I understand your point about billable time. That makes sense, however I am not tracking time.
What I am trying to do is this:
A client will ask me to quote them for a wireless installation system.
I will quote them for wireless access points, POE switches and my time to configure the wireless access points. That part is straight forward.
I will also quote them for installation of network points as the wireless network points will need network connectivity. However I do not install the network points myself. I subcontract that out to someone else.
So what will happen is the sub contractor will quote me £1000 to install the network points, I will quote the client £1100 for the network installation. I would like to use Disbursements as the account for expense and income for the network installs. This will link my subcontracting work to the specific client.
I can create a purchase invoice for my contractor to pay him for his work. I can create a sales invoice for my client (under disbursements) for the network install work.
However, I do not see any reason why I cannot create a quote for my client and select disbursements in the same way that I could select sales on inventory - its really the same thing in one sense. I also don’t see why I cannot create a purchase order with the disbursements expense as I frequently will ok a project which will not start for a couple of months, so I want the purchase order to put the contract on the system, but I don’t want to be invoiced yet.
I am ok with creating a sales quote and purchase order without putting in the expense/income account as I appreciate that the disbursements invoices works slightly different from the rest of the quote - sales order - sales invoice process. Now that I know that I don’t have to put an expense account in, that might help address my issue where i need a sales quote and a purchase order.
I hope that makes sense. Thank you