Jan 23, 2015
This podcast is being recorded in January 2015 and as of now; it is good to see construction moving again. It is based upon an article Sharie wrote and I, Randal will be reading it as she wrote it.
Sharie as many of you know is the co-founder of Business Consulting and Accounting and its subsidiary Fast Easy Accounting and we specialize in Contractors Bookkeeping Services, mentoring and back office support for construction contractors and related companies all across the USA including Alaska and Hawaii.
Sharie is a very nice, person who is easy to talk to and actually listens to you. We met in High School and married shortly after graduation in 1973.
She has extensive experience as a tax accountant, co-owner of several of our construction companies including a mid-sized Plumbing firm with over 20 employees.
We opened our contractor bookkeeping firm in 1991 and kept it small until we sold our last construction company in 2000 and put all our attention on helping contractors, homebuilders, trade contractors, handymen, and handywomen like you achieve your financial dreams.
And yes, it all starts with good solid reliable financial and job costing reports. Good solid bookkeeping is the cornerstone upon which every profitable contracting company is built.
On to Sharie’s article which I will now share with you:
“Our goal is to provide FREE Forms and content on our website so
that you feel comfortable about WHO We Are and HOW We Help. You may
not need our contractors bookkeeping services today,
tomorrow, or next week but someday you may in fact need some
How do I know……Because we have been around construction and contractors for a long time and the rule of thumb is once contractor, always a contractor. For instance Washington State Department of Labor and Industries identifies all contractors' status with one of the following:
Construction Contractors Are Adaptable, they have an overriding goal to provide a good life for their family so they will adapt, change and do what’s necessary.
It also takes a “Special Person” to be the spouse of construction contractor. As of the date of this article every general contractor doing residential remodels is excited for every new construction home builder who says "I have new houses to build and I am no longer interested in remodel work or handyman services".
Most new construction contractors do not like residential remodels and handyman work. One of the most common phrases I hear is: "I’ll do it if I have to”. The same thing applies to remodel contractors doing service and repair.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: The contractors we help are involved in one of three categories: Builders, Remodelers and Trade Contractors. What do you do? New, remodel or service and repair.
There is a difference is between “What You Know How To Do” and “What You Want To Do”. As the economy picks up construction contractors are having more flexibility. Some contractors who have been working for others instead of themselves are getting ready to get back into their own business.
Are you a General Contractor or Specialty Trade Contractor with or Without Employees? Are you acting on behalf of the business owner as construction manager?
After doing the field work how do you plan to do the
Social Media Has Replaced The Yellow Pages. How many of you even look at the Yellow Pages anymore?
We all do things to avoid Spam and take preventive measures to avoid our e-mail being hacked and unfortunately the best of intentions may come across as something else to others.
Our website www.FastEasyAccounting.com does not have any filters on our contact forms. We trust everyone to follow the spirit intended and give valid information. Rest assured we are careful and thoughtful about contacting you.
Please Contact Me*
Some people in social media practice the “One Call Close” for your business. Please rest assured we do not work that way. Construction accounting services is about mutual trust and an ongoing long-term relationship.
This is why when you call and ask: “How much does our service cost” I am going to ask questions to determine if we are a good fit.
We Will Discuss:
If you tell me “It’s none of your business” then we are not going to be a good fit and rather than argue with a person who is not listening I have known on rare occasions to quietly hang up because that person's business is working as well as it will ever be I am looking for a long term relationship with contractors who need help and have mutual respect.
Are you afraid I will talk to you or are you afraid I won’t talk
My Question to you is FEAR of past experiences ruling your business activities and ultimately your life?
A common definition of F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Accidents Happen: For example e-mail returns rejected by the server for the recipient domain.
Deliberate Act: Some people fill out forms deliberately using bogus information and give other people’s email addresses and phone numbers. I feel sorry for those people who feel the need to cause harm to others.
FEAR OF Spam? Does your email have an auto-responder which says in effect "To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand. If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience. Click the link below to fill out the request"
What If I Am A Potential New Client? Whenever I get this type of message as a potential client or trying to respond to someone's inquiry for our services I generally move on and find someone whom we can help me or I can help as the case may be.
Is Your Response To Twitter Requests – That you use a validation service. "To validate click here:" what you are saying to potential business is please go away and take your money with you!
My perception is that social media is the new way to meet new people and form associations. It’s like grade school and one giant playground only difference is that it is easier for “Tall People” and “Short People” to connect outside their immediate neighborhoods and talk to each other.
Not everyone will have the same ideas, thoughts and plans for the future and be your friend. And yet if just a few of them became “Associates” and “Long Term Profitable Clients” wouldn't that be fantastic!
We welcome construction contractors and busy professionals in
construction related fields to connect with Randal on social media
sites and get to know us.
If you would like more information your next step is to chat with Sharie on the phone, in person or both!
I’m looking forward to meeting you on the phone or in person…..Sharie
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Call Sharie 206-361-3950
In closing, I want to caution you that we may or may not be a good fit for your contracting company. This guide will help you learn what to look for in outsourced construction accounting.
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.
Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant