This article contains tips, useful links and a potential workflow for working with Teamleader in a creative agency. We made the assumption that the project module is at the heart of your organization and that will be the basis of this article.
Needless to say, all companies work differently and these are just guidelines to help you along. If you have other questions, browse through our knowledge base for specific info on modules or contact our support team.
Here is what we will go over:
Recurrent task and meetings
Creative agencies often have a clear process in mind when embarking on a new project with a client. In Teamleader, these are arranged by adding milestones under projects, and tasks and meetings under milestones. Below, you’ll find some interesting things to keep in mind.
In a project Budget spent displays your client's budget and how much billable hours are spent. Budget management on projects is a way to keep track of the predetermined budget you and your customer have agreed upon. By allocating resources and estimating time on billable tasks, you'll know if you are going over budget.
Keep track of your costs and potential revenue via the Profit feature in every project. Take a look at the Details in order to see where most of your costs come from, so you can tweak where needed.
When planning, use milestones in Teamleader to subdivide your project in different phases, from the conceptual part all the way to presenting your work to the client and publishing.
This might look something like this:
The way you divide your milestones is, of course, very dependent on the type of work you do. The most important thing to keep in mind is to know exactly what is expected from who within each milestone. A milestone will always have a final responsible colleague, but tasks and meetings created under each milestone can be assigned to others.
Also make sure to close the milestone via the ‘Actions’ button when all tasks and meetings in it are completed. If, at the end of the ride, a milestone is still open, the project will be considered ongoing:
In some cases, you can only start working on a certain milestone when the one before is completed. You can’t start your front-end developing if you haven’t received a wireframe, for example. Find out out how to make milestones dependent on each other.
Make use of the project planning tool to efficiently divide work among colleagues.
Creative agencies have lots of visuals to share by definition. Here are some best practices on exchanging files both internally and with your clients.
External access to projects
To keep in touch with clients, their questions and mood swings, you might want to consider granting them external access to projects, allowing them to keep track of your progress made in projects. All files uploaded to the project will become visible and downloadable for your client.
You can upload files to all your modules, but if you want to centralize your documents, we highly recommend using Teamleader’s Dropbox integration.
If you want to know exactly what your work is worth, accurate timetracking will be essential. There are plenty of ways to track your hours in Teamleader, but check these out:
Time Tracker: Start tracking straight from your your Teamleader account.
Mobile app: Working without your laptop? Track time via the new Teamleader Mobile app.
Teamtracker integration: Teamtracker’s Teamleader integration will take your timetracking to the next level. It allows you to calculate breaks and gain insights on time spent by your team on projects.
What’s your best tip for working with Teamleader? Feel free to contact our support team.