You Are Not A Bank - Never lend money to a customer in the form of providing a lot of labor, material, subcontractors and rental equipment hoping to get paid later on down the road.
McDonalds Restaurants Earns - Massive profits and part of the reason is cash flow. I love their business model; customers order first, pay second and get food last. No invoicing, no waiting for the check to arrive and hoping it will clear the bank. They say just Show Me The Money!
You Can Offer Financing - Accept credit cards! Get setup at a bank and/or credit union that will offer to loan your construction client's money for small projects under $25,000. They sign paperwork with the lender; you do the work and get paid.
Accepting Credit And Debit - Cards is like having an "Electronic Armored Car" on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to take your money to your bank automatically. If your QuickBooks is setup properly an invoice can be emailed to your customer or clients and when they open it there is an option for them to pay by credit card immediately.
Example - You finished a construction project at 01:00PM, went to your office at 05:00PM, opened QuickBooks, put together an invoice and emailed it to your customer at 06:00PM. They arrive at home at 07:00PM. After dinner they check their email at 09:00PM. They open your email review your invoice and pay the bill at 10:00PM. Next what happens is your money goes to your bank in an "Electronic Amored Car" (when you recieve payment via credit card) which saves you time because you don't have to open the mail, photocopy the check, make out a deposit slip, go to the bank wait in line, make the deposit, return to your office and enter the payment into QuickBooks.
Don't Finance - Your customer or client's project by providing a substantial amounts of labor, material, subcontractors and rental equipment hoping to get paid later on down the road.
Having Owned And Operated - Several construction businesses I know how important cash flow is to the success or failure of any business and especially construction companies like yours!
We Have Clients - Who took a while to understand why I was hard on them and kept saying "Get The Money". Once they realized what real peace of mind was, paying all the bills on time and having money left over for vacations, toys and to support their favorite charities it became crystal clear.
Get Enough Job Deposits - And progress payments so that you are always using "Other People's Money" (O.P.M.) to pay for the labor, material, subcontractors, rental equipment and overhead of their construction projects.
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When You Become A Client - Then we can tap into our resources of knowledge and strategy banks. We use the reports hidden in you QuickBooks in order to diagnose and understand your construction business and develop plans and help you implement a path to success for you and you alone because every contractor has unique Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (S.W.O.T. Analysis) that when understood can lead to a Strategic Roadmap which cannot help but make a lot of money.
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