Multi-client projects, Replicon, and You

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Have you ever wondered what these options mean when you’re setting up a project?

Well, they let you assign more than one client to a single project!

Depending on what you use Replicon for, your response to that may be either: "Of course they do!" or "That sounds kind of strange. Why would you ever want to do that?".

For the latter group, I will explain.

First, as you might have guessed, there are two very distinct methods for assigning multiple clients to a project, User's Choice and Allocated Between.

User’s Choice

At Replicon, we affectionately term this type of multi-client project the 'bucket method’ (though somehow that term never really caught on).

Using the 'bucket method’, you assign as many clients as you wish. Then, when someone records time against one of these projects, they choose one client to bill from that list.

Why would you do this? Simply to simplify project management. Imagine a consultant who does lots of little tiny projects for boatloads of clients – say, an Etsy artisan. They want to record the time they worked, but creating a new project for each client would be absurd. So, the user’s choice method fits the bill.

Allocated Between

The ‘allocated between’ method (we have no cute term for this type) is a very, very different way of assigning clients. In this scenario, you assign a percentage to each client you add, then they’re billed for that percent of billable hours.

Companies using this method are usually much bigger than the typical itty bitty ‘bucket’ company. A common usage is joint ventures – for example, when the costs for a construction project are split, based on some pre-defined ratio, among two, three, or more clients.

As a random example, this method could be used by a construction company to split billing when they build a new stadium, with the city paying half, and the premier professional hockey organization paying half.

Multi-client projects can be used in lots of situations – even for tracking internal billing by cost centers within a company.

If you’d like to learn about other ways multiple client projects are used, or if you're eager for details on how to set them up, please visit and search multiple client project.
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Paula Tannahill, Technical Writer

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