QuickBooks Time helps Mana Services, so they can help the community
In a perfect world, nonprofits like Mana wouldn’t have to think about things like payroll or taxes. But like any business owner, Jennifer has work to do beyond the group’s mission. “Three or four years into the business, I hired my first employee. It was scary, financially,” Jennifer says.
Part of that fear came from the knowledge that Jennifer and her husband are not “business-savvy people.”
That’s not why they got into the work they do.
“At first, I tried to do it myself,” she says. But Jennifer was frustrated by all the details that go into running payroll correctly by hand. And on top of that, doing it all on her own was extremely time-consuming
“It would take me just about a workday every week to get payroll done,” she says. “That didn’t include all the reporting things, too.” Then Jennifer found ADP for payroll and, from there, QuickBooks Time by QuickBooks.
“It frees me up. I used to have a payroll day where I’d be like, ‘Don’t bother me. It’s payroll day.’ It would take me that long to get that stuff in my head worked out,” she said. Now, Jennifer approves time and runs payroll for around 15 contractors and 30 employees in just a couple of hours.
As for specific features, Jennifer says QuickBooks Time’ Who’s Working window and the ability to add notes to timesheets both help considerably.
“I use [the Who’s Working window] a lot to see who’s on shift,” Jennifer says. It’s especially helpful because Mana Services has several houses and sites. “There are different people in different places at any given time. If I need to get in touch with one of our youths, I can see who’s on shift at that house. It’s awesome to be able to see who’s clocked in right now.”
Jennifer’s team also uses timesheet notes to keep track of mileage.
“QuickBooks Time helped us set it up so employees can enter their start odometer and stop odometer, and then we pay them. We reimburse them for mileage based on that.”
Time tracking and payroll might not be the most influential parts of Mana Services, but they’re essential tools to keep the nonprofit running.
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“We do Thanksgiving and Christmas, a kickball tournament every summer, host barbecues … We invite our past youths as well. So the hope is that they won’t need us anymore, but if they want us, we’re still here for them,” Jennifer says.