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Project Budget Template

Help your project team control costs and under budget for different tasks using this project budget template.
Budgets are probably everybody’s least favorite things to talk about. But what’s even less fun is not having a well-defined budget. Without a good budget, you risk running out of money, spending too much on the wrong aspects of a project, or not spending enough, leading to an inferior final product.

That’s why project budgets are important. Project budgets are a list of all the expected expenses for a project.
are a form of resource planning that helps you understand how your money should be spent. They help you guide the initial planning of the project and help you decide what you’re going to do, how you’re going to do it, and what tools you’re going to need to get the job done. Because of this,
are an important part of the project management planning process that shouldn’t be skipped or fast-tracked in any way.

Budgets used to be the exclusive domain of spreadsheets. But not everyone likes creating budget spreadsheets (or any kind of spreadsheet for that matter). That’s where project budget templates come in handy.

What is a project budget template?

A project budget template is a project management template used for creating project budgets. These are documents that outline all expected costs for the various stages of the project, including staffing, project tools, and other related project costs. Using a template helps ensure that you’re not missing any important pieces of information that could lead to a less-than-accurate budget. When working in a spreadsheet template, for example, you could potentially miss some deliverables.

Business budget templates also give you a way to measure the budget in a more concrete way than you would in an excel template because you’re not only able to provide more detail about each line item, you’re able to present the budget in a way that’s easy to read and understand at a glance.

The importance of project budget for project management

Project budgets are ultimately how you end up running a successful project from a project management point of view. A poorly put-together project budget can scuttle a project before it’s anywhere close to being complete. But, it’s not simply a matter of figuring out the costs of a project and hoping everything works out. A good budget takes into consideration details of the project plan like how effective certain team members are at working together or whether you’re planning a project during vacation season, which can add to the timeline, and budget, of projects.

Budgets also help project managers decide who they’re going to work with, what tools they’re going to use, and even how the project will be run. Budget trackers can be a useful tool that helps make sure you’re staying within budget.

What is included in Coda's project budget template?

Your budget should contain as much information related to project costs as possible. This includes all costs either directly or indirectly connected to the project, although some indirect costs don’t have much of an impact, they should still be considered.

Ideally, your
should live within the project charter.

Summary of project costs

Be sure to include all project costs here (also called line items). This is going to be a high-level look at what you’re expecting things to cost and where the biggest chunks of the budget are going to be spent. Ideally, this section should outline everything listed below, direct and indirect costs, capital costs, etc., to give stakeholders a sense of what the finer points of the budget are going to look like.

Direct costs

These are actual costs directly related to the project. Direct costs include expenditures like your project team costs, tools, supplies, labor costs, or material costs. Basically, everything you need to do the work itself.

Indirect costs

Indirect costs are costs you need to be aware of, but aren’t connected directly to the project. This doesn’t mean they shouldn't be considered, but they’re mostly things like utilities, building maintenance, security, and administrative costs, etc. In other words, they’re business costs, more than project costs.

Capital costs

Odds are, capital costs aren’t going to be something you need to worry about if you’re working on projects like building software, but they can still exist in some projects, especially when you’re starting a new business. These are one-time expenses that typically come with things like purchasing land, buying company vehicles, or construction costs (if you happen to be working on a construction project).

Operating costs

Operation costs are the expenses related to running your business. They’re not often going to be a factor when running a project, but can be grouped into indirect costs, since the business is still spending the money on them.

Project delivery costs

Project delivery costs are how much money it takes to successfully deliver the project. This is typically where most of your time will be spent when budgeting because you’re putting together a summary of project delivery costs.

Project management costs

Project management costs are similar to project delivery costs, but are more centered on how much it costs to manage everything. This is all the time and energy that goes into making sure everything runs smoothly, stays within budget, and happens on schedule.

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After you copy this template, you can start utilizing this free project budget template for your projects and business.

How to use this project budget template in Coda

Step 1: Fill out basic project details

On the
page, you’ll see some fields at the top of the page for you to fill out. These are just high-level meta data about your project. You can also rename this page so that the name matches the name of your project. The
Last edited
date automatically updates based on when someone has made an edit to this template.

Step 2: Add or edit categories for your tasks

If your project has high-level categories or phases, you should edit them in the
table. These categories show up in the
table. The
Description
column gives people a sense of what each of your task category or phases means. When your categories are set up, click on the
Add an ...
button depending on which category you want to start adding tasks to in the main
table.

Step 3: Fill out project budget columns

The
table is the main table to fill out the budget for each line item (enter a dollar value in the blue
Budget
column). Each task you add here can have a
Labor
,
Materials
, and
Other Fixed Costs
. These are the “actuals” for the task and are typically entered after you’ve established the budget for the task and have done the research on the costs associated with a task.

If you want to add some additional columns for things like
Capital costs
or
Project delivery costs
mentioned above, this template is totally customizable. The only thing to make sure of is to edit the formula in the
Actuals
column. This column takes all the data you entered in
Labor
,
Materials
, and
Other Fixed Costs
and calculates the actual costs.

Step 4: View budget vs. actuals summary

On the
page, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of your project budget, summary, and variance. The two charts below the summary show you a visual of your budget vs. actuals by project category and project task.

Project Budget Template FAQs

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How to create a budget plan for a project?

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