If you haven't viewed our video tutorial yet, here's a short section about projects. Below the video, you will find written instructions as well.
Please go to Projects tab to add a new project to your account.
Choose a method by which a billable amount should be calculated for this project.
NOT BILLABLE (you do not wish for the billable amount to be calculated from your time logs)
PROJECT RATE (you wish for all tracked time on this project to be billed at the same hourly rate)
TASK-BASED RATE (you wish to have different rates for different tasks. In this case you need to enter the hourly rate for each task when adding tasks to your project)
MEMBER-BASED RATE (you wish for billable amounts to be calculated from the hourly rate of each team member. In this case you need to set the hourly rate on each team members’ profile.)
Rounding of time (PRO plan feature)
You can choose to round your time for billing purposes. You can set the tracked time to be either round-up, round down, or round to the nearest interval.
For example, this will come in handy, if you bill in 15-minute increments and do not wish to show the exact tracked time in the reports or use the exact time when preparing an invoice. For your purposes, the actual duration will of course still be preserved.
Approval settings (PRO plan feature)
By turning this feature on, all recorded time logs will be shown as pending, before you approve them. You will be able to dynamically choose whether to only show approved logs in the reports or to show all time logs, including the pending ones.
Now you’ve created your project. There are some more options to add to it.
If you wish, you are able to track time on specific tasks that will be performed on a project. This way you will get more detailed and insightful reports and also be able to plan time better.
If you set a task-based budget for your project, you will be able to set a budget (in total hours, billable amount, or cost) for each task. This way you can follow its progress. When a task is finished, you can mark it as completed. You can create one or more task lists for a project and add tasks with detailed descriptions to them.
If you expect to have the same tasks across more projects, you can create and use task templates. This way you will be able to add them to projects faster. To get to a list of task templates, use this button when creating a task:
If you assign a budget to your project, all administrators and project managers will be reminded when it’s close to its limit.
The budget can be set in total hours, billable amount, or costs. The billable amount represents the total value of the project, or task, by which it will be billed to a client. And costs, on the other hand, are calculated from the tracked time and hourly rates of members working on a project and additional expenses.
You can choose between setting a total project budget or a task-based budget.
If you set a project-based budget, it means you will input the total resources and all time tracked on this project will be taken into account. So if a project budget is 1000 hours, it will reach 90% when 900 hours are tracked on a project.
If you set a task-based budget, you will input planned resources for each task, and also be able to track progress on tasks. You will be able to see the difference between planned resources and spent resources, so you can plan for the future better.
You can plan your budget for the entire project from start to finish, or on a monthly basis.
Assigning team members
Only team members that are assigned to a project, will be able to track time on it. If you need to add other members to your account, you can add them here.
If you added them already, please assign all team members that will be working on a project here:
You can then also assign team members to specific tasks on the projects' task list. Learn more >>>
Here you will find a Quick Start Guide for your team members. Send them the link so they get familiar with My Hours and can start tracking right away.
Here you will be able to quickly get to the activity report for your project:
Once you’ve set up the project, you can edit, copy, delete, or archive it here:
By copying a project, the same project template will be applied to the new project.
If you archive your project you will be able to restore it later. If you delete the project, all data for this project will be lost.
Now you should be ready to start tracking time! Please view the next article to get familiar with the tracker.