It’s officially a new year! In the fuss of all your regular year-end tasks, don’t forget to review these sometimes overlooked items: Timekeeper Rates, Timekeeper Profitability Figures, Client and Task Based Billing Budgets, and General Ledger Budgets!
It’s a new year and you want to increase your timekeeper rates, but how can you make the change happen for all applicable timekeepers on a specific date?
Tabs3 Billing makes it easy to seamlessly update timekeeper rates. You can specify the new rates and the effective date for the change, and the software will then automatically use the new rates for any applicable fees saved for that date or later. Transactions entered for a prior date will use the old rates.
To easily determine current timekeeper rates, run the Timekeeper List (From the Quick Launch, search for and select “Timekeeper List”).
To update rates and set an effective date for the new rates
Tip: Once you are certain fees will not be entered for dates prior to the new rates, use the Move Rates button in the Timekeeper file to easily move rates from the New Rate 1-6 fields to the Hourly Rate 1-6 fields.
If any time was entered with old timekeeper rates prior to updating the Effective Date of New Rates and New Rate fields, and the transactions are still in work-in-process, you can use Change WIP Transactions (In the Quick Launch, search for and select “Change WIP Transactions”) to change transactions all at once. (Note: Because Change WIP Transactions can make changes to a large number of transactions in the software at one time, we strongly recommend making a backup prior to using this program.)
If you run the Timekeeper Profitability Report, or you plan to start, you may want to review and update the profitability figures (overhead) set up for each timekeeper. Firms typically update a timekeeper’s overhead when their salary or benefits, such as insurance, change. These figures can be used by the Timekeeper Profitability Report to determine a timekeeper’s realized profit.
To easily determine current timekeeper overhead, run the Timekeeper List (From the Quick Launch, search for and select “Timekeeper List”), making sure to select the Overhead Amounts check box.
To update a timekeeper’s overhead
Now that your firm’s timekeepers are squared away, consider reevaluating any budgets you currently have set up for your clients and adjust as necessary.
Setting up client budgets, and keeping them updated, helps ensure you are not spending more time than desired on a client’s matter. You can optionally select to display a warning when a fee or cost transaction is added if the budgeted hours or amount for the client has been exceeded.
To easily determine current budgets set up for each client, run the Client Budget Report (In the Quick Launch, search for and select “Client Budget Report”).
To update a client’s budget
Task Based Billing Budgets
Like client budgets, it is a good idea to review how much you have budgeted for task based billing clients’ activities and expenses. You can optionally display a budget exceeded warning when more than the amount entered for the phase or task is saved.
To easily determine current task based billing budgets for each client, run the Task Code Budget Report (From the Quick Launch, search for and select “Task Code Budget Report”).
To update a client’s task based billing budget
General Ledger Budgets
Budgets for your general ledger expense accounts are a must, and Tabs3 General Ledger (GL) makes it easy to set up budgets for a new year!
To easily determine current budgets for each account, run the Budget Report (In the Quick Launch, search for and select “Budget Report”).
To update budgets in GL
It’s easy to overlook these periodic maintenance items. Be sure to schedule some time to make sure rates, overhead figures, and budgets are all current!