Track Time & Expenses

Track expenses

To use Expenses, you first need to enable that functionality in the Workspace Settings.

Record project-related expenses via web or mobile app, and include them in invoices.

You can also use expenses to record fixed fees (e.g. day rates, retainers, overtime pay, reimbursements, salaries, etc.), and expenses that are unit-based (e.g. hours, mileage, days, materials, etc.)

Expenses is a paid feature, which you can enable by upgrading your workspace to Pro or Enterprise plan.

User interface displayed in this video may not correspond to the latest version of the app.

Adding expenses #

To use Expenses, first go to workspace settings and enable Activate expense tracking in the Expenses section

  1. Click Expenses in the sidebar
  2. Click Add expense
  3. Choose date, project, and category
  4. Enter amount (or unit)
  5. Enter note with more information (optional)
  6. Upload receipt (optional)
  7. Click Save

For expenses that have unit, users enter unit (e.g. miles) and the total amount is automatically calculated based on that category’s amount per unit.

Note that:

  • each expense inherits billable status from its project, which you can change on per expense basis
  • each expense inherits currency assigned to client
  • you can edit existing expenses or delete them by clicking on the three dots next to the expense
  • you can view expense’s receipts by clicking on the attachment icon

Supported file formats for attachments: .png, .gif, .pdf, .jpg and .jpeg. Max file size: 5MB.

Recording expenses using mobile app #

You can also record expenses via Clockify mobile app (iOS or Android).

Who can add and see expenses #

  • Each user can see and add their own expenses.
  • Team Managers can see and add expenses for their team members.
  • Admins can see and add expenses for everyone.

If you lock timesheets past a certain date, it will also affect expenses, meaning regular users won’t be able to edit or add new expenses for past locked dates.

If you’re Admin or Team Manager, you can see other people’s expenses by clicking on the Teammate picker in the upper right corner, and edit them (if allowed).

Expense categories #

Admins can create new expense categories by:

  1. Click Expenses in the sidebar
  2. Click on the cog wheel icon (Settings)
  3. Click Add category
  4. Enter category name
  5. Click This expense has a unit price if you wish users to enter unit instead of total sum (e.g. miles), name the unit, and enter price per unit
  6. Click Create

You can update, archive, restore, and delete a category by clicking on the three dots.

When a category is archived, users won’t be able to create new expenses for it, but all existing expenses will remain unchanged.

To delete a category, you first need to archive it, and then you can delete it. When a category is deleted, all expenses for it will become uncategorized.

Project status #

If your project has a budget, you can enable Budget includes billable expenses in the Settings.

Once enabled, project budget will include both billable time and billable expenses as part of their progress bar (and alerts).

Expense report #

To see all tracked expenses, open Expense report either from the sidebar, or by going to any Report and clicking on Time report, and selecting Expense report.

You can get the report for any date range you need by choosing the range in the upper left corner and choosing a predefined range or selecting a custom one.

You can filter the report by the following criteria: billable (billable, non-billable), approval (approved, unapproved) and invoicing (invoiced). 

You can sort expenses by clicking on the column header in the table.

Expenses that are invoiced are marked as invoiced. Hover over the invoiced tag to see which invoice picked them up.

You can manually mark expenses as invoiced by selecting them via bulk edit and then choosing Mark as invoiced. To mark as uninvoiced, select only the invoiced expenses.

You can export all the expenses to PDF, CSV and Excel by clicking Export.

Once you downgrade your subscription from Enterprise or PRO to a lower plan, previously created expenses won’t be visible and cannot be exported anymore.

To edit or delete an expense, click on the three dots next to the expense.

  • Admins can see and edit all expenses
  • Managers can see all expenses for their team members or projects, and edit them if enabled Who can edit time and expenses for others in workspace settings
  • Regular users can see and edit only their own expenses (unless they are locked)

You can also customize a PDF, Excel or CSV export of the expense report in the Detailed expense report page.

  1. Go to report
  2. Click Export
  3. Choose Customize
  4. Choose which information you’d like to get
  5. Save

Each report you export in PDF, Excel or CSV will contain the selected data.

This feature is available on Pro and Enterprise subscription plans.

User interface displayed in this video may not correspond to the latest version of the app.

Approving expenses #

Added expenses appear in the Expenses page.

For expenses to be approved, an Admin or a Team Manager need to perform this action on the Approvals page. Prior to approving, expenses need to be submitted first.

Submitting expenses for approval #

Added expenses appear in the Expenses page. Now, expenses need to be submitted for approval and subsequently approved by Owner/Admin/Team manager.

For more information, check out how to Submit expenses for approval.

Invoicing expenses #

  1. Open an invoice
  2. Click Import time and expenses
  3. Select date and projects
  4. Enable Include billable expenses
  5. Choose how you wish expenses to be displayed (display each expense as a new line item, or group them by project, user, or category)
  6. Click import

Only billable uninvoiced expenses are imported into invoice.

If an expense has unit, unit column will take the unit from the expense and the price column will take price from the category. Expenses that don’t have a unit will be displayed as one unit.

Imported time will be displayed as Service item type, and expenses as Product item type. You can customize name of item types in invoice settings, as well as hide the item type column from PDF.

Each imported expense will be marked as invoiced so you don’t accidentally invoice same expense twice. If you remove a line item that contains imported expenses (or delete the whole invoice), those expenses will be marked as uninvoiced.

You can always mark an expense as invoiced or uninvoiced manually in the Detailed Expense Report by selecting them via bulk edit.

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