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We are new to Karbon (using it now for about 3 months). We like it, but we found one issue, and we can't think of any workaround, so I'm curious how other people deal with this.For client tasks and reminders, you can send the work automatically once the work hits a specific date or status, but the issue is that Karbon will also send it on weekends, compared to new Works, we can move it back to a Friday before the start date, but for Client Task and Reminders, we don't have the option, for example, to move it to the following Monday.We don't wan the emails to be send over the weekend for a few reasons;We don't want our clients should think that were in the office working on weekends. If I send them tasks during the weekend, the email might get flooded with all his other emails. I want it should be fresh in his inbox Monday morning.How do you deal with this?Thank you
We are always looking to improve our processes and I was wondering how other people handled printing client tasks. Ideally, we would be able to use Karbon as a tax organizer but with the number of hoops we have to go through to extract the information it isn’t ideal.Currently, if we want to use a client task as part of a workpaper, we have to take a screenshot/snip of the page, paste it into Word and print that to pdf. It is inefficient, time consuming and doing screenshots can increase the file size drastically. We don’t love any of the other options available to us for client organizers and if we could do it through Karbon it would be amazing.(Yes, we have sent this suggestion in to Karbon many times through the feature request)
Hey Karbon team & community When sending client tasks out, you used to be able to search by the organisation name and it would bring up all the emails from contacts associated. It no longer does this.So now my staff have to look up, who is the contact for that organisation, go back and send the task.Is there a better way to do this or is that being brought back to the search function in a future release.Thanks very much.
My team is new to Karbon. I have set up all of our clients and the primary contacts for each (usually the owner and an office manager). This is based on our old client database and my email contacts (imported from Gmail). I added my team to each organization as “other colleagues,” so that they can see communication, work etc for each of our company clients. We are running into an issue and I’m hoping there are solutions even though I can’t find any other topics that cover this: My People contacts are not visible to the rest of my team. The People contacts don’t have the same field to add colleagues, and I don’t see any setting where I can make my contacts universal.
If i create a work item using a template, customise the tasks to fit my clients needs & then create a repeating schedule, what happens if I need to update tasks etc within this work item? Example, if a process changes, how do i edit the work item and ensure the updated details are carried forward on each work item within the repeated schedule?
Has anyone found a great way of encouraging certain employees away from using other email tools (Outlook, Gmail, etc)? There is the obvious “stop it or your fired” tactic, but I doubt any of us would like to be that threatening. I do have my own thoughts, but I am curious how the rest of you have coached through this.
I was wondering if anyone has a best practice for setting up personal tax (Canadian T1) work for families. Do you have work setup for each tax return that is being prepared or one for a family? We find it easier to track them all if there’s one for each, but have always wondered if there’s a better way for a family. Thanks!Jeff
Can anyone share their procedure on how to create repeating jobs for monthly IAS reporting with Quarterly BAS. In XPM we had set up 2 x Monthly IAS’s with a place holder which repeated quarterly and Qtryly BAS, I cannot seem to get the dates for the correct periods doing this in Karbon. Sorry if this has been asked before I could not see a similar question.
Has anyone been able to figure out how to adequately do capacity planning when a work item starts in one week and isn’t completed until the following week? For example, if you set up ‘Month End Close’ in a given week but the work will actually span two weeks, it will allocate the entire budget to that week which overstates your workload.I believe this can be solved by pulling in the actual number of hours booked against a work item during a certain time period as a filter in the work screen but it doesn’t seem like that’s a possibility. Am I missing something or is there no way to filter on the time entry dates related to work items in the work screen?Edit: Another thing that would be helpful is to be able to see the budget allocated only to a particular person in the list view as well as the time booked against that budget by person. Is that possible anywhere?
Hi guys,It’d be great to hear your personal experiences. Especially when it comes to Monthly recurring work which includes a number of tasks to be completed, sometimes To Do lists can become quite chunky (although can be cleared very quickly and easily usually).
We are a practice that moved away from time billing to fixed price billing. This means that our time is largely an internal cost control measure to ensure that the pricing was both competitive and covers the labour hours.I am currently using TSheets to record at client level and using the custom fields to record against the type of job completed for the client but would like to move to Karbon’s T&B function to streamline the number of pieces of software we have on the go.Does anyone use T&B in this manner and how have you got yours set up? I’d rather not have to record at a Job level if I can help it beyond recording time spent on the client with a relevant tag but can’t seem to figure out how that is possible?Also - I’m finding the reports a little basic (in comparison to the Email and Work Insights board). Does anyone use an additional reporting tool to give insight?
In Karbon, for work(/job) level, there is only only work assignee who is supposed to be a job in-charge. However, in accounting firm, due to the compulsory requirement of professional code, each piece of professional work require an engagement manager as well as an engagement leader (normally the partner). There is nowhere to put these two role in. I know there is so called “client owner” and “client manager” under client contact card. However, these two to me are only for client level, rather than work level concept. Since 1) the client owner and client manager are more for relationship purpose, rather than the professional work role. 2) most important, in my firm, one client may have different type of work, for example, tax service and accounting service may have different work managers, one client manager does not cover both at all. How are you guys or KARBON expert suggest on this? Only get-around I found is to setup a colleague role called “work manager” and “work leader”, however
Two things:1. I’m looking for information on managing my firms’ non-client matters.I know there is a video on setting up different Sales, HR, Finance, etc. Divisions and jobs out of that - that is the video/resources I’m interested in. (Note I’m not looking for “Effectively managing your firm’s internal operations” - this is a great webinar on setting OKRs and helping your practice grow by focusing on the right things)I am not not using the To-Dos very well - I'm not triaging my email to “trust myself” to go into To-Dos as there is a lot there to clean out - how do you manage with this?(Also I know there is a good video on this as well - if someone could share that would be amazing). Thanks!
When it comes to time charging against a specific work, the role available for selection in the drop down list should be limited to the role pre-set in the work. Same concept should be applied to the task types as well when charge the time to a work. This way will save time of staff to select from a long list with irelevant items, and most importantly, it will prevent staffs from mistakenly selecting wrong role etc.
I use Client Tasks for customised tax return and account preparation checklists, however:When we reply to client queries through the comments, the client receives a notification which takes them into the whole checklist. Numerous clients have complained that they must click through every checklist item to find which item we have replied to, which is time consuming and annoying. Clearly this renders the discussion capacity of Client Tasks practically useless due to the poor client experience, and forces us to call or email instead of replying within the relevant items, which is clearly counterproductive. We are unable to print the list of items with client responses and discussion visible in Client Task for our workpapers.In my view, without the ability for clients to be taken to the comments make and respond efficiently, and without the ability to print full checklists with discussions, Client Tasks is not finished.I’ve invested countless hours into creating various client checklists
Are you interested in featuring your firm and being quoted in our next Karbon eBook?In our previous eBooks, we've always made an effort to get input from our community and experts who are leading the way in each topic we explore. And we'd love to do the same for the next one.We're a couple of weeks away from launching our next eBook: ‘The Process Playbook: Your blueprint for standardizing, optimizing and documenting your accounting firm’s critical processes’We'd love to hear your insights and feature them in the eBook.Themes include:Why you think standardizing and documenting procedures is important How you've tackled the process of standardizing and documenting your firm's procedures Why you've taken on the task of standardizing your firm's processes What's worked, what hasn't Anything else you'd like to add about the topicYou can share your insights as a reply to this message, or you can email me directly at email@example.comCheers
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