Setting up WorkflowMax

WorkflowMax is highly configurable, so it can be set up to closely match your business needs for quoting, job management, invoicing - and much more.

However, it's likely that some of the default configuration settings may not suit your specific requirements. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you complete the following basic setup steps. This will give you the opportunity to review, and if necessary change, the system configuration settings.

Setting up your organisation

Check and set up your basic organisation settingsThese settings control key features of the way WorkflowMax operates for your business. It's important to at least review (and possibly change) these settings before you start using WorkflowMax.. These settings control the way that WorkflowMax operates for your organisation.

Setting up your staff

Add your staff to the system, and set the staff base ratesThe staff base rate reflects the cost to your business of an hour of a staff member's time. It is not simply their hourly rate but needs to include an allowance for other costs such as holidays, superannuation, sick leave. and staff billing ratesThe staff billing rate is the cost to your client of an hour of your staff member's time. The billing rate has a default value for each staff member that can be overridden on a task, job or client basis if required.. Even if you are the only user of WorkflowMax in your organisation, you still need to set staff rates for accurate job costing and billing.

Setting up your tasks

Create the tasksTasks are the labour components of a job - the activities that staff perform as they work to complete the job. Time can be recorded against specific tasks, and those tasks can display as line items on the invoice. A job must include at least one task if time is to be recorded against that job. that your staff will complete when they work on your jobs, and set the task base ratesThe task base rate reflects the cost to your business of your staff working for an hour on that task. The task base rate is only ever used at the quote stage, and only if you do not assign staff to the tasks in the quote. and task billing ratesThe task billing rate is the cost to your client of your staff working for an hour on that task. The rate has a default value for each task that can be overridden on a job or client basis if required.. You must create tasks before you can add therm to your jobs, quotes or estimates.

Setting up your clients

You will need a clientA client is an organisation or an individual that you are doing work for, usually on a billable basis. See also: billing client. for your first job in WorkflowMax. If you're using the sample data provided with your free trial, your own organisation is already set up as a client. However, you can import or set up clients before you create your first job, or simply create them as part of creating the job.

Optional setup steps

There are some additional, optional setup steps, that you can complete if you are using XeroPowerful cloud-based accounting software that is closely integrated with WorkflowMax for invoicing, payments and reporting., or need to work with costsIn WorkflowMax, the term 'costs' is used to refer to expenses that you will incur when working on jobs. These costs do not include staff labour costs, which are based on the time worked on tasks. Costs may relate to physical items (such as plant, machinery, consumables) or to other expenses such as subcontractors or mileage. or suppliers.

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