Overview and job editing form
Translation jobs are the heart of the BaccS. After all, it was designed to provide project management and invoicing features, which are closely connected. Everything starts from finding clients and doing jobs. Every job should be documented. The Job document is intended to solve exactly this task. When a job is created, it is necessary to 'describe' it as fully as possible. In BaccS, this description includes the following data: job status, date, deadline, client, currency, work field, purchase order information, project name and text description, main project (which aggregates a number of jobs), language direction and the list of tasks. List of tasks, in its turn, contains specific actions you perform during this job. For example, translation, proofreading, alignment and other tasks. Every task is described by numbers, expressed in different units, which totally give final job amount. So, every task has the following attributes in BaccS: work type (for example, ‘Translation’), fuzzy type (for example, ‘No match’ or ‘Repetitions’), quantity, rate (price) and amount. Let's talk about all these data in details. Before we do this, let's have a look at the job creation form:
Let's describe all the fields one by one.
Number is a simple internal number. It will also be used when printing a quote. When the project is created, a new incremental number is assigned automatically. If you use letters in this field, than the system won't be able to automatically assign new numbers.
Deadline field contains deadline of the project. You can specify day and time of delivery. By default, time is set to a time which is specified in the program settings, under Productivity settings tab. This field is displayed on the dashboard. And the row color in the list of projects depends on this field. If delivery day is today, than this project will be marked as urgent (red color). If delivery date is tomorrow, than it will be marked as 'Soon' (green). Other rows won't have any colors.
Status field describes the state of the project. You can choose one of the following statuses: Received, Processing, Partially finished, Finished, Send, Paid, Rejected. Received is used when the project arrived but still not confirmed (preparing a quote). In this case it is not included into the client’s balance. Processing - you're currently working on the project. Finished - the project is finished but hasn't been sent still. Sent - project is sent but unpaid. Paid - you've got the money for the project (changes automatically when corresponding payment is added). And Rejected - project is sent, invoice is issued but for some reason the client rejected to pay. In this case this amount is excluded from the balance with the client. Also, Rejection date field appears to enter the date when the job was rejected. When status is changed from Processing to Sent, Delivery date is set to the current date and time. Also you can transfer data from deadline to delivery date by pressing corresponding button in the Date delivered field.
Delivery method field is a simple way to save a method of delivery. This is a drop-down list which is populated on the base of previous values. If necessary value is missing, simply type it here. Next time it will appear in this list.
Post WIWO check-box allows to create WIWO (What I'm working on now) entry on ProZ.com after saving a job. If to check this mark, then after saving a job WIWO editing window will appear with some pre-filled data. You ill be able to make necessary corrections and click OK to send information to the WIWO service.
Customer and PM fields, as expected, allow to select a customer and your project manager. After selecting particular customer list of PMs will allow to select only a contact which belongs to a selected customer. By default, when you change a customer, previously used contact will be automatically selected in the PM field.
To quickly view default rates for the currently selected customer, just hover mouse pointer over Customer field. You will see a tooltip with customer's price-list. If tooltip is not shown, this means that this customer has no default rates defined.
Currency allows to select a currency used to estimate job amount.
Specialization allows to specify a specialization of the job. Translators usually work in a lot of different fields, which vary in difficulty. Dividing projects by work fields helps to generate stats and to see the fields in which you perform better. This information could be included in the CV to allow potential clients see statistical expression of your experience. So I recommend to create as many fields as possible, it will help to get more detailed stats in the future.
Next four fields: PO number, PO date, Job name and Client ref. number contain purchase order details.
Responsible person field is intended only for teams and allows to select staff member responsible for this job. Later it will be possible to generate reports showing performance of each staff member.
Project field allows you to select a "big" project for this particular job. It is a common thing when you get translation projects from the same client on a regular basis (say, every week). But all of them belong to one big project you work during a long time. For this reason, there is a 'Main project' document in BaccS. You create main project, and then select it in particular jobs. Then, it is possible to see the list of projects for any main project along with total wordcount. Very useful feature to control the list of special projects in translation career.
Job tasks and Receivables tables contain job description with all actions required by this job, prices and amounts. Please go to the corresponding section with detailed description of these tables. When you add or edit rows in the job tasks or receivables tables, job total amounts (at the right of these tables) will be automatically re-calculated. If currency of the project differs from your base currency selected in the profile, then the system will try to get currency rate to convert project amount into your base currency. If the rate is missing in the Currency rates list, then default rate will be used (1). In this case, you can download currency rate by clicking corresponding button onside this field. Or you can open Currency rates list and add missing rate there. Then go back to a job and re-calculate amount.
Instructions tab allows you to specify instructions for particular job. It fully supports formatting to highlight important points:
Book (ledger) and Book (mutual exchanges) tabs allow to view records created by a job in a corresponding accounting books. These tables can be edited manually and get filled only after saving a job.
Additional commands in the job editing form
Save and invoice command allows to save currently edited job and immediately create an invoice over it. The procedure is the same as described in the Invoices and payments article. The only difference here is that this command allows to save few clicks and do invoicing operation a bit faster.
Import data from CAT tools button allows to import analysis reports generated by CAT tools or even import analysis data directly from a CAT tool installed on your computer. Please read this article to get detailed information.
Create translation assignment button allows to allocate a job to external contractors. Read this article to get detailed information abut assignments.
Link with a CAT project button allows to link a job with a project created in SDL Trados to display its progress in the job list.
Quick job creation function
There is Quick job creation button on the ribbon. It contains a sorted list of customers you've recently did work for and custom list of job templates. Select any customer or a template, and a new job will be created based on the most recent job you did for the selected customer or a selected template. Also, you may select Empty job to quickly create an empty job, regardless which form you're currently viewing.
List of customers and templates is updated on the program launch. To refresh it, click Refresh list of customers item, which is very first item in this drop-down list.
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