How to create a new project to track hours.



Projects are one of the basic building blocks in Standard Time®.  The timesheet displays projects you can enter time against.  Each client can have more than one project, so you can enter time into multiple projects per client.  This video discusses creating a new project with some basic project tasks.  Tasks are optional, meaning that you can enter time directly against a project if you like.

You can actually go as far as you like with projects, or, just log time straight to a project without any hierarchy or tasks.  That makes the product usable by one user consulting companies or large enterprises.  But if you like, you can create a full hierarchy of sub-projects under sub-projects, under the main project.  Under those sub-projects, you can add actual project tasks.  If you are used to Microsoft Project, you'll see the same task hierarchy.  All the hours, dates, and costs roll up to the sub-project and project level to give you a nice dashboard status view.

Project Tasks opens up the program to several completely new things.  For instance, you can view future employee availability.  That means you can assign employees to future tasks when they have nothing to do.  Or, you can see their current allocation to tasks to make sure the are not over-allocated and overworked.  Here's another thing you can do with project tasks: you can use our single-click Quick Task window to start and stop the timer.  Just click a task to start the timer, then work on that task, and then unclick it to stop the timer.  Or, you can click another task to start that one.  Just click, click, click throughout the day as you work on your project.

Since projects are assigned to clients, you can invoice clients for all their projects or a selected one.  You can even break an invoice down to the sub-project level, or to the employee level.  The invoice will contain only the time and expenses you choose.

If you are using Microsoft Project MPP files, you can integrate with it too!  That means your MPP files show up in the timesheet alongside native client projects that you've created in the program.  Once you log time to a Microsoft Project file, you can send your actual work back.  This updates the MPP file with actual employee hours.

Also see: Video: How to integrate with MS Project, Video: Billing Clients


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