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    Construction Definitions Funny And Serious

    A - H

    11 Steps To Contractor Success - A program designed by The Contractors Accountant for contractors to make more money faster

    Auditor -Person who goes in after the war is lost and bayonets the wounded

    Assets of Company - Cash / Receivables – Payables / Trucks / Tools / Equipment / Material

    Assets of Firm - Cash / Business Process / Sales Process / Client List / Predictable Cash Flow

    Bad Bookkeeping - Saving money on crap that don’t matter and making decisions on gut instinct

    Bad BookkeeperSomeone who leaves every construction business owner that ever make the tragic mistake of hiring them standing alongside the remains of their business which the Bad Bookkeeper has intentionally and deliberately driven off the road, flipped upside down into the ditch, exploded, in flames with smoke and fire belching from every window, door, crack and crevice. Leaving the contractor to stare in utter disbelief, wide-eyed, mouth open, flat broke and remembering the article about in Fast Easy Accounting about Bad Bookkeepers and wondering why he or she did not believe Randal.

    Bankruptcy - Result of saving money on crap that don’t matter and making crappy decisions

    Belly Button Accountability - The one person who is responsible for a deliverable on a construction project

    Double Billing -Suppliers, Vendors who have bad bookkeepers or a terrible accounting system will sometimes issue the same bill several times.  In most cases it was not intentional.

    Bid - A wild guess carried out to two decimal places

    Bid Collector - Customer looking for cheap contractor

    Bid Opening - A poker game in which the losing hand wins

    Business Life Cycle - Start small / grow big / lose shirt / shrink back to small business

    Business Plan - A plan to have accurate financial reports to base long and short term decisions on

    Business Process - Documented system for how work gets done at the Firm

    Business Roundtable - Little round table in tavern with pitcher of beer and contractors strategizing

    Caveman Contractor - Someone skilled in building new houses, commercial buildings and other structures

    Change - The only people who embrace change are wet babies! Everyone else fights change!

    Cheap - Not enough time or money to do it right first time; but plenty of time and money to do it over

    Comfort Zone - Success you have now since that is what you feel you deserve no more / no less

    Company Bookkeeper - Wealth prevention tool that makes certain the owner does not earn more than the bookkeepers

    Completion Date - The point at which liquidated damages begin

    Construction Train Wreck - Getting multiple bids and choosing the low bidder

    Contractor Gambling - One project away from making it big or going broke

    Contractor Chaos - Contractor netting <$100K doing everything his way; especially the bookkeeping!

    Contractor Cheap - Amateur with customers from Hell and host of the game show “Low Price Leader”

    Contractor Income - The average of their Client’s income / Birds of a feather flock together

    Contractor Rich - FEA Client earning $100K-$200K by building a Client base to sell and service

    Contractor Student - FEA Client net <$100K learning how to get Rich then Wealthy

    Contractor Successful - Contractor using timely accurate financial reports to base their decisions upon

    Contractor Volume - Loses money on every sale and tries to make it up on volume of new work

    Contractor Wealthy - FEA Client earning $200K + Investing 50K with 100 clients to service

    Cowboy Contractor - Someone skilled in residential remodel or commercial tenant improvement work

    Critical Path Method - A management technique for losing your shirt under perfect control

    Delayed Payment - A tourniquet applied at the pockets

    Delusional - Contractor going to learn QuickBooks in a few months

    Developer - Company looking for a few, good, low priced, high volume contractors

    Displaced Aggression - Being angry at someone due to events/circumstances from elsewhere

    Emerging Contractor - Someone who is moving to a little less hands-on role in their contracting company you could be an Emerging Contractor.

    Engineer's Estimate - The cost of construction in heaven.

    Expensive - Goods or services that no matter how cheap they are; do not work

    Experience - What you get, when you get, what you don’t want

    Failure - A few errors in judgment repeated everyday

    Fast Easy Accounting Coach - Someone who helps you raise your level of thinking

    Fast Easy Accounting Staff Member - Cheerful, well paid, thinking, responsible adult, Mastermind Team member

    Fear - What initiates change or stops progress

    Fifteen Minutes Too Late - If you think you should fire somebody you’re already 15 minutes too late

    Four Dreaded Words - "Since it is open anyway..." and "It would be easy..." and "While we are here..." and "I have another idea..." and "How about if we..."

    Fully Burdened Rate - Overhead divide by number of Admin Staff (Owner salary not in Overhead)

    Hard Work - Expressway to Retirement

    I - O

    Income - Working for daily money   

    Insanity - Hiring and firing in-house bookkeepers over and over and over expecting useful reports

    Inexpensive - Goods or services that do work beyond the warranty period

    KPI - Key Performance Indicators if viewed daily and understood leads to wealth

    Lawyer - Person who goes in after the auditors to strip the bodies

    Leveling - When two or more people spend time together the group will level to the strongest personality

    Liquidated Damages - A penalty for failing to achieve the impossible

    Low Bidder - A contractor who is wondering what he left out

    MasterMind Group - A place in Lynnwood Washington for contractors to meet and share best practices for growing their businesses

    OSHA - Protective coating made by half-baking a mixture of fine print, red tape, split hairs and baloney

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    P - Z

    Peter Principle - Promoting a construction journeyman/technician to working Project Manager or working foreman without formal training. Leads to Construction Train Wrecks.

    Pioneer - Contractor with flaming arrows in the back from asking the bookkeeper for accurate reports

    Plans - Drawings showing what the finished product would look like if it were built in Heaven.

    PMP - Project Management Professional. Someone who has been trained in managing construction projects and is skilled in planning and communication.

    Process - System to produce predictable quality results and reap dividends for the owners

    Process Development - Do it, Document it, and Delegate it

    Project Manager - The conductor of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union

    Purpose of Firm - Acquire clients and satisfy their needs

    Rain Maker - The person in the contractors firm that acquires new clients

    Retainage - Method used to help finance the construction project and reduce contractor's profit. 

    Retired - Means you got tired of them, or they got tired of you

    Rich - Income exceeds outgo

    ROI - Risk of Incarceration because of bad bookkeeping



    Salesperson - Amateur sorter

    Sales Process - Documented system for acquiring new clients for the Firm

    Signer - Someone other than the business owners with access to your bank account to pay bills or make tax payments....NEVER EVER A GOOD IDEA because everyone runs short of cash and the temptation to "Borrow" with the "Intention" of putting it back is having a high calorie snack with the intention of exercising later to get rid of it!

    Shoe Salesman Contractor - Someone skilled in servicing, repairing and being a handyman for houses, commercial buildings and other structures

    Sorter - Professional Rain Maker

    Strike - An effort to increase egg production by strangling the chicken

    Success - A few simple disciplines practiced every day

    Warranty Work - The never-ending project

    Wealth - Not working because you have enough cash to live the rest of your life

    Wealth Prevention Tool - Bad Bookkeeper who does everything possible to make sure business owners a paid the same or less than the Bad Bookkeeper.

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    Randal DeHart, PMP, QPA The Construction Accountant Randal 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 and Bill.Com Certified Guru. 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. Follow Randal on Google+


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