Fishbowl Time & Labor

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Icon.Fishbowl Time & Labor.png The Fishbowl Time & Labor module, located in the Manufacturing group, is an add-on module that can be installed from the Small.Plugin.png Plugin module. After installing the plugin, a new module is added that integrates with Fishbowl Time & Labor. For each work order that has been issued in Fishbowl, a project will be created in Fishbowl Time & Labor. When employees clock in, they can select the work order/project that they will be working on. These labor hours will then be added to the work order in Fishbowl, allowing for an accurate calculation of the work order labor cost. For more information about Fishbowl Time & Labor, click here or here.

Fishbowl Time & Labor.png


The documentation on this page is for the most recent version of the Fishbowl Time & Labor plugin. To update, see Update Fishbowl.


  1. In any Fishbowl Client, open the Small.Plugin.png Plugin module, located in the Integrations group.
  2. Select the Fishbowl Time & Labor plugin and click Install Now.
  3. Completely close all Fishbowl Clients.
  4. Exit the Fishbowl Server by right-clicking the Fishbowl Server tray icon and selecting Exit.
  5. After re-opening the Fishbowl Server, the admin user can access the Small.Fishbowl Time & Labor.png Fishbowl Time & Labor module from any Fishbowl Client by opening the Manufacturing module group.
  6. To grant access to additional users, open the Small.User Group.png User Group module and assign the Fishbowl Time & Labor-View right to the appropriate groups as explained here.


  1. Click the New Button.png Setup button on the module toolbar, or click the large Connect to Fishbowl Time & Labor button on the Configuration tab.
    Connect to Fishbowl Time & Labor.png
  2. Create an account, enter the registered email address and password, and then click Sign in.
    Initial Sign In.png
  3. Click the Authorize button.
    Fishbowl Time & Labor Authorize.png


  • On the Configuration tab, select how frequently to synchronize with Fishbowl Time & Labor and then click the Save Button.png Save button.
    Fishbowl Time & Labor Sync Schedule.png
  • Only pull labor for closed projects - When this option is disabled, time entries will come over to Fishbowl as the sync occurs. Time entries which have been edited in Time and Labor that were previously synced will not be updated in the Fishbowl Work Order. When the option is enabled, time entries will sync when the project is marked as closed in Time and Labor. A closed project in Time and Labor cannot be reopened.
  • In addition to the scheduled sync, the sync can be triggered manually by clicking the Sync Button.png Sync button on the module toolbar, or by clicking the FTL Sync Button.png Sync button in the Small.Manufacture Order.png Manufacture Order module.
    FTL Sync.png
  • For each work order that has been issued in Fishbowl, a project will be created in Fishbowl Time & Labor. When employees clock in, they can select the work order/project that they will be working on.
    Project Clock In.png
  • Once the work order has been started in Fishbowl, labor hours will be added to the work order during the sync process.
    Labor on Work Order.png

    Labor on Work Order report.png
  • The labor cost will use the hourly rate of the employees that have worked on the project.
    Time & Labor Hourly Rate.png


The Small.Fishbowl Time & Labor.png Fishbowl Time & Labor module includes a browser view to access the Fishbowl Time & Labor interface from within the Fishbowl Client.

  • To open the browser, click the Fishbowl Time & Labor tab. Each user can sign in with their own credentials.
  • To automatically sign in all users with the same login credentials, click the Tools menu and select Module Options.
    Fishbowl Time & Labor Module Options.png
  • The Company Name is automatically set during setup. This allows users to login with usernames instead of email addresses.
  • The Back Button.png Back button, Forward Button.png Forward button, and Refresh Button.png Refresh button can be used to control the browser.

Fishbowl Time & Labor browser.png

Release Notes

Note: These release notes are for the plugin only. For web app and iOS app release notes, click here.

1.8 - 1/26/2018 - Fishbowl 2018.1
  • Fixed issue with custom BOMs not syncing from Fishbowl to Time & Labor
1.7 - 1/18/2018 - Fishbowl 2018.1
  • Added sync button to the Manufacture Order Toolbar
  • Added option to only pull labor from closed projects in Time and Labor
  • Fixed bug with duplicate time entries added to Fishbowl work order(s)
1.3 - 10/23/2017 - Fishbowl 2017.10
  • Added FB BOM Description as T&L Project Description when syncing manufacture orders to Time and Labor from Fishbowl
1.2 - 5/19/2017 - Fishbowl 2017.3
  • Compatibility fixes for FB version 2017.3 and higher