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Tip Of The Week - Time to Spring-Clean Your Workflow!

Just like you take the time to keep your desk, your house and your garage tidy and uncluttered - you should take the same approach with WorkflowMax. Removing all the clutter makes everything easier - easier to find current jobs, easier to deal with just whats on hand, easier to address urgent issues and significantly easier to manage your billing. Leads and Quotes

Where you have leads that you haven't contacted for months the chances are high that these aren't going to convert to new business - mark them as 'Lost' and keep an accurate account of what is really in your sales pipeline.

If you have a bunch of expired quotes, all highlighted in red, chase them up - you may find that there is more work available, and if not you can click on them and mark them as declined. This will allow you to then report on the value of declined vs accepted quotes, and maybe open up some visibility over how some clients are treating your service, perhaps they are asking for a lot of quotes but never transitioning this into real business.

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Another place where you will find a lot of room for a clean up is in the Draft tab of the quote manager. Quotes that you start working on and then forget about are automatically saved as a draft - so the chances are good you will have a lot of clutter in here, jump on in and delete out those old drafts so you can easily pick out the current drafts you are actually working on.

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Things can get out of hand. We know it happens, we've seen the support queries "why is my job manager taking a while to load up?", and when we jump into the account there are 8976 "current" jobs - which usually explains why the job manager screen isn't as snappy as it usually is.

If a job is finished and there is nothing left to invoice, complete it. Completed jobs can still be found in the archive. You want the 'All' Jobs tab to only display jobs that are current - that you are actually working on, or an hold for the moment. This makes managing what is going on right now a whole lot easier.

It is super easy to complete a job straight from the job manager, hover over the status column and select the 'Completed' status.



Writing Off Jobs

One of the most powerful methods of invoicing in the software is the Estimated Billings Screen in the Invoice Manager.

Using this screen you can multi-select jobs and produce draft invoices for them in one step. However this screen isn't much use if you have hundreds of jobs that have never had a final invoice raised for them and have been completed out - these jobs will remain in this screen waiting to either have a final invoice raised for them or to be written off.

Unfortunately there isn't any easy way to clear up old jobs that you wish to write off. The best process to tidy it all up is:

  • From the left hand side of the Estimated Billings screen click the 'Calculate Estimated Billings' button
  • Sort the list of jobs by status
  • Go through each of your Completed jobs and if they have work in progress that you want to write off, right click on the job number and open up in a new tab
  • Then inside each of the jobs, go to the financial tab and select the 'Remove From Invoice List' button. This will write off the unbilled time/costs on the job and remove it from your Estimated Billings screen.

The end result is a much cleaner estimated billings screen meaning you can begin to use it to produce your invoices in a streamlined and efficient manner.

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Draft Invoices

If you see a job in the Estimated Billings screen that is highlighted in blue that is because there is a draft invoice associated with it. It happens - you raise a draft invoice, save it, then navigate away and forget about it. This stops you from raising a new invoice for that job. The easiest way to tidy up these drafts:

  • is to jump into the Invoice Manager screen
  • click on the Drafts tab
  • you can then bulk delete selected invoices via the option on the left



Current Invoices

Do you have hundreds of invoices highlighted in red in you current tab of the invoice manager making it really difficult to identify what has been paid and what hasn't? These invoices are intended to provide you with an accounts receivable function, however if you manage your accounts receivable in your accounting system then this screen in WorkflowMax is really only providing you with extra clutter. You can get rid of of them all quickly if you want to:

  • select all of the invoices using the multi-select function
  • de-select any which actually haven't been paid
  • then click the Paid button on the left hand side



If you are integrated with Xero ensure that you have the 'Automatically import payments applied to invoices in Xero?' checkbox ticked, and this will import any payments applied to the invoices in Xero in the last two weeks into WorkflowMax and mark the corresponding invoice as being paid.

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Gavin George
A thought leader in the cloud computing industry, Gavin George is the Co-founder & General Manager of WorkflowMax - the cloud-based workflow management software used by thousands of marketing and advertising agencies worldwide. With over 7 years of experience in cloud computing solutions, Gavin intimately understands the challenges that companies face in transitioning and managing their business on the cloud.

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