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About budgeting a project

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In Ajera, you can budget with as much or as little detail, depending on your needs and the complexity of your projects. It is most common to begin a budget in one of these general ways:

Budgeting bottom-up

You may use this method when you want to determine the total contract amount for a project based on the number of hours each phase or task should require. Ajera calculates the project totals for you.

Bottom-up budgeting is useful when you want to develop a budget to:

  • Control the project hours and costs
  • Produce a project proposal

You typically create bottom-up budgets for hourly based projects. Bottom-up budgeting lets you specify the number of hours for each labor or expense. When you enter hours, Ajera calculates the contract amount based on the project's rate table or from average billing rates entered for the employee type or in Company > Preferences. Ajera calculates the cost from the employee’s pay rate or from average cost rates entered for the employee type or in Company > Preferences.

Budgeting top-down

You may use this method when you know the total contract amount or total number of hours needed to complete a project. For some projects, the fee is based on what the market can bear. In this case, you need to develop a budget for each phase and task required to complete the project. This top-down method also works well for developing feasibility budgets.

When building a top-down budget, you enter the total contract amount, total hours, or total cost for the project. You then specify the percentage of the total project for each phase or subphase.

See also

Budgeting top-down

Budgeting bottom-up

Scheduling a project

About entering hours and rates for a resource



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