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Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Labor Profit Tip #5: The Secret to Making Better Hiring Decisions

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Labor Burden Information Tip #5: Make Better Hiring Decisions by Thoroughly Understanding Potential Additional Costs Bad hiring decisions can have a devastating effect on your bottom line, so you want as much objective data at […]

Labor Profit Tip #4: How You Can Stop Labor Over-Runs Before They Get Out of Control

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Labor Burden Information Tip #4: Make an Immediate Impact on Your Bottom Line by Heading off Labor Over-runs Before They Get Out of Hand. HOW? Regularly review and compare actual burdened job costs to your […]

Labor Profit Tip #3: Your Gross Profit numbers may be misleading

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Labor Burden Information Tip #3: To See Accurate Job-Cost Reports, Assign Labor Burden Costs to Each Job. If you’re looking for ways to make your company more profitable, getting a handle on your fully burdened labor […]

Labor Profit Tip #2: How To Make Sure You Always Hit Your Profit Goals

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Example calculations illustrate that, even when employees are paid the same amount, different fully-burdened labor rates combined with different gross profit targets can make a large difference in hourly billing rates and annual profits.

For More Accurate Job Estimates, Include Fully-Burdened Labor Costs for Each Employee

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

What Will The Labor on That Job REALLY Cost? Without Fully-Burdened Labor Cost Info, You May Be Surprised… If you’re not using fully-burdened labor costs on jobs, you may find that your estimates aren’t as […]

9 Ways to Take the Pain & Suffering Out of Tax Time

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

It’s That Time of Year Again – TAX TIME! And guess what? I’ve been working with clients who have been turning their numbers over to their tax accountants starting the middle of January! Do you […]

QuickBooks Items: The Secret to QuickBooks Job-Costing

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

This post about QuickBooks items is based on our more extensive training video of the same title in our Construction Accounting & Management Program (CAMP). Why are QuickBooks Items Especially Important for Construction Companies? QuickBooks […]

5 Reasons Construction Businesses Need Job Costing

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

None of the builders or remodelers I’m acquainted with want to learn two or three months after a job is completed they lost money on the job, or only made a gross profit of 2%.

QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Pro or Premier – Pricing & Job-Cost Features

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

  A Humorous  & Insightful Email… A builder contacted me some months ago about which QuickBooks software program he should use – QuickBooks Online? Or one of the desktop versions – QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, or […]

QuickBooks Online User Permissions and Choices

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

When it’s time to set your QuickBooks Online User Permissions, here are the choices you’ll see in the Plus version. You’ll need to decide what access and permissions you’re willing to grant to which users… Company Administrators have […]

QuickBooks Memorized Transactions + Pizza – Can They Really Improve Your Memory?

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

How do QuickBooks Memorized Transactions relate to pizza? Join Sheila as she experiences an eye-opening and rewarding “Pizza-Lunch-n-Learn” with her friend, Gail…  Sheila sat at her desk, staring at the pile of paperwork that she’d need […]

It Just Doesn’t Make Sense!

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

“Why isn’t my company making more money? We’re busier than ever, I’m working harder than ever, but things just aren’t coming together like they should!” If this sounds or feels familiar, you may want to […]

Why Nick Might NOT Get His Business Loan…

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Ever wondered if you could receive more useful and meaningful reports from QuickBooks? Good financial information is not just a matter of convenience! Nick is finding out that what he DOESN’T know about his financial […]

Top 5 Things QuickBooks Experts Always Do (and You Should Too)

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

New to QuickBooks? Feel like you’re all alone? Well, you’re not! You’ve started your new business from scratch and know you need to really get a handle on your numbers. Maybe you’ve been recruited by […]

How to Use QuickBooks Job-Cost Features to Achieve Your Gross Profit Goals

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

QuickBooks is designed to help you to plan, measure, and monitor company and job results. When you use its management reporting tools you can immediately see operating and financial results. You can use this information to proactively […]

Top 7 Reasons Business Owners Call a QuickBooks ProAdvisor

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Based on 20+ years of incoming requests for assistance from business owners, here are the top 7 reasons I’ve found that they call me as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. See if any of these scenarios sound like […]

5 Ways To Make Your Construction Business More Profitable With QuickBooks

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Finding clients and providing products and services – that’s just the beginning! Here’s how to be more profitable with QuickBooks… Successfully managing your own company means that you need to get profitable – and stay […]

Markup Calculator & Gross Profit Guide (+ Quick Conversion Charts)

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Use this overview reporting example to help check your company-wide Gross Profit. If you divide your profit by the Cost of Production, you can then compute what your average Markup has been. Have you been […]

How to Squeeze More Profits Out of Every Construction Job

by Diane Gilson, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor

A version of this article first appeared in the Builder Partnerships newsletter. It just seems logical that every business owner would want to know exactly what each type of job costs, so they know how […]