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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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Jul 5, 2019

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0322, And It Will Be About How To Build A Construction Company That Can Grow Without You

 

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An alarming number of construction company owners are being ripped-off and driven into bankruptcy. That sounds harsh, but it's true. Whenever we see a contractor heading towards a problem, an issue, or a big disaster, we immediately raise the alarm. We are cautious about doing it so when we say there is a potential problem, our clients know we are serious.
 
Contractors by nature are tenacious, resilient and have a tremendous amount of "Grit And Determination To Succeed" which means they are not easily disturbed or prone to react hastily or rashly at the first sign of trouble. This is just one of the many qualities I sincerely admire about these wonderful men and women.
Most of our contractor clients will listen carefully and thoughtfully when we offer advice and words of wisdom because they know, like and trust us and are aware that everyone on here at Fast Easy Accounting has many years of "Real World Construction Experience," not merely academic egg-heads. I say that with all due respect to egg heads since I am an egg-head with several degrees and certifications in Accounting, Construction Accounting and Project Management.
 
We have callouses on our hands having owned and operated construction companies, and some of us have served an apprenticeship in one of the construction trades. In other words, when it comes to owning, operating, and making a substantial amount of money with construction and contractor service companies, we know what we are talking about.
 
Bookkeeper embezzlement can destroy your construction company and your personal finances. Unfortunately, until a contractor has gotten to know us, they tend to think of us as just another contractors bookkeeping service. Which means some contractors think we are crazy to suggest that any trusted employee, especially an in-house bookkeeper, would steal money from their company, and so they ignore us until it was too late.
 
Construction Bookkeeper Embezzlers come in every race, creed, color, gender, age. There is no definitive profile, no absolute way to know which contractor bookkeeper is an embezzler until they have been caught and convicted and even then if you do not perform extensive background checks you may never know it until it is too late.
 
Just because you catch a bookkeeper embezzling funds don't think for one minute they will always be punished and made to pay you back. You must understand, for the most part, in the eyes of the public, employees are unfortunate innocent victims of brutal greedy business owners.
 
Fortunately for you, I've compiled these telltale signs of a lousy bookkeeper, so it's easy to spot and avoid one:
 
  • Refuse to invest time and money in continuing education because they know everything. They never learn anything new unless the company pays for the training and it is on the clock.
 
  • Is passive aggressive and will study you and your staff to learn how to manipulate everyone, gaining power over you, your team, and new employees and outside suppliers.
 
  • Hate change and will fight tooth and nail to stop it, or they will destroy your company.
 
  • Know you're responsible for taxes, fines, penalties, and interest; so this is where they get even since they know how to increase your quarterly tax return costs, click here to learn more.
 
  • Understand that bookkeeping is 90% repetitive transactions and 10% complex transactions. But they don't know what to do with complex transactions, so they put them wherever they feel like.
 
  • Have side jobs working for other companies or an entire bookkeeping business on the side.
 
  • Quit when the tax return is being prepared because QuickBooks is a mess and they're caught, and when they do quit or get fired, expect to hear: "Chaos, panic and disorder...my work here is done."
 
  • Keep you busy with lots of mindless crap to divert attention from why the books are a mess and let you think you are in control of the bookkeeping and the bookkeeper until it is too late.
 
  • Let the work expand to fill whatever time you are willing to pay them to get it done and train you to leave them alone by getting upset or angry whenever you want anything.
 
  • Become indispensable to take time off whenever they please and hold you hostage. Also, negotiate for additional perks, benefits, changes, and elimination of personal accountability.
 
Things to look out for when hiring/outsourcing a bookkeeper:
 
  • Qualified construction accountant and construction bookkeeper with a passion for learning and expanding their skill set.
  • Local based - if you're outsourcing and in the U.S., there are many off-shore and foreign services that may be cheaper but in most cases will cost your business more money in the long run.
  • A professional office - not somebody's home where there are little or no controls on who has access to your contracting company records; including your competitors. You would be surprised if you knew how many contractor's spouses and significant others take on other contractors bookkeeping and the information about bids, estimates profit and loss find its way into your competitor's hands.
 
In conclusion:
 
What happens when the person in control of QuickBooks is unhappy with you? The same thing that happens when the person who cooks your food is unhappy with you. Hiring the wrong bookkeeper will leave you with unfiled and unpaid taxes, gasping, upset, with tear stained checks, standing in the middle of the highway of business success staring at the remains of your business, crashed, upside down, with no hope in sight.
 
I have seen bad bookkeepers ruin too many businesses, especially construction businesses. In most cases, it was Bookkeeper Incompetence or Bookkeeper Embezzlement, and in other cases, it appears to me there may have been some deliberate identity theft; however, I cannot be certain. All I know for sure is that I have witnessed business failures that have led to divorce, families destroyed, finances wiped out, and people living on the streets. Make sure you hire the right one for your construction company.