Projects basically help you divide the workload, all tasks and actions that need to be performed to deliver your services - whether those are based on a deal or not. Here we'll discuss how you can structure your project.

The first question you should ask yourself is: how would you like to invoice your project? This will influence how your project will be structured. 

Sample structure

Let's get started with our construction project. First of all, do note that a project group is not a single task or meeting, it's more of an overarching group of steps within your project. For example, groups for building a house could be:

  • Buying a plot of land
  • Hiring an architect
  • Getting a loan from the bank
  • Asking for permission with the city
  • Building the house
  • Moving in

Yes, we do know that building a house is a little more complicated in real life. But let's just keep things simple in our example - for the sake of clarity.

For each group, several tasks and meetings will need to be completed. To buy a plot of land, you'll first need to do research, visit a few websites, set up meetings to check different offers, set up a meeting with a real estate agent, etc. Those tasks and meetings are all part of the first group.

But you could also choose a different approach. Imagine that you want your house to be built within 12 months. This also gives you the opportunity to set up a structure for each month.

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • Etc.

Say you want to buy a plot of land and find an architect in January. Before that, you'll need to browse the web to find a plot of land, set up meetings with real estate agencies and different architects. These tasks and meetings would then be part of your group January.

Now then, as we mentioned in the beginning, we should first determine how we will invoice our project. If you'd like to send out invoices on a monthly basis, you should set up your groups accordingly - one for each month. If you want to invoice different steps of your projects, e.g. "buying a plot of land", "hiring an architect", then you should create groups that correspond with each of those steps. Click here to learn more about how to invoice a project. 

Basically, the groups help you keep an overview of what needs to happen by when. Click here if you want to learn more about the work breakdown on projects. 

This is specific to each company, which is why you'll need to decide on these things internally before setting up projects in Teamleader Focus. Obviously, you can also use different structures for each project. If you do need advice, you can always contact us - we're happy to set you on the right track.

Once you've found structures that work best for you, you can duplicate projects. This way, you won't have to create groups and corresponding tasks over and over again.

You'll probably realize - after having laid the foundation by setting up new groups - that working in a team often helps. So let's check how you can cooperate by using projects. In each project, you mostly have one person who takes decisions and multiple people that contribute. Teamleader Focus offers you the option to grant different rights to colleagues based on their role.

Budget spent on a project displays your customer's budget and how much billable hours are spent. Budget management on projects is a way to keep track of the predetermined budget you and your customer have agreed upon. By allocating resources and estimating time on billable tasks & meetings, you'll know if you are going over budget. Each project visualises its margin by giving an overview of the costs you've incurred in relation to the revenue of the project. 

Click here to read the next part: Getting started: How can you add work and external costs to a project?