Category Archives: Job Costing

Estimating in Quickbooks

If you do job or project costing, some form of your estimate belongs in QuickBooks – whether complex or if you just give your customer a fixed price. All your other numbers are there – invoicing, job costs, payroll….
The estimate is your budget for the job. Once entered in QuickBooks, you can easily run estimated vs actual and other job cost reports.
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QuickBooks Setup For Success

It’s the start of a new year and for many, this is the time to make changes to your QuickBooks before your season gets busy. There are 4 major areas I consider when working with contractor clients: Software – So … Continue reading

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Estimated vs. Actual Hours

How did the actual time on the job compare to what you estimated? That’s one of the big things you want do know, right? If job costs run over, it’s usually in the area of labor, not materials. It’s been … Continue reading

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View Multiple Reports Quickly in QuickBooks

Let’s face it – you’re busy, you have information you want to know but don’t want to spend all day getting it.  Especially in the summer when you are either busy season or want to go on vacation. So here … Continue reading

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Helpful, Under-Used Job Cost Reports

Now that the mad rush is past and you’re just extremely busy now, this might be a time to take a closer look at your job cost reports. While QuickBooks has several good job cost reports, here are Job Cost … Continue reading

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Using QuickBooks to Find Your Niche

In our last article, we discussed the benefits of specializing versus generalizing.  So let’s take a look at how QuickBooks can help you. Decide what you want to track.  Obviously you want to look at profitability but here are some … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Get Your Estimates Entered Quickly In QuickBooks

For those who job or project cost, it all starts with the estimate. When the estimate is simple, then it’s often easy to create in QuickBooks. But for many of you, you either many of the same types of estimates … Continue reading

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Estimating in QuickBooks

Are your estimates in QuickBooks? If you do job or project costing, then I believe some form of your estimate belongs in QuickBooks. Even if you just give your customer a fixed price. All your other numbers are there – … Continue reading

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Fast Ways to See Key Reporting with QuickBooks

Let’s face it – you’re busy, you have information you need to see, but don’t want to spend all day getting it. Especially during your busy season! First, decide what information you want to see. Such as Accounts/Receivable, Accounts /Payable, … Continue reading

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Two Key Numbers to Monitor Profitability

It’s year-end and time to review how you did. Gross Profit Margin and Net Profit Margin are two numbers you want to look at – they help you with both reviewing your numbers and planning for the upcoming year. When … Continue reading

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