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The Many Faces of Construction Job-Costing

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Income minus expenses equals gross profit. Your gross profit is the amount you use to run your company and create profits. Job-costing is how you can track the income and the costs you incur to perform each of your jobs. It’s how you get to see the gross profit you earn on each of your projects. Your perception of what you want to see from a job-costing system may be very different than another business owner’s concepts. Why? Because there is no single prescription that fits everyone’s needs.

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

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 dread January, February, March – and beyond – because those months seem to turn into “Franken-tax” time? Are you asking …

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QuickBooks Items: The Secret to QuickBooks Job-Costing

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 Items let you track, and report on, the financial detail underlying what’s REALLY going on within the financial side of …

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The Worst Training You Can Buy (And Waste Your Time On)

You Found the Perfect Seminar… It’s the training resource you’ve been looking for to make the changes you want in your company. The main problem – your QuickBooks company file was set up wrong from day one. You’ve been making do, but haven’t been getting the job-costing information you need. Now you’ve found the solution …

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

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 a family member – or hired by a business owner – to take over the bookkeeping. Perhaps you’ve decided to switch your …

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Top 7 Reasons Business Owners Call a QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Assistance from a QuickBooks Prodvisor

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 what you may be facing in your company… As a business owner, you learn through trial and error what makes …

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5 Ways To Make Your Construction Business More Profitable With QuickBooks

COGS in the business machine

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 that way. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t realize how their day-to-day financial info impacts their profits. To achieve consistent profitability, …

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QuickBooks Payroll: 5 Major Benefits

QuickBooks Payroll

Yes, your initial QuickBooks payroll setup can take some time and requires attention to detail. BUT manual payroll-processing requires even more work – and you have to do it over, and over, and over. Which sounds like the better choice?    Ask 10 small business people which element of their accounting tasks they’d like to shed, …

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QuickBooks Payments: Easier, Faster ‘Money-in-the-Door’

QuickBooks Payments or Merchant Services - Get Paid from your desktop, a customer invoice, or mobile app

When you make it easier for your customers to buy from you – and pay you – two things typically happen: your sales increase, and you get paid faster. That means enhanced cash flow and fewer collection calls. Plus, a side benefit is that customer satisfaction is often higher when goods or services have been paid …

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A Tale of 4 Companies: A Job Cost & Gross Profit Percentage Drama (Part II)

Paul (of Paul’s Perfect Projects, LLC) tackles the gross profit problem by showing Dave his Estimate vs. Actual variance reports.  (If you haven’t already read it, you’ll want to visit Part I of this “Tale of 4 Companies: A Job-Cost & Gross Profit Percentage Drama” before jumping into the following “Part II”…) Paul’s Approach to …

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What’s New? QuickBooks 2014 Speeds Up and Refines Workflow

QuickBooks 2014 Speeds Up and Refines Your Workflow QuickBooks 2014 combines small, but effective changes to make it faster and easier to do what ya’ gotta do. Rather than pile on tons of new features in its upgrade, Intuit concentrates on making it easier for you to access the tools and data already there. New …

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