Case Studies

Billing is a dream

BILLING IS A DREAM FOR THIS ONE-PERSON PR FIRM, NOW THAT SHE USES FunctionFox.

Karen Speirs is a freelance public relations consultant. Having worked in the media and at PR agencies, Karen started her own business ten years ago. She works for a diverse clientele ranging from biotech companies to non-profit organizations and retail companies.

At any one time, Karen has upwards of 10 projects on the go. She used to track time manually - usually by penciling notes in the front of the project file folder. As her business grew, time-tracking and billing became a time-consuming (and therefore money-losing) task. After tabulating hours from the file folders, she calculated billings and then created lists of tasks for each invoice.

"In my business, time absolutely is money," Karen explains. "I was spending half a day or more on billing each month, and those were hours I couldn't bill. But I didn't know what a productivity drain it was until I started using FunctionFox."

Karen had known the people behind FunctionFox for many years. When they told her about FunctionFox, she thought her lack of technology know-how might be a problem. They convinced her to try it anyway.

"I was up and running on FunctionFox in less than an hour," Karen says. "Considering that my technological skills are limited, that speaks volumes about how simple FunctionFox is and the fantastic customer support I received."

Not only does FunctionFox help Karen track time more accurately and more efficiently, but she can instantly tell a client where her billing stands on a project. And when she hires consultants to help on projects, she can track their time with FunctionFox.

The unexpected benefit of using FunctionFox was how much time Karen saves doing billing. "Billing is a dream," she says. "My invoices are detailed, professional looking and take me only a fraction of the time I spent in the past."

For Karen Speirs PR, the bottom line is that even for a one-woman operation, FunctionFox has huge benefits.

"FunctionFox is ideal for my PR business because it makes it easy to track my time, produce detailed reports, track time against estimates and do my month-end billing. In my business, time is money. FunctionFox helps me save time and make more money."

I WAS UP AND RUNNING ON FunctionFox IN LESS THAN AN HOUR," KAREN SAYS.

For more information on Karen Speirs PR, please email karen.speirs@shaw.ca or call 604.984.3245.