How-To Guide

Cost Centers: N/A Field


The N/A category is another way to add cost-related details to a project. Oftentimes, users with multiple company locations create values for each location. That way, it's easy to gauge how each location is performing from a cost perspective.

In this article, we’ll show you how to add values to the N/A field and where to use this field in BigTime. Plus, we’ll show you how to use this field if your company has multiple locations.

Add Values to the N/A Field

First, let’s access and create N/A values.

  1. Click My Company...Field Values.

  2. Click Cost Centers...N/A to add and values to this category.

  3. Click +Add Cost Center to add a new value.

  4. Add details to your new value on the right-side of the window. To edit an existing value, just click on the value you want to edit and make your changes on the right-side of the window.

  5. Click Save+New to save your changes.

    Now that you know how to add values to this field, we’ll show you how to use this field in BigTime.

Access the N/A Field in BigTime

You’ll find the N/A field on the Project Dashboard for each project. Follow these steps:

  1. Click My Company...Project List.

  2. Click on a project from your list of projects.

  3. Scroll down in the gray window and you’ll see “N/A” toward the middle of the window

  4. Click on the red triangle under N/A to populate your picklist of values and make your selection.

  5. Click Save Changes to save your work.

    Note: Click on the hyperlink Edit these values at the end of the N/A picklist to quickly and directly add and/or edit values.


Tip: A popular way to use the N/A field

At the start of the article, we mentioned that firms with multiple locations use the N/A category to track cost-related performance.

Here’s an example, say your firm has locations in Chicago, Boston, and New York. Change the “N/A” field title to “Company Locations” by adjusting the lexicon settings. Follow the steps at the beginning of this article and create values for each location—Chicago, Boston, and New York—and apply these values to your projects. Then, run a report and see which office location, is underperforming and costing you the most money.

Where to go from here:

Cost Centers: Service Offering

Cost Centers: Staff Role

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