Purchase Hourly Outside

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When a purchase order contains a "purchase hourly outside" line, it indicates that an outside contractor should be hired to do work that is paid by the hour. When you specify this kind of entry, you also specify the hourly rate. To specify the contractor, the rate and the expected duration of the work, you use an hourly outside demand. For more, see Demand Hourly Outside.

To see the Purchase Hourly Outside editor, go to the Line Items section of a purchase order, drop down the arrow of New Purchase Item and click New Purchase Hourly Outside. Alternatively, you can begin with an hourly outside demand on a work order and click New Purchase Outside. The editor contains the following:

Line Number: A number that can be used to specify the location of this line item in the purchase order. If you don't use line numbers, line items on the purchase order will be sorted in the order they were recorded when you filled out the purchase order. If you do use line numbers, line items on the purchase order will be sorted from lowest "Line Number" to highest.

Purchase Order area: The purchase order that will cover this purchase. If you began from a purchase order, you'll see a read-only field identifying the purchase order.

Otherwise, the area ends with a drop-down list where you can specify the purchase order. The options preceding this list dictate what you see when you drop down the list. By choosing appropriate options, you can reduce the entries that are shown in the drop-down list, making it quicker and easier to choose the one you want. The possible options are:

Only include Purchase Orders for Vendors who can perform this work: If you select this option, the contents of the drop-down list will be affected by the demand specified in "Demand Hourly Outside". If the demand states a specific vendor, the drop-down list will only show purchase orders addressed to that vendor. If the demand doesn't state a specific vendor, the drop-down list will show purchase orders addressed to any vendor.

Only include Purchase Orders for Vendors who have previously performed this work: If you select this option, the drop-down list will only include purchase orders for vendors who have been previously associated with the given hourly outside record.

Drop-down list: The drop-down list at the end of the "Purchase Order" area shows draft purchase orders that satisfy the options you have specified.

Demand Hourly Outside area: The hourly outside demand for the labor that will be purchased. If you began from an hourly outside demand on a work order, you'll see a read-only field identifying the demand.

Otherwise, this area ends with a drop-down list where you can specify an hourly outside demand record. The options preceding this list dictate what you see when you drop down the list. By choosing appropriate options, you can reduce the entries that are shown in the drop-down list, making it quicker and easier to choose the one you want. The possible options are:

Only include Demands for work specifically from this Purchase Order's Vendor: If you select this option, the drop-down list only shows hourly outside demand records that specifically mention the specified "Vendor".

Only include Demands for work that this Purchase Order's Vendor could perform: If you select this option, the drop-down list shows hourly outside demand records that have the specified "Vendor" or whose "Vendor" field is blank.

Do not filter Demands based on the Vendor associated with the work: If you select this option, the drop-down list will not be restricted by vendor or trade.

Only include demands for work previously performed by this vendor: If you checkmark this box, the drop-down list only shows hourly outside demands that have been used in previous purchase orders to this vendor.

Only include demands where quantity demanded exceeds quantity currently ordered: If you checkmark this box, the drop-down list will only show hourly outside demands where the demand is greater than the quantity of hourly outside work currently on order.

Drop-down list: The drop-down list at the end of the "Demand Labor Outside" area shows hourly outside demand records that satisfy the options you have specified.

Hours: Read-only fields giving information about the work you've specified. This information is taken from the hourly outside demand record and from other tables in MainBoss.

Demanded: The total amount of time contained in the labor demand.

Already Ordered: The amount of time (if any) that has already been "received" on this purchase order. For example, suppose a job is expected to take several days. At the end of each day, you might use the purchase order to record how much labor you received on that day.

Remaining Demand: Equals "Demanded" minus "Already Ordered".

Demand Hourly Outside Hourly Outside Cost: The hourly rate paid to the contractor.

Demand Hourly Outside Hourly Outside Order Line Text: A suggestion for what should appear on the purchase order in order to describe this work. This text is taken from the hourly outside demand record.

Use suggested text: If you checkmark this box, MainBoss will fill in "Order Line Text" with what appears in "Demand Hourly Outside Hourly Outside Order Line Text". If you leave the box blank, you should fill in "Order Line Text" yourself.

Order Line Text: The text that will actually appear on the purchase order as a description for this work.

Use remaining demand as quantity to order: If you checkmark this box, MainBoss will set "Quantity" to the "Remaining Demand" value. If you leave the box blank, you must fill in "Quantity" yourself.

Quantity: The amount of the contractor's time that you want covered by this entry. This may not be the full time expected. For example, if a job takes several days, you may decide to record each day's time separately.

Calculated Cost: Read-only fields giving the expected cost of "Quantity" if you use "Demand Hourly Outside Hourly Outside Cost".

Use calculated cost: If you checkmark this box, MainBoss fills in "Cost" with the values in "Calculated Cost". Otherwise, you must fill in "Cost" yourself.

Cost: The cost of the given amount of work. If you fill in the "Hourly Rate" box, MainBoss automatically fills in "Total Cost" and vice versa.

Save: Saves the current record. The editor window stays open in case you want to make more changes to the same record.

Save & New: Saves the current record and sets up the window for you to enter a new record. Fields in the new record will be blank or set to default values.

Save & Close: Saves the current record and closes the editor window.

Cancel: Closes the window without saving any changes you've made to the record since the last time you saved. When you Save the record, the Cancel button changes to Close, indicating that you can safely close the window without losing any changes.

Close: Closes the window. This button only appears after you've saved changes with Save or before you've entered any data at all. Otherwise, the button is labeled Cancel.

For more on hourly outside records, see Hourly Outside. For more on purchase orders, see Purchase Orders. For more on editors in general, see Using Editors.

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