Practice management toolset: Delivering productivity through integration and automation
At its core, Intuit’s practice management tool, QBOA, delivers functionality such as client collaboration, workflow management, time tracking and client billing. However, QBOA’s ability to integrate with other digital tools including Karbon, Ignition and QuickBooks Time, was another factor in choosing the software - and has delivered a greater level of functionality and automation. “In an online world, you can’t be the best by relying on one supplier. You need to bring in multiple tools to help you be efficient,” Adarsh says.
When bringing on new clients, the Oyster Hub team has a thorough onboarding process to help them develop a gap analysis of the client’s needs. They then work with the client to align on the engagement - inputting all the information into Ignition - before the engagement proposal is sent to the client for approval. Once signed electronically, the proposal is saved and the direct debit payment agreement is actioned.
With the engagement and direct debit approved, this triggers the required tasks for the team to action in Karbon including sending automated requests for the client to complete. “Until they sign the engagement or complete the required tasks, we don’t start the work,” Adarsh says. “We always try to make sure the ball is in their court.”
The workflow loop is closed by an automated invoice being sent from QuickBooks Online Accountant to the client, which is in turn matched to the direct debit payment once it’s received.
When it comes to time tracking, Oyster Hub has implemented QuickBooks Time which integrates seamlessly to Karbon, allowing the team to measure the profitability of each job with great transparency.
“Even though we are a fixed fees client firm, we use QuickBooks Time to track the time spent on jobs in case any work is queried in the future,” explains Adarsh. “If a client queries something, we can show proof of the time spent on their job. It also lets us decide if the client’s work is profitable or not.”
“The integration between this suite of products has improved our workflow by 30%,” Adarsh notes. “Everything is in one place, allowing the team to spend their time on business growth rather than mundane tasks of chasing clients, printing, signing, and posting contracts. That’s where we save time, which now gets invested in client onboarding.”