We already have an Expenses Module where to track all of the expenses from a project, client, department or from any other level.
Now… what many of you, and us, were waiting for! The Invoices Module!!
You can create Invoices, Credit Notes or other legal documents so that they can be printed, and most importantly, they can be tracked!
Why would it be useful?
Well, there are several reasons, but the main ones would be:
1- For starters, it will be much easier and faster for your colleagues from the Administration Department to work on these legal documents, allowing them to save lots of time here and dedicate this surplus somewhere else.
2- Eventually, it will also be possible to compare the incomes with the expenses, and then calculate the profitability of a given project or client. Forecasting profitability should be quite simple too.
3- It is no secret that many organizations with a large database of active clients are having a hard time keeping track whether their clients are up to date with their payments or not, but this way, it will be really easy. You would only need to filter the invoices by those which are still Pending
First of all, if you cannot see the module this could be because either your user does not have enough permissions or because you must ensure it has been enabled. This can be done through Settings > System Modules, selecting the module, and then saving the changes by clicking on Close.
Invoicing settings must be configured at first, otherwise the module will not work correctly.
In order to do this, go to Settings > Billing and Invoicing
Once you access this section, you will see the following options:
Lets look into them one by one
In case you would like to use billing with tasks or with the Time module, you must first create billing categories and assign them to the users
Following this link you will find more information regarding billing categories.
Here you can define dimensions that can be applied to billing categories.
Here you can select which of these options would you like to include when printing the invoices and which ones you do not.
Set Yes in those that you want, as shown below, and then Save the changes:
Feng Office is used worldwide, and different taxes may apply by country, industry, product or service. In addition, the same tax in one country may have a different value in another, like the VAT. That is why you are responsible to set up the Taxes accordingly, but no worries, it is fairly easy.
Lets suppose that we want to add a VAT of 10%, and that the invoices we issue usually have this tax, but it may not, so we can do it the following way:
This means that whenever you create an invoice, as we will see later on, by default the VAT of 10% will be selected, but of course, you can deselect it.
Please note that there is a Type section, where in the screenshot above it shows as Percentage, but you could also use a Fixed amount if need be.
On the other hand, you may be thinking “Great! What if the tax value changes over time though?”. Because this does happen in a lot of places. One year the VAT has one value, and the following one it is slightly different, but this must be taken into account in the calculations of course! No worries. We have also figured this out through editing the records:
If the VAT went from 10% to 11%, we just need to apply this change, and save it, and the system will take it into account for the invoices from that moment onwards:
In case you need to change it again for any reason, just go for it.
When printing invoices or other legal documents, one usually needs several copies: one for the client, one for our organization and another one for the accountants.
In this section you can set this up, so when printing the documents you get the amount of copies needed.
Some of them usually are color-coded in real life, so this is something you can also set up as a reference. In addition, you can also choose whether they should be selected by default or not when printing the invoice.
At this point you may be wondering how do you manage the invoice numbers of the notebooks and such in order to keep track of them. Well, it is pretty easy when you can set up the notebooks you will be working with:
You may add additional data like this one too:
Your Feng Office system logo (at the top left corner) may differ from your invoice logo, so you can upload a new one in this section:
You can add a new invoice (or credit note or other legal document) by going to the Income tab and clicking on New.
Then, the following box will show up, where you can set up all of the following:
Client Details have already loaded automatically as we have previously selected the client:
Note: “RUT” is the Tax Payer Number, we have yet to make a slight change in the texts
After the invoice has been added, you can access it from the list view, where you can even filter them by their statuses, such as:
Once you access it, it would look as follows:
In the top right corner, under Actions, there are several things you can do such as editing, cancelling, printing and previewing the invoice, among other options.
By doing this the status of the invoice will change to “Printed”, and you can print as many copies as you selected for the invoice in question.
In order to do this, you will need to select one of the aforementioned notebooks, and, once you do so, the series will be shown and so will the number of the invoice.
Please note that you may change this number manually in case you need to skip the automatic detection.
Important Note: At this moment, we only have one standard design for the structure of invoice printing and this cannot be customized by the end-user yet. If you would like Feng Office to work on a custom design that fits the design of your organization's invoices, please contact your Account Executive for further information.
This way you can cancel the invoice.
Once the invoice has been printed, you will have the option to confirm it as paid.
NOTE: For being able to generate invoices from timeslots, first ensure you have setup billing categories
There are two options for generating invoices from timeslots:
1 - Generating Invoices from the time module
For this option, you just need to select the timeslot for which you want to generate an invoice and click on “Generate Invoice”. The billing status of each timeslot is shown next to the timeslot´s description, as shown on the image above
2 - Generating Invoices from timeslots inside tasks
You can also generate Invoices from timeslots inside tasks. For this you just need to click on “Generate Invoice” on the task´s actions menu, as shown above.
You also have the possibility of generating several invoices from several tasks with timeslots, by selecting them on the Tasks List and clicking on “Generate Invoice” on the toolbar.
Let´s say you have a customer who pays you once a month. With Feng Office recurrent invoices, there is no need to generate a new invoice each time, entering all the same data from the previous one. It is all done automatically for you.
And that´s it! Once the first invoice is printed, the second invoice will be automatically generated for the next month (you can always edit the following invoice and change, for example, the amount, as you can see on the below screenshot)