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Back office support can make or break your construction company and that’s where we come in. We can do you the most good by bringing order to your chaotic contractors bookkeeping mess! Most of our clients come to us because they believed they needed someone to straighten up their contractors bookkeeping services system, help them get current or quarterly payroll tax filings, sales tax returns and a variety of other tax issues. That is only the tip of the iceberg! 

The real value in working with us is not just getting you out of trouble now but keeping you out of trouble in the future so that you can focus your time and energy where it will do you the most good…acquiring profitable and pleasant customers and clients and satisfying their needs. 

 

Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Premier Contractors Accountant

 

This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners just like you put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

 

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Dec 4, 2015

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0141 And It Will Be About Ten Solid Reasons Not To Have A Bookkeeper In Your Home Office

Recently a contractor and his wife came to our Construction Accounting office in Lynnwood Washington and related a rather interesting story about a freelance bookkeeper that was coming into their home office where they are operating a small construction company to work on their QuickBooks For Contractors company file.

They told how the freelance bookkeeper they hired never could get the bank reconciliation window in QuickBooks to match the bank statement. The bookkeeper would do a forced reconciliation which only compounded the problem causing their Financial Statements and Job Costing Reports to be less accurate and not as useful to them as they needed.

In addition to several major bookkeeping errors the bookkeeper insisted that she never did anything wrong and it was the bank's fault if she could not reconcile the bank statement with QuickBooks.

Furthermore the contractor and his wife were severely agitated because the freelance bookkeeper was caught in the master bedroom going through the couple's jewelry box and regularly inspecting everything in their bathroom medicine cabinet.

They had read several articles on our blog and a few dozen web pages on our website Fast Easy Accounting and listened to some of my Podcasts
Ten Solid Reasons Not To Have A Bookkeeper Come To Your Home Office

#01 - A Stranger In Your House. Yes you may be letting your construction workers come inside your home office but they rarely stay more than a few minutes and most of them are more interested in what is going on at the job-site than what is going on in your home and if they wander off into parts of your home they shouldn't you or your spouse or children are likely to notice and report it to you.

#02 - Going Through Your Belongings. Bookkeeping is boring and tedious which means the bookkeeper may need a break or a distraction. Since the bookkeeper is inside your home their movements tend to go unnoticed. Some bookkeepers are curious about what you have in your medicine cabinet, jewelry box, petty cash drawer and who knows what else they may find interesting.

#03 - Blackmail Opportunities. Many times contractors have told us about how the bookkeepers have snooped around the contractor's email, USPS mail, in their desk drawers and listened in on phone calls looking for opportunities to Get-Rich-Quick by finding something to black-mail the contractor with. In one case a Bad Bookkeeper discovered the contractor was having an affair with another married woman and used the information to get a raise in pay and be promoted to Office Manager. It lasted for a short while until the contractor broke off the affair and fired the Bookkeeper/Office Manager.

#04 - Wrongful Termination. Wow! This is a big one! You do not have an employment agreement with your staff or a Letter of Engagement with you freelance bookkeeper and you decided to be like Donald Trump and say "You're Fired!" The next thing you know the bookkeeper has filed for Unemployment Benefits and shortly after that you get a letter from his or her attorney asking why you terminated their employment without just cause? Be prepared to hire an attorney and spend lots of money to make up for the poor mistreated bookkeeper's pain and suffering.

#05 - QuickBooks Is A Disaster. No surprise there. You thought all accounting was the same and since the bookkeeper you hired worked for another construction company for several years before they filed bankruptcy they should know and understand construction accounting. In most cases not so because there is a world of difference between construction accounting and regular accounting. Look inside QuickBooks Chart of Accounts and if you see less than 25 Cost of Goods Sold Accounts chances are you have a regular bookkeeper, not a construction bookkeeper.

#07 - Bookkeeper Working In Your Home Office Can Embezzle Easier. Bookkeeper embezzlement is on the rise and the first thing any embezzler has to do is gain your trust. What better way to start then being invited into you home, the place where you are supposed to feel the most safe and secure. Click Here To Learn About The 21 Signs of Bookkeeper Embezzlement to protect yourself, your family and your assets.

#08 - Food Poisoning Or allergic Reactions. You have food and beverages in your house and some of the containers have been opened or never sealed in the first place like the milk jug, soda pop bottle, leftovers, fresh baked goods or any number of food and beverages. Unless you have a food handler's license or permit and the appropriate safeguards in place like a five star restaurant and a commercial restaurant liability insurance to protect you (I doubt your construction company liability policy will be much use, check with your insurance agent) and your bookkeeper becomes ill guess who is likely to pay all of the medical bills, time of work, rehabilitation and pain and suffering? You! And get in line with all of the other business owners who said "Nobody told me not to serve unsealed food and drink" because ignorance is no defense.

#09 - Sexual Harassment. It is too easy for the bookkeeper to claim since sexual harassment since he or she is inside a private residence and not in a public place like an office building where there are more people. And just know it can be very costly for you, the big bad contractor or your spouse to defend the claim regardless what happened or did not happen.

#10 - Your QuickBooks Files Walk Out The Door. Most contractors with a home based business never back up any of their files and especially there QuickBooks files and when the bookkeeper decides to leave all too often it is because QuickBooks is a disaster and in some cases they simply download it onto a flash drive and take it with them to hold for ransom, their final paycheck or payment. The poor unfortunate souls who do think they are backing up their QuickBooks files rarely get the chance to test the system until the try to restore a bad, corrupted, lost or stolen QuickBooks file and that is when they find out the hard way there a several data files that go into making QuickBooks work. It is not like backing up an Excel file or Word document. Most commercial backup services like DropBox.com and Box.com make it clear in their license agreements that QuickBooks file backups are not guaranteed to work. I will not even go into the number of contractors who thought the QuickBooks backup system inside QuickBooks works, google "why doesn't my QuickBooks backup work" and see for yourself. The only sure way we have found is to have our own web server inside an Intuit Commercial Hosting Environment.

The Final Statement From

The Contractor's Wife Is Priceless

"I will never have to meet you again (Sharie), you will never come to my house because with technology we can make everything work."

I hope this podcast helps you understand that outsourcing your contractors bookkeeping services to us is about more than just “doing the bookkeeping”; it is about taking holistic approach to your entire construction company and helping support you as a contractor and as a person.

We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!

That is all I have for now and if you have listened this far please do me the honor of commenting and rating podcast www.FastEasyAccounting.com/podcast Tell me what you liked, did not like, tell it as you see it because your feedback is crucial and I thank you in advance.

I trust this podcast helps you understand that outsourcing your contractors bookkeeping services to us is about more than just “doing the bookkeeping”; it is about taking holistic approach to your entire construction company and helping support you as a contractor and as a person.

We Remove Contractor's Unique Paperwork Frustrations

We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!

That is all I have for now and if you have listened this far please do me the honor of commenting and rating podcast www.FastEasyAccounting.com/podcast Tell me what you liked, did not like, tell it as you see it because your feedback is crucial and I thank you in advance.

You Deserve To Be Wealthy, Because You Bring Value To Other People's Lives!

I trust this will be of value to you and your feedback is always welcome at www.FastEasyAccounting.com/podcast

This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners across the USA including Alaska and Hawaii put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

Thinking About Outsourcing Your Contractors Bookkeeping Services?

Click On The Link Below:

www.FastEasyAccounting.com/hs

This guide will help you learn what to look for in outsourced construction accounting.

Need Help Now?

Call Sharie 206-361-3950

sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

Thank you very much and I hope you understand we really do care about you and all contractors regardless of whether or not you ever hire our services.
Bye for now until our next episode here on the Contractors Success MAP Podcast.

Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant

We Remove Contractor's Unique Paperwork Frustrations