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It'd be nice if you could provide an estimate in an email...like the invoice...to a customer a the start of a project or before the start. And then, once a project is working, if you were able to create and send an email with a change order quote when a request is made outside of the scope...that then would track their acceptance of this.Perhaps it's asking a lot, but you've built such a nice system...I just want it to do everything.
We have contemplated adding estimates but one of the challenges we have learned is that people do bids in very different ways. On the Pelago side of our business we primarily do custom development and our bids are rather involved so generating estimates wouldn't work great within Intervals for us. We do have a Pelago Sales project and keep all of our template documents stored within Intervals. That tends to work for us. It is like really like CRM to keep track of bids, conversations, and the status of the estimate.Some Intervals users utilize the estimated work at the project level to ball park hours and then copy the project when it becomes active. It is a quasi way of creating templated projects. Also, some Intervals users use invoices for estimates and have created an "estimate" project and they create invoices specifically for that project. If an estimate becomes a project, they just create the project, rename the invoice, and move it over to the newly created project. One of those workarounds may or may not work for your needs.
I know that this is an old thread but having my bi-annual review of Intervals to see if we can get it to work across our whole company instead of just using it as a fairly basic task management system I've found myself once again frustrated that I can't generate a project cost from the tasks or milestones that I've created. 95% of the work we do is fixed price, based upon an estimate we provide at the start of a job - whether it be a year long project or a 1 hour amendment. The only way I can see to make this information accessible to clients/executive users is to create an invoice and manually re-create every task that's been entered as a line item, not fun when you have 50+ tasks.
I'm not quite sure what you're after. Are you saying that you want the invoicing features to be based on estimated time rather than logged time, since you bill fixed costs? I can see how that could be useful.One way to get a report of that data at present, would be to bring up the relevant project / milestone / tasks on the Tasks tab, then click the CSV (Excel) icon. There's a column for estimated time, and you can tweak the other columns as required.
I agree with Paul,We're currently trialling this software and the only thing stopping us from paying the money straight away is having a system of creating a nice looking estimate that we can email to the client. I can do this with now with Cashboard and Basecamp linked together but I want it all in one system...Maybe I'll try Michael's work around with invoices first and report back...
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