Consultants, how do you spend your Friday?
Consultants, how do you spend your Friday? If you are like many consultants we know, you find yourself spending a ton of time with clients throughout the week, then trying to make sense of your “billable hours” on Friday afternoon so that you are sure to account for your time & materials for the week. After all, you don’t want those overhead hours to exceed “a certain percentage” of your time, do you? (at ProOnGo, we know a few consultants close enough that we know a few of the pain points of being a consultant!)
Anyway, let us give you a better way to speed up your billings. The newest version of our iPhone app (and versions of our BlackBerry app going way back to last year), make it easy to handle your billings like this:
1) Every time you spend time with a client, throw it on the calendar app on your phone
2) At the end of the week, crack open ProOnGo, and import those calendar entries as billable time
3) Run an Excel-based report from ProOnGo, to summarize hours spent, alongside any receipt-based expenses that you wish to pass through to the client.
Here’s how it works in our iPhone app (and BlackBerry is equally easy to use)…
First, press the “+” button in the toolbar to add a new expense.
Second, scroll through your recent calendar items, and tap on whichever ones you wish to import as time expenses.
Third, tap on the “Reports” button to generate a clean, simple, easy-to-understand spreadsheet that summarizes your billable time. If you are a ProOnGo business-level subscriber, you can even get us to create your billable-time report in a custom format of your choice… so that you can literally generate your client invoice directly from the reports screen inside of ProOnGo Expense.
If you follow these three steps, you should be well on your way to spending LESS time organizing your billable time for invoicing purposes, freeing up more time to bail out of the office early on Friday .