This article is part of the Franchising Module training. Click here for more information on Franchising.



Franchisee Billing is the process ran to auto-create AR Invoices to bill each of your Franchisees for fees incurred in a specific date range. Depending on the Payment Method that is assigned to your Franchisee Store, AR Payments can be auto-applied or non-applied to the AR Invoices that are created during this step:

  • Auto-Applied Payments - If the Franchisee is set up for ACH payments, then this process also creates an ACH payment applied to the invoice and an ACH export file that can be uploaded to the Bank to transfer the money from their Account to yours.  Click here for more information on how to set up your Franchisee ACH Settings.
  • Non-Applied Payments - If the Franchisee has been assigned the 'Check' Payment Method on the 'Franchisee Additional Info' tab of the Customer record, received AR Payments will need to be manually applied as with all other AR Payments.



Franchise Billing - Creating Invoices



To start the process, hover over the 'Franchising' and select 'Franchisee Billing'. This will open the Franchisee Billing window.

  


Franchisee Billing Window


The Franchisee Billing window is the quickest way to create your Franchise Billing AR Invoices. Update each of the following fields and then click the 'Create' button to create your AR Invoices.



1) Invoice Date - The date that the AR Invoice is created

2) Payment Date - The date the system will assign to any AR Payments created during Franchise Billing. AR Payments are automatically created for Franchisees that have a payment type of ACH. AR Payments created will be auto-applied to the AR Invoices created during billing 

3) Start Date - The start of the date range for accruing fees

4) End Date - The end of the date range for accruing fees

5) Store - A listing of all Franchisee Stores. Choose the Store(s) to include in this billing process

6) Bill From - A listing of all Restaurant Locations. Choose the Location that the AR Invoices should be billed from

7) Deposit ACH To - A listing of all Bank Accounts. Choose the Bank Account where the ACH payments will be deposited

8) Include DSS Sales - When checked, this will include the Daily Sales from the corresponding imported Daily Sales Summaries

9) Item - A listing of all fees, or Sales Items. Choose the fee(s) that should be billed in this invoice. Fees can be invoiced separately depending on where the fees should be billed from. For example, Royalties can be billed from a different Location/cost center than Marketing Co-Op Fees

10) Ignore Item Account Assignment - When checked, the Franchise Billing will ignore the set Bank Account(s) on the fee (Sales Item) 

11) Create Button - When clicked, the system will pick up all fees included based on the values selected in this window.  It will create either one AR Invoice per franchisee or per store (this is based on the setting on each Franchisee record) with a line item for each fee. For those franchisees where Payment Method = ACH, an AR Payment will also be created and applied to the invoice


When the 'Create' process is completed, the AR Invoice will display the number of invoices and payments created. From there, Users can print the ACH export file if desired or export the ACH file and then upload this to the corresponding bank(s) to automatically transfer funds from their account to yours.



Printing / Emailing AR Invoices


Once the invoices are created, you can print or email them to Customers. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1.  Navigate to the 'AR Transactions' list in the 'Accounts Receivable' subsection of the Accounting module


  2.  Select the rows of the Invoices that will be billed
  3.  Just above the grid, click the 'Edit Selected' button and then hover over the 'Print' sub-menu and select 'Print/Email Invoices'


  4.  In the window that pops up, select either 'Print' or 'Email' and then your desired Report Format and click 'Submit'
    • If you select Email as the Send Option, then the invoices will automatically be emailed out individually
    • If you select Print as the Send Option, a new window will open with the report. Click the 'Save As' icon and then select 'PDF' from the list, which is the best printable option for the report