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Turn on and set up time tracking in QuickBooks Online

SOLVEDby QuickBooksQuickBooks Online48Updated December 01, 2022

Learn how to turn on and set up time tracking in QuickBooks Online Essentials and Plus.

Use this feature to track and bill customers for the number of hours consumed in a project or activity. Here’s how.

Turn on time tracking

Here's how to turn on time tracking:

First, enable which time tracking options you want:

  1. Go to Get paid & pay, select Time (Take me there) and choose why you want to track hours. 
  2. Then, choose if you want basic time tracking in QuickBooks Online, or if you want to try a QuickBooks Time account with more time tracking features. Either way, you can access timesheets from QuickBooks Online. 
  3. Select Get Started.

Then, adjust your time tracking preferences:

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Account and settings.
  2. Select the Time tab.
  3. In the General or Timesheet section, select Edit ✏.
  4. Set your time tracking preferences:
    • First day of work week▼dropdown - This affects how employees and contractors view weekly time sheets.
    • Show service field - When this switch is on, employee and contractors who fill out timesheets can specify services performed.
    • Allow time to be billable - When this switch is on, employees and contractors who fill out timesheets can specify if activities should be billed to a customer.
    • Show billing rate to users entering time (optional)
    • Who tracks time link (optional) - Turn on the Choose who tracks time switch, then select Save changes.
  5. Select Save, then Done.

Add a Time Tracking user

Here's how to add a time tracking user:

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Manage users.
  2. Select Add user.
  3. Select Time tracking only.
  4. Select Next.
  5. Find the employee or supplier you want to add, select Next, then enter their contact info.
  6. Select Save.

Once added, the user can now enter hours in a timesheet.

Note: You can't change the user type of a Time Tracking Only user. If a Time tracker needs a different company access, delete the user and add them back again with the new user type.

Access Time Tracking reports

  1. Go to Business overview and select Reports (Take me there).
  2. In the  Find by report name field, enter any of the following: Recent/Edited Time Activities, Time Activities by Customer Detail, and Time Activities by Employee Detail.

Time Details

Based on the rates you specify and whether or not the time is billable, time detail will automatically appear on customer invoices. You can include:

  • Employee’s name
  • Hourly rate charged
  • Number of hours billed

You can also customise the invoice to show the following:

  • Text from the Description field on the timesheet
  • The name of the standard service you are using
  • Custom text that you specify for time tracking charges

Learn how to Customise Invoices and other Transaction Forms in QuickBooks Online.

Note: Users can only track time on their mobile phones or apps if they log in to QuickBooks Online through a browser.

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