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Edward - CEO

Edward O’Leary is co-founder of Abtrac, a time management, billing and project management solution for professional services businesses in Australia and New Zealand. He has had more than 20 years advising time based billing businesses such as architects, professional engineers, surveyors, planners, cost estimators PR and HR agencies, general consultants and others on how to effectively monitor, measure and manage their services business to streamline processes and achieve a stronger bottom line.

Recent Posts

Time is STILL Money

Posted by Edward - CEO on 02/08/2021

Time Management and Invoicing for Professional Services Firms

The truth is, everybody comes to work to make money. Work can be fun. There’s camaraderie in a professional services firm with like-minded people. There’s satisfaction contributing to a job well done, working with happy clients and many other positives.

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Topics: In the workplace

Survey Results: Architects, Engineers & Surveyors routinely writing off 25% of billable time

Posted by Edward - CEO on 09/02/2021

What if you could get your invoices out within 3 days of month-end instead of 3 weeks, and with a higher level of confidence in their integrity? Imagine the impact on your cash flow. Imagine the impact on office productivity.


Imagine the impact on yourself.


The secret is simple. 

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Topics: In the workplace, All

The most important things in business management

Posted by Edward - CEO on 08/10/2020

Everybody knows where you’re most likely to be told “Say ahhhhh”. For a routine medical check-up you go to the doctor. They’ll use tools to measure your temperature, check blood pressure, listen to your heart and check your lungs. The big ice-cream stick comes out and you’ll be told “Say ahhhhh”. Doctors always start by properly checking out our body’s vital signs. Everything else depends on them working properly.


They actively go through a standard series of measurements and observations. Only then can they give feedback and advise on any actions that need to be taken.

Businesses are in need of routine check-ups just as people are. It’s part of business management. And whatever the scale of your business, getting the right stuff, the stuff your business needs to have working properly, comes down to one thing, understanding the current condition.

This means business information systems to help you measure, and thus manage, the business. So what to measure.

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Topics: In the workplace, All, Money Management, Staff Management

A real success story of linking Abtrac with Xero

Posted by Edward - CEO on 03/09/2020

Abtrac Integrating With Xero: A Xero Users Success Story with Abtrac


As part of our research for this article, we called several of our Xero users in New Zealand and Australia. Many gave us both a verbal response and followed up with a more thoughtful email.

One was from Janine at a professional services firm of some 30 staff in Wellington, New Zealand. It really covered all the things every one of our respondents had raised. We print it here with her permission.

Janine writes:

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Topics: In the workplace, Money Management, Staff Management, Xero, Accounting Software, MYOB, Project Management, Job Management

How to manage your Business Advisors

Posted by Edward - CEO on 09/07/2020

 Abtrac CEO Edward O’Leary gives his thoughts on How to Manage Business Advisors

Someone called into my office to see me the other day. She was quite frustrated. She knew I’d worked for an accounting firm in my past. She’s been a user of Abtrac for a long time. And she was in the neighbourhood. She’d had problems with some of the balances in her accounting system. She went to see her local accountant for help to sort things out.

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5 Things to Help You Focus on Business Management

Posted by Edward - CEO on 25/06/2020

You’ll be hard put to find a news site today that doesn’t have a bad forecast for the global economy.

Even locally we read that the majority of people in our lovely lands are inexorably falling behind economically. “The decline of the middle classes.” Indeed we probably all know people who are struggling right now, trying to keep up, trying to live within tight financial constraints.

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Topics: In the workplace, Money Management, Staff Management