Quickly and easily see the Retainer details, activities, invoices, and a quick click to Retainer projects and tickets on your View Retainer page.
The Retainer View screen provides you a helicopter view of the retainer, displaying progress of the most recent periods, recent activity, invoice history and the general details of the retainer.
See a quick summary of the period template so you can be confident that future periods will be set-up properly.
Using this guide, you can:
Listed across the center of the screen are several tabs containing information to help you manage your Retainer.
The overview tab is shown by default. In the first section you can see a summary of the Retainer Template and ongoing Retainer Periods. These details are used to build a new period, including the Duration, Type (pre-paid or fixed), Rollover, Renewal, Allowance. Click Edit to change these details, preview the period materials (any billable line items outside of logged activities per period), preview the tasks that are generated per period.
You can also see a Usage Summary including the Value Used and Remaining, and the Remaining Work for the active Retainer periods.
Below the summary details is a quick look at all your upcoming work. To see everyone’s upcoming work, click the drop-down arrow and choose All Upcoming Work. Click Schedule an Activity to create a new meeting against this Retainer.
At the bottom of the Overview is a list of all of your periods in the retainer, sorted with the newest at the top. This gives you instant visibility of the usage of each period and the progress of any tasks. You can also take note of which periods have not been invoiced, or click Create to quickly create a new invoice.
Click the Invoice Period dates to view the period. On the View screen you can Edit, Close, or Delete a period. You can also do this by clicking the drop-down arrow beside each Period on the Overview list. Closing a period means that no further work can be added.
See the most recent activities recorded against any of the retainer periods, or non-billable conversations tracked against the retainer itself.
Store and locate files related to the retainer. Create folders to keep your files organized. Learn more about Attachments.
Find all projects associated with this retainer. Some work from these projects has been allocated to one or more periods within this retainer. Click the Project Name to view the project and to see the details.
See all assets linked with the retainer. To quickly add a Link to an asset, click the Add Link button. A pop-up window will appear where you can search from any Assets you have added to your account, and click Create Link.
See all materials that have been added to retainer invoices associated with the retainer. Displayed are all details that you have added to your retainer invoices, including the Description, Quantity, Amount, Tax, Rate, and the Ledger number.
Quickly view Retainer Details, such as the assigned Manager, Billing contact, Retainer Type, Retainer Status, and Auto-Renewal details. Edit each of these details by clicking the Edit button at the top of the page and selecting Edit Retainer.
Overview of all key dates associated with the Retainer, such as the Date Created, Date of Expiration, and the recent date the Period Began. Click the +Add button under Expires to quickly add an Expiration date.
Please open a Period by clicking on its title and Add New Activity from there to log work.
Setup a new retainer period, a new ticket or a new project which will be linked to this retainer as it is created. Work completed on the tickets and projects will automatically be added to the most relevant retainer period.
Note - tasks cannot be added against a retainer. Tasks are only available to be added to a specific period.
Use the Allocate Tickets button to easily assign unallocated work on any tickets for this client to the retainer. Ticket activities will automatically be assigned to the most relevant period. You may then use the Manage Period Allocations to refine these allocations as necessary.
Re-allocate work for your team between periods, approve work, remove work from the retainer, and more.
The Manage & Approve Time option is an advanced feature which allows you to view all unlocked periods and their allocations, so that you can shuffle work between periods.
Configure your statuses and progressions to match your business processes. Note - if a retainer is inactive, you will not be able to find or use any of its periods from the Issues or Projects module.