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    FAQ's About Outsourced Contractors Bookkeeping Services

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    A lot of contractors would like to subcontract out their bookkeeping services and the two main reasons they don't is fear of losing control and cost.

    Click the button below to get right to the Frequently Asked Questions About Outsourced Contractors Bookkeeping Services. They are listed in detail further down.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We can understand and appreciate why you feel that way since we been where you are. We have owned and operated several construction companies from the early 1970's until 2000 and experienced just about every good, bad and ugly thing possible.

    A man named Ecclesiastes wrote something profound thousands of years ago and I believe his message is timeless "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

    If you were to research some of the newspaper and magazine articles from the early 1800's though today regarding the construction industry and contractors in general you will find not much has changed.

    It has always been and will likely always be that:

    • 95 out of 100 contractors will earn less than 3% net profit

    • 4 out of 100 contractors will earn between 3%-15% net profit

    • 1 out of 100 contractors will earn in excess of 15% net profit

    And it is going to get worse as time goes on just like what happened to the "Family Farms" in the late 1900's. Well educated men and women descended on the farming industry and with technology and Business Process Management skills and they introduced massive innovations and efficiencies which increased production and lowered wholesale prices which drove a lot of "Family Farms" out of existence.

    History is repeating itself and we are seeing a lot construction firms are being run by men and women with university degrees and they are bringing faster schedules, safer projects, better quality, more communications and better technology, all at much lower prices.

    Innovation Or Bankruptcy

    To paraphrase an old quote and adapt it to the construction industry "It is not the strongest, toughest, hardest working construction contractor that survives, nor the most intelligent among them. It is the construction contractors that are most adaptable to change."

    I am a positive person and always look for answers to problems. Friend, let me tell you about one of the hundreds of changes we embraced that took our profits to another percentage level. 

    It was the first cell phone I ever purchased and the year was 1991. It cost $1,200 and weighed roughly five pounds and each minute of talk time cost $1.75, and I made money with it like you would not believe.

    Fast Easy Accounting First Cell Phone Money MakerFor Example:

    On the way to the construction supply house I would call and place my order because they always answered the phone if it meant having a customer at the counter wait and cool their heels.

    • The call cost roughly $8.75 (1.75 X 5 Minutes).

    • I saved 5 minutes waiting to place the order in person

    • Another 5 minutes actually placing the order in person

    • Another 10 minutes waiting for the warehouse person to pick and box it.

    • My fully burdened cost to the company was roughly $35.53 per hour (See below)

    • Let's do the math:

      • 20 minutes saved X .33 hours X $35.53 per hour  = $11.73

      • Subtract the cost of call $8.75 = $2.97 profit


    Field Labor Fully Burdened Hourly Cost Compliments Of Fast Easy Accounting

    Tiny Amounts Grow Into Massive Fortunes!

    The point of this example is that $2.97 profit went straight to the bottom line. I can hear you saying that is not enough money to be concerned about, and you are 100% right!

    Over the course of the first year I made at least 100 trips to the supply house which netted my construction company roughly $297, which went straight to the bottom line.

    Now ask yourself how many more ways do you suppose I found to make that can you streamline operations and generate a few dollars in a bunch of places?

    We all know about the idea that if you can get someone to agree to hire you to work ten hours a day for thirty days and only get paid $.01 the first day and double it every day that at the end of thirty days you would be a millionaire.

    Work 30 Days Starting Pay $.01 Per Day Then Doubled Each Day Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

    M.A. P. Vs. P.A.M.

    One of the Best Practices in any successful company is to do what you do best and outsource the rest.

    If you are a remodel contractor your core competencies revolve around bidding, proposing, closing deals, getting a deposit, scheduling the work, hiring construction workers and qualified sub-contractors, getting the work done and collecting the balance of your money.

    That's the final step in the chain of events in Best Practices called "P" for "Production". The first step in Best Practices is "M" for "Marketing" then "A" for "Accounting" followed by ""P" for "Production".

    • 95 out of 100 contractors earn less than 3% net profit because they do "P.A.M."

    • 4 out of 100 contractors earn between 3%-15% net profit because the blend "M.A.P & P.A.M."

    • 1 out of 100 contractors earn in excess of 15% net profit because they do "M.A.P."

    There is a lot more to be said but for now let's move on the FAQ's About Outsourced Contractors Bookkeeping Services:

    Serving Construction Contractors Across The U.S.A. Including Alaska And Hawaii

    Outsourced Accounting For Construction Contractors Across The USA Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

    Contractors Bookkeeping Services Questions

    Do you have something I can download and read?

    Will I lose control of my company?

    What about security?

    Can other people access my data?

    Do you provide audit and tax services?

    Do you replace my C.P.A.?

    Can my C.P.A. access my data?

    Who will service my account?

    How much does your service cost?

    What part of The U.S.A. do you service?

    How do I get paperwork to you?

    What construction accounting software do you support?

    Why don't you support other accounting software?

     

    QuickBooks For Contractors Questions

    Which QuickBooks do you support?

    My QuickBooks is a mess can you fix it?

    Do you repair QuickBooks for construction?

    Can I get financial reports without opening QuickBooks?

    Do you setup QuickBooks for construction?

    Can you convert QuickBooks to other versions?

    Can you convert QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro or Premier?

    Which QuickBooks is best for my construction company?

    Can I access QuickBooks desktop version securely in the cloud?

     

    Xero Accounting Online For Contractors Questions

    Do you support Xero Accounting Online For Construction?

    Do you repair Xero Accounting Online For Construction?

    Do you setup Xero Accounting Online For Construction?

     

    Bill.Com For Contractors Questions 

    Do you support Bill.Com for construction contractors?

     

    Contractors Bookkeeping Services Answers

     

    Do you have something I can download and read?

    Yes! We have two FREE Bookkeeping Guides that are very popular.

    One is for construction company owners that are considering hiring an in-house construction bookkeeper. It has a lot of detail regarding some of the things to watch out for to hopefully avoid hiring a Bad Bookkeeper that will destroy your construction company and an in-depth analysis with suggested hardware, software and office equipment as well as some overview of the system you will need to put in place in order to get the most out of your in-house construction bookkeeper. Click on the button below to download it.

    Contractor Bookkeeper Hiring Guide

    The other one is for construction company owners who want an in-depth analysis of the psychological profiles of our Professional Construction Bookkeeping staff with some of the hardware, software and office equipment we use. It includes a brief overview of our outsourced contractors bookkeeping system that allows us to service a number of combinations of construction companies including:

    One Income Contractors:

    • Handyman Services

    • General Contractors

    • Residential Remodel Contractors

    • Commercial Tenant Improvement Contractors

    • Spec Home Builders

    • Custom Home Builders

    • Land Developers

    • Sub-Contractors

    • Specialty-Contractors

    • Flipper House Contractors

    Multiple Income Contractors:

    • Handyman + General + Remodel

    • Residential Remodel + Commercial Tenant Improvement

    • Spec Home Builders + Residential Remodel + Land Developers

    • Custom Home Builders + Spec Home Builders + Residential Remodel + Land Developers

    • Any Combination With An Inventory Of Rental Properties

    Click on the button below to download it.

    Contractors Bookkeeping Services Guide >

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    Will I lose control of my company by outsourcing my contractors bookkeeping?

    Absolutely not! You maintain 100% control of all the decisions and all checks are signed by you. We do not touch your money. You decide who gets paid, when and how much they are paid. We provide you with the list of payables and record the transactions, but you approve all invoices for payment and sign all checks and control your credit cards.

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    What about security?

    Right now if you are like most construction contractors your construction accounting records are in an unlocked file cabinet or worse, sitting on someone's desk. We take security very serious and are constantly looking at our systems. We utilize 128-bit SSL encryption which enables clients to verify authenticity and to securely communicate with our servers. In order to get your data file there are 2 levels of restrictions and passwords that must be successfully entered.

    We only use Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Services. We have taken steps to select the best of the best Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Service to ensure that your data is as secure as that found for online banking and financial institutions.

    Their Cloud Security rests on U.S. based servers, backups, data centers and technical support. Not one aspect of our Cloud security relies on outsourced services or offshore locations.

    Automatic nightly backups are kept for a minimum of 30 days, and our Private Virtual Server clients have the option to increase these backups to be performed more frequently or kept on longer data retention schedules.

    Encrypted Access

    Each time any user logs into the system to access data it is thru 256-bit encryption, offering you peace of mind in the security of your transfer. With the same security as Online Banking, your data could not be safer.

    Simply stated, the Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Service we use is first and foremost a cloud security company, delivering  multiple layers of protection,  from our state-of-the art  physical data center all the way across to your database, software applications,  and data files.

    Their mission to ensure your cloud server security and protection against cybercrime or technical malfunction stems from the belief that cloud computing security is never an element that would simply be added-on to a resource infrastructure.

    At Fast Easy Accounting, Cloud Security is not an option - it is a fundamental requirement.

    Standard Cloud Computing Security Features of their CERTIFIED SOC2/SSAE16 data center includes:

    • 12+ Megawatts of uninterrupted power

    • Cisco Firewalls and Routers

    • Mirror Disk Imaging

    • RAID implementation

    • N+1/2N or better Redundancy

    • Biometric hand scanner

    • CCTV Digital Surveillance

    • Motion Detection on all data center floors

    • Seamless private Layer 2 transport

    • 24/7/365 Onsite Monitoring

    We do not name the service we use since the technology is continually evolving and upgrading and when we feel it is time to move to another Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Service we do it.

    We have used several of the largest and highest rated Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Services and have found they all have good and bad points. The one thing to keep in mind is that none of them are "Plug and Play" which is why we have staff members who are qualified in database structure and access to local computer networking technicians when we need a higher level of skill.

    Using a hosted service for accessing QuickBooks desktop online is mission critical to being able to provide reliable and professional grade outsourced contractors bookkeeping services for construction contractors all across the U.S.A. This is one area where price is not even in the top ten things we consider when selecting an Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting Service.

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    Can other people access my data?

    No one can have access to your data without your company's express permission; this includes your CPA, advisors and specific employees. We can also set up restrictions so that certain functions can be limited to those you do allow access.

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    Do you provide audit and tax services?

    We focus on doing one thing and doing it right, outsourced construction accounting services. We can process payroll and prepare Quarterly Tax Returns; however, we do not perform audits, reviews, and compilations or provide opinions on your financial statements. We will assist and coordinate these functions with your current CPA to ensure that they have the necessary information to prepare these for you.

    Still have questions? We invite you to Contact Us or request a Free One Hour Consultation.

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    Do you replace my C.P.A.?

    No! Absolutely Not! Your current CPA should be a contributing member of your Board of Advisors helping you to get the most out of your construction company.

    We perform contractors bookkeeping services only and work with your current CPA. Since we do not perform tax or attest services, your CPA does not need to be concerned that we are here to replace them. We value your relationship with your CPA and look to enhance the day to day record keeping so your CPA can help you make informed decisions.

    We help eliminate the frustration that can arise between the CPA and the clients due to inadequate contractors bookkeeping services because of the vast differences between Regular Accounting and Construction Accounting.

    Regular Accounting is concerned with the basic financial reports which are used for preparing annual tax returns and some very rudimentary management decisions:

    Construction Accounting is built upon regular accounting and shares the same basic financial reports and a number of other reports which contractors use to operate and grow their construction companies and know which jobs to pursue and which ones to let go.

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    Can my C.P.A access my contractors bookkeeping services on-line?

    Only if you give them your user name and password! For regular accounting it is not so bad if your C.P.A. has access to your data. For construction companies we have found most of them do more harm than good because they are not trained in construction accounting.

    This same thing applies for why it is a bad idea to give your outsourced construction accounting services access to your C.P.A.'s tax preparation software. In fact I am not aware of anyone who would give access to their tax preparation software.

    Anytime your C.P.A. or any other financial adviser needs to see reports you can contact Sharie at 206-361-3950206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com and we will be happy to provide them.

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    Who will service my account?

    You will be assigned a contractor champion. This is someone who understands your specific type of construction work and our contractors bookkeeping services system. This person will be your guide, mentor and friend. They are your advocate to make certain you are provided the best possible service and they have the authority to assign resources in the event of an emergency construction accounting situation such as special reports, quarterly tax reports, insurance audits and complex payment applications. They also monitor the quality and quantity of reports, emails, graphs and other data to make certain you are getting the right amount of information without overwhelming you with useless reports and notifications.

    Most accounting firms do not have a system and operate in complete chaos by assigning each bookkeeper the maximum number of clients humanly possible and hope nothing goes wrong. It is similar to putting all your eggs in one basket and hoping nothing happens to them!

    Human Nature Being What It Is Eventually:

    • Your bookkeeper will get sick

    • Your bookkeeper will get overworked

    • Your bookkeeper will quit or get fired

    • Your bookkeeper will take a long vacation

    • Your bookkeeper will have too many clients

    • Your bookkeeper will get another bookkeeper's clients

    • Your bookkeeper may become a burned out Bad Bookkeeper

    We Are Process Dependent, Not People Dependent

    Your day to day contractors bookkeeping services is safe and it will be assigned a team of skilled Professional Construction Bookkeepers and Accountants with several levels of construction accounting skills and an internal support system that conducts regular reviews of every contractors bookkeeping system.

    Fast Easy Accounting

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    How much does your service cost?

    In general, our costs are 40% less than our clients were paying for their accounting staff with at least double the accuracy plus the savings in not overpaying taxes. Our fees are based on the volume and complexity of each client. We determine the scope of services and establish a fixed monthly amount so you can manage you budget.

    For example if you have a part-time bookkeeper paid $15.00 per hour working 10 hours per week your fully burdened labor costs will be roughly $25.29 per hour or roughly $1095.73 a month. Generally we can do the same amount of work for 40% less!

    Actual cost for bookkeeper paid $15 per hour for 10 hours a week

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    What part of The U.S.A. do you service?

    All 50 States all across the U.S.A. including Alaska and Hawaii. We work best with Construction and related industries from new start-up construction companies to those who have been in it for a lifetime and preferably with annual sales volumes ranging from $0 to $10M. Everything hosted in secure servers online which means working with us is Fast And Easy!

    Outsourced Accounting For Construction Contractors Across The USA Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

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    How do I get paperwork to you?

    Whatever way is easiest and best for you. You can bring it to our office, ship hard copy, USPS, fax, FedEx, UPS, soft copy, scanned, emailed, smartphone images, iPhone images, shoe box, file box, any box, bags, Google docs, drop box any way that works for you we can handle it. Your Contractor Champion will work with you to determine what works best for you.

    You don't need to organize for us because we have a system from having owned and operated several construction companies in the past, we are not pansy construction bookkeepers that need to be pampered and are easily offended; quite the opposite.

    We have a Construction Bookkeeping Services System - With workflow processes for everything including paper sorting. Which means once it arrives no matter how organized or disorganized it is we need to pre-process everything before it enters our workflow where it is scanned and uploaded into paperless servers in the cloud? Hopefully you not having to sort anything will save you time and money.

    We prefer you not sort anything because it will save everybody time and money. You can put it all in a bag, box, ox cart or whatever works for you and bring it in. You can fax it, email it or scan it into our paperless server, again whatever works for you!

    We scan your receipts and invoices link them to QuickBooks transactions where it is appropriate and give you back a CPA-ready packet for your tax return. And we provide ongoing Cloud Based Contractors Bookkeeping Services by accountants who understand construction.

    Construction paperwork is like a brand new apprentice construction worker; left unattended it tends to wander off and get lost so here are a few helpful hints where paperwork hides:

    In The Contractors Mobile Construction Office Command Center, The Truck:

    • On the dashboard

    • Behind the seat

    • Under the seat

    • In the console between the seats

    • In the glove box

    • Under the spare tire

    • In the box you got from the supplier warehouse

    Outside Your Mobile Office:

    • In you post office box

    • Stuffed in manila envelopes

    • On the night stand

    • Piled on your desk

    • In your wallet

    • Inside your portfolio

    • Stuffed in all your pants pockets

    • In your computer bag

    • Stuffed in all your shirt pockets

    Coffee Stained Paperwork Is Optional - We prefer a dark roast, double foam, shot of mint, with a hint of cinnamon. However, plain old black coffee is O.K. too!

    Do Not Be Concerned - Where the paperwork has been, when we owned and operated our plumbing service, repair and drain cleaning company we had seven trucks and over twenty employees. We processed paperwork that had been places you can only imagine with no problems at all.

    In Summary Don't Sort The paper - Get a big box, file box, and scoop it all into the box, close the box, bring us the box. To you, the contractor, every piece of paper has a story.

    This Means Every Time You - Touch it, see it, sort it, smell it, put it into QuickBooks for Contractors or just look at it your protective conditioned mind and its fear creating mechanisms will replay the entire story which will slow you down and in turn drag out the entire construction bookkeeping process. Furthermore it could possibly release serotonin which causes the blood vessels in your head to contract and lower your pain threshold.

    It Is A Fact - Doing something you don't like or understand like construction bookkeeping can be painful and in the end when you try to "Power Through The Pain" like Olympic athletes you end up losing money because after powering through the pain you typically do not have the luxury of a vacation and rest period you have to go see that next customer, close the next sale or manage the next job and when you are not at your peak performance you lose, big time!

    Your Contractors Bookkeeping Paperwork Has Already - Been over handled, we do not have any emotional attachment to it which means we can reduce input time by at least 40% and since we pass the savings on to you everybody wins.

    Profitable Construction - Companies have known about and outsourced bookkeeping for a long time and now you know about it too!

    Optional One Button Scanner Sends Paperwork To Us

    Fast Easy Accounting Remote Bookkeeper Push One Button And You Are Done

     

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    What construction accounting software do you support?

     

    Outsourced Bookkeeping Services For Contractors At Fast Easy Accounting         Xero Accounting Construction Specialists At Fast Easy Accounting 1-206-361-3950

    QuickBooks or Xero Accounting Online for construction depends on how you get paid, the type of work your company does and if you need Job Costing.

    QuickBooks Works Best If You:

    1. Takes Job Deposits

    2. Have Change Orders

    3. Issues Multiple Invoices

    4. Need Work-In-Progress

    5. Need Job Costing Reports

    6. Need Payment Applications

    7. Need Periodic Invoices For Bank draws

    8. Need Complex Construction Accounting Reports

    At The Price Point Intuit Offers All Versions Of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks For Contractors and QuickBooks For Contractors Enterprise no other construction accounting software comes close too offering the robust Job Costing Reports, Work-In-Progress Reports And Tracking (WIP) and hundreds of other combined reports and features medium and large contractors need in order to operate and grow their construction company.

    We Are Raving Fans Of Intuit the makers of QuickBooks and have used QuickBooks since the first version was released in 1992. In fact in 2005 we moved our entire client base including our own accounting firm's QuickBooks files to an Intuit Approved commercial hosting environment so we could offer our clients all of the benefits of the full desktop version of QuickBooks accessible online 24/7 and it has been a huge success!

    Xero Accounting Online Works Best If You:

    1. Need To Get Paid Faster And Easier

    2. Have Simple Jobs You Invoice Individually

    3. Need To Invoice Customers At The Jobsite

    4. Need Key Performance Indicator Financial Reports

    5. Want Professional Construction Accounting At Lower Costs

    All versions of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks For Contractors and QuickBooks For Contractors Enterprise is very inexpensive compared to other construction accounting software when it comes too Job Costing Reports, Work-In-Progress Reports And Tracking (WIP) and hundreds of other combined reports and features medium and large contractors need in order to operate and grow their construction company.

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    Why don't you support QuickBooks Online, Wave, Freshbooks and Peachtree?

    All accounting software packages have an audience and can be made to work for companies that need simple regular accounting. We specialize in construction accounting which is a much higher level of accounting. Regular accounting provides the foundation for basic Financial Reports such as Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet which are used by tax preparers for the annual tax return.

    Construction accounting is built on regular accounting and shares the same basic financial reports for operating and growing a business and preparing annual tax returns and some very rudimentary management decisions. Construction accounting adds many complex layers of reporting mechanisms to show the contractor where their best customers and clients are within psychographic and geographic market segmentation boundaries.

    For more details click on Construction Accounting Vs. Regular Accounting

    Below Are Two Diagrams For Construction Accounting Vs. Regular Accounting

    Construction Accounting Vs. Regular Accounting Diagram Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

     

    Construction Accounting Vs. Regular Accounting At Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

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    QuickBooks For Contractors Answers

    Which QuickBooks do you support?

    For remote hosting of QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier and Enterprise we support the last three years.

    For earlier versions of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Mac we support 2004 to the current year.

    QuickBooks setup (simple, custom, contractor, home builder, land developer, commercial tenant improvement, flipper house, service & repair and more.

    QuickBooks clean-up, QuickBooks repair, QuickBooks emergency services.

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    My QuickBooks is a mess can you fix it?

    Yes! We have been working with QuickBooks from the very first release in DOS in 1992. With over 100,000 man hours of combined experience we have seen just about everything.

    We maintain and regularly update the most extensive collection of diagnostic software and database manipulation software tools designed specifically to work with messed up and broken QuickBooks files.

    If your QuickBooks needs help we can help 206-361-3950206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

    We service over 1,000 construction and construction related companies. Just a few examples below:

    QuickBooks Repair:

    • QuickBooks Repair For General Construction

    • QuickBooks Repair For Commercial Tenant Improvement

    • QuickBooks Repair For Spec Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Repair For Custom Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Repair For Land Developers

    • QuickBooks Repair For Specialty Contractors

    • QuickBooks Repair For Sub-Contractors

    • QuickBooks Repair For Professionals

    • QuickBooks Repair For Architects

    • QuickBooks Repair For Engineers

    QuickBooks Clean-Up:

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For General Construction

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Commercial Tenant Improvement

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Spec Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Custom Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Land Developers

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Specialty Contractors

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Sub-Contractors

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Professionals

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Architects

    • QuickBooks Clean-Up For Engineers

    QuickBooks Tune-Up:

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For General Construction

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Commercial Tenant Improvement

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Spec Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Custom Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Land Developers

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Specialty Contractors

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Sub-Contractors

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Professionals

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Architects

    • QuickBooks Tune-Up For Engineers

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    Do you repair QuickBooks for Construction?

    Yes! For all versions and years of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Mac starting with 2003 through the current year. It is far cheaper and more effective than having your CPA fix your QuickBooks and correct it during tax season. It only makes sense to subcontract it out to professional construction accountants who have done it thousands of time and have a process in place to see to it that it gets done right.

    In addition to the benefits of having accurate and useful reporting during the year can help you make better and more informed decisions in all aspects of running your construction company.

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    Can I get financial reports without opening QuickBooks?

    Yes, we can lease it for you and keep it on our remote Intuit Approved Commercial Hosting service provider and provide you with 24/7 online access to your financial reports. You never have to open QuickBooks or mess with it at all!

    The Short Video Below Tells The Whole Story

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    Do you setup QuickBooks for Construction?

    Yes we offer custom QuickBooks setup for all versions and years of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Mac starting with 2003 through the current year. We have templates designed for all different types of construction including commercial, residential, spec home builders and service / repair contractors. With or without Job Costing Reports.

    Since the cost of properly setting your books up and maintaining them is far cheaper and more effective than having your CPA fix and correct it during tax season it makes sense to subcontract it out to professional construction accountants who have done it thousands of time and have a process in place to see to it that it gets done right.

    In addition to the benefits of having accurate and useful reporting during the year can help you make better and more informed decisions in all aspects of running your construction company.

    QuickBooks Setup Examples:

    • QuickBooks Setup For General Construction

    • QuickBooks Setup For Commercial Tenant Improvement

    • QuickBooks Setup For Spec Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Setup For Custom Home Builders

    • QuickBooks Setup For Land Developers

    • QuickBooks Setup For Specialty Contractors

    • QuickBooks Setup For Sub-Contractors

    • QuickBooks Setup For Professionals

    • QuickBooks Setup For Architects

    • QuickBooks Setup For Engineers

    If you do not see your particular need here please contact Sharie 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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    Can you convert QuickBooks to other versions?

    Yes! We convert any QuickBooks file from QuickBooks 2000 to the current year to the same year of QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks Premier from 2003 to the current year. QuickBooks Enterprise it is limited to 2003 to the current year.

    In some cases we can even convert a newer QuickBooks to an older QuickBooks. For example we can convert QuickBooks Enterprise 14 (2014) to QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2013.

    Other examples include:

    • QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro or Premier

    • QuickBooks Online to Pro, Premier or Enterprise

    • QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro, Premier or QuickBooks online

    • QuickBooks Enterprise, Pro or Premier to Xero Accounting Online

    • Quicken to QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enterprise

    • Quicken to QuickBooks Pro or Premier

    • QuickBooks Mac to Windows Pro, Premier or Enterprise

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    Can you convert QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro or Premier?

    Yes! We convert QuickBooks Enterprise file from QuickBooks 2003 to the current year to the same year of QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks Premier from 2003 to the current year.

    In some cases we can even convert a newer QuickBooks Enterprise to an older QuickBooks Pro or Premier. For example we can convert QuickBooks Enterprise 14 (2014) to QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2013.

    Other examples include:

    • QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro or Premier

    • QuickBooks Online to Pro, Premier or Enterprise

    • QuickBooks Enterprise to Pro, Premier or QuickBooks online

    • QuickBooks Enterprise, Pro or Premier to Xero Accounting Online

    • Quicken to QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enterprise

    • Quicken to QuickBooks Pro or Premier

    • QuickBooks Mac to Windows Pro, Premier or Enterprise

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    Which QuickBooks is best for my construction company?

     

    Construction Accounting Vs. Regular Accounting At Fast Easy Accounting 206 361 3950

     

    QuickBooks Pro - Is great for contractors acting as Sole Proprietor with annual sales under  $100,000 who simply need a way to keep track of basic income and expenses. You can set it up really basic and simple to do most everything in the check register. When you spend money record it in the check register as an expense and when you receive money record it as income. When it is time to file the taxes you generate a Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet and give it to the person that fills out your annual tax returns.

    QuickBooks Premier Contractors Edition - Is designed for serious contractors with annual sales above $100,000 because those companies are usually setup as a corporation, Sub-S or LLC in order to reduce the high income tax they would pay if they were a Sole Proprietor. In addition to the fact that having a corporation can help protect your personal assets, home, car, savings.

    QuickBooks - Is an accounting tool like any other tool in the hands of a Master Construction Accountant it can do marvelous things that will amaze even the toughest contractor, their banker and performance bonding agent. However, in the hands of the average bookkeeper it can cause severe and long lasting damage. In the hands of an accountant or C.P.A. it can destroy your construction company. Construction accounting is not something that can be learned; it must be experienced, first hand, as a construction worker on the jobsite before it can be understood. Then and only then is someone prepared to learn it. A Master Construction Accountant can develop a construction bookkeeping and accounting firm with a comprehensive bookkeeping system like an assembly line and hire Professional Bookkeepers to run it.

    The most important reason to use QuickBooks Premier Contractors Edition is it helps construction contractors understand the financial health of their construction company. QuickBooks Premier Contractors Edition provides a running scorecard of Key Performance Reports and when used with Business Process Management Tools like what 10 minutes of waste costs their company.

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    Five Types Of Construction Firms And They Can All Use QuickBooks Premier Contractor Edition Effectively:

    Type I - New Construction Speculative land developers, home builders and light commercial builders. These are the contractors who build something in hopes a buyer will emerge during or shortly after the building is built

    1. You use QuickBooks to track all your construction and overhead costs and generate Bank Draws and Work-In-Progress (WIP) reports against budgeted estimates to monitor progress which we have in our QuickBooks Setup.

    2. Your Chart of Accounts needs to be focused WIP Assets with a few Cost of Goods Sold Accounts (COGS) to allocate the sale of the building

    3. You need the Five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to monitor the financial health of your business

    4. You need QuickBooks setup to have between 200 and 6,000 Items setup to track all the costs of the construction process from the ground up through the roof and final cleanup

    5. This is the most difficult QuickBooks setup is the Premier Contractor Edition because there is a mix of Direct, Indirect, Asset, WIP and COGS accounts

    6. The day to day input is also the most difficult and needs to be handled by construction accounting staff with specialized training in construction accounting

    7. Your income can be sporadic and extremely sensitive to the ups and downs of the new construction market which is why you need a strategy with an external focus on the global housing market. 

    8. In order for your Spec Builder Company to reach its full potential you will need an overall strategy including a Business Plan for Contractors

    9. We believe a lot of speculative builders go bankrupt because they do not have accurate QuickBooks reports to base decisions on and that is as direct result of trying to save money with Cheap Bookkeeping

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    Type II - New Construction Custom Home Builders residential and light commercial buildings who build something specific for a client.

    1. You have QuickBooks setup to track all the costs and generate Complex Payment Applications, Item Estimates vs. Actuals, Job Profitability Summary and Job Profitability Detail Reports to monitor progress.

    2. Your QuickBooks setup needs to have Chart of Accounts with proper Goods Sold Accounts (COGS) to allocate project costs.

    3. You will benefit from the Five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to monitor the financial health of your business

    4. Your QuickBooks setup will have between 500 to 2,500 Items to track all the costs of the construction process from the ground up through the roof and final cleanup

    5. This is the second most difficult QuickBooks setup, the Premier Contractor Edition because there is a mix of Direct, Indirect, COGS and only a few WIP accounts

    6. The day to day accounting and bookkeeping input is the second most difficult and to be done properly requires accounting staff with specialized training in construction accounting

    7. Our experience has been your group generates a relatively unstable income and is somewhat sensitive to the ups and downs of the new construction custom built market

    8. In order for your Custom Home Building Company to reach its full potential you need a Construction Business Strategy including a Business Plan for Contractors

    9. We believe a lot of custom builders go bankrupt because they do not have accurate reports to base decisions on and that is as direct result of trying to save money with Cheap Bookkeeping

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    Type III - Remodel Contractors both residential and commercial tenant improvement contractors.

    1. You use QuickBooks to track all the costs and generate Complex Payment Applications Item Estimates vs. Actuals, Job Profitability Summary and Job Profitability Detail Reports to monitor progress.

    2. Your QuickBooks setup Chart of Accounts is focused Goods Sold Accounts (COGS) to allocate project costs.

    3. You need the Five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to monitor the financial health of the business

    4. Your QuickBooks setup will need 1,000 to 5,000 Items to properly track all the costs of the construction process from beginning to end in order to get the reports you need

    5. This is the third most difficult QuickBooks setup is the Premier Contractor Edition because there is a mix of Direct, Indirect, COGS and only a few WIP accounts

    6. The day to day input is also the second most difficult and to be done properly requires accounting staff with specialized training in construction accounting

    7. Our experience has been your group generates a stable income and is not as sensitive to the ups and downs of the new construction market

    8. In order for you to reach their full potential of your business you will need an overall strategy including a Business Plan for Contractors

    9. And of course Cheap Bookkeeping is the one area where short term savings is overwhelmed by making bad decisions based upon inaccurate QuickBooks reports

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    Type IV - Trade Contractors Plumbers, Electricians, HVAC, Flooring, Sheetrock, Painters, Landscapers and others.

    1. You use QuickBooks to track all the costs and generate Simple Invoices which can then be input into QuickBooks Premier Contractor Edition

    2. Your QuickBooks setup Chart of Accounts is usually focused Goods Sold Accounts (COGS) to allocate project costs

    3. You will need to pay close attention to the Five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to monitor the financial health of the business because your sales cycle is so short

    4. You will need QuickBooks setup to have between 500 to 2,500 Items to track all the costs of the construction process from beginning to end

    5. This is the fourth most difficult QuickBooks setup the Premier Contractor Edition to because there is a mix of Direct, Indirect, COGS accounts

    6. You day to day input is also the third most difficult and to be done properly requires accounting staff with specialized training in construction accounting

    7. Our experience has been your group generates the most stable income and you are not as sensitive to the ups and downs of the new construction market

    8. In order to reach their full potential of your Trade Construction Business you will need an overall strategy including a Business Plan for Contractors

    9. And of course Cheap Bookkeeping is the one area where short term savings is overwhelmed by making bad decisions based upon inaccurate QuickBooks reports

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    Type V - Service And Repair Companies like drain cleaners, emergency service electricians etc.

    1. You use QuickBooks to track all the costs and generate Simple Invoices which can then be input into QuickBooks Premier Contractor Edition

    2. Your QuickBooks setup Chart of Accounts is usually focused Goods Sold Accounts (COGS) to allocate project costs

    3. You will need to closely monitor the daily changes in the Five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to understand the financial health of your business

    4. You will need QuickBooks setup to have between 500 to 2,500 Items to properly track all the costs of the construction process from beginning to end

    5. This is the fourth most difficult QuickBooks Premier Contractor Edition to setup because there is a mix of Direct, Indirect, COGS accounts

    6. The day to day input is also the third most difficult and to be done properly requires accounting staff with specialized training in construction accounting

    7. Our experience has been your generates a very stable income because you are not as sensitive to the ups and downs of the new construction market

    8. In order to reach your full business potential you need an strategy including a Business Plan for Contractors

    9. And of course Cheap Bookkeeping is the one area where short term savings is overwhelmed by making bad decisions based upon inaccurate QuickBooks reports

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    Can I access QuickBooks desktop version securely in the cloud?

    Yes we outsource to an Intuit approved commercial hosting environment so we could offer our clients all of the benefits of the full desktop version of QuickBooks accessible online 24/7 and it has been a huge success!

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    Xero Accounting Online For Contractors Answers  

    Do you support Xero Accounting Online For Construction?

    Yes we do!

    Xero Accounting Online works best if you:

    1. Need To Get Paid Faster And Easier

    2. Have Simple Jobs You Invoice Individually

    3. Need To Invoice Customers At The Job-site

    4. Need Key Performance Indicator Financial Reports

    5. Want Professional Construction Accounting At Lower Costs

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

    For more about it click on Xero Accounting Online

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    Do you repair Xero Accounting Online for Construction?

    Yes we do. The cost of properly setting your books up and maintaining them is far cheaper and more effective than having your CPA fix and correct it during tax season. In addition, the benefits of having accurate and useful reporting during the year can help you make better and more informed decisions in all aspects of running your construction company.

    We encourage you to take advantage of our Free One Hour Consultation and learn what the precise costs for your construction company would be.

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    Do you setup Xero Accounting Online for construction?

    Yes we offer custom Xero Accounting Online setup designed for all different types of construction including commercial, residential, spec home builders and service / repair contractors. Xero Accounting Online does not offer Job Costing Reports, just QuickBooks.

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    Bill.Com Answers

    Do you support Bill.Com for construction contractors?

    Yes, we have Bill.Com certified specialists and Bill.Com Guru's on staff.

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    This Is Only The Tip - Of the Iceberg. Everything we publish in our blog posts, articles in other websites, and anything you can find on the web is nothing compared to what is available to you as our client. We show only the basic tools to open your mind to the possibilities that are available to you. The best finish carpentry tools in the hands of a golf professional without proper carpentry training will not produce anything near to what a skilled finish carpenter can. The same can be said about the best construction business consulting and accounting tools in the hands of a skilled finish carpenter. And I say that with respect and admiration for everyone in construction.

    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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    Our Co-Founder Randal DeHart - Is a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with several years of construction project management experience. His expertise is construction accounting systems engineering and process development. His exhaustive study of several leading experts including the work of Dr. W. Edward Deming, Michael Gerber, Walter A. Shewhart, James Lewis and dozens of others was the foundation upon which our Construction Bookkeeping System is based and continues to evolve and improve. Follow Randal on Google+

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