Enabling and Managing Projects

Derek Torres
Derek Torres
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Project Management is now available in beta for Premium and Enterprise customers. Upcoming releases related to Project Management include advanced billing features. If you want early access to budget management, contact your ServiceTrade Account Manager or email .

There may be times when you have a job where you need to track your cost.

Projects in ServiceTrade are part of the Project Management umbrella, allowing Premium and Enterprise customers to better manage cost expectations for projects or jobs regardless of size through the project's lifecycle or job. Projects provide better insight into seen and unforeseen changes that can impact a project's or job's bottom line.

This article will walk you through how Enable Project Mode on Jobs, and to Manage these Projects.

Note: It's important to understand first how to Creating and Managing Jobs before you begin working on Projects.


Enabling Project Mode

There is a toggle in the Manage Job menu where you can indicate whether a job is a regular Job (Work Order) or a Project. We call this the Job Mode.

If the Job Mode is set to 'Project', the system will enable additional features that will be apparent upon saving that change.

All newly created Jobs will default with the Job Mode Project toggle off. To set a Job's Job Mode to Project, follow the instructions below:

  1. On a Job Page, click Manage Job.
  2. Click to toggle on the Manage Job as a Project toggle.
    • Note: If you cannot access this feature, the toggle will be greyed out or not present, and you cannot click to toggle on. If a Job is a Project and has an existing budget, you will also be unable to toggle off this feature.
  3. Enter any other relevant information.
  4. Click Save when done.

This will automatically enable the ability to create Budgets via the Create Budget button under the Act on this Job menu. It will also add new information, including Start DateDays Remaining, Percentage Complete, Details Tab, and Performance Tab.


The Project Page


  • You can give your Project a Name.
  • With the new Project Badge, you can quickly identify if the Job is set to Project Mode.
  • There is a new Start Date and % Complete option.
  • The Job Details look new and are now in a Details Tab.
  • There is a new Peformance Tab.


Giving Your Project a Name

  1. On a Job Page, click on Manage Job.
  2. Enter a Job Name.
  3. Click Save when done.

The new Job Name will appear at the top left of the Job Page.


If no name is entered, the Job Name will auto-populate with the following information:
"{Job Type} Job #{Job Number}"

In the example below, the Job Type is a Retrofit, and the Job Number is 28541021.

So if you leave Job Name blank and then save, it will auto-populate the following information above.


The Performance Tab

The Performance Tab gives our customers a bird's eye view of how their Project is performing in relation to the proposed budget against their project's current cost and invoiced work.


Feature Description
View Budget Button

The View Budget button opens up your Job's budget.

View WIP Button

The View WIP button opens up your Job's Performance Page.

Total Incurred Cost

Shows the total amount of the current cost incurred on the project. Items on a Project will count towards "Incurred Cost" when given a "Used on Date."

It also shows the percentage of cost vs budget total.

Calculation: (incurred cost /  budget total) = percentage

Revised Budget Is the most recent Budget Total.
Total Invoiced Shows the total price amount invoiced on this project.

is the Overall Value (total price) on the Budget.

It also shows the percentage of overall value vs. total invoiced.

Calculation: (Total Invoiced /  Overall Value) = percentage

Projected Margin Is the Estimated Margin on your budget.
Remaining Budget

It is simply the remaining amount of budget.

Calculation: Budget Total - Incurred Cost = Remaining Budget


The Performance Page

The Peformance Page allows you to get a detailed view of how your Project is performing in relation to your Budget. The Performance Page will change as you set Used on DatesSource Vendorscreate Invoices, and create Change Orders for Job Items.

To navigate to the Performance Page:

  1. On a Job Page, click the Performance Tab.
  2. Click the View WIP button.
  3. This will open the Performance Page on a separate tab or window.
  4. Click Here to learn about the Performance Page.


Project Percentage Complete

Projects will have a Percentage Complete field to enter manually enter in a Job's completion. This can only be done when a budget has been enabled.

Many of our customers use different calculations to determine how far along their Project is in percentage. For this reason, this field does not auto-populate a percentage complete.

  1. Click the Percentage Complete field.
  2. Enter the percent number.
  3. Click Save.



Project Search Fields on the Job List Page

There are two search fields, "Job Name" and "Job Mode", that will be added to the Job List page.


Job Name will allow you to search for a Job based on its custom Job Name.

When you enter a search in this field, it will only return matches with Job's that have a custom Job Name. You must search using the Job Number if you have not given your job a custom name.

Job Mode will allow you to narrow your search based on the job vs. project selector.


How Projects appear in Job Lists

Anywhere that Jobs are listed will have a new format. The information will be organized in cleaner columns with a slightly different layout.


  • A Project Job Mode indicator is present on the top left of any job with a job mode 'Project.'
  • The new Job Name displays as the clickable link for this job. If no custom Job Name is provided, this link will default to the Job's Location Name.
  • The Time Period column added a Start and Due date field.

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