Jan 24, 2020 08:11 AM
Hello, I need help building a tool that does several things. I have an interior design business and I want to be able to input projected hours for each employee, by project. I want to be able to then see their bandwidth several months out.
Secondly, I want to input these hourly projections by project, and create gaant charts by project, so I can track progress of each project, but hopefully all together in one place.
Ideally, there is a place I can input project information, including which employees are on what project and about how many hours we think will be needed by project phase. Then I would love to be able to see this information in different views- calendar, by employee, and by project.
The goal being that I can better plan for staffing needs, see when we will be busier and less busy, so that we can take on more or less work as we see fit.
Jan 24, 2020 09:31 AM
Airtable can certainly be used to build the type of system you’re describing. I’ve spent the past several years consulting on project management systems and specifically working with clients on setting up resource management processes and systems. I’ve been using Airtable for the past 3 years and it’s one of my absolute favorite tools for all kinds of activities.
You can contact me at
Have a great weekend!
While you can certainly create a scheduling and resourcing tool with Airtable (I’ve built a couple), I’d suggest that there are other “off-the-shelf” products out there that will address your needs here quicker and more robustly than spending the time to create something on your own. If your goal is do this in Airtable because you are already using Airtable for other, related data and want to be able to access that data as well, there are ways (Zapier, for one) to integrate your data across tools.
I’m more than happy to talk about more it you’d like.
Jan 24, 2020 12:13 PM
Having worked on some complex Airtable bases in the past, I can say with confidence that Airtable would be a perfect fit to get you the results you are looking for.
I would be happy to help you build this out as it is well within my skill set.
You can reach me on email@example.com
Jan 26, 2020 10:32 PM
i have shot a PM. please let me know in case you are still looking for help.
Jan 28, 2020 08:19 PM
thanks for posting here, we have extensive experience in getting the best out of Airtable to forecast human resources and plan project allocations while taking into account historical data. If you could contact me us at firstname.lastname@example.org we’d be happy to discuss the project in more detail.
Thank you, Tim
Jan 29, 2020 11:50 AM
If you’re still looking for help with Airtable, I would love to talk with you. I’ve worked closely with with an Interior Designer and have learned a lot about your industry.
Here’s my LinkedIn profile and my website, PositiveWorkspace.com.
Jan 31, 2020 01:07 PM
I’d be happy to discuss some ideas with you, as well as getting a better understanding of how the Airtable will be an asset to your team and business.
Once we’ve discussed your vision and goals, I can then provide you an accurate price and timeframe to get the project started!
Schedule a free phone consultation via this link: www.wisedesign.co/schedule
To learn a little more about myself, please visit my website: www.wisedesign.co
If you’d like to connect with me on LinkedIn, please do so here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eckline/
I look forward to hearing form you!
Feb 10, 2020 10:27 AM
Would love to chat more about what you’re looking to achieve here.
Feb 15, 2020 11:33 AM
Hey! I wrote this blog post about how to create a forecasting tool in AirTable. If you just switched out the currency fields for hours you could easily use the template for what you’re looking for! I also do consulting if you’re interested in a full service solution.
Feb 16, 2020 04:49 PM
Feb 18, 2020 02:50 PM
Great article! Can you describe the forecasting algorithm you used in this example? It wasn’t clear to me how the process computes future revenues.
Feb 18, 2020 03:14 PM
Thanks for the feedback @Bill.French! This is my first of hopefully many, so I appreciate all the help I can get. The way I use it, once the expected revenues are filled into the Forecast Billings table, you can see the actual vs forecasted in the Billing Periods table. I suppose I should clarify that the actual forecasting component (figuring out how much revenue you’ll be making) is up to the user to fill in based on what they think their clients will pay in each month. To create a more complex model once you’ve got the data, I might try out averaging the forecasted revenues and actual revenues to come up with future numbers, but it’s highly dependent on what kind of billing model you have.
Feb 18, 2020 03:21 PM
Understood. That’s what I thought.
As a former accountant in a previous life, I found your approach and article to be really well thought out - a great success pattern for other Airtable users. And your writing skills are excellent too.
Feb 18, 2020 06:56 PM