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There are two was to access Job Costing related information for a Subscriber.

1.Open the Subscribers Form, set the History Options Filter to Jobs and set the appropriate Date Range for that (Job) History to be displayed.

Click the Job # (in the Document ID field) that you want to view and the Job Costing Form for that selected Job will be opened.

 

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Subscribers Form - Filtered History - Job Form displayed

 

2.On the Quick Access Menu Select Maintenance and Choose Job Costing

Use the Search Icon to open the Search Jobs dialog to Locate the Subscriber with the Job you want to view.

 

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If you are just starting to use the Inventory Tracking & Job Costing System, you should use these methods only to enter and update Job Costing information.

 

The Job Costing Form contains buttons, tabs and fields that, used together properly, will provide all the functionality needed to effectively perform the Job Costing process.

To view a Job Costing Form,

a)From the Backstage Menu System Select Maintenance, then in the General sub-menu Choose Job Costing, or

b)From the Quick Access Menu, Select Maintenance and Choose Job Costing.

A Job Costing Form will be displayed.

 

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Job Costing Form - Estimate vs Actual tab

 

Most of the Job Costing features link directly to the:

Accounts Receivable System (you have to sell Systems before you need to install Systems)

Accounts Payable System (you have to buy materials and equipment, and sometimes pay Sub Contractors to get the Systems installed)

General Ledger module where all of the associated Financial Transactions are ultimately posted.

 

Employees who will serve as the Manager of a Job (and Work Orders) should be so identified:

Specifically, on the Employee Form's Personal tab, identify those Employees who are being designated as a Job Manager by assigning the Type of All or Administration and placing a Check in the Job Manager box.

 

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Job Manager box on the Personal tab of the Employee Form

 

Employees who will serve as the Lead Technician on Work Orders (created as Tasks required for the completion of a Job) are identified as such by being the first person assigned to the Work Order and so must be identified with an Employee Type of either All or a Technician.  

The Employee entering Job Costing Labor related information must be permitted to Manage Time Sheets (assigned on the Employee Form's Security tab) and perhaps to also be able to view the Pay Rates (Check Display Rates? on the Employee Form's Security tab).

 

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Time Sheet Options

 

A full understanding of the Job Costing system's capabilities will only come after reading this chapter, and its related sub-chapters, on Job Costing.  

 

Navigation/Options Icons and Options:

 

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HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardFirstClick the First Icon to move to the first record (alphabetically or numerically) based on the field (usually the first field) that is determining the Listing Order of the records.

Keyboard Command = Ctrl+Home

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardPriorClick the Prior Icon to move to the record immediately before the currently displayed record (alphabetically or numerically) based on the field (usually the first field) that is determining the Listing Order of the records.

Keyboard Command = Ctrl+PageUp

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardNextClick the Next Icon to move the to the record immediately after the currently displayed record (alphabetically or numerically) based on the field (usually the first field) that is determining the Listing Order of the records.

Keyboard Command = Ctrl+PageDown

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardLastClick the Last Icon to move to the last record (alphabetically or numerically) based on the field (usually the first field) that is determining the Listing Order of the records.

Keyboard Command = Ctrl+End

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardInsertClick the Insert Icon to clear the fields in the Record Editing section in preparation for adding information to a new Job record.

 

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardDelete Click the Delete Icon to remove the current Job record (or identify it as a Deleted record if it has already been used in the system)

 

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardSaveClick the Save Icon to record any modifications (or a new record entry) displayed in the Record Editing View.

Keyboard Command = Ctrl+S

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardCancelClick the Cancel Icon to abandon any new or modified information that is displayed in the Record Editing section but has not yet been saved.

 

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardRefreshClick the Refresh Icon to "reload" the information displayed for the current Job Costing record

 

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardSearchClick the Search Icon to open the Search dialog which is used to Locate and Select an associated Job Number for a specific Subscriber.

 

HelpFilesNavigationMenuPrintWithArrowClick the Print Down-Arrow to display the Job Worksheets option

 

HelpFilesJobCostingNavigationMenuGoToIcon&ArrowClick the Go To Down-Arrow and Choose what Form is to be opened:

Select Subscriber to open the Subscribers Form associated with the currently selected Job.

If the Subscriber Account for the currently selected Job Costing record is inactive (Deleted), an error message will be displayed indicating that you will not be able to access that Subscribers Form.

Select Proposal to open the Proposals Form associated with the currently selected Job.

This option will not be available if there is no Proposal associated with this Job Costing record

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardDocumentsClick the Documents Icon which is used to (electronically) attach any important Documents specifically associated with the currently selected Job such as Contracts, Letters, Proposals, Change Orders, etc.

 

HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardNewBillClick the New Bill Icon to enter a Bill for charges relating to one of the following:

a)Record an Invoice representing a Vendor Bill for Inventory    

b)A Commission, a general Expense,

c)A Materials expense,

d)A Sub Contractor charge - either received from a Vendor or paid to a Salesperson  

 

Vendor Search - The Vendor Search dialog will be displayed

Locate the Vendor from whom you received the Bill for items to be charged to this Job Costing record.

Select the required Vendor and Click OK

The Bill Form for that Vendor is displayed.

Click Add to enter an Invoice (Bill) from a Vendor that should be charged to this Job.

See the Entering Purchases chapter for a complete discussion of how to use the Bill Form.

 

Description - This is the Title of the current Job as originally entered as the Title field of a Proposal which was converted to a Job Costing record.

 

Display and Status Choices available on the Job Costing Form:

Display Choices appear below the Navigation/Options Menu located at the top of the Job Costing Form:

 

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Show Active Subs Only? - Check this box to exclude Inactive (those that have been deleted) Subscribers from appearing in the Job Costing Form.

Show Active Jobs Only? - Check this box to exclude Inactive Jobs (those that have been marked Completed  (see Complete immediately below) from appearing in the Job Costing Form.

Complete - Click the Complete button when the currently displayed Job has been finished.

See the "Completing a Job" discussion at the end of this chapter.

 

Starting a New Job Costing Entry:

The single page Job Costing Form (shown in the screen image below) seems quite simple until you notice all of those Option Tabs along the left side of the Job Costing Form where the real power resides.

To Start a New Job, open the Job Costing Form and Click the Insert HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardInsertIcon

 

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Job Costing Form  - Insert Icon - New Job Costing record

 

Job # - The record number of this new Job will be inserted automatically when the Job is initially saved.

Type - Use the Drop-Down Selection List to Choose the appropriate Job Type.

Subscriber - Click the Ellipse button (...) to open the Select Subscriber dialog.

Choose the Subscriber for whom this Job Costing record is being created.

 

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Select Subscriber dialog

 

Search By - Use the Drop-Down Selection List to Choose the method to Search By (Subscriber, CSID, Sub ID, or Bill Payer).

Search Value - Enter the first few characters to narrow the search.  

oAs you make your entry, the records most closely matching the entry will be displayed.

oSelect the appropriate Subscriber record.

Click OK - Inserts that Subscriber's Name into the Subscriber field.

 

Salesman - Use the Drop-Down Selection List to Choose the Salesperson (Employee) who sold this Job.

Start Date - Use the Drop-Down Calendar/Date Selection Box to enter the expected Starting Date for this Job.

Manager - The Job Manager is an individual who is assigned the duties of installation supervisor and manager for this Job.

Use the Drop-Down Selection List provided to Choose the Employee who will be the Manager of this Job.

oThe Job Manager qualification is established by Checking the Job Manager box on the Personal tab of the Employee Form.

oEmployees should be identified as a Job Manager if they will be the Manager of a Job in the Inventory Tracking & Job Costing System

 

Proposal - No entry required.  If this Job Costing record is being created by Converting a Proposal to a Job, the Proposal Number is automatically inserted here.

Notes - Enter whatever comments are deemed important for this Job.  

These Notes will print on the Job Work Sheet.

Double-Click within the Notes field to a basic Rich Text Editor dialog that allows bold, italics and underlines of text, and the selection of Font type, it's size, color, and highlight.

 

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Save - Click the Save HelpFilesNavigatorMenu-StandardSaveIcon to record your initial Job Costing entries (an example of which is shown below).

 

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See Job Costing Option Tabs discussion (immediately below) for links to each chapter that fully explains the purpose, use and operations of each Option tab on the Job Costing Form.

 

Job Costing Option Tabs

All of the Option tabs on the Job Costing Form are listed below and explained in detail in their own chapter.

 

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Estimate vs Actual - Enter the estimated expenses - by category - for this Job Costing record

Job Tasks - Define tasks, Invoice for those tasks, and create Work Orders for those tasks required to complete the Job.

Commissions - Record the commissions paid for this Job's sale.

Expenses - Record the general expenses paid for this Job's installation.

Inventory - Record the Inventory required, reserved, and used for the installation of this Job.

Labor - Record the Labor expense required for this Job's installation.

Materials - Record the Material costs required for this Job's installation.

Sub Contract - Record any Sub Contractor's charges for this Job's installation.

Invoices - Lists Subscriber Invoices that have been billed for this installation.

Purchase Orders - Lists Purchase Orders that were created for ordering the Inventory needed for this Job's installation.

 

Completing a Job:

When a Job is actually completed (i.e., all Tasks, Commissions, Expenses, Inventory, Labor, Materials, and/or Sub Contractor related costs have been posted) and all associated Service Requests (Work Orders) have been appropriately Invoiced,

Click the Complete button.

 

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Complete this Job?

 

See the Completing a Job chapter for these instructions.