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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. 

 

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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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Sep 22, 2017

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0235 And It Will Be About Key Reports For Your Contracting Company Explained

QuickBooks has over a hundred reports that can be viewed on a regular basis

You could spend all of your time seeing a report in QuickBooks and trying to find the way to populate numbers in the report.

Many reports are designed for specific things. Take for example the view of the Home Page. Just because the feature is on the Home Page in QuickBooks does not mean it is useful for every contractor.

Five Key Performance Indicators Every Construction Company

Needs To Survive And Thrive!


It is not practical or recommended for the Small Contractor or Handyman to track inventory. For most contractors, the material goes from the supplier directly to the job which is not the definition of inventory. Inventory is what goes into the warehouse and stays, and stays and stays.

Most contractors do not have the money to invest in inventory. Your supplier is just down the street.  They have on-demand inventory – what you need when you need it.  

Plumbers, Electricians, and HVAC Contractors tend to have a certain amount of inventory, and it is better to do a physical inventory a couple of times a year. (End of year and maybe mid-point of the year and enter as bulk numbers) There are specialty programs that are an add-on to QuickBooks for those larger companies who need to track inventory. Most inventory programs only work with QuickBooks Enterprise.

Trying to keep track of each item in the job can be overwhelming and not practical for smaller jobs. If it is a Cost+ or Time and Material job then be sure you only purchase what you need and assign that receipt to that specific job.
    
Five Key Performance Indicator Reports that are useful to every contractor regardless of their size.

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#1 Cash
How much cash is in the bank. Why because you have bills to pay, material to purchase and upcoming expenses.  

#2 Accounts Receivable
How much work have I completed and billed the customer? Contractors get confused and think that the signed contract is for “X Amount” and therefore they have that much coming before the job starts.  

Accounts Receivable is for completed work that you bill your customer or client. In other words, how much can you expect to pick up a check for today?

From someone doing their accounting, it seems simpler to create an invoice for the whole job and then takes payments on it. The problem is that the balance is aging nicely and give a false impression of the company’s financial position. Add the time it takes to determine what is owed to you.

After a short while, QuickBooks becomes a real MESS. Then your banker asks for financials, and you are trying to explain to the Banker that your Accounts Receivable includes work not started or completed. Bankers want to know How Much Money can you expect to collect today!          

#3 Accounts Payable
What bills do I have coming up? Accounts Payable is where you track all your supplier invoices, match against the month end statement and your subcontractor bills. It is not the place to track your monthly payments to your credit cards, your payroll or other tax payments to State and Federal Agencies. These items are in other places as liabilities in your QuickBooks file.

Please Note: All transactions on your credit cards need to be entered into QuickBooks (not just the month in balance with payment due).  

#4 Profit and Loss
Profit and Loss are keeping track of your income and expenses and will reflect the Gross Profit and Net Profit of the business. This report is date specific.

Please Note: Expenses are broken down between the Cost of Goods Sold (direct costs to jobs) and Expenses (which tend to be overhead related). QuickBooks by default is on the accrual method. Reports are converted to the Cash Method for Sales Tax and Federal and State Income Tax Reports.

#5 Balance Sheet
The Balance Sheet is tracking the overall health of the company. Assets include Cash, Accounts Receivable, Undeposited Funds and Inventory. Yes – the Government treats those piles, boxes, and pallets of unsold material as an asset.  (Which increases profit).

Unless you are have magical skills, it is impossible to trade that box of treasures for a tank of gas, lunch, bag of groceries. Having a good relationship with your suppliers is key. Good suppliers will encourage the return of material.  Even with a restocking charge – Cash is more useful.  

Liabilities is tracking the amount that is due to others. Short term is Accounts Payable and Credit Cards. Long-term is your Truck Loan, Equipment Loan, Loans to yourself or others.  

Please Note: Track all money you lend to your company. You cannot get it back out without it being considered income unless you document you put it into the company. Startup costs by nature are funds lent to the business because unless a contractor has been doing “side work” the business did not have any income before it began to cover the initial costs of setting up your contracting company.  

Equity is the value you have into the company. The net difference Assets – Liabilities = Equity. I recommend you take as little as possible out of the company. It is designed to grow and take care of your needs. Think company first.  Many expenses are company expenses that as an individual you were paying personally.

It is much easier for the company to pay for all business expenses. Your tax accountant can easily review and assign a percentage that may be personal. (This is better than the mad scramble of finding missing receipts at tax time).

Contractors Favorite Job Costing Reports
Job Profitability Reports are the easiest and most practical to track. Contractors can see job by job; did these jobs make a profit? From this report, you can drill down to more specifics about the job.

Because of every small job, every remodel is different and knowing how much the plumber, the electrician, the framer charged is not always relevant.  

It gets back to over tracking versus practical information you can see and process at a glance.

  • Which jobs made money and which ones did not.
  • Was it the material costs?
  • What is the timing of the job?
  • Time spent on the job?
  • Lack of Signed Change Orders?

Fuel costs have increased everywhere due to recent Hurricanes (if they didn’t work in your area – you are one of the lucky few).

Estimating Many contractors are finding it is helpful in bidding the jobs to use a detailed estimating program. Some Estimating Programs link to industry-specific cost codebooks.

Please Note: If your estimate is several pages long it is not practical to enter this type of estimate in QuickBooks line-by-line.

QuickBooks can be set up to do many things. QuickBooks can have as much detail or as little detail as the user wants or needs. Can be used as an electronic checkbook to a real accounting program with reports.

The object is to be able to see useful reports you can read and make decisions

Making decisions and being adaptable happens every day when you are in business. We understand Contractors and Construction Accounting from your side; what you need and why you need it! Why, because we have been there. It is impossible for us to think from any position then from management.

When you are ready – We are here to help.

Sharie


About The Author:

Sharie DeHart, Fast Easy Accounting Client Support Specialisthttps://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/free-one-hour-consultation-bookkeeping

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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

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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!

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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

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

Need Help Now?

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Thank you very much, and I hope you understand we 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.


Enjoy your day.  
 
Sharie

About The Author:

Sharie DeHart, Fast Easy Accounting Client Support Specialisthttps://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/free-one-hour-consultation-bookkeeping

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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We Serve Over 100 Types Of Contractors So If Your Type Of Company Is Not Listed

Please Do Not Be Concerned Because If You Are A Contractor

There Is A Good Chance We Can Help You!

Call Now: 206-361-3950

 

Additional QuickBooks Templates, Resources, And Services

QuickBooks Set Up Templates   Solopreneur

QuickBooks Chart Of Accounts     Free Stuff

QuickBooks Item Lists Templates     Consulting

 

We Serve Over 100 Types Of Contractors So If Your Type Of Company Is Not Listed

Please Do Not Be Concerned Because If You Are A Contractor

There Is A Good Chance We Can Help You!

Call Now: 206-361-3950

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