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The General Contractor's Aggravation Box And How He Fixed It

Posted by Randal DeHart on Wed, Oct 26, 2011

There Once Was A General Contractor - Who spent many a nights staring at his Aggravation Box, QuickBooks For Contractors!


He understood That Contractors Build Things - That can be seen, touched, heard, smelled, and anyone can form an opinion about it just by looking at it.

Bookkeeping Is Not Real - It is a hidden Inside The Aggravation Box of a desktop computer, I-Pad, notebook, Smart Phone or some other electronic device.

The Paperwork - Went to the In-House Bad Bookkeeper who put stuff into the Aggravation Box and every night the contractor would try to get some reports to come out.

He Stayed Up Late - Looking for reports in QuickBooks because he understood that only one person could be in QuickBooks at a time. If he knew about our QuickBooks Desktop Online program which allows multiple people to be in QuickBooks at the same time he could get reports anytime, anywhere 24/7 no matter who else was using QuickBooks.

He Needed Reports - Like Cash on Hand Profit & Loss and other Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Reports to know how much money was in the bank and how profitable the business is now.

Unfortunately The Reports From The Aggravation Box - Did not match the bank’s records, the supplier’s unpaid bills, or the money his customers owned him which meant the Aggravation Box was like an unproductive employee costing money and producing garbage.

After A While The  Reports - Were so far removed from reality that they were painful to look at, let alone make business decisions! This is when he got very upset, angry and started not liking his in-house bookkeeper.

His Bookkeeper Was Power Tripping - And withholding reports or deliberately generating  misleading ones depending on his mood at that moment. He was a Bad Bookkeeper They are very easy to identify and in easy to replace with an outsourced bookkeeping solution which could save up to 40% over what you are spending now!

The In-House Bookkeeper - Kept deciding what reports the owner should have and which ones he should not have.

Sometimes The Bad Bookkeeper Guarded - The reports and not give them to the contractor because the bookkeeper knew they were (F.U.B.A.R.) Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition.

When The Contractor Finally - Figured out that his finances were in chaos anger got the best of him.

The Contractor Said To His Bookkeeper - “Bookkeeping is only a few keystrokes, how hard can it be? I should be able to push a button and get the reports I need and they should be accurate. What is wrong with you?”

The Bookkeeper Responded - "If you think it is so easy you can do it yourself or get somebody else, I quit!

The Contractor Kept Thinking - I have a dashboard on my truck that gives me everything I need to know with one quick glance; so why can't I get the same thing in QuickBooks?

Surfing The Web - For a new Bookkeeper he found our QuickBooks Dashboard.

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When We Met And He Saw Our 5 at 5 For 5 System - He was very interested. Very quickly  he discovered how in just 5" minutes he could push "5" buttons and have the "5" KPI reports every contractor needs by "5" P.M. to operate and grow his business. He was a very, very happy contractor!


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After Using The Dashboard - For a while he remembered some past decisions that were made with garbage reports from the old bookkeeping system and how those decisions turned out, some good, some not so good. He knew instantly that if he had this tool back then it may have him saved thousands of dollars, lots of heartache and sleepless nights.

He Has Access To The Management Tools - He needs including How Ten Minutes A Day Is Killing Your Construction Company ProfitsThe 80/20 RuleThe Eleven Steps To Success and how to develop a Business Strategy for your construction company. We have more tools that are not online in addition to the new ones in development inside our Construction Bookkeeping And Accounting System.

We Can Help You Too - By taking some of The Aggravation Box out of your life and with a few mouse clicks you can see your Five Key Performance Indicators in QuickBooks Desktop Online anywhere you have internet connection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

STD's (Stress, Terror, Drama) - In construction bookkeeping and accounting disappear when QuickBooks is setup properly and the bookkeeping is done right and on time.

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About The Author:

Randal DeHart, PMP, QPA The Construction AccountantRandal DeHart, PMP, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. He is the leading expert in outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services for small construction companies across the USA. He is experienced as a Contractor, Project Management Professional, Construction Accountant, Intuit ProAdvisor, QuickBooks For Contractors Expert and Xero Accounting Specialist. This combination of experience and skill sets provides a unique perspective which allows him to see the world through the eyes of a contractor, Project Manager, Accountant and construction accountant. This quadruple understanding is what sets him apart from other Intuit ProAdvisors and Xero accountants to the benefit of all of the construction contractors he serves across the USA. Visit http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/randal-dehart/ to learn more.

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. Check out our Contractor Success Map Podcast on iTunes and Follow Randal on Google+

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