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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


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Jul 15, 2022

This Podcast Is Episode Number 480, And It's About How To Make Xero Accounting Work For Your Construction Business

The key to making Xero Accounting Online work is ensuring your account is correctly set up and maintained. Perhaps you own a service and repair firm specializing in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or maybe a handyman service or someone who does small construction projects that last from a few hours to a few days, and you only need to give your customer or client one invoice?
Suppose you've just started working with Xero; making a few mistakes while learning is expected. We see pretty common errors - and unfortunately costly - so you should be aware of them if you want to get the most out of Xero's powerful cloud accounting system. 

Not connecting all the bank and credit card accounts dedicated to your business

Make sure that you keep all your construction business bank and credit card accounts synced to Xero to ensure that you don't miss any sales or expenses in your reports.

Also, ensure that you separate your business accounts from your personal ones to avoid hassles during tax season. Doing this also helps you make accurate business decisions. Trust us, your accountant and bookkeeper will thank you!

Not reconciling the bank account in Xero to bank statements

Run a reconciliation report in Xero regularly and then compare it to your bank statements to ensure there aren't any errors or duplications. 

Many business owners miss this critical step, which means they look at inaccurate or incomplete data when they check their reports.

Not checking user access and permission levels

Many business owners give key team members full access to their business' Xero system and don't review the user permissions at all. 

However, the best practice is to provide access on an "as needed" basis and review who has access to the system and what permission level they have quarterly. 

Also, when your staff members leave, you should revoke their Xero access immediately. 

Not setting financial SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)

Create a proper financial SOP that describes who is responsible for what and by when and the step-by-step process of getting things done.

For instance, you can assign your operations manager to run the aged receivables report in the system, so you'll know who owes your construction business money. Then, map out a clear action plan of what happens in specific scenarios, such as a payment that's two weeks late. You can also have standard replies that the team can send as needed.

Mishandling transactions when you've paid with your personal money

Many construction business owners don't know how to handle transactions using their personal accounts when paying for a business expense. There are actually ways to capture such costs paid on the wrong card in Xero so you can still claim the tax deduction.

You may need to get in touch with your advisors to make the adjustments accordingly. 

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Xero Accounting Online saves us time in data entry, which means we can offer contractors bookkeeping services at substantial savings over QuickBooks bookkeeping services and provide more in-depth financial reporting, with some of the reports being updated within seconds of when the transactions are received.

Avoid Xero Mistakes By Working With A Specialist Advisor

The best way to ensure that you're taking full advantage of all the features in Xero and avoiding costly financial mistakes is to work with an experienced advisor who knows the ins and outs of this cloud accounting system. 

We're Xero Certified and would be happy to look at your file to give you some suggestions. The time, effort, and money you've put into running your construction business is a testament to your commitment to this industry. So, let me end this post by telling you to do what you do best and outsource the rest. The "rest," as you know, is where your cash flow and profit depend – construction bookkeeping and accounting.

About The Author:

Sharie_DeHart_President_Fast_Easy_Accounting_Serving_Contractors_All_Across_The_USA_Including_Alaska_And_Hawaii-1Sharie 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. Call 1-800-361-1770 or