How-To Guide

Basic Categories: Categories


Staffers select a value in the Categories picklist to classify how they’re spending their time.

NOTE: Categories may be called “Labor Codes” or “Work Codes” depending on your lexicon settings and/or industry type.

This article will explain how to create Category values and where staffers use these values in BigTime.

Create Category Values

First, let’s find out how to create and edit Category values. Follow these steps:

  1. Click My Company...Field Values. This will take you directly to Basic Categories...Categories, which is where you want to be.

  2. Click Add New Value to add another value to your list. When creating a new value, you must also create a “code,” such as an abbreviation or acronym, in order to save the value.

    To edit an existing value, just click on it and make your edits on the right-side of the window.
  3. Add details about your new value on the right-side of the window.

    NOTE: You can link the categories you create with QuickBooks.
  4. Scroll down and you’ll see several billing options.

    Here’s what you need to know about these options:

    • Check the box next to “this category is non-billable,” if the value is associated with non-billable time, or time that’s not billed to the client, like internal meetings.

    • Check the box next to “this category is inactive (no longer used),” if you want BigTime to archive, but not delete, a value and the data associated with it.

      By selecting this option, the value will no longer appear in the Category picklist, so staffers won’t be able to select it. However, you can always reactivate an inactive value.

    • Add Billing Rates that’ll be applied at the project level. Once you add these rates, you can access them by clicking My Company...Project List. Select a project and click Bill Rates, found on the gray navigation bar. Under “Basic Billing Rates” you’ll select a base rate to be applied to the project.

  5. Click Save+New to save your new value. Doing so will also allow you to add more values, if you wish.

    We’ll show you how to access and use these categories next.

Access Categories in BigTime

Staffers can access and use the Categories values when they create timesheet entries. Here’s what you need to know:

Click Time/Expense…Timesheets. Then, click +Add Timesheet Row. Under Category column, click the red triangle to populate the picklist. In the image below, you’ll see our newly added value called “blogger,” has populated into the Category picklist.


 Where to go from here:

Basic Categories: Expense Codes

Basic Categories: Invoice Terms

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