We’ll walk you through how Liquid helps you create clear Work Orders, ensuring both parties agree to project deliverables, rates, and expectations.
The steps are to:
- Create a Work Order
- Create a Deliverable
- Set Onboarding information
- Choose the Hiring Manager
- Send your Work Order
You can also view a video walking you through creating a Work Order and view example Work Orders here.
Create a Work Order
When creating a Work Order, you can either send the Work Order to an existing Vendor (Vendor fully onboarded to Liquid or a Vendor whom you have invited a Vendor to Liquid) or to a new Vendor. If you are sending an invite to an existing Vendor, read this article instead.
Start by selecting the Work Orders section from the left menu options to begin setting up a new Work Order (WO):
- Click the + Work Order button on the upper-right side.
- Since you are inviting a new Vendor, click Please invite them now to send them an invite along with the Work Order.
- Then, add the name of your Vendor. In most cases, you’ll want to use the name of the individual you’ll be inviting. If you know the business name of your Vendor, you could add that in this step instead.
- Next, add a short description to help you identify the Vendor. You might list their role (graphic designer or front-end software engineer, for example) or you can choose to be more specific.
- Enter the email address for the Vendor you’d like to invite.
- Next, you’ll need to name the Work Order. The name should be short and descriptive, like “Content Writing and Editing.”
Creating Deliverables for your Work Order
Within one Work Order, you can create multiple deliverables, each with their own description, schedule, rate structure, and billing frequency (what we refer to as the Fee Schedule).
Work Order Deliverable: Describe the Work
From here, the Define Services and Deliverables part takes on a Mad Libs style of walking you through the setup for each deliverable.
- Populate the first blank with the title, usually a short phrase that describes the work; for example, “Blog Post: Seattle Coffee Roasters.” Click outside of the text box or hit enter or tab to move on.
- Then, provide a summary of the service or deliverable. We know you might need extra lines, so hitting enter will create a new line, rather than move you on to the next entry field. This summary should be clearly defined; for example, “After reviewing our brand and style guidelines, the Vendor shall write a 500-word blog post for SEO about coffee roasters in Seattle. The outline shall be submitted within two (2) days of project acceptance, where it will be reviewed before further progress is made.” Click outside of the text or press tab once you’ve finished the summary to progress.
- Next, describe the required deliverable or milestone that will define the Work Order as completed. The milestone should be something that can be clearly identified as completed or not, like “polished, edited, completed article matching the word count and keyword requirements.” As with the previous field, pressing enter will give you more lines, so click out of the box or press tab to move on.
Work Order Deliverable: Set the Schedule
Now that the description of the deliverable is complete, you can set the schedule for the work.
- Begin by selecting the start date of the deliverable.
- You’ll then need to select whether or not the deliverable has a due date. If you select has, the next field will require you to choose a date. If you select does not have, you’ll choose an estimated completion date instead.
Work Order Deliverable: Set the Fee Schedule
The last part required to complete your new WO setup is the fee schedule for the work, which sets the payment frequency and when the vendor may send an invoice.
- In the drop-down menu, choose from the rate options: flat fee to hourly, daily, weekly, 1st and 15th (twice a month), monthly, or quarterly. If none of the choices describes your fee schedule closely, you can choose as follows to describe it in your own words.
- If you select to pay hourly, you can choose whether to set a maximum hour cap or not. You can also choose if the rate should adjust or if the vendor stops all work when they exceed the hour cap.
- You’ll then select when the vendor may send an invoice for their work. If you are paying with a flat fee, you can choose between after we have confirmed receipt of the deliverable or on the specific date of. With quarterly payments, you have the additional option of on the last day of each quarter. Paying monthly allows the quarterly option as well as on the last day of each month. An hourly, daily, or weekly rate allows all of those options listed above as well as every other week on Friday and on the 1st and 15th of each month, on the last day of each month. As with the rates, you can choose as follows and write it out yourself if none of the available options best describes what you need.
If you need a $0 rate or are creating a Work Order for reimbursements only, you'll need to select as follows for the rate type and select as follows for the frequency of invoicing.
Work Order Deliverable: Other
In this part, you have some optional opportunities to provide additional context for your vendor. You can provide a total estimated fee for the service or deliverable, as well as any other notes. For example, you may want to include if all invoices should be paid in USD, if the Vendor may bill the Client for invoice processing (ACH/Wire) fees, or any other applicable terms specific to how you operate.
Creating additional Deliverables for your Work Order
To add more deliverables, click on Add another, and go through the same step-by-step process to define the deliverable. Distinctly breaking up a Work Order into several deliverables can be useful for clearly defining when you expect each task to be completed. It also allows for different rates for the range of tasks that can fall within one Work Order. For example, the earlier deliverable example of a 500-word blog post may take a week and will be paid with a flat fee of $100. In contrast, a different deliverable of editing existing written content may take only a few days and have a different rate.
Set Onboarding information
Since you are inviting a new Vendor, you'll be asked whether you want to actually send the invite or to keep the WO only for internal tracking.
Since you want to add this Vendor for internal tracking purposes only, you will choose Keep for your own tracking and do not send an invite at this time. Then, you'll press Save without Vendor to continue saving it to your account.
Choose the Hiring Manager
In the final step before saving your Work Order, you can set the Hiring Manager for this Work Order. By default, it should show the Hiring Manager for the Vendor. If you'd like to keep the existing Hiring Manager assignment, you simply leave the field as is.
If you would like to change it, you press the pencil next to the Hiring Manager's name to bring up a drop down menu of users on your account. Select the name of the person you would like to be the Hiring Manager for that Work Order.
Send your Work Order
All that’s left to do now is to confirm your Work Order to your vendor. If one of the deliverable start dates have already passed, you’ll receive a warning message. You can go back and change it, or press Confirm to acknowledge the warning. Press Confirm to save your Work Order to your account.