Category Archives: Business Finance

Are You Prepared If Disaster Hits Your Business

Between storms and malware, many are learning the importance of backups and access. Hopefully, you’re already making backups of your data on a regular basis. It’s simple to set up data backups automatically and then forget about them until you need them. But have you ever looked around to see if there are any gaps in your backup strategy? Here are seven places to look to make sure all your business data is backed up safely. Continue reading

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Secrets to Monitoring the Health of Your Business in QuickBooks

How healthy is your business? Many businesses just look at their profit & loss statement (aka income statement), but you could be missing out on some helpful information. If you’ve ever struggled financially, but your P & L shows a profit, these ratios can explain why. Lending institutions often use these ratios to analyze your financial statements as part of the loan approval process, so wouldn’t you like to know what they’ll see? Continue reading

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Have You Checked These Balances Lately?

The Balance Sheet is an important report in your business’s financial statements. Unfortunately, I find that many small businesses never look at this report. Usually it’s either because they don’t understand the report or they think it has nothing to show them in terms of profitability Continue reading

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What Your Profit and Loss Is Really Telling You

Who doesn’t like to look at profit?! But I find many have misconceptions about what the Profit & Loss report (or Income Statement) can/should do for them. This is usually due to a lack of knowledge when it comes to accounting. But whether you are the business owner or the bookkeeper you should understand at least a little bit about accounting and your financial reports. So here are some basics that will help you both review your jobs or projects as well as your business. Continue reading

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Better Business Decisions by Customizing QuickBooks’ Reports

A key reason for tracking your accounting in QuickBooks is to help you make better business decisions. Sometimes, to get the information you need, you need to customize an existing QuickBooks report. 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. Here’s how you create it. Continue reading

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Margin vs Markup

When reviewing the job cost reports in QuickBooks and turning on the %, it’s important to know just what percentage you see in the report. Where this really jumps out is comparing the P & L for a particular job to the Job Profitability Detail report. You’ve probably noticed these percentages are not the same Continue reading

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Reports to Monitor Job Costs

You may be in the middle of your mad rush or just extremely busy right now. Either way, you have jobs in progress or already completed so it’s worth knowing just what job costing data you can pull from QuickBooks. Here are a few job cost reports to help you monitor your progress and profitability – perhaps some you didn’t know existed! Continue reading

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5 Ways to See Key Reporting with QuickBooks

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! Here are 5 ways you can view multiple reports quickly Continue reading

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Tracking Vehicle and Equipment Costs

If you’re a landscaper or some other type of contractor, one of the important factors in estimating costs is recouping equipment & vehicle costs. There are 2 parts to equipment costs for jobs – what you need to cover for the cost of ownership for this piece of equipment (or vehicle or trailer) and how much it cost to use it on the job. Today let’s look at a way that might be useful in tracking the actual costs of you have a better idea in the future how to estimate. Continue reading

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