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    Best Estimating Software For Construction Companies

    Posted by Marry Madyson on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

    Today's Guest Article Is From Marry Maddyson

    Being able to make estimates is a necessary part of the planning process. So, what do you do when you need programming help, but you aren’t a programmer? There are many types of estimating software available for small business. By being able to evaluate things like the cost of labor and materials for a project, whether you are adding another building to your company or doing construction work, is necessary for being sure you have enough money set aside for the project. Below, you’ll find some of the leading estimating software that you’ll love to use when planning for your business.

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    Topics: Contractor, Project Management, Contractor Operating Tips, Project Management For Construction

    Establishing Your General Contracting Business - TIPS On Starting It Right

    Posted by Sharie DeHart on Fri, Jun 07, 2019

    Running a business for general contractors like you is an overwhelming yet fulfilling task because there are so many things only the company owner can and should do. In most cases, when the owner's spouse contacts us, it is because they are trying to help with the business, but they know they need outside assistance, so there is more quality time with the family.

    Most contractors, and small business owners, in general, haven’t realized that what you don’t know can keep you up at night. Instead of focusing your efforts in maintaining your relationship with your past clients and building a new one, you were up wondering whether you’re making or losing money. Today more than ever, it is necessary to have a properly set-up accounting and bookkeeping file and maintain it. Someone with the knowledge and training combined with an understanding of construction to Set-Up, Clean-Up, Tidy-Up, and manage your bookkeeping system.



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    Topics: Contractors Bookkeeping Paperwork, QuickBooks For Contractors, Construction Bookkeeping, QuickBooks Setup Do It Yourself, QuickBooks Construction Accounting, Assisted Do-It-Yourself Contractor Bookkeeping, Painless Paperless Contractor Bookkeeping Services

    How To Relieve Your Construction Company From Going Bankrupt

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Tue, Jun 04, 2019

    Are you getting resumes and applications from bookkeepers who worked for a construction company that went bankrupt and now they are so desperate for a job, so they offer to work for minimum wage or less? What they are not saying in some cases is"And everything I can embezzle, steal and sell online."

    There could be a pattern, and it is may be evident that you could be missing it. 

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    Topics: Payment Collect, Contractor, Contractor Tips, finance, Contractor Operating Tips

    Five Basic Construction Accounting Tasks To Complete Every Month

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Fri, May 31, 2019

    Proper construction accounting is all about the details. The answers you need to operate and grow your company are in reports. Everything starts with cash because "cash is fact, profit is an opinion." All transactions in the bank account of your construction accounting system no matter if it is QuickBooks or Xero, must be assigned to the proper accounts:

    • Income
    • Job Deposits
    • Payroll
    • Taxes
    • Cost of Goods Sold (Direct and Indirect Costs including Labor, Material, Other and Subcontractors)
    • Other costs including permits, plans, bills from suppliers, and purchases on your personal credit cards
    • Overhead

    These tasks form the solid foundation of your small business. As a small business owner, you have more important things to do than to keep your own books. We take care of your books for you, so you can get back to the job of running your business and generating profits. 

     

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    Topics: Construction Cash Flow, Increase Profits, Increase Cash Flow, Contractor Sucess, Contractor Tips, Contractor Operating Tips

    What You Need To Know Before Hiring Subcontractors

    Posted by Sharie DeHart on Tue, May 28, 2019

    In Construction, hiring Independent Contractors can get very expensive, very fast!

    The Internal Revenue has a defined set of rules on what is the difference between an "Independent Contractor" and "Employee". With all the documentation in place, a person could still be classified in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service as an "Employee."

    When you hire 1099 contractors

    You need to know that their state contractor's license, bond, and insurance are active. During audits, state agencies are now looking to check the bond and insurance. Anytime a contractor's license is suspended, the State may reclassify that person as an employee on your job.

    Because all fifty states are working with other agencies looking to be sure employee rights are covered, and the state, local and federal payroll taxes are paid. As an employer among your responsibilities are these:

    • Pay workers’ compensation

    • Meet wage and hour requirements

    • Pay unemployment tax

    • Maintain a safe workplace



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    Topics: Contractors Bookkeeping Paperwork, Subcontractor 1099, QuickBooks For Contractors, Construction Bookkeeping, QuickBooks Construction Accounting, Taxes

    Contractor Tactics On How To Avoid Payment Problems

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Fri, May 24, 2019

    Construction companies need short-term liquid working capital such as cash, lines of credits, loans, owner financing, credit cards, supplier accounts, and other forms of money to conduct daily operations. Small construction companies with annual sales volume less than $10,000,000 and other requirements enjoy some benefits that are not always available to larger firms. Likewise, larger firms can leverage economies of scale.

    The larger your construction business grows, the more likely you could end up operating as a bank without the hundreds of ways to generate revenues from fee income and interest calculation that banks use. The most popular method designed by investors and developers and shrewd business people who understand the concept of divide and conquer is for contractors to get little or no down payment for a construction project, do all the work, including change orders and then try to collect their money.

    What often happens is that contractors hate paperwork preferring to keep everything in their head. Then when it comes the time to collect their money, they find themselves having to re-sell the job and talk their customer into parting with their money. It's been said: "The value of services rapidly diminish after the services have been performed," which is why highly profitable companies like McDonald's gets your money before they deliver your meal. Compare the success and profitability of a McDonald's franchise to most restaurants.

     

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    Topics: Construction Cash Flow, Increase Profits, Increase Cash Flow, Contractor Sucess, Contractor Tips, Contractor Operating Tips

    Cost Variables To Help You Choose A Construction Accounting Software

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Tue, May 21, 2019

    Many contractors with expensive high-end construction software are re-examining if QuickBooks for Contractors is all they really need and if switching over to it makes sense.

    The first thing we ask is which of The Four Types of Contractors best describes your company?

    Salt of The Earth

    Dog And Pickup Truck

    Professional

    Enterprise Level

    Having used several high-end construction software programs costing over $60,000 and a few low-cost programs under $500 like QuickBooks and Peachtree, and some of the free online bookkeeping programs; I have arrived at the conclusion that for contractors with annual sales volume under $5,000,000 the only answer is QuickBooks For Contractors. For an in-depth comparison of QuickBooks versions, click here.

    We started using QuickBooks when it was first released in DOS version in the early 1990s and had been raving fans of it ever since. It's had problems and growing pains; however, Intuit, the parent company of QuickBooks, is good about finding and fixing the issues as evidenced by the number of contractors using it compared to their competitors.

     

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    Topics: QuickBooks Construction Accounting, Contractor Sucess, Contractor Tips, Contractor Operating Tips

    Bookkeeping And Accounting Solutions For The Busy Contractor

    Posted by Sharie DeHart on Fri, May 17, 2019

    The calls, emails, messages, and walk-ins that our company deal with every day come from construction contractors, spouses or significant other, construction bookkeepers, advisors, students, and financial planners among others. I do my best to offer support even if it does not lead to an immediate request for our services.

    The pressures of running a construction company are tremendous. Incoming money is usually unknown, but expenses and bills are due now. You are not alone; many contractors feel the same way. Owning a construction company is so much different from just working for another construction contractor, and in most cases, new contractors had no idea what is involved in the business end of the operation before they started.



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    Topics: Contractors Bookkeeping Paperwork, QuickBooks For Contractors, Construction Bookkeeping, QuickBooks Setup Do It Yourself, QuickBooks Construction Accounting, Assisted Do-It-Yourself Contractor Bookkeeping, Painless Paperless Contractor Bookkeeping Services

    Free Offline Marketing Ideas For Brand New Contractors

    Posted by Norhalma Verzosa on Tue, May 14, 2019

    Yes, I know, as a Web Content Developer and Fast Easy Accounting’s resident Webmaster, this blog post could come quite a surprise to you but bear with me on this. I realized that writing about Online Marketing Trends and the power of Inbound Marketing doesn’t obviously support a more traditional way of marketing, but I am taking this topic head on to bring you a different point of view. In this day and age, despite the steady growth of the web, still, about 10% of U.S. adults do not use the internet - that means not all your target clients are online. This is an opportunity for you to implement some offline marketing methods to add to your overall promotional strategy.

    If you’re just establishing your contracting business, have no office support or crew to assist you, and looking for ways to promote your company without spending a lot of money in advertising costs, then this could be the answer you’re looking for. If you’re a seasoned contractor and just want to do more networking in your spare time, this can also work for your company. Notice I mentioned “free” – however, this is going to cost you a bit (or more) of your time and effort (perhaps gas). Consider having a marketing budget if you want to take it up a notch and optimize your plan. For now, take out those box of business cards and shove it in your glove box and let’s get rolling:

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    Topics: Marketing Ideas For Contractors That Work, Contractor Marketing, offline marketing for contractors

    Proven Tax Reducing Opportunities For Your Construction Company

    Posted by Randal DeHart on Fri, May 10, 2019

    Accounting has two sides:

    Internal Accounting (Management Accounting) - for making money. Its purpose is to help you operate and grow your business profitability.

    External Accounting (Tax Accounting) - for paying taxes. Its purpose is to prepare tax forms, report your income, and make sure you pay your fair share of taxes.

    Understanding the difference will impact your company's financial health and wealth. Both groups of accountants must know the relationship between your internal bookkeeping and the Internal Revenue Service, and the importance of paying the right amount of taxes. There are a lot of professional bookkeepers, accountants, and tax preparers and they all serve a different role in your business.

     

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    Topics: Contractor Sucess, Contractor Tips, Contractor Operating Tips, Construction Productivity

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