Basic Functions in Projects

Let us have a look at some of the basic functions in the projects module.

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Enable Time Tracking

Before you can start creating projects, you will have to enable the Timesheet module. Here’s how you can do it:

Enable Projects

Create Project

To create a new project in Zoho Books:

Create Projects New Projects
Billing Method

The billing methods that you can use are:

Fixed Cost for Projects

Fixed cost for projects sets a fixed rate for the project. The project will be invoiced for the amount set in this field.

Fixed Cost Projects
Fields Description
Total Project Cost Enter the project’s total cost for which you will be billing your customer.
Users Select a user to work on the project. You can also add an extra user by clicking + Add User.
Tasks Enter the tasks that need to be done to complete the project. You can add more tasks by clicking + Add Task.

Tasks can also be created later for the project.

Based on Project Hours

 This option will calculate the number of hours spent on a project and the customer will be invoiced accordingly.

Projects Hours

At the completion of the project, you can charge your customers based on the number of hours logged for the project.

Based on Task Hours

Tthe project will be billed based on the hourly rates of the task and the customer will be billed accordingly.

Task Hours

At the completion of the project, you can charge your customer based on the tasks completed.

Based on Staff Hours

The project bill will be calculated based on the hourly rate of the staff and the customer will be invoiced accordingly.

Staff Hours Projects

Budget Type

If you have any budgetary constraints and would like to have a report based on the allocated cost or hour and the cost or hour actually spent, you can do it in Zoho Books. Here’s how:

Add Projects Budget
Total Budget Cost

Enter the estimated amount you’ll be spending on this project. You can then view the estimated amount and the amount spent in the Project Summary.

Total Project Hours (HH:MM)

You can set the number of hours that can be logged for this project. You can also view the budget hours vs the logged hours in the Project Summary report. This will help you understand if the budgeted hours meet the actual hours and you can plan accordingly.

Hours Per Task

You can allocate the number hours that you want to assign for a particular task.

Hours Per Staff

You can add users and allocate the budget hours for each user.

Tasks

A project can comprise of a single or multiple tasks that need to be completed. You need a task associated to the project before you log time. To add a task:

Add Task Add Tasks

Import Projects

If you already have a list of projects and tasks in your existing accounting system, you can import them into Zoho Books in the CSVTSV or XLS format.

Import Projects

Insight: The file size cannot be more than 1 MB.

Insight:
  • Character Encoding is used to pair numbers with characters. By default, the Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-8) encoding is used which supports a wide range of characters that go beyond 8 bits.
  • The Field Delimiter is used to separate two values in a row. While importing vendor credits, the default file delimiter is comma (,).
Import Projects Import Projects

Similarly you can import tasks. Here’s how:

Import Tasks

Insight: Zoho Books will auto-match the file headers of the imported file to the closest matching field in Zoho Books. You can manually edit each field to match the headers, and save these preferences. On proceeding, Zoho Books shows you any unmapped field you may have left out or could not match. You can map these by adding new fields with matching headers.

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