteBreeze today to learn how a time and billing management module can be developed and customized for your business!