Category Archives: Job Costing

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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Common QuickBooks Issues and Their Solutions

Having just returned from the Green Industry Expo where I got the chance to talk with lots of contractors, I heard many of the same issues: I don’t have confidence in my reports It’s hard to discern profitability of jobs … Continue reading

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Items vs Expense for Job Costing

I’ve been discussing how to setup and use Items in QuickBooks.   What I’ve seen is many really don’t understand how Items work in QuickBooks, from bookkeepers to accountants to QuickBooks consultants. I will admit that for many years, I … Continue reading

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Starting with the End in Mind for Job Cost Reports

When I meet with new clients and we’re discussing what’s working, what’s not, we often discuss what would you like to see in your job cost reports besides you making a healthy profit ;-)?  Generally you want to see revenue, … Continue reading

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