Not every company wants to use a full project management system to track billable time.
Many just want a “quick and dirty”, yet reliable, way to track time within the systems they already use.
You can do that in Microsoft Dynamics CRM using the affordable
The first, and simplest, method would be to enter your activities in the grid format in Dynamics CRM. These activities can be assigned a category, grouped and summarized based on your needs.
Next to each activity you can check a box saying “This is billable time.” This will show a running calculation of the time right in Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Then each week you can export all of those activities that are billable into a report and prepare your invoices.
Or even better, you can set up an automated process that imports your billable time into your accounting/ERP system since most invoicing would most likely be done from there.
This can be done very quickly, because time spent “entering time” should not be an administrative activity that consumes you.
But you can also go a step further using the same tool.
Billable time plus project tracking
The second method, also using AbleBridge Editable CRM Grid, goes a step further for more project management tracking.
In Microsoft Dynamics CRM you can set up projects tasks associated with certain milestones. Then in the grid format when you enter time you can see how many hours you have budgeted for that task versus the actual time spent. And again, that time can be calculated, grouped and exported to use in project billing.
What is the next step?
Full project management
When you are ready for even more functionality, it is an easy move to the full
To discuss your options for tracking billable time in Microsoft Dynamics CRM
By AbleBridge, Massachusetts Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner,